|1st April. At Neo Chorio. We saw hundreds of house martins; plus a few swifts streaming by.|
Along the coast. 3 black eared wheatears; 2 eleonoras falcons; a booted eagle; and a griffon vulture.
|2nd April. At Neo Chorio. Many hundreds of both swallows and house martins again by.|
At Chania. While loading some shopping into our car in the car park at the new Lydl supermarket in Chania we watched
a flock of 10 booted eagles lazily circling low overhead.
|3rd April. At Neradzia. A single hobby. Along the coast we found 2 black eared wheatears; a little stint; lots of swallows; 2 white wagtails; a little egret and about 40 yellow wagtails - one of which no longer had a wag as it had lost its tail!|
4th April. At Kolymbari. A black eared wheatear; and an adult greater flamingo! The latter obviously exhausted as it tried to rest in a recently ploughed field. Further along the coast we found a fine male montagues harrier harrying some gulls; about 20 yellow wagtails; 2 black eared wheatears; a late kingfisher; 2
common sandpipers; a pair of white wagtails; dozens of house martins; and:
At Polymarchi. A flock of over 1,000 swallows.
5th April. At a nearby gorge. 3 honey buzzards; a hobby; a hen harrier; 2 lesser kestrels; a hoopoe; a blue rock thrush; a pair of nesting griffon vultures; a pair of nesting ravens; a flock of 4 booted eagles; a flock of 6+ collared flycatchers; and a single spotted flycatcher.
At the nest site. we saw both adult bonellis eagles and the chick in the nest.
Along the coast. we found a flock of 5 honey buzzards; 1 wheatear; a moorhen; several dozen yellow wagtails; 2 woodchat shrikes; a black winged stilt; 2 redshank; 2 little ringed plovers; a little stint; and a purple heron.
6th April. At Neo Chorio. A pair of short toed eagles were being mobbed by a pair of ravens. Then a pale morph booted eagle was being mobbed by a hooded crow; and later a pair of booted eagles slipped by. Then a lanner falcon was making a good job of beating up a buzzard.
8th April. On the coast. Were a hoopoe; 2 wood sandpipers; a little ringed plover; and several dozen yellow wagtails; some of which were female - they seem to follow about a week after the males.
9th April. At Neo Chorio. Several serins were flittering around the garden.
10th April. At Neo Chorio. Another hobby while on the coast were 3 woodchat shrikes; a spotted flycatcher; 2 moorhen; a little egret; 2 wood sandpipers; a common sandpiper; and a little ringed plover.
11th April. Near Glossa. We saw a flock of 7 booted eagles; a pair of long legged buzzards; and heard a nightingale singing.
12th April. Near the Rodopou peninsula. We saw 2 griffon vultures; a lanner falcon; and a raven.
13th April. At Neo Chorio. A flock of bee-eaters went over - too high up to be seen - but were clearly heard.
15th April. At Neo Chorio. Thousands of swallows and house martins streamed by all day.
On the coast. Were 2 greenshank; a ruff; a wood sandpiper; a common sandpiper. A fan tailed warbler was calling repeatedly.
16th April. On the coast. We found a single little stint; and in all, 13 red footed falcons.
17th April. At Neo Chorio. Quite a few swifts; 6 eleonoras falcons; over 1,000 swallows; and at least 5.000 house martins.
18th April. At Neo Chorio. A lovely flock of 20+ bee-eaters, this time low down and calling continuously.
On the coast. A marsh sandpiper; 3 wood sandpipers; a black tailed godwit; dozens of sand martins; and several hundred swallows.
19th April. On the coast. A single bee-eater; 2 little egrets; and then another flock of noisy bee- eaters too high to be seen.
20th April. At Neo Chorio. A hoopoe was calling nearby nearly all day.
21st April. On the coast. We saw a female red footed falcon; a female whinchat; a female marsh harrier; 2 moorhen; 3 temmincks stints; 7 wood sandpipers; 2 common sandpipers; a little bittern; a little egret; a flock of 20+ yellow wagtails; a pair of little ringed plovers; a redshank; and over 100 swallows.
22nd April. At Neo Chorio. Over 1,000 house martins went over.
23rd April. On the coast. We found 5 little stints; 1 common sandpiper; 1 little ringed plover; 1 ruff; 2 moorhen; 1 fan tailed warbler; 2 black tailed godwits; a little egret; and a flock of 3 honey buzzards.
24th April. At Neo Chorio. We were delighted to have a roller in a walnut tree to the side of the garden for several hours.
25th April. At Neo Chorio. A male and 2 female golden orioles in the garden. Then a pair of lanner falcons appeared, very low down at first but then circling and climbing until too high to be seen any more. Also a single eleonoras falcon and a spotted flycatcher.
26th April. On the coast. We found a flock of 30+ swifts; 5 little stints; a little ringed plover; 2 wood sandpipers; a fan tailed warbler; 5 red footed falcons; and the first lesser grey shrike for nearly two years.
At Polymarchi. Excellent views of a male goshawk seriously attacking a buzzard which had to do barrel rolls and put out its talons to defend itself from a really determined attack. Was the goshawk defending a nest? Do they breed on Crete?
28th April. At Neo Chorio. An eleonoras falcon and a golden oriole.
On the coast. A wood sandpiper; 1 black tailed godwit; 2 little stint; 1 little egret; and 1 squacco heron.
29th April. At Neo Chorio. A turtle dove sang for several hours.
On the coast. 5 little ringed plovers; 2 wood sandpiper; 4 little stint; 1 common sandpiper; 1 curlew sandpiper; a singing sedge warbler; 1 female whinchat; 2 red throated pipits; a ( singing) corn bunting; 1 little egret; 1 pied flycatcher; 1 marsh sandpiper; 2 common sandpipers; an
eleonoras falcon; and a female ruff.
30th April. At Neo Chorio. Several golden orioles were singing in the garden when I awoke.
On the coast. A redshank; 3 little stint; 1 wood sandpiper; 3 collared pratincoles; a moorhen; 1 ruff; over a hundred swallows; another corn bunting singing; 1 bittern; a little egret; 9 red footed falcons; 3 wood sandpipers; a red throated pipit; 1 temmincks stint; 1 marsh sandpiper; and 1