|Lesvos - easy birding and natural history|
|26 Apr - 3 May 2017 (1 week)|
Natural History & More
A week of easy birding during the spring migration on the beautiful island of Lesvos in the Aegean Sea.
From the pleasant fishing harbour of Skala Kalloni we will explore the lovely island of Lesvos, one of the largest in the Aegean. The island is now famous for its birdlife and we have timed this holiday to catch the best of the spring migration and the arrival of many birds that will breed on the island. We should enjoy pleasant temperatures and quiet walks before the majority of tourists arrive. The trip is an ideal introduction to birds and birdsong for those who want some easy birding at an ideal time of year.
Our hotel is within walking distance of the Kalloni wetlands which contain the prime birding spots on the island, often with large numbers of waders, herons and terns. Birds that can be found in the marshes and salt pans here include glossy ibis, black and white stork, greater flamingo, purple and squacco heron, great white egret, avocet, black-winged stilt, ruff, wood sandpiper, Kentish plover, stone curlew and whiskered, gull-billed and white-winged terns.
During the week we will be visiting many parts of the island to look for the special birds such as Achladeri woodlands for Kruper's nuthatch, Kavaki for Ruppell's warbler and the west of the island for rock nuthatch and both cinereous and ortolan buntings. We will also spend time at a raptor watch point with possibility of seeing short-toed eagle, long-legged buzzard, marsh and Montagu's harriers, red-footed falcon and peregrine. On our walks there should be middle spotted woodpecker, roller, bee-eater, golden oriole and Cretzchmar’s and black-headed buntings. Nightingale, corn bunting, serin and crested lark are all common. There will also be time to see and enjoy the other wildlife to be found on the island.
Single Room Supplement £120
Leaders: Mike Russell and Philip Precey