Crete Birding

                                      November 2013

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23rd November

From Nikos.......A drive towards Sfakia revealed distant sightings of Bearded Vulture, Griffon Vulture, Golden Eagle, Imperial  Eagle, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, and Sparrowhawk...

21st November

A very nice Pied Wagtail (ssp yarrelli ) and a possible Caspian Gull, found at Souda by Nikos also...... Passing through Souda: Grey heron, Little egret, Great egret, Common buzzard, Cormorant, 2 Sandwich terns, 2 Coots, Moorhens, Kingfisher, Common sandpiper, Common redshank, Yellow-legged gulls and groups of Meadow pipits and White wagtails. 

Image by and copyright Nikos Samaritakis 

                                  Pied Wagtail....Motacilla alba ssp yarrelli 






18th November

New trip report from George Watola from UK added in "Trip reports 2013"

Spotted eagle still around Kournas area , may be last years overwintering bird back again.

Over the weekend Nikos spotted  Squacco Heron still at Agyia, while at Moronis: Kingfisher, Great Egret, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Yellow-legged Gull, Common Sandpiper and two Redshank





10th November

The following from Alan....

Images 7 by and copyright Alan Hargrave

Black stork and Lapwing at Kavros , Bonelli's Eagle and Spotted Eagle at Kournas 

                                                  Black Stork ....Ciconia nigra



                                               Lapwing....Vanellus vanellus


                                            Bonelli's Eagle.....Aquila fasciata



                                          Spotted Eagle....Aquila clanga



 One Image by and copyright Nikos Samaritakis at Kournas lake

                                Black-necked Grebe.... Podiceps nigricollis


Also from Nikos.....Giorgioupoli-Kournas-Petres... Some of the birds seen: Pygmy and Great cormorant, Grey heron, Coot, Moorhen, Little grebe, Kingfisher, Peregrine, Buzzard, Griffon vulture, Great spotted eagle, Yellow-legged gull, Teal, Pochard etc... Some friends got luckier and even saw Bonelli's eagle, Black stork and Lapwing... My focus was on the Black-necked grebes...


On the 9th Merlin at Agyia

One image by and copyright Alison Hargrave

                                                 Merlin.....Falco columbarius






10th November 2013

After a few weeks travelling we are back with some reports from the island.

A couple of birds we spotted and watched for hours in the Peloponnese, birds that we would love to see on Crete !!  


                                           Rock Nuthatch... Sitta neumayer



                                        Zitting Cisticola....Cisticola juncidis



                                           MEANWHILE BACK ON CRETE


There have been a good few sightings of Spotted Eagle near to Agyia in the last two weeks.  

One today present near Kournas Lake along with Black Kite and a Bonelli's Eagle. 

Yesterday a couple of Black stork and a Lapwing near Kavros.

Record numbers of Black Kite on the island this year mostly in the Heraklion municipality.

Great bittern at Agyia also a few late Squacco Heron to be found.

On the 1st November 22 Crane ( Grus grus) sighted over Knossos.

Short-toed Eagle also being seen.

Hopefully Nikos and Alan will send some of their images for the weekend 

An update for October 23rd added from Alan.

The Birding Satnav co-ordinates page ( In the dropdown under Crete Birding Locations) updated with info of GE and GPS co-ords supplied by Bo Eriksson.

Also a trip report added under 2013 by Bo Eriksson