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Birdwatching on Lesvos, Greek Islands

Birdwatching on the Greek Island of Lesvos

Lesvos is known to the birding world as one of the best locations in Europe to see migrating birds. The island's vast and varied landscape offers numerous species of birds exactly what they want and thus it is a haven not only for birds but for birdwatchers too who arrive in droves in the spring. This is also the best time to see the beautiful display of wildflowers. For people interested in birds the best place to stay is Skala Kaloni or Vatera.

Click here for photos of the Ponds and Tidal Pools that attract birds and wildlife in Lesvos.

WHERE TO WATCH BIRDS IN LESBOS- A BIRDER'S SITE GUIDE

    Kalloni Two Pool
    Spring: Garganey, Black-wingedStilt, Little and Temminck's Stint, Curlew and Wood Sandpiper, Little Ringedand Kentish Plover, Gray and Black-headed Wagtail, Citrine Wagtail, GlossyIbis, Whiskered, White-winged, Short-toed Lark and Olivaceous Warbler. Mute Swans, and even the occasional Whooper, have occurred here in a hardwinter.

    Kalloni West River
    Spring:White and Black Stork, Avocet, Black-winged Stilt, Great White and LittleEgret, Gray Heron, Terns, Gulls, Wood and Curlew Sandpiper, Greenshank,Curlew and Gray Plover, nesting Stone Curlew, Kentish and little Ringed Plover. In the scrubby areas, Corn and Black-headed Bunting, Wagtails and Wheatears are likely, with possible Great Crested and Black-necked Grebein the bay.

    Autumn: Whiteand Black Stork, Gray Heron, Gray Plover, Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit,Yellow and White Wagtail, Black-necked Grebe, Stone Curlew, Kingfisher,and possible rarer waders like Broad-billed Sandpiper.

    Potamia River
    Spring: Black and White Stork, Little Grebe, Squacco, Night and Gray Heron, Little Bittern, Little Crake, Bee-eater, Stone Curlew, Cetti's Warbler, hirundines.

    Parakila Marsh
    Spring: Little Grebe, Black-White Stilt,Little Ringed and Kentish Plover, Little Stint, Wood Sandpiper, Avocet,Little Egret, Gray, Purple. Night and Squacco Heron, Little Bittern, Shoveler(early spring only), Olivaceous Warbler, hirundines and swifts, Wheatearand possible Masked Shrike

    South of Parakila (also known as Devil's Bridge)
    Spring:Short-toed Eagle, Long-legged Buzzard, Eleonora's, Rock Nuthatch, Black-earedWheatear, Red-rumped Swallow, Cretzschmar's and Cinereous Bunting.

    Potamia Valley and Kalloni Inland Lake
    Spring: LittleBittern, Night, Purple and Squacco Heron, Marsh Harrier, Little and SpottedCrake, Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Alpine Swift, Hirundines, Cetti'sand Olivaceous Warbler, Nightingale, Whiskered and White-winged Black Tern.

    Autumn: White,Yellow and Gray Wagtail, Cetti's Warbler, Whitethroat, Whinchat, SpottedFlycatcher, Cirl Bunting, Wryneck, Greenshank, Ruff, Little Stint, Kingfisher,Red-rumped Swallow, Alpine Swift, Sand and Crag Martin.

    Kalloni East River
    This section is probably the best area to view singing Olivaceous and Great Reed Warblers soon after they arrive from mid to late April; again before the vegetation becomes too rampant. Short-toed Larks, buntings and the odd Hoopoe are also likely along here; and this is usually the first site one encounters returning Black-headed Bunting in late April. Possible birds likely anywhere along the East River are almost too numerous to mention.

    Click here for photos of the Ponds and Tidal Pools that attract birds and wildlife in Lesvos.


Birdwatching on Lesvos, Greek Islands

Birdwatching on Lesvos, Greek Islands

Birdwatching on Lesvos, Greek Islands

Birdwatching on Lesvos, Greek Islands

Birdwatching on Lesvos, Greek Islands

Birdwatching on Lesvos, Greek Islands

Birdwatching on Lesvos, Greek Islands

Birdwatching on Lesvos, Greek Islands

Birdwatching on Lesvos, Greek Islands



Birdwatching on Lesvos, Greek IslandsThis guy fell out of it's nest and landed at my feet while I was sitting in the cafeneon in the Platia. We took him home and fed him until he was old enough to fly away.

Despite being the symbol of wisdom in ancient Greece, many villagers see owls as bad luck and children ran away in terror when they saw me holding this one.

After this, everytime an owl fell from a tree he was brought by the villagers to our house to raise until he flew away.

- Matt Barrett


GEOGRAPHY, FAUNA AND BIOTYPES

Lesvos was originally joined to the coast of Asia Minor,but was detached by powerful geological disturbances. It is 70 kms long by 45 kms wide, with an area of 1630 sq. kms. It has 2 large bays, Kalloni's and Gera's, both with narrow entrances. These two bays are famous for their marine life and their beauty. Though there are no permanent large rivers with a steady flow of water, there are abundant springs, and water-courses in winter and spring at least. Some of the river mouths and pools are semi-tidal and never dry out, even in autumn. Indeed, strong winds in the right direction at this time of year can whip up the sea and send it some way up the river's mouth. Such areas include Kalloni East and West Rivers, Skala EressosRiver, and the inter-tidal rivers and pools at the area known as "Derbyshire".

Moreover, the island's 2 sets of salt pans, certainly those at Skala Polichnitos, usually remain wet. Although the main Kalloni Salt Pans have been known to dry up, there is always some water in the surrounding channels.

The main marshes and flatlands, then, occur around Kalloni, Skala Eressos and Sigri; and the hilliest areas are in the west around Eressos, to the north around Mythimna (Molivos), and to the east around Agiassos; and the nearby Mt. Olympus, peaking at 3500 ft, is the highest point on the island after Mount Lepetimnos, actually one metre higher! These uplands are usually cloaked mainly in pines and holme oak, with olives on the lower reaches, and, around Agiassos, some stands of deciduous woodland, including sweet chestnut. Around the coast, especially, there are large areas of low-lying scrub and grassland, often with a profusion of wildflowers in the spring. Further inland, the dried-up river beds ( for example just up from Skala Eressos ) offer similar "arid" scrub with its own special birds - like Rufous Bushchat.

The basic geography of Lesbos, together with its size and location so close to the Turkish coast, mark it out as an area of varied habitats, with some good wetlands, likely to prove extremely attractive to spring and autumn migrants; wet enough to keep a fair variety of wintering wildfowl, waders etc.; yet also playing host to a good mix of breeding birds - some of them, like Cinereous Bunting and Kruper's Nuthatch, quite outstanding.

To make access easier, and to minimize disturbance to the birds, a car is recommended. Birds generally feel far less threatened, and in consequence are far more approachable than if viewed on foot or by bicycle.


Birdwatching on Lesvos, Greek IslandsThis page comes from the excellent Birding in Lesvos by Richard Brooks. The photos (with the exception of the owl) come from his book but I made copies using a digital camera. The actual photos in the book are far superior. Whether you have an interest in birds or not I encourage you to buy this book as a valuable natural guide to the island.

You can write to Richard at Kiln Cottage, 24 Croxton Hamlet, Fulmodeston, Fakenham, Norfolk,GB, NR21 0NP or by FAX at 01328 878-632. In Kaloni this book and other English language books are available at PERDIKA MARIORA on Ermou street in the market.

Used with permission from Matt Barrett's Guide to Lesvos
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