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A Report from

Kos, August 2002,

Helen Graham

We had a family holiday in Kos August 2002, Staying in a lovely fishing villiage called Mastihari I did not do a great deal of birdwatching because of family commitments and also it was too damn hot to walk more than about 100 yards from the cooling sea breezes.

Nevertheless the best place I found was on the almost empty dual carriageway out of Mastihari from the Mastihari Bay Hotel. You can hide behind the shrubs and observe the birds in the field opposite.

There were hundreds of Hedge Sparrows, 2 obliging Red Back Shrikes, lots of European Bee eaters, Crested Larks, a Rock bunting, Northern Wheatears, Collared Doves, a Kestrel, and Magpies.
From the Harbour wall I observed Mediterranean Shearwaters and Yellow Legged Herring Gulls.
Looking out from Magic Beach on the other side of the Island I saw a lot of Corys Shearwaters.
The ferry trip to Kalymynos turned up some Med Shearwaters and Yellow Legged Herring Gulls'

I am sure I could have bagged a lot more birds but as I say the heat was fierce and the sea and swimming pools were too tempting.

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