12th Jan. At Neo Chorio.
Just for a change from crag martins, 3
At Kolymbari. Our first whinchat of the year, a female, put
in an appearance.
At Kamisiana. Another at whinchat.
Further along the coast. A marsh harrier; 2 black redstarts;
and a blackbird.
16th Jan. At Chania Hospital.
Yet again we saw 3 buzzards; plus a white wagtail and a black kite.
17th Jan. At Sirili. A
single swallow cheered us up.
Galatas. At Galatas there were two booted
28th Jan. Along
the Coast A
female whinchat fed along the coast. Further along were another 3 together
with a white wagtail. (This short trip was spoiled by three local hunters
who managed to shoot at least one collared dove).
29th Jan. At Topolia.
Were 3 griffon vultures and further down, towards the south coast, we saw
two pairs of wintering imperial eagles. Both pairs appeared to be
second year birds but the distance made certainty difficult.
At the nest site. Both adult bearded vultures were guarding
the nest, while a honey buzzard, several buzzards and 50+ crag martins all
made the trip worth while. On the way back a single griffon vulture and
another pair of bearded vultures were a bonus . Finally a steppe
buzzard caught our attention near Kolymbari.