3rd Jan. At Neo Chorio. At home a wintering booted eagle soared over the valley.
5th Jan. At Neo Chorio. Two separate male goshawks flew low over the garden looking for a tasty snack.
9th Jan. On the coast. A friend found two early cattle egrets - an indicator that spring is not far away.
11th Jan. On the coast. Small flocks of linnets and meadow pipits.
At Neo Chorio. A scops owl was calling for much of the afternoon, presumably someone or something disturbed it as they are normally strictly nocturnal.
12th Jan. At Glossa. A steppe buzzard was circling over one of the olive groves in search of food.
13th Jan. At Neo Chorio. Two pairs of ravens were displaying vigorously with lots of "kronking" and much rapid twisting and turning. Again, spring is coming.
16th Jan. At Neo Chorio. Unusually, a griffon vultures flew along the valley, presumably crossing from one feeding ground to another. Later a flock of crag martins were feeding nearby. They are forced to lower ground in winter.
20th Jan. At Neo Chorio. A male stonechat was in the garden, unusual as they normally prefer more open habitats but this was not the nominate race, but was so brightly coloured it must have belonged to one of the eastern races, probably armenica.
23rd Jan. At Dempia. There was a booted eagle. And
At Kamisiana. A flock of 5 chiffchaffs were actively feeding in some tamarisk bushes.
24th Jan. A drive up into the mountains. Rewarded us with views of 11 griffon vultures; a pair of bonellis eagles; a flock of 6 honey buzzards; a single lanner falcon; a feeding frenzy of 30+ ravens; and good views of my beloved bearded vulture, this an immaculate adult.
27th Jan. At Neo Chorio. More crag martins and 2 swallows.
28th Jan. On the coast. There were more flocks of linnets; meadow pipits; and now greenfinches. Also a great crested grebe was fishing just yards offshore.
29th Jan. Another drive up into the mountains. This time we found a kestrel; lots of ravens; several flocks of crag martins; a pair of bonellis eagles; a lanner falcon; 6 griffon vultures; a serin; a female whinchat; and lovely views of a pair of lesser kestrels that delighted us with their fast wheeling and diving as they hunted along a mountainside.
At Kandanos. There was a real raven feeding frenzy with over 70 fighting over some kind of food. We keep seeing very large numbers at this particular spot so assume some brave soul is feeding them. Well done and keep it up!