Thursday, August 02, 2012

Migration report from Mesolonghi Lagoon

The first good passage of waders has been recorded. Most interesting records are the group of 12 Red Knots, the Greater Sand Plover and the Bar-tailed Godwits, all found in a small strip of sand, in the tidal zone of the lagoon. Numerous were also the breeding Little and Common Terns, Black-winged Stints and Redshanks, along with hundreds of Little Egrets. Flocks of up to 300 Sand Martins were gathering in the wires, while the odd Rufous-tailed Bushchat could be seen in the coastal tamarisk zone. A good 50 species were seen in a couple of hours!

Red Knots are regular but rare sightings during fall migration

Caspian Terns are seen in small numbers year-round

The Little Tern is nesting in good numbers, being the commonest breeding Tern.

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