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.
What a difference a year makes. Last year we saw about 1 million Nettle Tree Butterflies and we had a huge influx of Rose-coloured Starlings. This year we saw one individual Nettle Tree Butterfly and no Rose-coloured Starlings. Our...View Report
This tour was another classic ‘Lesvos’ spring trip, plenty of water, plenty of sightings in stunning scenery and lovely sunshine. Flowers and butterflies enhanced our enjoyment of this beautiful place. Birding highlights incl...View Report
It was another very successful WINGSPAN TOUR of this beautiful part of Africa and resulted in an impressive list of nearly 200 species. The trip was made so much more pleasurable because the group were so fantastic, they gelled really we...View Report