This was a short family holiday to Lindos, but I managed to
escape for one day to tour the south of the island in a car.
The place with the best potential (especially at migration
time) that I visited was the area just north of Kalathos. From the high road
bridge explore along the River Gadouras, visiting the olive groves inland of
the main north-south road. Also, around the lane, sign-posted ‘
Three large farmyard types on the sea in
Every evening past Lindos, from 7pm, travelling south. 35 counted in half hour.
Most evenings past Lindos, from 7pm, travelling south. 3 counted in same half hour as above.
Up to six birds seen off rocks at Lindos and flying across
A harrier, probably Montague’s, was quartering the low scrub on hills along road from Gennadi to Vati.
Widespread over island, but not numerous.
Pair at Acropolis, Lindos.
One (or two ?) seen twice at River Gadouras, north of Kalathos. Seen very well – perched on rocky outcrop, red ‘trousers’ and all.
Little Ringed Plover
c5 pairs at River Gadouras, north of Kalathos.
Two seen in olive groves near Kalathos.
4+ in olive groves inland from Kalathos, and seen/heard elsewhere.
Common around towns.
An adult and juvenile seen together in rocks at back of Lindos Horizon hotel. Only seen once, and never heard, despite sitting on balcony every night.
Heard at 4am from hotel, Lindos.
Difficult to pick out from Common Swift, but spent one afternoon on the beach at
c20 seen together at Acropolis, Lindos. Also regularly quite low over hotel in mornings.
c20 in olive groves inland from Kalathos. Also on wires at various places along roads.
Two possibles in cleared area of olive groves inland from Kalathos.
Common on agricultural land.
One seen in Lindos, below the walls of the Acropolis.
A few seen over Lindos.
Five over olive groves inland from Kalathos, and also along River Gadouras, and occasionally in hills.
Widespread. Three pairs around hotel area, including a pair in the stone masons quarry by the main coach park at top of Lindos. My favourite bird of the island.
Blue Rock Thrush
Widespread. A male can be heard singing almost anywhere.
A few seen/heard in the Orange groves near Massari.
Heard in reeds at north end of reservoir at Apolakia..
Singing in olive groves inland from Kalathos and at north end of reservoir at Apolakia, and elsewhere.
One male singing in olive groves inland from Kalathos.
Possibles singing in scrub in upland areas.
Widespread, but not as common as in other Mediterranean locations, e.g. Majorca.
A few pairs with young in olive groves inland from Kalathos, and in other wooded areas.
Widespread. Single bird seen to north of Lindos.
Quite common in wooded areas and groves.
Three seen together over Lindos. Also in mountains.
2+ heard in pine woods along road from Laerma to Lardos.
Probable heard singing once.
Widespread on agricultural land.
Common in agricultural areas, e.g. road from Laerma to Lardos.
Common in agricultural areas, usually singing from overhead wires, e.g. road from Laerma to Lardos.
One male seen in farmland along River Gadouras, Kalathos.
As well as the birds, I saw two types of lizard; one species, over a foot long, has black with blue spots on the head and is regularly seen sunning on top of prominent rocks/walls. Another smaller species has a blue tail. I also saw two hedgehogs, including one which caused a stir when it wandered through a restaurant one evening. A terrapin species was in the reservoir at Apolakia. There are some fantastic butterflies; Scarce Swallowtail are quite common (!),Clouded-Yellow, Brimstone, and Two-tailed Pasha seen on giant thistles in the mountains near Gennadi:
There are many other insects; large green bush-crickets around the lights of the hotel, praying mantis seen in flight, hornets and this two inch long wasp (?) species:
The seas are amazingly clear, and very deep (70m) just off Lindos, where we saw long, thin, black, Trumpet-fish (like Gar-fish) four feet long, octopus, and an amazing sight of 100 Tuna (6ft long and 4ft high) circling off the Agios Emilianos Point, just north of Lindos. I saw them from the point, and can be sure of the size of them, as there were people in the water of Lindos bay, just 100 metres away, completely oblivious !
Last revised: 16 June 2005.