What a fantastic week, wall to wall sunshine, a brilliant display of wild flowers, some superb birding and a great
group of participants. This all made for a great holiday and a very enjoyable time for me too! The weather was a
little too good at times with afternoon temperatures exceeding 25C, all the usual resident birds were in good form
but the abundance of migratory species was quite low, especially warblers and flycatchers, with the exception of a
couple of days it was hard work to find migrants.
Despite this we saw some smashing birds including the beautiful White Throated Robin, a rare visitor and
sporadic breeder. We found a rarity for Lesvos in the shape of a Calandra Lark, the first recorded for 10 years, we
had great views of Rufous Bush Robin, Collared Flycatcher, Cretzschmar’s and Cinereous Bunting, Kruper’s
Nuthatch, Roller, Golden Oriole and many more species. Our total came to 152 seen with another 3 species heard
but not seen, they were: Wren, Wood Pigeon, Common Cuckoo and the elusive Olive Tree Warbler.
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