Crete Birding

                                                      MARCH 2015

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30th -31st March

Montagu's Harrier 1 male 31st

Numbers increasing of Marsh Harrier, with 7 male seen on 31st and a single female

A Nightingale ( for a change ) posed for pictures on the 30th 

Species list Kaliviani area....

Cormorant.... Hooded Crow ....Chaffinch....Marsh Harrier 10.... Nightingale ....Sparrowhawk 2.... Subalpine Warbler.... Meadow Pipit.... Wryneck. Common Buzzard....Barn Swallow.... Swift....Cetti's Warbler....Greenfinch....Blackcap....Kestrel 2....Alpine Swift....Sardinian Warbler....Montagu's Harrier....Yellow-legged Gull. 



23rd- 29th

Ruppell's Warbler unknown location (Nikos) 23rd

Woodchat Shrike near Argyroupoli (Alan)  24th

c1000 Garganey off Agyia Galini (Nikos) 24th 

Hen Harrier at Akrotiri 25th

Moronis a group of Purple Heron (17) and a group of Black-winged Stilt (12 ) at Moronis

Several flocks of Grey Heron sighted at various locations ranging from 5 -c20 

Whiskered Tern 1 at Aygia on 25th

Record numbers of Subalpine Warbler this year they seem to be everywhere this week  

We heard our first Cuckoo on 25th

An excellent week for Subalpine Warblers with I think record numbers this year.

27th Little Crake and Squacco Heron seen by Nikos On the 26th thunderstorms came in the afternoon from the south bringing lots of sand from Africa with it visibility was very poor , this carried on to the 27th  

On the 27th our first spring sightings of Willow Warbler, Redstart, Wryneck, Curlew Sandpiper, Whinchat and Woodchat Shrike, a single White Stork was seen also and again on the 29th


Finishing off our trip this week at Giorgopouli on 23rd  

Grey Heron, Cetti's Warbler, Yellow-legged Gull, House Sparrow, Common Sandpiper, Shag, Cormorant, Hoopoe 2 Red-throated Pipit, Northern Wheatear, Little Egret 5, Greenshank 1, Yellow Wagtail (feldegg) Snipe 1,                 Little Ringed Plover, Wood Sandpiper 1, Stonechat, Collared Dove, Coot, Moorhen, Blackcap, Hooded Crow,             Common Buzzard.

24th Falasarna ...

Northern Wheatear,Subalpine Warbler, Hoopoe, Green Sandpiper,Little ringed Plover c10, Yellow wagtail, Linnet, White Wagtail, Yellow-legged Gull, Stonechat, Blackcap... We were looking for a specific flower so did not go all out for birds !!

Kaliviani and Kissamos area list for 24th - 29th .......59 species

Chiffchaff, Chaffinch, blackbird, Subalpine Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Cormorant 3, Little Egret 4, Grey Heron 2, Hooded Crow, Yellow-legged Gull, Italian sparrow, Great Tit, Common Buzzard, House Martin, Peregrine Falcon  Red-rumped Swallow, Meadow Pipit, Griffon Vulture, Sparrowhawk , Woodlark, Marsh Harrier 1m 1f. Blackcap, Hoopoe, Willow Warbler, Redstart, White Stork, Whinchat , Wryneck, Woodchat Shrike, Curlew Sandpiper, Kestrel, Little Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Crested Lark, Barn Swallow, Raven White Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, Northern Wheatear, Black-eared Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush, House Sparrow, Linnet, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Stonechat, Moorhen, Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Barn Owl, Scops Owl, Nightingale, Tree Pipit,  Swift, Alpine Swift, Cetti's Warbler, Blue Tit. 







At Agyia , a Wryneck on the 17th

Semi-collared Flycatcher on 19th at Spili and others on the 20th and 22nd , unknown locations

Nightingale at Hersonisis on 21st

Caspian Tern unknown location  22nd 

Subalpine Warbler numbers increasing and to be seen everywhere

Northern Wheatear lots about from 18th

Hen Harrier 18th Kaliviani

Bearded Vulture1 adult at Imbros

Bonelli's Eagle 2 at Kourtaliako Gorge on 20th.  5 in Imbros area on 22nd

Eastern Imperial Eagle 1 Imbros on 22nd

Black Kite Giorgopouli on 22nd

Woodchat Shrike at Vai on 22nd 



Kaliviani species 16th-18th....

Marsh Harrier male 1, Yellow Wagtail, Yellow-legged Gull, Hooded Crow,Common Buzzard , Raven, Chaffinch, Crested Lark, Kestrel, Griffon Vulture. Hen Harrier 2 male, Grey Heron 6, Cetti's Warbler, Subalpine Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Marsh Harrier 1 male, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Collared Dove, Italian Sparrow.

A trip over to Falasarna on the 18th .....

Yellow-legged Gull, Caspian Gull, Stonechat 2, Little Egret 1, Kestrel 1, Little Ringed Plover 10+, Grey Plover 1, Green Sandpiper 3, Ruff 1, Grey Heron 2, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Crag Martin, Yellow Wagtail,  Great Tit,        White Wagtail, Collared Dove, Sedge Warbler 1, Common Buzzard 3, Hoopoe 3, Crested Lark 2, Meadow Pipit 2, Black Redstart 2, Blackbird 3, Northern Wheatear 20+, Subalpine Warbler c30,  Blackcap , Sardinian Warbler, Robin .

19th -22nd  few days to visit Spili, Kourtaliako Gorge, Frangokastello, Chora Sfakion

19th Spili area.....

Griffon Vulture, Blackbird, Common Buzzard,  Stonechat, Cormorant, Yellow-legged Gull, Collared Dove, Chaffinch, Woodlark, Semi-collared Flycatcher male 1, Raven, Blue tit, Meadow Pipit, Sardinian Warbler, Corn Bunting, Chukar, Green Sandpiper 1, Subalpine Warbler , Scops Owl.  

Mammals Hare 1

20th Spili - Skotoli via Kourtaliako Gorge....


Chiffchaff, Woodlark, Stonechat, Collared Dove,Chaffinch, House Sparrow, Hooded Crow, Meadow Pipit, Kestrel, Griffon Vulture, Yellow-legged Gull, Kestrel, Blackcap. 

Kourtaliako Gorge....

Chough c20, Griffon Vulture , Bonelli's Eagle 2, Raven, Kestrel, Goldfinch, Blue Rock Thrush, Crag Martin, Common Buzzard, Blackcap, Sparrowhawk.

21st Skotoli - Chora Sfakion via Frangokastello

Griffon Vulture, Black Redstart, Greenfinch, Hooded Crow, Chiffchaff,  Stonechat, Goldfinch,  Common Buzzard, Song Thrush, Raven, Sardinian Warbler, Blackcap, Great Tit, Subalpine Warbler, Rock Dove, Robin, Woodlark, Italian Sparrow, Alpine Swift, Yellow-legged Gull, Meadow Pipit, Crested Lark, Northern Wheatear, Crag Martin, Swift, Kestrel, Black-headed Gull c20, Starling 1, Linnet, Barn Swallow, Blackbird, Collared Dove, Chukar,       Scops Owl, Barn Owl 1

22nd Chora Sfakion - Giorgopouli via Imbros

Yellow-legged Gull, Woodlark, Common Buzzard, House Martin, Alpine Swift, Greenfinch, Crested Lark, Chukar,      Collared Dove, Goldfinch, Griffon Vulture, Great Tit, Hooded Crow, Blackbird, Chaffinch, Rock Dove , Raven , Kestrel, Crag Martin, Wood Pigeon, Blue Tit, Wren, Semi-collared Flycatcher 1, Bonelli's Eagle 5,  Jay, Serin,             Blue Rock Thrush, Bearded Vulture 1 adult,  Stonechat, Blackcap.

Giorgopouli ... Grey Heron, Barn Swallow, Coot, Moorhen, Little Grebe, Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Cetti's Warbler, Black Kite 1, Cormorant, White Wagtail, House Sparrow.






9th -15th

Common Buzzard again the most prolific migrant at the moment , 460+ seen passing through the week and that's only what we counted in the few hours spent watching. One Steppe Buzzard amongst them .

We spotted Egyptian Vulture again, a single bird on the 11th and 14th, we think it was the one seen in February the same 4CY . The bird on 14th possibly the same but high and distant and heading off north from the island, plumage not seen properly to say though. Nice all the same as these are rarely seen in spring.  Kaliviani

The Subalpine Warbler makes its return with individuals seen at various locations, here at Kaliviani on the 15th we spotted many, unusually flighty and secretive.

Booted Eagle, a pale morph at Agyia 10th an a dark morph at Kaliviani 15th 

Redshank numbers around the same at souda and Wood sandpiper starting to show up.

The 12th was the best day of the week with 36 species seen at Kaliviani 

Red-rumped Swallow, Barn Swallow, Crag Martin, House Martin, Alpine Swift and Swift all showed up during the week. 12th  Kaliviani

Lesser Kestrel was a nice find with four birds seen in Kaliviani area between 12th/15th 

Spotted Eagle 11th and 12th Kaliviani

Hen Harrier and a nice male Pallid Harrier on 12th Kaliviani

Sandwich Tern 12th Kissamos 

Grey Plover 14th Falasarna 

Kingfisher, Souda 12th ?

A Scarce Swallowtail butterfly on 15th was the first seen for sometime.

Bearded Vulture , continues to show well at  Psiloritis Mount Ida area

Black-winged Stilt , Little Egret and Grey Heron and Red-throated Pipit showing well at Giorgopouli area.  

Black Kite (5) at Arkadi landfill site 

West of Kissamos sightings  50 species.......

Griffon Vulture....Common Buzzard....Chiffchaff....Blackcap....Yellow-legged Gull....Hooded Crow....Blackbird.... Song Thrush....Linnet....Chaffinch....Greenfinch....Crag Martin....Great Tit....Cetti's Warbler....Crested Lark.... Kestrel.... Raven....Woodlark....Black Redstart....Egyptian Vulture....Serin....Goldfinch....Meadow Pipit....Swift .... Cormorant....Italian Sparrow....Sparrowhawk....Rock Dove....Barn Swallow.... Robin....Yellow Wagtail....       White Wagtail....Blue Tit....Stonechat....Steppe Buzzard....Spotted Eagle.... Collared Dove....House Martin....   Red-rumped Swallow....Hen Harrier....Sandwich Tern....Alpine Swift....Pallid Harrier....Lesser Kestrel....             Corn Bunting....Sardinian Warbler....Peregrine Falcon....Little Ringed Plover....Booted Eagle.....Subalpine Warbler 








1st- 8th March


Common Buzzard passed through most days when weather was favourable nearly 800 birds we counted we probably missed many more....200+ 1st ..50+ 2nd ..100+  4th    400+ 5th.. 15 on the  8th 

A Golden Eagle seen on 1st and 4th  Bonelli’s eagle 4th  and 5th

Little Crake seen at Agyia on the 6th

A Black-tailed Godwit at a Elounda

Hoopoes appeared on the 7th we had our first at Falasarna on the 8th others also reported singles at various locations on the 8th

Northern Wheatear starting to appear in numbers

Scops Owl heard at Kaliviani but others heard  at various locations for last few weeks

Black-winged Stilt at Giorgopouli and possibly the same bird at Almyros Bay

Glossy Iibis still at Agyia

Pygmy Cormorant still at Giorgopouli water.

Spotted Eagle on 5th at Kaliviani and one at Bramiana on 6th

Redshank are still at Moronis



West of Kissamos sightings 46 species.......

Common Buzzard....Black Redstart....Raven....Chaffinch.... Italian sparrow.... Blackbird....Song Thrush....     Cetti’s Warbler....   Hooded Crow....Golden Eagle.... Sardinian Warbler....House Martin.... Chiffchaff.... Serin.... Greenfinch....Crested Lark.... Blackcap....Sardinian Warbler....Griffon Vulture.... Stonechat....Kentish Plover.... Little Ringed Plover.... Yellow-legged Gull....Blue Tit....Great Tit.... Corn Bunting....Robin.... Linnet....Rock Dove      White Wagtail.... Collared Dove....Cirl Bunting......Chukar...Bonelli’s Eagle.... Woodlark.... Kestrel...Crag Martin...  Meadow Pipit.... Goldfinch.... Sparrowhawk....Cormorant....Barn Swallow....Hoopoe....Blue Rock Thrush....     Little Egret....Scops Owl