- In the Prasses Gorge which is about an hours walk from the bridge there were breeding Kestrels, Swallows, Red Rumped Swallows, Blue Rock Thrush....Bob Shiret reports.
- The day started off with Mediterranean and Cory’s Shearwaters seen from our hotel room. While eating breakfast a Hoopoe put in a brief appearance. In a scruffy field on the edge of Hersonisou there were many Yellow Wagtails, Swallows, Sand and House Martins, the first of many Woodchat Shrikes, and a Griffon Vulture overhead...Alison Parnell reports.
- The birds that are common to Crete and could be seen from sea
level to mountain tops are Sardian Warbler, Greenfinch, Goldfinch,
Chaffinch, Italian Sparrow, Blackbird, Collared Dove, Swallow,
Cettis, Buzzard, Hooded Crow...Kevin and Sue
- I found birding hard work. The weather was
gloriously fine for the whole of our stay which meant migrants
were scarce; it is a big island which means lots of driving and
the wetlands are mostly small and few and far between. I met only
a handful of birders in the fortnight so the exchange of information
was rather limited....Sean Huggins reports.
Crete, birds amid the ruins:
- Crete holds a unique appeal. Its landscape
is rugged and tough, alive with wildflowers. Its people are fiercely
independent, warm and friendly. Along its seashores, over its
mountains and plains are intriguing remnants of a complex history.
The food is good; there is retsina and raki. And, it turns out,
some pretty good birding in the spring.....Geoff and Sylvia
South Western Crete
- Walks to and from the headland were enlivened
by large flocks of mixed Alpine, Pallid and Common Swift, several
covey's of Chukar, lots of Black-eared Wheatear, Crested Lark,
Blue Rock Thrush and Raven. Corys Shearwater flew by at a rate
of about twenty five an hour....John Girdley reports
- Most of the island is good for birds, but
we visited some of the best places in order to see as many species
as possible. But I think I would recommend late April and early
May as the best time for birds. We missed on several good birds
like: Kingfisher, Bee-eater, Purple Heron, Night Heron, Glossy
Ibis, a few Ducks, Black-winged Stilt, a few Raptors, Owls, Short-toed
Lark, a few Warblers, as well as a few others. But no complaints
as we reached our goal...Jan Landsverk reports
Birding in Greece and Crete
- Georges & Mireille Olioso visited
mainland Greece and Crete in May '99. Here they report on the
birds seen and all the sites vited. There is also advise for the
first time visitor.
Birding in Crete
- Detailed site guide, background information
and full bird lists, Georges & Mireille Olioso report.