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Just back from a week's non birding holiday at a small village on the south coast, in western Crete, called Plakias. Very picturesque area with mountains and gorges forming a backdrop to the village. Didn't hire a car or go further afield other than a boat trip to Preveli Beach, a few miles to the east. Here there is another small gorge and a bit of a pool where the stream meets the sea. Virtually all birding undertaken in the valley behind Plakias, mainly very early for an hour or two before it got too hot. The weather was hot and sunny throughout, in fact hotter than normal for this time of year. Thought I would have seen more to be honest and finished with a modest trip list of 37, the more interesting species being :-

Little Egret (5)
Black-crowned Night Heron (1)
Grey Heron (3)
Lesser Kestrel (1)
Long legged Buzzard (2)
Common Buzzard (3)
Griffon Vulture (c.25)
Raven (5)
Rock Dove (c.25)
Turtle Dove (1)
Hooded Crow
Red rumped Swallow (1)
Alpine Swift (16)
Bee-eater (1)
Crested Lark (2)
Tawny Pipit (1)
Cetti's Warbler (c.15)
Sardinian Warbler
Blue Rock Thrush (3)
White Wagtail (1)
Spanish/Italian Sparrow

Bee-eater, Crested Lark, Tawny Pipit and one of the Long legged Buzzard were seen from the coach en route to Plakias. Several doves were seen on wires, too distant to be certain but no doubt several were Turtle Dove. Whilst my Collins Guide does not list Italian Sparrow as covering Crete, the Spanish Sparrow types certainly seemed to be the 'Italiae' race/species.

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