Crete Birding

                                                   August 2014

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31st august

Weather.... 0830hrs ....28.2C...Cloud 10%....Vis 20 miles....Wind NE 10m/s.... Sea, choppy ....1012mb.

Well another day at the vulture diner !!! even more today we have 60+ in the air along with many ravens its quite a sight. The Hooded Crows are still keeping distant though.

Later a juvenile Bearded Vulture showed up and itself returned later , it passed over four times in all, landed once 1km away but even there the ravens saw it off and it overflew again giving great views. Hopefully it will come back in the evening or tomorrow morning for the remains.......

Another month draws to a close, hopefully september will open the way August is closing and will also bring many more migrants  

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Kaliviani list.....Hooded Crow....Raven ...30+....Common Buzzard 4.... Goldfinch  Rock Dove.... Kestrel 2....Peregrine Falcon 1....Griffon vulture 60+....         Crested Lark....Bearded Vulture 1....Red-rumped Swallow...Blue Rock Thrush 1... Rock Dove ...Collared Dove.....

 

 

 

30th August

Weather.... 0815hrs ....27.5 C...Cloud 40%....Vis 10 miles....Wind NE 18m/s.... Sea, rough.... 1012mb. The Griffon Vultures return for a second sitting today giving us some excellent close views as they flew only a few metres above us and the house. They flew in from the north very low to the ground and rather frighteningly headed fast on the wind towards us. Great to see and experience these majestic flyers coming in so close skilfully  avoiding us and the house.

Later a Black kite appeared but was seen off by the ravens, which appear to be guarding the carcass and bullying everything off site.  

Again due to a problem images are on Facebook....

 Kaliviani List....Griffon Vulture 35+....Raven 20-30....common Buzzard .... Eleonora's Falcon....Greenfinch....Black Kite 1....Hooded Crow....Goldfinch....   Red-backed Shrike....Crested Lark....Little Ringed Plover 2 on beach...             Italian Sparrow....Spanish Sparrow....Grey Heron c20.

 

 

 

 

29th August

Weather.... 0830hrs ....31.1C...Cloud 20%....Vis 15 miles....Wind NE 7m/s.... Sea, choppy 1011mb. cloud later increased 70% wind increasedNE 16-17m/s Highlight of day...35 Griffon vulture appeared over the rocks NW of us circling and landing , there seems to be food available there ! They continued to fly nearby until early afternoon then it went quiet. We also had over a juv Golden Eagle and juv Bonelli's Eagle.We then took ourselves off to agyia lake , it has been some time since we visited. 52 species today

Kaliviani List...Barn Swallow....Griffon Vulture 35+....Common Buzzard 3.... Blackbird....Goldfinch....Raven 30+....Hooded Crow 30+....Woodchat Shrike....Italian Sparrow....Spanish Sparrow....Kestrel 3....Northern Wheatear 2...  Eleonora's Falcon 3....House Martin.... Golden Eagle 1....Bonelli's Eagle 1... Collared Dove....Yellow-legged Gull....Red-rumped Swallow.

Agyia lake... levels very low which has attracted some waders....Little Grebe ... Squacco Heron 1...Little Egret 2.... Grey Heron 6....White Stork 1....Glossy ibis 2.. Mute swan 1... Mallard 3....Booted Eagle (pale) 1....Common Buzzard 6...Kestrel 1 Eleonora's Falcon 5.... Moorhen ....Coot....Alpine Swift....Kingfisher 2....Blackcap   Barn Swallow....White Wagtail....Yellow Wagtail 10+....Little Ringed Plover 2.... Little Stint 2.... Wood Sandpiper 40+....Green Sandpiper 5.... Collared Dove.... Sardinian Warbler.... Cetti's Warbler....Subalpine Warbler....Willow Warbler.... Great Tit....Hooded Crow....Raven....Chaffinch.....Goldfinch ...Teal  

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28th August

Weather.... 0900hrs ....32.4 C...Cloud 0%....Vis 20 miles....Wind 0.... Sea, calm 1011mb.

Kaliviani list....Goldfinch....Greenfinch....Woodchat Shrike....Red-backed Shrike....  Hooded Crow....Great Tit....Blackbird....Crested Lark....Barn Swallow.... Raven.... House Martin.... Common Buzzard....Sardinian Warbler....Eleonora's Falcon.... Collared Dove.... Turtle Dove.... Italian Sparrow....Spanish Sparrow.... Kestrel Yellow-legged Gull....Northern Wheatear....Spotted Flycatcher....Scops Owl

 

 

 

 

27th August

Weather.... 0800hrs ....29.5 C...Cloud 0%....Vis 20 miles....Wind 0.... Sea, swell 1011mb.

A Hoopoe landed close as we sat on our balcony in the early evening, a nice sighting for us at this time of the year.

Kaliviani list....Hooded Crow....Great Tit....Blue Tit....Willow Warbler....Blackbird.. Barn Swallow....Kestrel....Italian Sparrow....Spanish Sparrow.... Crested Lark  Common Buzzard.... Peregrine Falcon....Raven....Turtle Dove....Collared Dove....Woodchat Shrike....Little Egret 3....Goldfinch....Eleonora's Falcon.... Hoopoe.... Scops Owl  

 

 

 

26th August

Weather.... 0600hrs ....28.4 C...Cloud 0%....Vis 20 miles....Wind 0.... Sea, rippled 1011mb.

Lots of Spotted Flycatcher this morning and our first Blue Rock thrush for ages with 2 on the rocks nearby.

Kaliviani list....Spotted Flycatcher....Blue Rock Thrush....Goldfinch....Raven 13.... Common Buzzard....Sardinian Warbler....House Martin....Hooded Crow....Kestrel 3  Barn Swallow....Woodchat Shrike....Great Tit 4....Crested Lark.... Quail.... Blackbird....Griffon Vulture 13

 

 

 

25th August

Weather.... 0800hrs ....31.9 C...Cloud 0%....Vis 20 miles....Wind 0.... Sea, calm.... 1011mb.

20 Grey and 1 Purple Heron spotted low over the bay , eventually landed for a short while on the rocks at the end of the port. 

 What a wonderful few moments ! The whole flock of 20 greys have now landed on the rocks at the end of the port. They came in , split into two groups and one group landed as the other circled off the point. The second group came in and landed in ones and twos, until we had 19 onshore. One continued to go over their heads making several attempts to get down. It continued to fly up and down and out into the bay, dropping its legs to where shallower water could be seen by us but obviously too deep for the bird, twice it looked like it would come down in the water. Several minutes had now gone by , was this bird trying to get the others back in the air or just inexperienced. Two birds lifted off and headed out into the bay as the lone bird headed further out , the first of the two joined and turned the loner, guiding it back, the other of the " helpers" turned and took the lead. With the loner now in the middle they ushered it back , the lead bird landed, with the main bunch and our bird then made a successful landing alongside a single heron right on the end of the point. The other helper just dropped straight into the pack. Job done, all safely resting until the next phase of their journey south. Adults helping and showing juveniles the way, very nice to watch. Now that's birding !

Later a group of 35 Honey Buzzard circled over the house caught a thermal and were away SE. Without checking records I think this is the largest group we have seen from this location. But beaten again, check out the numbers seen at Antikythira !! ... http://blogs.ornithologiki.gr/osa/?p=3968 

For the last few days we have heard but cannot see Quail.

Two what appeared to be Aquila went over very high, unidentified.   

 

Kaliviani list..Barn Swallow....Eleonora's Falcon....Hooded Crow....Goldfinch.... Great Tit....Blackbird....Quail....Sardinian Warbler....Kestrel....Rock Dove.... Woodchat Shrike....Alpine Swift....Griffon Vulture....Collared Dove....Greenfinch.. Crested Lark....Common Buzzard .... Grey Heron 20....Purple Heron 1....Raven .. Honey Buzzard 35....Swift....Turtle Dove....Peregrine Falcon....Barn Owl....     Scops Owl

                                        Honey Buzzard....Pernis apivorus

           

                     

           

              

                                              Griffon Vulture....Gyps fulvus

             

         Grey Heron....Ardea cineria and single Purple Heron....Ardea purpurea

               

                                                  Landed near the port

 

 

 

 

 


24th August

Weather.... 0900hrs ....31.9 C...Cloud 0%....Vis 20 miles....Wind 0.... Sea, calm 1012mb.

A quick swim in the bay this morning , a Kingfisher flew by along with 4 Common Sandpiper then 2 Grey Heron.... well worth the effort !!!! At the house our first autumn House Martin.

Kaliviani list...Hooded Crow....Spotted Flycatcher....Woodchat Shrike....Blackbird. Red-backed Shrike....Great Tit....Quail.... Goldfinch....Italian Sparrow.... Raven Barn Swallow....Crested Lark....Common Buzzard....Rock Dove...Kestrel....  Northern Wheatear....Sardinian Warbler....Chaffinch....House Martin...Greenfinch Alpine Swift ....Yellow-legged Gull....Grey Heron.... Common Sandpiper.... Kingfisher....Griffon Vulture..

                                            Common Buzzard....Buteo buteo

                                                   six images of same bird

                  

                   

               

                  

                

              

                                                 and some different ones

              

                 

                     

                                            Woodchat Shrike....Lanius senator

                                   

 

 

 

 

 

23rd August

Weather.... 0845hrs ....33.9 C...Cloud 10%....Vis 20 miles....Wind NW 2m/s.... Sea, calm.... 1013mb.

Today saw the return of the Honey Buzzard. One passed by at 1400 then three together at 1505. We spotted a kingfisher on the coast along with a common Sandpiper. Another Black Kite appeared at 1510.

Kaliviani list.... 24 species.... Great Tit 2.... Hooded Crow 11....Peregrine Falcon 1 Barn Swallow 20+...Goldfinch 4....Greenfinch 1...Rock Dove 3...Common Buzzard 5 Northern Wheatear 2...Italian Sparrow....Raven 2....Kestrel 3...Woodchat Shrike 1 Eleonora's Falcon 6.... Honey Buzzard 4....Black Kite 1.... Griffon Vulture 2....   Swift 50+.... Crested Lark 10.... Kingfisher 1....Common Sandpiper 1...Stonechat 1 Collared Dove 1.

                                       Honey Buzzard ....Pernis apivorus

                

                    

                  

          

             

                 

          

                                

                                                 With Eleonora's Falcon

                

                                Sardinian Warbler...Sylvia melanocephala

                               

               

                                  Northern Wheatear ...Oenanthe oenanthe   

                 

 

 

 

 

 

22nd August

Weather.... 0930hrs ....32.1 C...Cloud 0%....Vis 20 miles....Wind 0.... Sea, calm 1015mb.

Our first sighting of migrating Black Kite this season one in off the coast at 1400. Several quail heard but not seen in our olive grove early this morning 0545

Twenty seven species today.

Kaliviani list....Quail....Hooded Crow....Spotted Flycatcher.... Goldfinch.... Kestrel   Red-backed Shrike....Northern Wheatear....Great Tit....Barn Swallow.... Raven.... Eleonora's Falcon...Sardinian warbler.... Italian Sparrow.... Common Buzzard.... Willow Warbler....Crested Lark .... Stonechat....Greenfinch ....Rock Dove....      White Wagtail.....Black Kite.....Peregrine Falcon......Black-eared Wheatear...  Chaffinch....Blackbird....Yellow-legged Gull ....Scops Owl.

                            Black-eared Wheatear...Oenanthe hispanica

                

                                        Hooded Crow....Corvus cornix

                

                                               Black Kite...Milvus migrans

                

               

                                    Common Buzzard....Buteo buteo

              

                                   Eleonora's Falcon...Falco eleonorae

                  

                

                                Sardinian Warbler....Sylvia melanocephala

                

                                      Peregrine Falcon...Falco peregrinus

                 

                                                             Dropwing

                   

 

 

 

 

 

21st August

Weather.... 0815hrs ....29.6 C...Cloud 0%....Vis 20 miles....Wind 0.... Sea, calm 1015mb.

Nineteen species today. Kaliviani List.... Hooded Crow....Raven.... Rock Dove.... Woodchat Shrike.... Barn Swallow....Kestrel....Eleonora's Falcon.... Crested Lark Italian Sparrow....Northern Wheatear....Spotted Flycatcher....Goldfinch.... Greenfinch....Yellow-legged gull....Common Buzzard....Stonechat....White Wagtail Peregrine Falcon....Nightjar.   

 

 

 

20th August

Weather.... 0800hrs ....26.9 C...Cloud 0%....Vis 20 miles....Wind N 1 m/s....   Sea, choppy......1016mb

A very quiet day today most of the birds we spotted were distant apart from the visiting ravens. We took a few pics of insect and flower !

There are now 122 new images added to the "UK and Europe" photo album from our trip in 25th April- 30 May. Images after 221in the album,page four starting with Black Stork, we well add names locations etc later. We returned in a hurry at the end of July

We travelled through Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, France, UK. Then returned  through Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania. In the album is just a few of the images. 

 

Kaliviani list....Great Tit 2....Blackbird 1...Hooded Crow 18....Raven 30+.... Common Buzzard 2....Kestrel 3....Sardinian Warbler 1...Stonechat 1.... Goldfinch 4 Greenfinch 3....Crested Lark....Woodchat Shrike 1....Eleonora's Falcon 5.... Northern Wheatear 2....Italian Sparrow....Barn Swallow 10+

                                                               Crab Spider

                      

                 

 

                

 

                                   

      

                                   

 

 

 

 

 

19th August

Weather.... 0815hrs ....28.8 C...Cloud 50%....Vis 20 miles....Wind NW 6-8m/s.... Sea, rough......1012mb.

Many thanks to Per Rasmussen for his trip report from May. Now added to 2014 "Trip Report" page. If you have a trip report and feel you would like to share it, we will gladly list it for you on our pages. We make no monies from our site, its advert free and a site just sharing birding in Crete. 

We sight our first Willow Warbler of the season and a tagged griffon vulture (98) flew over. A Sparrowhawk had a run in with a raven

Kaliviani List.... Eleonora's Falcon 10+....Raven 20+....Common Buzzard 2.... Griffon Vulture 13.... Peregrine Falcon 1.... Willow Warbler 1....Barn Swallow 5.... Yellow-legged Gull 2....Woodchat Shrike 2....Red-backed Shrike 1....           Northern Wheatear 3....Hooded Crow 8....Crested Lark 4.....Little Egret c18.... Scopoli's Shearwater 9

                                       Eleonora's Falcon....Falco eleonorae

       

               

                                          Griffon Vulture.... Gyps fulvus

                                  A few individuals that passed by this morning

                   

                

               

               

               

           

       

                         

                                                       Raven...corvus corax

                      

                                   Peregrine Falcon...Falco peregrinus with raven

   

                                          Red-backed Shrike....Lanius collurio

                

                                  Willow Warbler....Phylloscopus trochilus

            

 

 

 

 

 

18th August

Weather.... 0830hrs ....28.6 C...Cloud 60%....Vis 20 miles....Wind NE 6 m/s....   Sea, choppy......1010mb  

Sixty plus raven descended on the area , congregating on the rocks to the rear and north side of the house, one went past carrying an egg, others carried stones and sticks  whilst others carried what looked like meat scraps. They stayed the whole day harassing the local buzzards and enjoying the NE winds.

Kaliviani list.... Common Buzzard 4....Rock Dove 3... Blackbird 1... Raven 60+.... Kestrel 1.... Eleonora's Falcon 7....Griffon Vulture 12....Hooded Crow 10....        Barn Swallow 8....Crested Lark 4...Sardinian Warbler 1.... Yellow-legged Gull 3.... Collared Dove 2....Italian Sparrow 50+....Stonechat 1.... Northern Wheatear 5.... Black-eared Wheatear 1.... Woodchat Shrike 2....Scops Owl 2 heard.... Nightjar 1.

                                                 Raven....Corvus corax

                

               

                 

                

                                 Common Buzzard ...Buteo buteo with raven 

                                 

               

                      

                

                      The raven collided after the buzzard made a mid air stop

          

                                             Common Buzzard ....Buteo buteo

               

                

                 

                                         Barn Swallow....Hirundo rustica

               

                                            Griffon Vulture ...Gyps fulvus

             

                                        Eleonora's Falcon....Falco eleonorae

         

          

 

 

 

 

 

17th August

 Weather.... 0830hrs ....32.8 C...Cloud 1%....Vis 20 miles....Wind NW 3m/s....Sea, choppy light swell......1009mb

Todays highlight... A lesser Grey Shrike was spotted about 100 metres away , unfortunately it came no closer, unlike the Woodchat shrikes which come really close now and there looks to be a few more around too !

Also nearby a single Turtle Dove, one of only a few we have seen in the late summer/autumn period, it did not linger long....

A large flock of duck flew around the bay moat of the afternoon, possibly Garganey. Also nice to see Scopoli's Shearwater back in the bay.

Kaliviani list....Lesser Grey Shrike 1....Alpine Swift 10....Turtle Dove 1.... Goldfinch   Common Buzzard 2....Hooded Crow 10....Barn Swallow 8....Woodchat Shrike 7....  Spotted Flycatcher 1....Rock Dove....Yellow-legged Gull 3...Crested Lark....  Griffon Vulture 1.... Northern Wheatear 1.... Scopoli's Shearwater 1....Great Tit 2     137c Garganay. 20+ waders distant flying south over Kissamos could not ID

 

                                       Possible Garganey 137c in the Bay

               

 

                                          Lesser Grey Shrike....Lanius minor

           

              

                

              

                                           Turtle Dove....Streptopelia turtur

                 

                

                   

              

                                                                 Antlion

           

     

 

 

 

 

16th August

Weather.... 0800hrs ....31.7 C...Cloud 0....Vis 20 miles....Wind WNW 6 m/s....Sea, choppy......1011mb

Highlight of the day... A young male Marsh Harrier flew over from the north late evening, to quick to get a picture it flew on southwards. Good numbers of Northern wheatear seem to have arrived with five visible from the house

Kaliviani list....Northern Wheatear 5....Woodchat Shrike 4....Blackbird 1.... Goldfinch.... Common Buzzard 2....Barn Swallow 3....Eleonora's Falcon 1...    Griffon Vulture 1...Italian Sparrow... Collared Dove ....Swift... Marsh Harrier.... Scops owl

                                         Woodchat Shrike....Lanius senator

                    

                          

           

               

                                    

                                                   The moon at 0830hrs

                     

 

 

 

 

  

15th August

Weather.... 0800hrs ....31.3 C...Cloud 70%....Vis 15 miles....Wind NW 6m/s....Sea, calm......1011mb

Kaliviani list....Great Tit 3.... Hooded Crow 10....Barn Swallow 2.... Collared Dove 1 Italian Sparrow 20+....Goldfinch 4....Woodchat Shrike 3.... Eleonora's Falcon 1.... Common Buzzard 2....Kestrel 1...Crested Lark 3....Raven 2....Northern Wheatear 1  Yellow-legged gull 2....Blackbird 1.

                                            Goldfinch....Carduelis carduelis  juv. 

               

                                   Woodchat Shrike....Lanius senator juv.

                    

 

 

 

 

14th August

 

Weather.... 1100hrs ....30.4 C...Cloud 0....Vis 15 miles....Wind NW 5m/s....Sea, calm......1011mb

Scops and Barn Owl heard early evening and a nice dark morph Eleonora's Falcon hunted overhead when nearly dark for several minutes, hawking insects.

Kaliviani list....Barn Swallow....Hooded Crow....Great Tit....Collared Dove....  Italian Sparrow.... Crested Lark....Common Buzzard....Northern Wheatear.... Sardinian Warbler....Goldfinch....Greenfinch....Eleonora's Falcon. 

 

 

 

 

13th August

 

Weather.... 1000hrs ....33.2 C...Cloud 0....Vis 20 miles....Wind N 5m/s....Sea, choppy...... 1012mb

Night Heron was heard calling along with Scops Owl in the early evening

Kaliviani list....Alpine Swift 10....Woodchat Shrike 3.... Raven 20....Goldfinch Common Buzzard 5.... Kestrel 1....Blackbird 1.... Crested Lark....Hooded Crow... Sardinian Warbler....Eleonora's Falcon

                                                        Lizard in the garden 

              

 

 

 

 

 

12th August

Weather.... 0800hrs ....31.3 C...Cloud 0....Vis 15 miles....Wind 0....Sea, calm......

1011mb.... wind arrived N 5-6 B at 1100, seas choppy  

To start the day Chukar was heard distant. again a couple of hundred Alpine Swift were over early feeding in a spiral a couple of Swift with them. Late evening Scops Owl and a Quail were heard.

Kaliviani list....Alpine Swift c200....Swift 2....Barn Swallow 1....Greenfinch 1.... Eleonora's Falcon 3....Woodchat Shrike 1....Rock Dove 3....Hooded Crow 3.... Italian Sparrow.... Goldfinch 8....Great Tit 2.... Kestrel 1.... Common Buzzard 3.... Griffon Vulture 5.... Raven 7.... Little Ringed Plover 1.... Collared Dove 2.... Crested Lark 7....Black-eared Wheatear 1 juv.

Heard ....Chukar, Scops Owl and Quail

                                             Common Buzzard....Buteo buteo

                                  

             

 

                    

                 

 

 

 

 

11th August

Weather.... 1100hrs ....32.7 C...Cloud 0....Vis 15 miles....WindN 5-6 B....Sea, chop......

1012 mb

Todays Highlights.... 2 Little Ringed Plover on the coast road and this evening just as the Cicadas shut down for the night a Nightjar flew past then churred from the fields below us. Otherwise it was very hot and quiet today with temps reaching 35C at one point we think all the birds were feeling it.

Kaliviani Species list....Eleonora's Falcon 3....Woodchat Shrike 2....Rock Dove 3.... Great Tit 3....Little ringed Plover 2....Italian Sparrow....Raven 2....Collared Dove 2.... Crested Lark 5....Griffon Vulture 2....Common Buzzard 4... Sardinian Warbler 1 Greenfinch 1....Hooded Crow 4.... Goldfinch 5....Barn Swallow 3...Nightjar 2.

No bird images today , but a couple from tonights SuperMoon. Hope you see it where you are

 

                                          Rising over Rhodapou peninsula

                      

                                                              Over Afrata

                 

                                          A short while later higher in the sky 

                       

When we first came here in 2001 the area shown below was a small wetland, uncultivated and with a good selection of waders. We have watched as all sorts of rubbish, some even looking toxic !!! has been dumped and the area then covered with several centimetres of so called topsoil. With EU encouragement the farmers are now growing crops to sell on to us unsuspecting consumers. The area in top photo right of pole and the area where tractor and plastic is being laid is one length  and has only recently been levelled on top of a metre of yuk. I wonder what will grow there it will certainly be genetically modified !! 

               

               

 

 

 


10th August

Weather.... 0900 ....30.3 C...Cloud 0....Vis 20 miles....Wind 0....Sea, calm......

1013 bp

Highlights... Many Alpine swift fed overhead for most of the morning , with a few Swift  also present. An Eleonora's Falcon crept up on a Kestrel and tried unsuccessfully to take it. Cormorant again along the beach.

Late entry added for last night a Peregrine Falcon spotted sat on rock above house.

Kaliviani species.... Alpine Swift....Eleonora's Falcon....Common Buzzard.... Woodchat Shrike....Hooded Crow....Italian Sparrow....Barn Swallow....Swift.... Red-rumped Swallow....Kestrel....Griffon Vulture....Crested Lark.... Rock Dove....  Raven....Blackbird....Cormorant....Collared Dove.

                                           Common Buzzard....Buteo buteo

                                  

                    

                                   Eleonora's Falcon...Falco eleonorae

              

                

                                                      Swift....Apus apus

               

                                                 Raven...Corvus corax

              

                            Eleonora's Falcon trying to sneak attack a Kestrel

         

                                                 Alpine Swift....Apus melba

                

                  

                  

 

 

 

 

9th August

Weather.... 0900 ....30.1 C...Cloud 0....Vis 20 miles....Wind 0....Sea, calm......

1014 bp

We are back on the island ready for migration and will start posting over the weekend. Report from Friday 8th to start will go on tonight.

A reminder of what will be heading our way from the Antikythira Observatory camp..... 

Ringing from the 6th of August until the 5th of October.

The raptor migration monitoring  from the 16th of August until 28th of September.

Their webpage with reports should appear here http://blogs.ornithologiki.gr/osa/?m=201407    soon

Highlights.... a nice Whitethroat flitted through nearby trees but was seen off by adult Woodchat Shrike, a Cormorant sunning on rocks along the coast and 2 early Turtle Dove. A Griffon Vulture drifted past and circled overhead at fairly close range.

Kaliviani sightings....Hooded Crow....Common Buzzard 4....Swift.... Woodchat Shrike 3.... Whitethroat 1....Kestrel 2.... Alpine Swift....    Barn Swallow....Italian Sparrow....Rock Dove 3....Eleonora's Falcon 1... Raven 2.... Turtle Dove 2.... Cormorant 1....Crested Lark....Greenfinch.. Griffon Vulture 1.....Peregrine Falcon

                                 Griffon Vulture....Gyps fulvus

           

                

         

 

 

 

 

8th August

Weather.... noon ....29 C...20% Cloud...Vis 20 miles....Wind N 5 m/s....Sea, calm.. 1014 bp

Highlights. Three Greyn heron sighted over the bay on migration a Black-eared wheatear showed briefly, lots of Alpine Swift busy hunting most of the day

Kaliviani sightings...Common Buzzard 4....Grey Heron 3.... Woodchat Shrike 2 juv Swift....Barn Swallow....Hooded Crow....Italian Sparrow....Eleonora's Falcon 1.... Black-eared Wheatear 1 juv....Crested Lark....Raven....Goldfinch.... Alpine Swift... Yellow-legged Gull....Griffon Vulture 9....Scops Owl. 

                                                Alpine Swift...Apus melba

             

             

                                       Some looked decidedly overweight

                               

                                Woodchat Shrike....Lanius senator Juvenile

              

               

                                           Griffon Vulture...Gyps fulvus 

              

           

           

                                           Common Buzzard....Buteo buteo