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Offline daveyh

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Birds of Corfu
« on: March 05, 2012, 06:49:06 PM »
The link below will give a listing of all bird species fround in Corfu. Some I would think are occasional visitors and others may no longer be seen.

http://avibase.bsc-eoc.org/checklist.jsp?region=GRco&list=howardmoore

 

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Re: Birds of Corfu
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2012, 09:53:01 AM »
The reason for the link in the above post was that twitcher's sightings are more reliable than books for what is actually seen. The books are great for info and photos but do not believe some of the location info, e.g most books say that you will not find Barn Owls on Corfu (Maggy for one will tell you otherwise). Some say no Pheasants (even if we say Vidos started as a private collection and ignore I have seen pheasants around Sidari) So you may need to use book and listings, this way you will not think you have stumbled upon a rare sighting.

Reference books;

Birds of the Mediterranean by Paul Sterry - a good book with great photos.

Complete Mediterranean Wildlife by Paul Sterry - this is no way complete as there are glaring omissions but is still good as it  covers all flaura and fauna.

Birds of Prey of Greece by G Handrinos & A Demetropoulos. Good info re the birds bad mapping at back; Corfu no Barn Owls, Kites, Honey Buzzards, Golden Eagle, Hen Harrier, Goshawks all of which have been seen.

Birds of Greece by George Sfikas - a nice posket sized book with illustrations rather than photos. Only covers 40 birds.

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Re: Birds of Corfu
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2012, 10:06:26 AM »
There were Barn Owls nesting in the old school in Loutses a couple of years ago but I'm not sure if they are still around there as the school was renovated recently.

We have many Little Owls around us and it's great to see them come and have dust baths in the summer. We've had them sitting on the verandah railings while we were sitting at the other end of the verandah.

Re books...we use a old copy of the Kingfisher Field Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe and find it very informative.
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Re: Birds of Corfu
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2012, 11:07:37 AM »
As I posted on another topic, but repeating here for those who missed it,  I was lucky enough to watch a Blue Rock Thrush for several minutes at Paleokastritsa last year. I don't know if these birds are a regular sight in Corfu but to me it was one of those wonderful '1st times'.

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Re: Birds of Corfu
« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2012, 11:13:10 AM »
When we lived in Vlachatika (above Kalami) we used to watch a Blue Rock Thrush every day perching on a TV aerial opposite our house. We haven't seen any where we live now though.
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Re: Birds of Corfu
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2012, 12:15:50 PM »
The reason for the link in the above post was that twitcher's sightings are more reliable than books for what is actually seen. The books are great for info and photos but do not believe some of the location info, e.g most books say that you will not find Barn Owls on Corfu (Maggy for one will tell you otherwise). Some say no Pheasants (even if we say Vidos started as a private collection and ignore I have seen pheasants around Sidari) So you may need to use book and listings, this way you will not think you have stumbled upon a rare sighting.

I agree ! 

If anyone is interested a few years ago I went through a book on European birds which had tiny location range maps and descriptions and built up a chart with small images (obtained from the internet) of 'possible' birds which visitors to the Agios Georgios  might see.  I searched out the names in Greek and took copies with me on my next holiday.
I left a copy in the hotel and an apartment we stayed in. The owners were pleased to have them as guests often asked about birds they had seen on their walks, but the owners didn't know English bird names. I also showed them to some local people asking if they had seen any of the birds. Although they were not especially knowledgeable about birds they were country people and were able to help me. They also suggested where I might see them.

The chart is mostly targeted at Agios Georgios north, Arillas or San Stefanos NW etc but if anyone wishes to have a copy you can download it and print it from:
http://www.agiosgeorgios.co.uk/greekbirds2b.pdf
Obviously there are some which have not been been confirmed and others missing from the chart but it is a start.

I didn't know if Corfu had Pheasants but last year the apartment owner was trying to describe a bird which had flown low over his garden before he could get his gun (to his disgust). He said "It was a big bird like a  'torrkey' " but his Greek name meant nothing to me. I wondered if Corfu had capercaillies or wild turkeys but described a pheasant to him.   He thought that sounded like the one. Pity I didn't have it on the chart!

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Re: Birds of Corfu
« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2012, 01:02:48 PM »
Hi Dennis
 For black headed Buntings go to the tracks high in Pantokrator range and you will see many of them. Maybe park by water tank 3/4 way to summit and take track on same side of road just before. That rough hardcore track (wide enough for two vehicles) goes to Old Sinies. You will see many Buntings on the sides of the track sat on top of small bushes. I visited area in late May early June.

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Re: Birds of Corfu
« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2012, 08:47:16 PM »
Dennis, I have made a copy of your bird chart and laminated it! It's great and I can tick off a few of them already.  Thanks for sharing!
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Re: Birds of Corfu
« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2012, 11:03:28 PM »
Dennis,

Thanks for sharing the chart.

As you say there may be an omission or two. The obvious one for us is the Little Owl (Athene Noctua) which perches openly in daylight. There are occasions when our land is alive with them. They are not too timid and I have managed to take several photos.

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Re: Birds of Corfu
« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2013, 09:09:23 PM »
I too have printed off your sheets.  Looking forward to ticking them off in September - especially the big soaring birds above Paleocastritsa.

Thanks,

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Re: Birds of Corfu
« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2015, 01:14:35 PM »
Last night we decided to go for a drive around the country lanes near us. As we were approaching some sort of building, the biggest owl I've ever seen, apart from the zoo, flew out from the side of the building and up the lane right in the headlights for about 50 yards before shooting off to the other side. The wingspan must have been about 4ft. Had to tell you all as never seen an owl as big. :) :)

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Re: Birds of Corfu
« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2015, 08:24:11 PM »
How lovely to see Maggs.

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Re: Birds of Corfu
« Reply #12 on: December 09, 2018, 06:36:47 PM »
I've been puzzled for a few days by a bird I cannot identify. We are down by the sea in Roda and we have a very black bird feeding in a freshwater stream. It has jet black plumage and a jet black beak. The beak is quite long and slightly down-curving. In size & shape, it is a water rail, but the colour is wrong. Any ideas?

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Re: Birds of Corfu
« Reply #13 on: December 10, 2018, 01:22:39 PM »
I've been puzzled for a few days by a bird I cannot identify. We are down by the sea in Roda and we have a very black bird feeding in a freshwater stream. It has jet black plumage and a jet black beak. The beak is quite long and slightly down-curving. In size & shape, it is a water rail, but the colour is wrong. Any ideas?

The only bird that I have seen recently have been Hooded Crows at Astrakeri.
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Re: Birds of Corfu
« Reply #14 on: December 10, 2018, 03:23:22 PM »
A cormorant?
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