ΜΑϊΟΣ - May 2006

1st:
Report from A&M of 2 flocks of Bee-eaters flying north over Exopoli. At Provarma we had distant views of a male Golden Oriole and heard a nearer individual.

2nd:
Aptera - female Marsh Harrier

4th:
Arkadia Monastery - Griffon Vulture seen.

6th:
Provarma pm. Spotted Flycatchers, pair of Turtle Doves and female Golden Oriole in flight.
Report from A&M - Exopoli - Red-footed Falcon and Bee-eaters
Report from M&A (yes M&A) Akrotiri - Tersanas Pool - Squacco Heron, Curlew, Wood and Green Sandpipers, Little Egret, Spotted Flycatchers.
Stavros - c50 Bee-eaters in Olive Grove.

7th: Stylos church stream and river, male Golden Oriole heard and seen in flight. c14 Bee-eaters seen high overhead flying north, Spotted Flycatchers all along river banks. Common Sandpiper and female Marsh Harrier seen.
4pm. High over Provarma c22 Bee-eaters circling then joined by another flock of c22 before heading north. Pied Flycatcher in garden. East end of Diktamos Gorge - Whinchat and Hoopoe.

Report from A&M Omalos Plateau - Woodchat Shrikes, Cirl Buntings and large flock Bee-eaters heard overhead.
Agia Reservoir - Black-winged Stilts, Spotted Flycatchers, Marsh Harrier and Grey Heron. Little Stint and Tern sp.

Lot of Spotted Flycatchers have arrived, this one needed a bath!


8th: Adele area Spotted and Pied Flycatchers, obviously many have arrived on the island recently.
Platanes river mouth from the old road bridge - 1 Little Egret, 2 Night Herons, 2 Little Bitterns, Common, Wood and Green Sandpipers and at least 3 Little Stints. Moorhens.
Petres Bridge - Spotted Flycatcher, Little Stint and Common Sandpiper.

This Swallow also took a bath, in the swimming pool in our son's holiday villa near Adele. The photo suggests it almost submerged!

9th:
Family of Blue Tits in garden plus a Spotted Flycatcher and Icterine Warbler (photos below).
Kalives west road bridge - Little Bittern and Little Crake.

I took just these 2 shots of the Icterine Warbler and through a double glazed window, so very pleased with results.

10th: 8.50am in the garden at least 4 Golden Orioles which unfortunately rapidly disappeared, later Spotted Flycatcher and a female Pied Flycatcher.

11th: Little Egrets seen in Chania harbour and by side of road north of Stylos.
A phone call from Alan of A&Margaret, would we like to join them on an evening trip to the Akrotiri to look for Bee-eaters. YES please. Alan stopped the car between the two monasteries. On a bush our first of c.10 sightings of Woodchat Shrike. The sky was full of House Martins, other hirundines, Swifts including a few Alpines, several Red-footed Falcons and at least 3 Bee-eaters. Other sightings included 2 Marsh Harriers and several Whinchats. At a large pool we found a Garganey, plus Reed and Sedge Warblers. No close views of Bee-eaters but a great trip, thanks again A&M.

12th: Cretewww meeting at Agia Reservoir, ten of us, plus a couple of Dutch and other UK birdwatchers enjoyed great views of Lt Egrets, Squocco Herons, Little Bittern, Black-winged Stilts, Little Stints, Marsh Harrier and male and female Little Crake. Other sightings included drake Garganey and Common Sandpiper. Later two members who had stayed for a meal at the Taverna were to see a Glossy Ibis fly in.
 

Adult male Little Bittern


13th:
Red-footed Falcon flying north 8am. 1.50pm 2 Bee-eaters flying north low over house.
 
15th: 3.30pm. a few Bee-eaters going north.
 
17th: 4.30 c. 10 Bee-eaters going north

20th: 3.15pm. c.50 Bee-eaters moving north fairly low over house. Buzzard with large! snake, 3.30pm. female Marsh Harrier over gorge, Male Kestrel with prey to gorge.

2 of the c. 50 Bee-eaters


24th:
Jackdaws from gorge venturing into our area, presumably hunting for food for their young!

25th: Short visit to Moronis River Site, Reed Warbler, Turtle Dove and Redstart recorded. Our area Provarma, Buzzards and Kestrels carrying prey. Cleopatra, Swallowtail and Speckled Wood Butterflies around. Early evening largest party of Alpine Swifts for some time they were all around our area.
 
26th: There was a scattering of flying ants over our front balcony. At 10am I could clearly see flying roughly south west, waves of insects, they were being pursued by a large flock of hirundines and swifts. They all disappeared very quickly. Were they flying ants or another insect?

28th:
3 Eleanoras Falcons reported near Amari by A&M.

30th:
Lots of Swifts in evening. The Alpine Swift, see photo below is feeding.

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