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    Posted: 03 Jul 2012 at 5:49pm
Hi I am going to Sidari next week and have taken up birdwatching (no laughing  and photography ..
I remember there being owls and bats and creepy crawlys there but most of the reports for birds on the net are for the south side of the island. Is there any good birdwatching spots near Sidari? Any info about any wildlife welcome thanks!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Jul 2012 at 5:51pm
The lagoon at Ag Spiridon is not too far away. Past Acharavi towards Cassiopi
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Jul 2012 at 5:55pm
Hi there, you could try St. Spiridon. There are wetlands and a nature reserve, could be good but you need a car as it is about 25 minutes from Sidari.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Jul 2012 at 5:55pm
Sorry I was typing and you beat me too it!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Jul 2012 at 8:48pm
Haha thanks wasnt going to walk that far anyway I will go by car or quad. I planned a trip to Kassiopi as never been there so kill 2 birds with one stone but not litarely

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Jul 2012 at 10:28am
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You are likely to find Honey Buzzards on the slopes of Pantocrator (we often have them over our house in Porta) and there large numbers of Jays around - far more than in the UK.  As for owls, you may see Little, Tawny and Scops Owls.
 
Apart from the huge array of insects, if you are really lucky, you may see a Brown Hare or two and there are plenty of wild tortoises around.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Jul 2012 at 2:37pm
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Tip: Keep your eyes and ears open wherever you are. In May I photographed some swallows and martins collecting mud in a puddle in the centre of Agios Georgios north. On examining the photos later I noticed among them were 3 Red-rumped Swallows, a species I had not seen before. We also saw and heard Golden Orioles and Hoopoes in May and heard numerous nightingales singing for territory plus Woodchat Shrikes. In Paleokastritsa near the landing stage at a busy beach we watched a Blue Rock Thrush on the nearby rocks for several minutes.

You might find the report on http://www.surfbirds.com/trip_report.php?id=902  interesting as the writer was staying just outside Sidari.  Personally I am inclined to take the vast number of unusual species supposedly recognised with a gigantic 'pinch of salt'  but you might pick out a few useful spots to try. Bear in mind the trip was in May when Corfu is visited by birds on migration routes. A trip in October reported very disappointing results for Sidari area.

To come more back to reality the web-page http://www.agiosgeorgios.co.uk/birds.htm mentions some species seen by 'less specialist' holiday visitors to the area around Agios Georgios north as well as other forms of Nature.  My advice is to enjoy the common birds you see around you rather than expecting unusual species.



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Jul 2012 at 3:08pm
Corfu town was like trafalgar square - hundreds of pigeons   
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Jul 2012 at 3:13pm
I enjoy watching the eagle-like birds of prey circling on the thermals in the hills above Kalami. Maybe another member will enlightem me on which species these are. Also I enjoy listening to the sonar-like call of the scops owl at night, never seen one though. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Jul 2012 at 3:48pm
Originally posted by Canarydave Canarydave wrote:

I enjoy watching the eagle-like birds of prey circling on the thermals in the hills above Kalami. Maybe another member will enlightem me on which species these are. Also I enjoy listening to the sonar-like call of the scops owl at night, never seen one though. 
 
The birds of prey you can see are Honey Buzzards. If you are in Kalami, the ones you are looking at may well be near to our house in Porta, which is almost directly above you.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Jul 2012 at 6:34pm
Thanks Martyn, very majestic birds they are.  Will hopefully see them next week, arrive on Friday, yipee!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Jul 2012 at 7:31pm
Also had the honey buzzards soaring over the villa we had last year.  Great to watch.

Best of all was when we were travelling back from Kassiopi towards Nissaki and their was an owl in the road...just standing there!  Don't know who was more shocked to see who lol!
It stayed there for a couple of minutes with me saying to husband if we don't move it someone will run into it!
As we went to get out of car...camera in hand...it decided that we had seen enough of him and flew off. Was so great to see.
I still remember the first time a tortoise crossed the road in front of us on our very first trip to Corfu ten years ago!  Although talking of the wildlife my husband did not like the snake on the patio! Shocked
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Jul 2012 at 5:13pm
Thanks for all the info...bought a larger memory card for my camera now nearly 2000 shots! Well you never know what I might see and I will be prepared lol
Got me old Corfu map crossed off locations you mentioned. 5 more days Im there.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Jan 2013 at 11:32am
How did you get on with your bird-watching trip? I will have my bins and Collins with me on our island hopping jaunt.Big smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Jan 2013 at 10:03pm
Last May we were on the Lefkimi salt flats and as well as all the usual Black winged stilts, meditteranean gulls and assorted other waders there were 70 Flamingoes-Absolutely fabulous sight and sound!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Jan 2013 at 2:18am
Brilliant!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Jan 2013 at 11:51am
I know its not birds...But Fireflys on Meganissi are magical...

Agree Kalami is good for birds. Stayed at the A & A in July 2009 saw the Honey Buzzards.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Jan 2013 at 12:35pm
Hi Josefine,
I have to agree with you that the fireflies are magical. They are abundant in Corfu during May. Anywhere away from lit up areas and they are twinkling away. x
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Jan 2013 at 4:34pm
Look out for hoopoes also- spectacular birds
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Jan 2013 at 4:40pm
Hi Jan,
I have to agree with you too. There was a hoopoe just inside the olive grove next to our house last year. An amazing sight.

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