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.
For me it was great to return to the Isles of Scilly after a 16-year break, they haven’t changed, they still retain their unique charm, beauty and tranquillity. The birding isn’t as good as the heady days of the past, but the...View Report
This was our second consecutive Autumn Migration Tour FOR 2018, it fell just short of the mark with regards to large raptor movements, we did see a few thousand birds but not en-masse as in the first week. Passerine migration was also po...View Report
RIO GUADIARO AT ESTACION DE CORTES Dawn and I were joined by John McClure, our American friend and budding birder also from Gaucin, for an afternoon of birding by the river. We just sat under our favourite tree and whiled away t...View Report