|And a few final words for
migration this year has turned out to be a flop as far as seeing numbers of
birds is concerned. This is due to at least three factors.
First, this spring has been very dry and the normally flooded fields along the coast have long ago dried up so most migrants, especially the waders, herons and egrets, which have had to keep going as there is nowhere to attract them down to rest and feed.
Second, migration was very late getting under way so the flooded fields were even drier by the time the migrants started to come through.
Thirdly, and by no means the least important factor is that much of the month we have not been out looking much as my priority has been visits to clinics and consultants to try and get an awkward medical problem sorted out. A lot of time has gone on trips to and from Chania for ultra sound scans, CT scans, at least 37 blood tests and culturing of specimens. In telling you this I am far from soliciting sympathy but giving a good example of what I keep trying to tell people – my highlights only tell you when and roughly where we have been. They should not to be taken as a definitive list of what is to be seen on western Crete.
instance. We have not been able to make a single trip up into the
mountains this month and so cannot report on what is happening there. No
reference to vultures this month does not mean there are none to be seen but
merely that we have not been able to see any.
all will soon be sorted out and a more normal service can be resumed.
the way, we do not mind lending you northern Europeans our migrants for the
summer, but please remember to send them back in the autumn!