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Birdwatching Report from Vatera - Lesvos, 29.04.02 - 13.05.02,By Dirk Demey & Karen Op de Beek of Belgium
We visited Vatera - Lesvos for the first time with our young family and a friend and stayed at comfortable and homely apartments . We were pleasantly surprised of what we found and are happy to provide our observations and experiences in Vatera and the surrounding area.
We have sectioned our observations in this report, hoping that they will contribute to the better appreciation of Vatera by potential seekers of eco-tourism and at the same time give the local people the facts and arguments necessary for its conservation as a nature sanctuary.
General description of the "Key points" of the area (Polychnitos, Vrissa, Vatera and surroundings).
The southern tip of Vatera on the island of Lesvos benefits from some unique advantages, which favour an interesting nature life:
The strongest points of Polychnitos are:
Comprehensive bird list (also mammals, butterflies and flowers)
This list mentions all the bird species observed during our stay at Vatera. It can be stated without any exaggeration, that this list is very impressive and underlines the inherent potential of Vatera and surrounding area as a site for eco-tourism.
During our 14 days stay, we have recorded over 80 different species of birds in Vatera. Add to this list the birds seen at Polychnitos Salt Pans and the complete list gets close to 100 different bird species.
This unambiguously demonstrates that the so far prevailing assumptions on the rather poor wildlife of the area are manifestly wrong. The list indicated birds observed at Vatera and Polychnitos and the indication that some of them may be breeding species. Rare birds are recorded in italics with date of sight.
|Glossy Ibis 04.05.02||*|
|Long Legged Buzzard||*|
|Lesser Spotted Eagle 29.04.02||*|
|Red Footed Falcon||*|
|Eleonora's Falcon 09.04 / 12.05.02||*|
|Peregrine Falcon 05.05.02||*|
|Saker Falcon 08.05.02||*|
|Collared Pratincole 02.05 / 04.05.02||*|
|Great Ringed Plover||*|
|Little Ringed Plover||*|
|Gull-billed Tern 09.05.02||*|
|Roller 02.05 / 07.05.02||*|
|Middle spotted Woodpecker||*|
|Isabelline Wheatear 29.04.02||*|
|Black -eared Wheatear||*||*|
|Blue Rock Thrush||*|
|Great Reed Warbler||*|
|Lesser Grey Shrike 29.04/ 04.05.02||*|
|Cretzschmar's Bunting 12.05.02||*||*|
|Cinereous Bunting 11.05.02||*||*|
|River Warbler (singing)||*|
|OTHER NATURE OBSERVATIONS|
|Painteded Lady: Butterfly, common along the coast|
|Persian Squirrel : Common in olive groves|
|Fox: Fairly common in hillsides|
|Marsh Turtles: very common in Vatera river ( Almyropotamos)|
|Snakes: a) Large Green snake b) Smaller brown-red snake|
|Dolphins: Two mammals observed twice in front of Agios Fokas and Vatera Bay|
|Orchids: A mid sized purple-red specimen found in small numbers|
|along road towards Agios Focas and in the hills behind Vatera|