Skala Kalloni and the Surrounding Area

Vassos Apartments Skala Kalloni We were based just outside Skala Kalloni at the Vassos Apartments. The apartments were surrounded by fields containing mostly sheep with a few hens and the odd turkey. Pine trees lined the road down to the bakery, which was excellent for fresh bread and pasties at about 8 o clock in the morning after a walk down to Kalloni II Pool. The fields around the apartments held numerous Crested Larks, Wagtails, Spotted Flycatchers and a good selection of Shrikes including Lesser Grey, Woodchat and many Red-backed Shrikes.
The bay was fairly quiet, with the occasional Shag putting in an appearance and from the Ostria Taverna on two nights a Barn Owl hunted along the beach and out over the sea. The road from the Vassos Apartments to the bakery is lined with pines which held several commoner species such as Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Willow Warbler and whilst waiting for our coach on the last day a Little Owl. From the apartments Black Storks were seen flying down to the West River on a couple of occasions, whilst on other days flocks of migrating Bee-eaters and Alpine Swifts passed over. Other observers saw Montagu's Harrier including one melanistic bird.

Skala Kalloni Area

Both West and East River were virtually dry as were most of the other rivers on the island in September. However, the river mouths were tidal and Herons, Storks and small numbers of waders were present including Common Sandpiper on East River. Gulls were also seen roosting on the Salt Marsh at the mouth of West River. A Peregrine was seen hawking the marsh on one occasion whilst an Osprey fished near the shore of Kalloni Bay. Due to the dry nature of the rivers I didn't venture upstream of either.

Skala Kalloni The main attraction to birders in Kalloni during our visit was Kalloni II Pool. According to most observers the pool was quite wet compared to previous years and there was an abundance of exposed mud for wading birds, which included Snipe, Wood Sandpiper, Dunlin, Little Stint, Temminck's Stint, Ringed and Little Ringed Plover. On one early morning visit I managed to obtain good views of a Little Crake along the edge of the reeds at the western most end of the pool. Water Rail were seen on several occasions and a Garganey flew out of the reeds one morning.

Fan-tailed Warblers were seen and heard in the sedges between the pool and the beach, whilst Cetti's warbler scolded passes by from the bushes around the pool. Andrew, a birder from Halifax, had a Great Reed Warbler in the reeds across the road from the pool and I saw an Icterine Warbler in the trees of a nearby hotel garden. The pool was host to numerous wagtails most mornings and evenings, including various races of Yellow Wagtail.
A short walk west past the pool and the windsurfing shacks was the salt marsh at the mouth of the West River. In the dunes were large flocks of Corn Buntings and in amongst the Tamarisks were both House Sparrow and Spanish Sparrow. The fields opposite held good numbers of Crested Larks and Whinchat.

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