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30th September

Weather....0900....27.0oC....Sea, calm..Vis 20+ miles.....Cloud thin , high 20%.... Wind, S 2-3m/s....1011mb... Sunny    

Species list Kaliviani.... Goldfinch....Hooded Crow....Spotted Flycatcher.... Kestrel.... Blue Rock Thrush....  

Moronis.....Redshank 1....Greenshank 1....Yellow Wagtail 4....Little Egret 2  Little Ringed Plover 4....Italian Sparrow....Grey Heron 1....Yellow-legged Gull 2

Agyia ....Marsh Harrier 2....Eleonora’s Falcon 2....Sparrowhawk 1....Teal 40+ Common Buzzard 8....Shoveler 10+.... Ferruginous Duck 6....Mallard 1.... Gadwall 1.... Pochard 1xm, 8+ f ....Little Grebe 30+.... Coot 90+.... Moorhen 10+ Grey Heron 9....Purple Heron 1....Little Egret 2.... Great Egret 1.... Mute Swan 1.. Sand Martin 20+....Kingfisher 2....Cetti’s Warbler....Goldfinch.... Blackbird.... Spotted Flycatcher....Hooded Crow....Italian Sparrow.... Barn Swallow....20+ Starling 7.

A few pics will be added throughout the day 

        Three ages of Yellow-legged Gull.... Larus michahellis at Kissamos harbour

                      

                     

               

                                     Hooded Crow....Corvus cornix at Agyia                                                

                                   Greenshank....Tringa nebularia at moronis

                            

    Redshank..... Tringa totanus and Greenshank....Tringa nebularia at Moronis

                                   

               I think, Common Darter ....Sympetrum striolatum At Moronis

             

                         Stripe-necked Terrapin...Mauremys caspica at Agyia

                                                            Great Egret....Ardea ( Casmerodius ) alba at Agyia

                        

                                        Grey Heron....Ardea cinerea at Agyia

                 

 

                 From left.... Grey Heron, Little Egret and Purple Heron at Agyia

                       

                                            Ferruginous Duck....Aythya nyroca

                     

                       

                     Female Pochard, Moorhen and Ferruginous Duck at Agyia

                              

                                               Male Pochard... Aythya ferina

                 

                                                   Kingfisher...Alcedo atthis

              

 

29th September

Weather....0900....26.4oC....Sea, calm..Vis 20+ miles.....Cloud 10%....             Wind, NW 1m/s....1012mb... Sunny                                                                            

Falcons rather than aquila's today and 6 Gull-billed Tern seen in the bay again. Scopoli's Shearwater once again feeding on shoals of small fish and as its a Sunday local pleasure fishermen chasing the fish in their small boats !! A small group of grey heron also along the rocky area of coastline.

Species Kaliviani.... Blue Rock Thrush 6....Blackbird.... Crested Lark.... Goldfinch.... Hooded Crow.... Sardinian Warbler....Collared Dove....Stonechat.... House Martin Common Buzzard 10.... Scopoli's Shearwater 10+....Yellow-legged Gull 2.... Spotted Flycatcher.... Kestrel.... Greenfinch.... Woodlark....Griffon Vulture 3.... Italian Sparrow.... Northern Wheatear....Grey Heron 6.... Eleonora's Falcon 1....   Gull-billed Tern 6....Sparrowhawk 1....Peregrine Falcon 1.

 

Alan reports 3 Bee-eaters near Karines and Black Kite at the landfill near Arkadi monastery.

The autumn raptor migration on Antikythira has now ended for this season to see the results of the survey see......................                                                      http://blogs.ornithologiki.gr/osa/?p=3431#comment-9550 

 Once again we set up the camera trap, so far we have photo captured..... Hedgehog, Beech Marten, Blackbird , Great Tit, Stonechat, for photos videos see our Facebook page

 

 

28th September

Weather....0900....26.5oC....Sea, calm...Vis 20+ miles.....Cloud 40%....Wind, NW 2m/s....1012mb Mostly sunny 

Highlights today.... Red-footed Falcon female, Golden Eagle, Black kite, Booted Eagle and some Steppe Buzzard in with the Common Buzzard. All these birds were seen almost at the same time and quite high. Also a feeding frenzy of Scopoli's shearwater into a shoal of small fish that were being pursued      by even larger fish

Species list Kaliviani....Blue Rock Thrush....Great Tit ....Hooded Crow... Rock Dove Crested Lark.... Collared Dove....Red-footed Falcon 1.... Golden Eagle 1....       Black Kite 1.... Common Buzzard 5.... Woodlark....Booted Eagle 1 dark morph.... Griffon Vulture 7.... Yellow-legged Gull.... Goldfinch....Scopoli's Shearwater 50+... Stonechat

                                                Golden Eagle....Aquila Chrysaetos 

                       

                                                Black Kite....Milvus migrans 

               

                                            Red-footed Falcon....Falco vespertinus

                          

                                         Steppe Buzzard....Buteo buteo vulpinus

                

               

                                                 Booted Eagle....Aquila pennata

              

 Nikos reports .....Today at Agyia: Great Egret, Glossy Ibis, 2 Little Egret,                  2  Purple Heron, 20 Night Heron and 85 Grey Heron...

Thanks Nikos thats a fantastic count of Ciconiiformes there today !!!

 

 

 

27th September

Weather....0900....24.9oC....Sea, rippled...Vis 20+ miles.....Cloud 50%....         Wind, NW 5m/s....1012mb Mostly sunny 

A very poor day today we could only manage  12 species !!!!! There were 30+ Grey Heron that lingered along the coast until 1200hrs  and 1 Kingfisher there also

Species, Kaliviani....Hooded Crow...Blackbird....Blue Rock Thrush....Collared Dove.... Goldfinch.... Rock Dove.... Sardinian Warbler.... Crested Lark.... Grey Heron 30+....Griffon vulture 1....Kingfisher 1.... Kestrel 1

Alan reports three groups of what appeared to be Grey Heron near to Almyros Bay approx numbers 12, 30 and 20. 

 

 

26th September

Weather....0900....27.9oC....Sea, rippled...Vis 20+ miles.....Cloud 50%....         Wind, NW-W, 3-6m/s....1016mb Mostly sunny 

Not too much about again today, with the winds in the NW we thought we would get some raptors , but apart from an early morning Booted eagle and Sparrowhawk there was nothing else. ! It was also a quiet day on Antikythira so we cannot expect anything tomorrow, but who knows  !

Species Kaliviani.... Griffon Vulture....Spotted Flycatcher....Italian Sparrow.... Hooded Crow.... Collared Dove.... Rock Dove.... Booted Eagle 1.... Blackbird....        Yellow-legged Gull....Great Tit....Goldfinch.... Greenfinch.... Blue Rock Thrush.... Whinchat.... Sparrowhawk.... Cormorant.... Barn Swallow.... Sardinian Warbler.... Common Buzzard....Olivaceous Warbler....

In the Kamares area lots of Griffon Vulture 41 , a Bearded Vulture tagging along on occasions too.

At Agyia....Grey Heron, Little Egret, Great Egret, Booted Eagle, Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Eleonora's Falcon, Common Snipe, Wood  Sandpiper, Mute Swan     Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Ferruginous Duck, Shoveler Duck., Glossy Ibis. 

 

 

 

25th September

Weather....0900....27.2oC....Sea, rippled...Vis 20+ miles.....Cloud 2%....         Wind, W-NW, 2-5 m/s....1014mb. sunny

With the wind settled from W-NW we had hoped for some raptors moving through, no such luck ! it was also a very quiet day for small birds. Our first Scops Owls appeared this evening we heard one last week but a few could now be heard in the hills , soon they will come close with their "tyuh     Tyuh " call, sometimes annoying relatives staying with us when they are metres away from their room ! Me , I love them............ 

Sue took off to the local beach to get some plant pictures and left myself to scan the empty skies. All that was to be seen was several small groups of Griffon Vulture heading to and from Deliana / Polyrinia area.

Species list Kaliviani....Common Buzzard 2....Greenfinch.... Blue Rock Thrush.... Great Tit....Blackbird....Sardinian Warbler....Crested Lark.... Collared Dove....   Rock Dove ....Hooded Crow.... Italian Sparrow....Red-backed Shrike....             Griffon Vulture 11.... Spotted Flycatcher....Raven....Barn Swallow....Whinchat....   Northern Wheatear.... White Wagtail....Scops Owl.

A few of the flowers Sue found this afternoon along the beach area

                                          Chaste Tree...Vitex agnus castus

                                    

                                         Sea Daffodil....Pancratium maritimum

            

                                            Prickly Saltwort.... Salsola cali

               

 

 

 

24th September

Weather....0900....25.6oC....Sea, choppy...Vis 20+ miles.....Cloud 30%....         Wind, NW, 3-8 m/s....1014mb Mostly sunny 

A few small migrants arrived this morning , mainly Spotted Flycatcher, quite a few Greenfinch. The wind is back from the Northwest.

Species list Kaliviani.... Spotted Flycatcher 5...Blue Tit....Great Tit.... Greenfinch.... Chaffinch.... Hooded Crow....Collared Dove....Sardinian Warbler....Blue Rock Thrush  Stonechat....Italian Sparrow.... Woodchat Shrike....Barn Swallow.... Whitethroat....Red-backed Shrike....Willow Warbler....Common Buzzard...   Sparrowhawk 1...Raven ....Griffon Vulture 6....Icterine Warbler....Sand Martin   Cormorant 1....Whinchat....Blackbird....Goldfinch and an unidentified high flying harrier. 

                                                     Whitethroat....Sylvia communis

                      

                                            Sardinian Warbler....Sylvia melanocephala

                

                

                                                     Sparrowhawk....Accipiter nisus 

                  

                                                   Whinchat....Saxicola rubetra

                

                                        Spotted Flycatcher....Muscicapa striata 

                

                                      Icterine Warbler ....Hippolais icterina

                   

 

 

 

 

23rd september

Weather....0900....24.7oC....Sea, choppy...Vis 20+ miles.....Cloud 60%....         Wind, East, 3-8 m/s....1014mb Mostly sunny 

The Long-legged Buzzard was again seen near the house where it was holding up into the wind, it stayed around until about 1330 then disappeared. In the late afternoon we had an Eleonora's falcon trying to catch a kestrel there were a good few minutes of aerial combat before the kestrel managed to dive into our neighbours small fenced sheep pen, one lucky kestrel !!!!

Species List....Blue Rock Thrush.... Hooded Crow....Common Buzzard 3....       Italian Sparrow.... Goldfinch....Raven....Crested Lark...Griffon Vulture 8 am, 7pm... Long-legged Buzzard 1.... Great Tit.... Barn Swallow....Peregrine Falcon.... Eleonora's Falcon....Kestrel....Collared Dove....White Wagtail....Barn Owl.

                                               Long-legged Buzzard....Buteo rufinus 

                     

                  

                  

                                              Common Buzzard ....Buteo buteo  

Our two local birds sat on the rocks above the house as then moon sets above them

               

                                                         Sunset over Rhodapou.

      

The wind is staring to change from east back to the north hopefully some more migrants tomorrow

 

 

 

22nd September

Weather....0900....24.9oC....Sea, choppy....Vis 20+ miles.....Cloud 70%....         Wind, East 3-8m/s....1014mb  Mostly sunny 

We found Claes and son Patrik from Sweden birding nearby and invited them to come to the house , where we had fantastic views of a Long-legged Buzzard that stayed around all day only disappearing  as darkness fell, hopefully we will see it again tomorrow.

As the wind was coming in from the east we were not in for a great migrant day like yesterday, however we were rewarded with a pale morph Booted Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Eleonora's Falcon and several Griffon Vultures. Earlier in the day a group of 32 Little Rgret flew along the bay , with other groups on the north coast, 45 at Moronis and over 200 at Georgopouli.

Species Kaliviani...Blue Rock Thrush 4.... Hooded Crow 20+...Common Buzzard 5. Greenfinch.... Chaffinch....Italian Sparrow....Little Egret 32....Goldfinch....     Booted Eagle 1....  Crested Lark....   Woodchat Shrike ....Long-legged Buzzard 1... Griffon Vulture 12....Peregrine Falcon 1....Kestrel 1.... Grey Heron 1.... Raven 6....  Eleonora's Falcon 2.... Spotted Flycatcher 6.... Northern Wheatear 3....             Little Ringed Plover 4.... White Wagtail

             Long-legged Buzzard....Buteo rufinus taking off from neighbours roof

                                    

                

             

                 

                      

              

                                                  Booted Eagle....Aquila pennata 

                 

                                             Peregrine Falcon....Falco peregrinus

                  

                       Grey Heron....Ardea cinerea a close to the house flyby

               

 

 

 

21st September

Weather....0900....26.7oC....Sea, choppy...Vis 20+ miles.....Cloud 50%....         Wind, NNW, 1m/s....1012mb Mostly sunny wind veered to the east and increased to 7m/s around 1400hrs

What a day this turned out to be !! after a few fairly quiet days we managed a total of 42 species today with only four seen away from the house , a superb male Grey Plover in summer plumage, Little Ringed Plover , Common Sandpiper and Kingfisher, these we spotted when we wandered to the beach area below the house. Here we also met up with Nikos who came to spend the day with us, and did he bring some birds with him.

Out of the 38 species seen from the balcony 10 were raptor species. A really good enjoyable day. Whilst sat on the balcony eating goat stew and homemade bread, we were interrupted by our first Sparrowhawk of the season and seconds later by the second Peregrine Falcon. My new lucky "Birds of Greece" T shirt from Nikos will be worn on all outings....Thanks Nikos a great day !!

Species List....Goldfinch 20+....Blue Rock Thrush 4.... Chaffinch 10+....             Italian Sparrow 10+....Willow Warbler 1....Crested Lark 10+....Hooded Crow 20+ Great Tit 5....Collared Dove 5....       Kestrel 1.... Stonechat 2....Blackbird 2.... Eleonora's Falcon 3...Red-backed Shrike 1.... Northern Wheatear 3....             Garden warbler 1....Grey Plover 1....Little Ringed Plover 3....Common Sandpiper 1 Kingfisher 1....Little Egret 8....Squacco Heron 4....Yellow Wagtail 10+....         Marsh Harrier 4....Common Buzzard 5....Honey Buzzard 23....  Griffon Vulture 25 Booted Eagle, pale morph 1.... Sparrowhawk 1.... Peregrine Falcon 1....Raven 6 Whinchat 2.... Woodchat Shrike 1.... Greenfinch 6... Yellow-legged Gull 3....       Grey Heron 1.... Cory's or Scopoli's Shearwater 1...Barn Swallow 8....Rock Dove 11 Sardinian Warbler 5.... Hen Harrier 1.

                                              Grey Plover....Pluvialis squatarola 

                

                  

         Common Buzzard ...Buteo buteo and Eleonora's Falcon...Falco eleonorae

                  

                                          Common Sandpiper....Actitis hypoleucos

                

                                             Common Buzzard....Buteo buteo 

                        

                         Honey Buzzard....Pernis apivorus coming in from the bay 

               

                                                       and, over the house

                   

                  

                  

                  

                

                                             Coastal Kingfisher....Alcedo atthis

               

                                            Marsh Harrier....Circus aeruginosus

                 

                                                   Hen Harrier....Circus cyaneus

              

                                            Red-backed Shrike....Lanius collurio

                    

                                                  Whinchat....Saxicola rubetra

                

                                        Spotted Flycatcher....Muscicapa striata

                    

                                               Yellow Wagtail... Motacilla flava

               

                          I have this down as a Sparrowhawk.... Accipiter nisus,                                                  not too sure but it may be a Goshawk.... Accipiter gentilis

                     

Two images by and copyright Nikos Samaritakis  taken at Viglia beach

       8 Little Egret...Egretta garzetta and 2 Squacco Heron....Ardeola ralloides 

               

                                          Booted Eagle....Aquila pennata

                            distant over Gramvousa our first autumn migrant

             

20th September

Weather....0900....25.4oC....Sea, choppy....Vis 20+ miles.....Cloud 80%....         Wind, NW 3-5m/s....1010mb  Mostly sunny AM ,Mostly cloudy PM

Frustrating is birding !! the only morning this week that we have not been along our local beach and a visiting birder gets a Grey Plover along there !!!! At least it was seen and recorded and Oddbjorn from Norway has added another species to his Crete list. Nice find............

Our highlights were 3 Marsh Harrier and a Woodchat shrike that stayed around for most of the day with Blue Rock Thrush chasing each other along the slopes above the house.

Species Kaliviani...........Blue Rock Thrush 3....Woodchat Shrike 1.... Goldfinch .... Blue Tit....Great Tit.... Raven.... Crested Lark....Spotted Flycatcher.... Woodlark Hooded Crow.... Sardinian warbler.... Collared Dove.... Red-backed Shrike.... Willow Warbler....Greenfinch....Blackbird....Common Buzzard.... Marsh Harrier 3 Little Egret 1....Barn Swallow....Griffon Vulture 3

 

 

19th September

Weather....0900....28.9oC....Sea, choppy...Vis 20+ miles.....Cloud 40%....         Wind,NW 3-9m/s....1008mb Mostly sunny

Species were a bit thin on the ground today at Kaliviani. we had good views of several Grey Heron flocks as they flew low into the bay and circled near to the port of Kissamos gaining height then disappearing south west with the wind taking them off fast on their journey. The first group carried a Little Egret along with them !!

New arrivals................. Redstart,  Tree Pipit.

Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch and Great Tit numbers increasing

Species....Woodlark....Crested Lark ....Hooded Crow....Italian Sparrow....Great Tit Grey Heron....22+17+4+20....Chaffinch....Red-backed Shrike....Little Egret....  Tree Pipit.... Griffon vulture 2+3....Blue Rock Thrush....Common Buzzard.... Stonechat.... Barn Swallow.... Yellow-legged Gull 1.... Kingfisher.... Redstart.... Spotted Flycatcher....Greenfinch....Raven....Goldfinch

 

Some images added to the 14th and 18th from Alan 

 

  

18th September

Weather....0900....29.8oC....Sea, calm....Vis 20+ miles.....Cloud 80%....         Wind, NW3-5m/s....1007mb Mostly cloudy

Highlight of the day , 6 Gull-billed Tern flying around Kissamos Bay in the kaliviani / Viglia area. Another new species for us on Crete and from home too. Our Crete species stands at 236 and home species now at 152 .

Still not too much to be seen today at Kaliviani...Goldfinch....Hooded Crow.... Blackbird....Common Buzzard 5....Greenfinch....Blue Rock Thrush....Italian Sparrow.... Collared Dove....House Martin 2.... Woodlark...Great Tit....Crested Lark Gull-billed Tern 6.

At Plakias , Alan spotted singles of Sanderling , Dunlin and Little ringed Plover.

At Agyia a visiting birder from Norway and Panos spotted a juvenile Egyptian Vulture, there was also a Black Stork sighted  there at 1830.

From Alan at Plakias.....Singles of Dunlin...Sanderling and Ringed Plover ands 2 Shag 

 Four images by and copyright Alan Hargrave         

                                                     Dunlin ....Calidris alpina

                           

                                                  Sanderling....Calidris alba

                   

                                                  Shag....Phalacrocorax aristotelis

                             

                                            Ringed Plover....Charadrius hiaticula

                                  

 

 

17th September

Weather....0900....29.3oC....Sea,calm...Vis 20+ miles....Cloud 70%....Wind NW 2-5m/s...1007mb mostly sunny

Nothing much around today but we spotted our first peregrine falcon for the season, perched on the rocks above the house. An unidentified bird again and no camera to hand looked like a red-backed shrike in size and shape but with a straight bill similar to an olivaceous warbler, it did not stay around long and a pic was missed !! A small warbler has given us a headache , it is the cantillans V communis problem rearing its head again in the autumn but we now think its a communis, someone is bound to tell us different ! pic below and on Facebook. From the front it does not look like a whitethroat to me !!!

Kaliviani species ....Greenfinch....Hooded Crow....Blue Rock Thrush.... Blackbird....Sardinian Warbler.... Italian Sparrow....Rock Dove....Red-backed Shrike....Woodlark....Common Buzzard...Griffon Vulture 2.. Goldfinch....    Peregrine Falcon....Subalpine Warbler....Little Ringed Plover ....Great Tit.... Whitethroat.

                                                 Whitethroat....Sylvia communis 

                      

                       

                                            Peregrine Falcon....Falco peregrinus 

                 

 

 

16th September

Weather....0900....26.2oC....Sea, calm....Vis 20+ miles.....Cloud 60%....Wind, 3-12 m/s....1012mb........ Thunderstorm at 1800

Very quiet at kaliviani this morning most of the small birds of yesterday seem to have moved on ....

Species Kaliviani....Barn Swallow....Italian Sparrow....Goldfinch....Sardinian Warbler....Hooded Crow .... Collared Dove....Crested Lark....Common Buzzard.... Red-backed Shrike....UID Harrier... Little Egret.... 1 Italian Sparrow.... Blue Rock Thrush...Grey Heron 6.....Greenfinch...Eleonora's Falcon 1...Kingfisher.... Cormorant......Chaffinch 1.... Blackcap....Barn Swallow

At Moronis.... Little Egret 1....Common Sandpiper 1....Little ringed Plover 1.... Yellow-legged Gull 2

At Agyia ....Great views of a Hobby hunting with Eleonora's Falcon and flyover by a Glossy Ibis.......... Coot....Moorhen....Little Grebe....Little Egret 2....Grey Heron 4....Eleonora's Falcon 4.... Hobby 1....Common Buzzard 3....Common Sandpiper 1....Snipe 1....Wood Sandpiper 1....Shoveler 4.... Ferruginous Duck 2....Pochard 28....Hooded Crow....Blackcap....Great Tit....Kingfisher....Mute Swan.... Cetti's Warbler....Italian Sparrow....Glossy Ibis 1

                                                Red-backed Shrike....Lanius collurio

                  

                                         Grey Heron ....Ardea cinerea at Viglia beach   

                 

                                                     Little Egret....Egretta garzetta

                

                                       Glossy Ibis ....Plegadis falcinellus  at Agyia

                   

                                         Eleonora's Falcon ....Falco eleonorae at Aygia

                

                                                        Hobby....Falco subbuteo

                   

                 

                                               Whiskered Tern....Chlidonias hybridus

                      

                 

                 

 

 

 

15th September

Weather....0900....28.9oC....Sea, rippled....Vis 20+ miles....Cloud 1%....Wind NWbyN 2-5m/s...1015mb

 A good day with lots of migrants arriving some in good numbers , 

Todays highlights , Our first Red-breasted Flycatcher, we have seen these on Antikythira but a new Crete and Home patch species . Hoopoe, Yellow Wagtail, Turtle Dove and 5 Wryneck.

Kaliviani list ( seen on our one acre ) a nice 35 species .............. Blue Tit 1....Great Tit 6....Hoopoe 1 Hooded Crow 20+....Italian Sparrow 6.... Common Buzzard 2.... Sardinian Warbler 8.... Kestrel 1.... Crested Lark 10+....Stonechat 2....Blackbird 3....? Lesser Kestrel 1 ?.... Spotted Flycatcher 10+....   Red-backed Shrike 2....Whinchat 5....Wryneck 5....Rock Dove 1....Blue Rock Thrush 3.... Raven 12.... Willow Warbler 4....Griffon Vulture 21....Little Egret 28....Barn Swallow 7....Northern Wheatear 1.... Subalpine Warbler 3....Eleonora's Falcon 2....Kestrel 2....Collared Dove 3....Cormorant 2.... Whinchat 6..  Greenfinch 5....Turtle Dove 1.... Yellow Wagtail....Red-breasted Flycatcher....Scops Owl

                                                      Wryneck....Jynx torquila

                  

              

                                    Willow Warbler.....Phylloscopus trochilus

                                 

                                                    Whitethroat.....Sylvia communis

                        

                                                  Whinchat....Saxicola rubetra

                                    

                                                Turtle Dove....Streptopelia turtur

                                               Subalpine Warbler.....Sylvia cantillans

                

                                      Spotted Flycatcher.... Muscicapa striata                      

                                   

                      Subalpine Warbler juvenile left and Spotted Flycatcher right

                

                                            Red-backed Shrike....Lanius collurio

                                    

                                                  Little Egret....Egretta garzetta

               

                                                  Hoopoe ....Upupa epops

             

                                   Sardinian Warbler....Sylvia melanocephala 

               

                                         Carpenter Bee....Xylocopa violacea

             

                                     Silver washed fritillary....Argynnis paphia

             

                        Hummingbird Hawkmoth....Macroglossum stellatarum

            

From Alan....At Agyia 

 Six images by and copyright Alan Hargrave   

                                             Glossy Ibis....Plegadis falcinellus

                      

                            

                                      Marsh Harrier ....Circus aeruginosus    

                                

                                 

                                       Eleonora's Falcon....Falco eleonorae

                                   

                                     Willow Warbler....Phylloscopus trochilus

                            

 

 

14th September

Weather....0900....29.7oC....Sea, calm....Vis 20+ miles.....Cloud 60%....Wind, 3-7 m/s....1016mb

Todays highlight , see our resident Bonelli's Eagles again as the adult pair flew high over the house this morning. Little Egret and grey heron on migration and a large unknown tern seen near the herons that we could not get a good look at.

Species in and around Kaliviani....Goldfinch....Crested Lark.... Common Buzzard 3....Blackbird 4....       Blue Rock Thrush 3 m....Collared Dove....Hooded Crow 12....Greenfinch....Raven 4.... Stonechat 2.... Sardinian warbler 4....Griffon Vulture 8....Bonelli's Eagle 2....Great Tit 1.... Spotted Flycatcher 2....   Red-backed Shrike.... Italian Sparrow ....Little Egret 18....Grey Heron 6....Red-rumped Swallow 3.... and a large  unknown tern ?

                                                   Stonechat....Saxicola torquata 

                   

                                           Griffon Vulture ....Gyps fulvus 

                   

                                           Bonelli's Eagle....Aquila fasciata 

                                  

                                    

                         

              

From Alan.... 

Georgioupoli Lake now has a single ferruginous duck, a few shoveller and garganey, at least one common snipe, grey heron, female marsh harrier, and the pygmy cormorant.  Water level finally drained off a little. 

13th September

Weather....0900....30oC....Sea ....rippled....Vis 20+miles....Cloud 1% and building....Wind W 2-3B ....1015MB

Highlight today was 1 Marsh Harrier on migration , Antikythira had good numbers through yesterday but nothing else was seen.

Species Kaliviani....Crested Lark.... Blackbird....Hooded Crow....Blue Rock Thrush 2m 1f....Kestrel 1 Red-backed Shrike 1....Goldfinch....Common Buzzard 3.... Collared Dove 3....Sardinian Warbler 2.... Rock Dove.... Woodlark....Yellow-legged Gull 2...Scops Owl

 

 

12th September

We arrived back on Crete on the 10th onboard the ferry from Gythio to Kissamos and chose to spend the night in the camper on the Kaliviani beach road. We had hardly stopped when we heard a Barn Owl really close, a nice greeting.

We set off up to the house at 0700 on the 11th a lot to do but we kept a lookout for birds throughout the day.

Its good to be back ! We found that the water to our bird drinking stations was turned off so there has been no water on site, this was rectified straight away and we hope some birds will return or migrants drop in, also sheep had been grazing to keep the weeds down but they have overfed and the area has lost a lot of low cover and is a dust bowl !!! some rain is needed now to get things looking good again.

11th ......Temps in the mid 30sC it was very sticky with the humidity. After a long hot summer everything is looking very tired and dried out, the ground is dusty and there is not much green to be seen, however birds were about and we spotted Blue Rock Thrush f....Common Buzzard....Sardinian Warbler.... Stonechat.... Griffon Vulture 4....Blackbird....Italian Sparrow....Goldfinch....Hooded Crow.... Kestrel....  Crested Lark.... Collared Dove, we heard the Barn Owl again in the evening.

12th.....

Weather ...0900....26.5oC....Sea, Flat....Vis 20+ miles....Cloud 0.... Wind 0 .... 1015mb              At 1600hrs the temperature was 32.2oC

Kaliviani list....Black Kite 1....Hooded Crow....Blackbird....Raven 11....Goldfinch... Blue Rock Thrush 2....Sardinian Warbler....Eleonora's Falcon 2.... Crested Lark.... Woodlark....Kestrel....Collared Dove....Italian Sparrow. Not too many species but nice to see a Kite  and the Eleonora's.

We now have a camera trap and that has been set up tonight in the hope of capturing images of some of the mammals and maybe bats and Owls. 

A new moth for us very similar markings to the Heliothela ophideresana we found on the 6th March but its not the same. Thanks to agis Paliouras for the species name.

                                        Four-spotted ....Tyta luctuosa ( Nocctuidae )

                                  

 

If any visiting birders would like to contribute trip reports they will be gratefully received and credited accordingly and added to the "Trip Report" section.

 

 

11th September

Again Nikos gets lucky when he calls in at Moronis and has a fleeting glimpse of 39 Gull-billed Tern before they are disturbed and beat a hasty exit. Any pics Nikos ?

Once again thank you Nikos 

Image by and copyright Nikos Samaritakis

                                     Gull-billed Tern.... Gelochelidon nilotica 

              

 

 

 

 

9th September

Nikos found a Citrine Wagtail.... at Agyia hopefully he will send us a photo ;-)

Thanks very much Nikos !                                

Image by and copyright Nikos Samaritakis

                                            Citrine Wagtail....Motacilla citreola

               

 

 

8th September

Some images and report from Alan

Red-backed shrikes are seen more frequently now, but today was our first immature (1st winter?), at Drapanos Head. In the garden, warblers

All images by and copyright Alan Hargrave

                                          Red-backed Shrike....Lanius collurio

                      

                                      Subalpine Warbler....Sylvia cantillans 

                     

 

 

 

7th September

Some images and report from Alan

A day out to Anopolis (Sfakia)  produced a good variety of birds, though nothing unusual.  A flock of 80+ bee-eaters were very noisy high above us, but difficult to pick out, despite their numbers.  On the ground, six Hoopoe....three Jay... two Black-eared Wheatear, a few Northern....three Red-backed Shrike.... two Whitethroat..... two Willow Warbler, and glimpses only of a Lesser Grey Shrike.  Plenty of Griffon Vulture around this area as usual.  Most birds too distant for good images, so just a Kestrel - an immature/female?  Back at home, many Barn Swallow descended on our overhead cables with just one Red-rumped Swallow amongst them.

 All images by and copyright Alan Hargrave

                                                    Kestrel...Falco tinnunculus 

                            

                                     Red-rumped Swallow.... Cecropis daurica

                 

 

 

 

 

6th September

Some images and report from Alan

A successful trip to Agyia with UK birder, who managed three new lifetime birds while we were there.  Initially, a distant Purple Heron, which landed on a tree on the far side of the reservoir, but was subsequently viewed more closely, as it flew around with a couple of Grey Herons.  Scanning the distant hills we found three Griffon Vulture circling.  Then the "show" started proper, when an Eleanoras' Falcon was eventually joined by six more - all hunting on the far side, but occasionally one was above us.  Not a lot else to mention - Mallard, Mute Swan, probable Wood Sandpiper, Little Egret, Black-winged Stilt, and the usual residents.

 All images by and copyright Alan Hargrave

Eleonora's Falcon....Falco eleonorae 

                       

                                                      Grey and Purple Heron

                                    

 

 

 

3rd September

Some images from Alan

All images by and copyright Alan Hargrave

                                         Subalpine Warbler....Sylvia cantillans 

                        

                                   

                                            Whitethroat....Sylvia communis

                        

 

 

Ist September

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Nikos kickstarts September with a trip onto Rodopou peninsula ....                       Common Redstart....Spotted Fycatcher....Willow Warbler....Icterine Warbler Sardinian Warbler.... Woodchat Shrike....Red-backed Shrike...Northern Wheatear  Black-eared Wheatear...Blackbird....Goldfinch....Blue Tit ....Great Tit ...Whinchat   Crested Lark........Stonechat....Whitethroat all within a few metres of dry, windy land... Distant views of Griffon Vulture.... Kestrel....Buzzard....Marsh Harrier.... Peregrine Falcon....Bearded Vulture too...