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Local Bird Life

Maybe I shouldn't do this page as it is a subject I know nothing about but it is something that gives me enormous pleasure - watching the local wild birds from my home. There are great many birdwatchers who visit Kos, particularly in the spring, to see the many varieties of migratory birds that pass through here.

In particular, they will visit the salt flats at Tingaki and the wetlands in Psalidi - which are now both protected areas.

In the winter months you can see flamingos wading around and different sorts of geese who want to spend there winter in milder climes.

The Reverend Ray Hollands, an interesting gentleman who is also a wildlife artist, was on holiday here, and he very kindly sent me some information regarding the many varieties of birds that you can expect to find on the island. Along with the list of birds though he also sent me some beautiful sketches that he had done, for which I sincerely thank him.

 

The Bee-eater is a bird that I watch in the summer months and their colours literally sparkle like jewels in the sunshine. Usually there are quite a few of them darting around and as often as I have tried to take photographs of them they are always too quick for me.

 

 

As I say, I know nothing about birds but the roller is another bird that I am lucky enough to be able to sit and watch from home and I am finally learning its name!

 

 

This is another beautiful sketch of another beautiful bird - the Black-eared Wheatear.

I am also lucky enough to be able to sit in the summer evenings and watch hawks and buzzards soaring and hovering in the sky with Mount Dikeos offering a stunning background for their flight.

Below is the list of birds that Rev. Hollands made whilst he was here in 2008.

It is another aspect of the island of which not many people are aware and one which should, and could, be enjoyed by more people.

Kos, Kalymnos, Nysiros GREECE    Bird List 1-15 May 2008

 

 

 

Cory’s shearwater*

Balearic shearwater

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Little bittern*

Little egret

Squacco heron*

Flamingo

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Ruddy shelduck*

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Bonelli’s eagle*

Long-legged buzzard*

Eleonora’s falcon*

Hobby

Red-footed falcon*

Lesser kestrel

Kestrel

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Moorhen

Coot

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Spur-winged plover*

Ringed plover

Sanderling

Wood sandpiper

Green sandpiper

Curlew sandpiper*

Redshank

Turnstone

Black-winged stilt

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Yellow-legged gull

Black tern

Whiskered tern*

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Woodpigeon

Collared dove

Turtle dove

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Swallow

House martin

Swift

Alpine swift

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Bee-eater

Roller*

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Crested lark

Tawny pipit

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White wagtail

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Golden oriole

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Raven

Hooded crow

Chough

Jackdaw

Magpie

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Sardinian warbler

Cetti’s warbler

Garden warbler

Fantailed warbler (h)

Whitethroat (h)

Sedge warbler (h)

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Firecrest

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Spotted flycatcher

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Black-eared wheatear (black-throated form)*

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Blackbird

Nightingale (h)

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Great tit (h)

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House sparrow

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Chaffinch

Greenfinch

Goldfinch

Serin

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Black-headed bunting

Ortolan bunting*

Cretzschmar’s bunting*

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Total 66 species            *First time seen for

                                        RLH  15

 

 

 

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