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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Our total list of 135 was somewhat lower than the average of 150 because of the bad weather and unseasonal cold spells. We also missed about 10 species because we couldn’t visit the coastal sites as usual because a major link road ...View Report
Our first morning went like a dream except for the delayed arrival of one flight. Four of us had arrived last night and met up for breakfast and then at 11am we drove to the airport to collect the other four participants, they arrived 25...View Report
It had been a truly lovely experience, a trip that vastly exceeded all of our expectations, I have fallen in love with this area. There can’t many places left in Europe where vast areas are devoid of human activity, the tranquillit...View Report