On our visit to the north coast we headed towards Petra from Kalloni, then on to Molyvos (Mithimna), which is a very picturesque town with a castle at it's highest point. From Molyvos we travelled East along the coast to Sikaminia where we made a detour down to the costal village of Skala Sikaminias. The return journey was inland through Kapi, Pelopi and Stipsi just south of Mount Lepetimnos.|
The main aim of visiting this area was in search of raptors. We were not dissapointed. The following were seen along the way: Short-toed Eagle (4), several Buzzards/Steppe Buzzards, Long-legged Buzzard (3), Goshawk (1) and Honey Buzzard (12). The majority of these birds were seen around the Molyvos area and near Sikaminia. On a previous day, Carol who we met in Skala Kalloni had seen a large unidentified eagle near Molyvos, which is where Andrew Cockroft had good views of a Lesser Spotted Eagle coming in off the sea. I think this area is a good raptor point due to it's proximity to the Turkish coast.
We stopped in a lay-by with two bench seats overlooking Sikaminia as several raptors came in off the coast towards the mountains. At this point a flock of at least 50 Bee-eaters flew down below us, onto some wires in the valley. Birding on the return journey was a little less fruitful with only a few common birds and several Cirl Buntings seen. The scenery was however, spectacular and driving through the narrow cobbled streets of the mountain villages was an interesting experience.