Bird news beginning of July

Bird news

We visited the wetlands of the N Kalloni gulf coast and some adjacent olive groves and agricultural areas early in the morning. This summer is a relatively mild one with temperatures that haven't exceeded 34 degrees (and only for 1-2 days!).

Here are the highlights of the bird sightings:

Kalloni Pans north, olive groves

Western Rock Nuthatch 5

Sombre Tit 3

Masked Shrike 2

Turtle Dove 2, Middle Spotted Woodpecker 2

Western Rock Nuthatch
Western Rock Nuthatch_ E. Galinou
Sombre Tit
Sombre Tit
Kalloni Pans east side

Dalmatian Pelican 5

Black Stork 1, Spoonbill 9

Glossy Ibis 1

Great White Egret 2, Little White Egret 6

Greenshank 4

Curlew 2

Common Tern 25, Little Tern 13

Zitting Cisticola 1

Flamingos, Black-winged Stilt, Black-headed Gulls, Cormorants, Red-rumped Swallows

Kalloni Pans north, west and south side

Ruddy Shelduck 5

Black Stork 2 (in a small stream to the pans)

Pied Avocet 115

Slender-billed Gull 7

Bee-eater 32 (at their nesting colonies at six different sites!)

Short-toed Eagle 1

Flamingos, Black-winged Stilt, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Corn Bunting, House Sparrow

Dalmatian Pelicans
Dalmatian Pelicans_ E. Galinou
Glossy Ibis
Record shot of the Glossy Ibis
Black Storks
Black Storks
Tsiknias to Kalloni Pans track

Crag Martin 5

Bee-eater 6

Olivaceous Warbler 3

Corn Bunting, House and Spanish Sparrow, Red-rumped and Barn Swallow

Tsiknias river

Black Stork 1

Little Ringed Plover 1

Nightingale 1, Olivaceous Warbler 2

Woodchat Shrike 1

House and Spanish Sparrow, Corn Bunting, Goldfinch

Metochi lake

Green Sandpiper 1

Coot 2, Moorhen 1, Little Grebe 2, Grey Heron 1

House and Spanish Sparrow, Corn Bunting, Common Swift

Kerami (Potamia) reservoir

Little Grebe 27

Yellow-legged Gull 30

Western Rock Nuthatch 3

Masked Shrike 4

Common Buzzard 3

Potamia hidden pool

Night Heron 1

Coot 8, Little Grebe 5

Masked Shrike 1

Masked Shrike- juv.
Masked Shrike juv
Woodchat Shrike
Woodchat Shrike_ E. Galinou
Complete checklists submitted online can be accessed here:

e-bird  (updated throughout the year and where we submit the Kalloni EIC records in the long term)

observado- lesvos (active during April-May and September by Dutch visitor birders)

bird-track (by British visitor birders)

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