The group of eight from Oxford RSPB Members Group became ‘ wing-spanners’ for seven days as they
arrived in bright sunshine on the beautiful island of Lesvos to join me, Bob Buckler of Wingspan Bird Tours
for a fabulous week-long bird-watching holiday. We packed the luggage onto the bus with the minimum of
fuss and set off for Skala Kalloni in the centre of the island, we arrived within the hour and checked into the
Pasiphae Hotel which was to be our base for the next seven nights. After a short settling in period we set off
for our first birding excursion, which was to be the salt pans adjacent to Kalloni.
The late afternoon light was superb and so were the birds, within minutes we were watching a good selection
of waders; Kentish Plovers, Wood Sandpiper, Ruff, Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint, Avocet, Greenshank,
Spotted Redshank and a single Marsh Sandpiper, most of which were passing migrants. A pair of Stone
Curlews appeared, they looked as if they changed places on a nest located on a grassy embankment, and next
a stunning Black-headed Bunting distracted us as it perched on a nearby fence-post.
We had a smashing week of sunshine and birding, it was a little too hot at times but we really enjoyed the rapot migration and the birds of La Janda.Overall the raptor passage was sporadic and not as good as recent years, there were one ...View Report
A long-weekend tour of this magnificent coastline included visits to Lindisfarne (Holy Island), Inner Farne, Staple Island and Coquet Island a little further south. It was fantastic, a birder's heaven and one of the best birding expe...View Report
It was another very successful Tour of these three unique and contrasting areas, the scenery was stunning, the birds were amazing and the group was fantastic, we all gelled well and everyone enjoyed the trip. If anything, the weather was...View Report