|Black-winged Stilt feeding.|
The weather in the Eastern Mediterranean has been a bit unpredictable this year just as it has here, and it has had a significant impact on the pattern of migration.
|Female Red-footed Falcon|
The pools and wetlands beside the entrance to the salt works were dry and there was a much more limited suite of birds to be found there.
|Eastern Bonelli's Warbler displaying|
We saw only one Montague’s Harrier and no Pallid Harriers on the whole trip, again in stark contrast with previous visits. Ruppell’s Warblers were not present in their regular haunt between Petra and Molivos.
|Bee-eaters at the saltpans.|
|Meladia Valley Little Owl|
|Cinerous Bunting Ipsilou Monastery|
We still found and enjoyed Cinereous and Cretzchmar’s Buntings, found a pair of Kruper’s Nuthatches at a nest hole and had great views of a displaying and singing Eastern Bonnelli’s Warblers.
One of the highlights for me was three displaying Great Spotted Cuckoos at almost point-blank range,
|Great spotted Cuckoo|
another was the colony of Great Reed warblers near the ford in the Tsiknias River
|Great Redd Warbler|
and a displaying Chukar Partridge so pumped up that it ignored us!
Another treat in Lesvos are the Nightingales that seem to be singing everywhere and the amazing abundance of Corn Buntings, almost the default bird in farmland.
|Nightingale and Corn Bunting|
We saw some great things and of course loved the unspoiled nature of the island and its fabulous wildflowers, olive groves and woodlands. The hospitality and warmth of the islanders was as welcoming as it has always been, the Greek Orthodox celebrations in Skala Kalloni were both spectacular and moving. I am quite certain that I will be going back again another year.
|Little Stint and Temminck's Stints side by side|
|Black-headed Wagtail (Yellow Wag ssp.)|
|Red throated Pipit|