BIRDS OF CRETE (2009)

Following is the list of bird species that we saw or heard during our visit to England and Crete for three weeks in April 2009. Most of the birds were seen during our two weeks in Crete (those with a yellow border were sighted in England). A few (Cuckoo, Nightingale) were heard but not seen, and the Red Kite is a likely but not a certain sighting.

There are 80 birds listed here but without the expertise of Barry Nicholson, a member of our walking group in Crete, the number of identified birds might have been less than 20, the remainder listed as "little brown jobbies". Barry had the marvellous ability to tell what something was when I just heard a tweet or saw a blur. Barry's own list is probably 20 birds longer than this (I've only listed those I actually saw or heard).

Alpine Swift
Barn Owl
Black-eared Wheatear
Black-winged Stilt
Blackbird
Blackcap
Blue Rock Thrush
Blue Tit
Bonelli's Warbler
Booted Eagle
Buzzard
Canada Goose
Cattle Egret
Cetti's Warbler
Chaffinch
Chough
Chuker
Collared Dove
Common Sandpiper
Common Swift
Coot
Corn Bunting
Crag Martin
Cretzschmar's Bunting
Cuckoo
Eleonora's Falcon
Goldfinch
Great Tit
Greenfinch
Greenshank
Grey Heron
Grey Wagtail
Griffon Vulture
House Martin
House Sparrow
Jackdaw
Kestrel
Lesser Grey Shrike
Linnet
Little Crake
Little Egret
Little Grebe
Long-legged Buzzard
Magpie
Montagu's Harrier
Moorhen
Nightingale
Northern Wheatear
Pallid Swift
Peregrine Falcon
Pheasant
Raven
Red Kite
Reed Warbler
Robin
Sand Martin
Sardinian Warbler
Sedge Warbler
Serin
Shag
Spanish Sparrow
Spotted Flycatcher
Squacco Heron
Stonechat
Swallow
Tree Sparrow
Turtle Dove
Whinchat
White Wagtail
Willow Warbler
Wood Sandpiper
Woodchat Shrike
Woodlark
Wren
Yellow Wagtail
Yellow-legged Herring Gull
(UK)Great Crested Grebe
(UK)Great Spotted Woodpecker
(UK)Hobby
(UK)Red Grouse