MY BIRDWATCHING HIGHLIGHTS FOR MAY 2006
|A few final
words for May.
very, very busy month with so much to see that even my Highlights could
go on for page after page. After such a dry spring we were not surprised
that numbers of each species was low, but at least the variety was there.
were pleased to find that instead of dying out the corn bunting
population at Kolymbari has simply spread out. So they are few and far
between now, but at least they are still around. Unfortunately the same
cannot be said for the fan tailed warblers. Over-development and
disturbance appears to have led to their total extinction along the whole stretch of
the coastline between Kolymbari and Chania at least. Other areas might be just
as bad, but the distances involved mean I do not visit them often enough
to be sure of their status.
visiting Dutch ornithologist made a very generous donation to Great Ormond
is the doldrums month for birds here with a pause before Autumn
migration starts. I doubt I will get much of a rest, the itch to see
what is about will always be there.
next month, good watching. Paul Smith.
Paul's Diary highlights commenced at the end of August 2001. The current diary is moved to the diary archive at the end of each month - if you are considering a bird watching trip to NW Crete, the previous highlights may well help you decide the best month for your visit - your link to the diary archive is below.