Saturday 4 May 2024

Lesvos- Day 8- 24th April 2024

A adventure:

There is always time for last minute birding and we got ourselves packed and out before 9am having said our farewells to Thekla and the Pela.

 Bye puppies! - Antony Wren

A final bakery stop for some take home Kalouri and then off to the Tsiknias river mouth where the Bee-eaters were the best we had seen all week. Absolutely magic.

Bee-eater - Antony Wren

Bee-eater - Antony Wren

Our last bump through the middle was curtailed by Helen and Geoff finding a Scops Owl at Soumaria. I asked them nicely to stay with the bird and off we went. They have been very tricky to see in recent springs - the Owls that is.

Scops Owl - Antony Wren

Scops Owl - Andrew Litchfield

It glared at us and the quickly assembling birders and was a new bird for everyone despite hearing several.

Watching the clock meant a quick escape and another five minute stop at the NW corner of the saltpans where a pallid 2cy Peregrine (thanks Killian) was keeping people guessing.


More farewells and off to the airport and I joked about looking out for the Dalmatian Pelican and there it was in the channel as we whizzed past. For a laugh I suggested we do the same for the Pygmy Cormorants and one was diving in Kalami Pool and the other three were in their dead tree in the channel in Kalami Marsh.

What a way to finish up a magnificent week in sometimes challenging weather with 183 species of bird and over 30 butterflies and of course the warmth and hospitality of the wonderful people that we call our friends both islanders and visitors alike.

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