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.
It was unbelievable autumn migration throughout the UK because of the very unique weather conditions. An unprecedented number of Nearctic Birds arrived on the west coast of the UK including the Isles of Scilly. American Warblers wer...View Report
A somewhat wet and windy start to the tour developed into a sunshiny affair with a high count of species recorded. Bulgaria proved once again that its varied and interesting landscapes house a tremendous biodiversity of wildlife, es...View Report
We didn't let a couple of days of rain ruin this fantastic tour, we still enjoyed one of the most scenic tours you can find in Europe. The bird life, on and around, Lake Kerkini is prolific and a wonder to behold.View Report