|1st Sept. At Platanias. A dark phase eleonoras falcon,|
At Galatas. A honey buzzard.
At Nembros. A hoopoe.
|2nd Sept. Along the coast. A pair of lesser spotted eagles circling and calling while being heavily mobbed by a pair of common buzzards. Then an adult rough legged buzzard; 3 red throated pipits; a pair of fan tailed warblers; a large flock of yellow wagtails; and a flock of 35 squacco herons.|
At Neo Chorio. An adult booted eagle leisurely drifted south.
|3rd Sept. On a peninsula. We found lots of red backed shrikes, mainly adults with just a few juveniles. Dozens of spotted flycatchers; several wheatears; 13 griffon vultures; a pair of ravens; several woodlarks; a corn bunting; 2 rough legged buzzards; both juveniles and then a lovely lanner falcon. Later, a pair of bonellis eagles; a single eleonoras
falcon; 3 golden orioles; a black redstart; 3 pallid swifts and then the bearded vulture which is now moulting towards adult plumage, being at least five years old. Not very red as yet but much brighter than the drab juvenile I have been following for three years now.|
At Neo Chorio. A flock of 5 honey buzzards.
|4th/6th Sept. Along the coast. Little to be seen. Just 2 little stint; 2 red throated pipits; a male pintail; and a single purple heron. Too many tourists about!|
|7th Sept. At Neo Chorio. A dark phase eleonoras falcon and on the coast 3 wood sandpipers; 1 green sandpiper; 2 little ringed plovers and scattered yellow wagtails.|
|10th Sept. At Neo Chorio. A feast of raptors – a pair of booted eagles; a flock of 5 short toed eagles and a pair of honey buzzards.
|11th Sept. At Georgopolou. 2 juvenile rough legged buzzards and 3 little egrets.|
At Girani. A pair of griffon vultures.
At Pirgos. A flock of 7 bee-eaters and an adult bonellis eagle.
At Spilia. There were 8 griffon vultures and a golden eagle.
At Kria Vrisi. There were 3 more griffon vultures.
At Aghia Galini. 3 purple herons; 2 kingfishers; and several alpine swifts.
|12th Sept. On the coast. 2 purple herons; a male gadwall; a male hen harrier and then a flock of 28 white winged black terns.|
|13th Sept. At Neo Chorio. 2 juvenile lesser spotted eagles circled together for a while before drifting south.|
At Maleme. Over 1000 garganey rested out to sea safe from hunters. A group of 3 juvenile lesser spotted eagles soared lazily over the hundreds of tourists sunning themselves on the beach, while a flock of 7 white storks and another of 5 purple herons leisurely flew by. A crane circled for ages
just of the coast, uncertain of where to go or what to do. The flock of 18+ bee-eaters that came in off the sea lost no time in heading inland.
Neo Chorio. Several flocks of house martins went by.
|14th Sept. At Neo Chorio. Yet another juvenile lesser spotted eagle. Bee-eaters went by for five hours in flocks totalling perhaps over 1000. Then a pair of lesser spotted eagles and several purple herons.|
|15th Sept. At Maleme. A flock of 27 and another of 18 purple herons.|
At Neo Chorio. A flock of 60+ swallows straggled by. Later there were 72 perched on the wires beside the house. A flock of 10+ bee-eaters then two flocks each containing 12. In the evening several single purple herons flew by.
|16th Sept. At Neo Chorio. A pair of steppe buzzards; a flock of 17 bee-eaters was seen but many more went by very high up but could be heard clearly. Then a lesser spotted eagle.|
At Sirili. A single hobby was hawking over the dry river bed.
|17th Sept. At Neo Chorio. Flocks of 10, 25 and 33 bee-eaters went by. A pair of ravens; a lesser spotted eagle; 95 swallows perched on the wires; a dark phase eleonoras falcon and a male black redstart.|
|19th Sept. A steppe buzzard circled with a long legged buzzard, both calling repeatedly. More bee-eaters were heard. Then a pair of lesser spotted eagles; followed by a pair of long legged buzzards.|
|20th Sept. At Neo Chorio. Flocks of 25, 18 and 34 bee-eaters flew by - but very low down, feeding as they went. Inevitably each flock was blasted at by the local hunters, but as they are all such rotten shots no casualties were observed. Also several more single purple herons made their way south.|
|21st Sept. At Neo Chorio. More flocks of bee-eaters were heard but perhaps they are learning as they kept too high up to be shot at.|
|22nd Sept. At Nembros. Several wheatears and whinchats.|
At Neo Chorio. A flock of 16 bee-eaters was seen and several more high flocks were heard. A pair of rough legged buzzards were not mobbed by the local buzzards; several hundred swallows flew by.
|23rd Sept. At Neo Chorio. A female goshawk perched in a nearby pine tree for several hours seemingly oblivious of the hirundines that continually mobbed it. 7+ bee-eaters; yet another pair of lesser spotted eagles and then of all things a crane suddenly appeared and circled for ages over the valley - very low down - and apparently as confused
as the previous one as to where to land.|
|24th Sept. At Maleme. 2 adult and a juvenile rough legged buzzard circled together with a pair of common buzzards. In the background a garden warbler was singing.|
|25th Sept. On the coast. A flock of 14 little stint and a flock of 10 wood sandpipers.|
|26th Sept. At Kamara. A pair of steppe buzzards circled with 3 common buzzards; 6 griffon vultures flew by. Out on a peninsula we found a juvenile woodchat shrike; 4 griffon vultures; a flock of 29 little egrets; 1 corys shearwater; a pair of bonellis eagles; a roller; stonechats; whinchats; wheatears; a white wagtail; 2 pairs of ravens; some
spotted flycatchers and a flock of 5 rock doves. On the way back we saw a flock of 5 honey buzzards.|
At Maleme. We saw a flock of 32 caspian terns, followed by the same flock of little egrets we had already seen back on the peninsula.
|28th Sept. At Neo Chorio. A flock of 3 honey buzzards. Then a garden warbler sang all afternoon.|
On the coast. We found a grey heron; a little ringed plover; a juvenile woodchat shrike.
At Neo Chorio. A pair of scops owls tried to duet, the first we have heard calling for several months. Late at night a big flock of purple herons was heard going over.
|29th Sept. At Neo Chorio. Many thousands of swallows quickly went by.|
|30th Sept. In the middle of Chania. A very late cicada was churring away oblivious to the people and traffic! |
At Neo Chorio. A last flock of bee-eaters was heard in the distance.