CRETE 12-19 APRIL 2003

To see a list of birds seen on this trip click here

I was the ornithological leader on this holiday to Crete.

Saturday 12th April 2003

Re-scheduling of the Olympic Airways flight from Athens and a further 40 minute delay, meant that the group did not arrive at the hotel until 11.30 pm. However, the late arrival was more than compensated for by the friendly welcome and substantial cold-plate at the Creta Sun, with the sound of waves lapping the Aegean shore just a few metres away and the promise of exciting days ahead.

Sunday 13th April 2003

We made a leisurely start with breakfast at 10.00 am ( still 8.00 am British time ) although a few enthusiasts enjoyed some excellent early-morning birdwatching on the adjacent lagoon. The Palace of Knossos, south of Heraklion, is perhaps the best known of the numerous Minoan archaeological sites on Crete and some of the group took the opportunity of a visit, while the rest of us explored the varied botany and birdlife of the dunes and saltmarsh around the lagoon. Most notable her were three-horned stock, Matthiola tricuspidata, sea medick, Medicago marina, the large clumps of leaves of the sea daffodil, Pancratium maritimum and the washed-up remains of the under-sea flowering plant, Poseidonia oceanica. We were soon rejoined by the rest of the party and with our coach driver, Lefteris, set off along the coast to enjoy a picnic among the carpets of flowers, just east of Malia. The local bananas proved very popular. After an afternoon exploring the coastal phrygana we returned to the Creta Sun for a sumptuous buffet-dinner.

Monday 14th April 2003

The weather had been decidedly unsettled and as the Dikti Mountains, to the south, were shrouded in mist, we headed east again to Elounda and the Ioannis peninsula. Two stops were made on route at Selinari, the first for a profusion of orchids at the roadside, mainly small-flowered tongue-orchid, Serapias parviflora and Cretan bee-orchid, Ophrys cretica and the second to watch Griffon Vultures, some at close quarters on a nest site. Our new walk around the headland took longer than anticipated but provided a memorable picnic spot with abundant orchids and excellent coastal views of Spinalonga Island. Only one shower spoilt an otherwise dry day and after a stop for coffee in Elounda, we finished with a brief visit to the old salt pans below the town.

Tuesday 15th April 2003

Our final day in the east of the island was spent visiting the Lassithi plateau, no less dramatic for the low cloud and rain which dogged the first half of the day. Thanks to the generosity of the owner, we were able to use the café at the top of the pass as a base for our foray down the hillside, where we were rewarded with numerous Orchis boryi, the bright yellow Orchis pauciflora and several superb specimens of the giant-orchid Barlia robertiana, growing between Kermes oak and low bushes of sweetly-scented Daphne sericea. A careful search revealed the first flowers of    Cyclamen creticum, showing that spring had only just arrived after one of Crete’s wettest winters on record. Lunch in the café and an opportunity to purchase postcards of the view we could not see, saw us through the worst of the weather and, by the time we descended onto the plateau, the cloud had lifted enough for us to gain an impression of the fertile depression, formed by millions of years of solution-weathering of the limestone. All our stops were rewarding for the birders and although we didn’t plan a late visit to the lagoon, a careful search through telescopes from the hotel balcony revealed new arrivals.

Wednesday 16th April 2003

Our transfer day to the west of the island inevitably meant an early start, in order to make the most of the many varied sites and scenery on route. At last the weather was kind with clear skies and spectacular views of snow-capped Mount Ida and the White Mountains further west. For many, this was the most rewarding day of the trip, with a huge variety of birds and plants seen in dramatic surroundings.

Our first stop was at the Minoan cemetery at Armeni. Here there were new flowers in profusion, between the tombs. At an impromptu stop at a Taverna, just beyond Armeni, I had jokingly remarked on the clear-blue raptor-free sky when the cry went up ‘lammergeir’ and all eyes were trained on the opposite hillside. Although these birds are rare on Crete, it was one of several seen that day. We will certainly be making a planned ice-cream stop here in future!

The main objective of the day was to visit the plateau above Spili. Although the wind was strong at times, we were able to find shelter in the lee of the hill and enjoy the abundance of orchids, mixed with unforgettable patches of rock tulip, Tulipa saxatilis, the strange widow iris, Hermodactylus  tuberosus and the endemic Valeriana asarifolia.  We could have lingered longer but hunger finally took us back to the bus and a leisurely lunch in the field, dotted with red tulips, Tulipa doerfleri and scarlet crown anemones, Anemone coronaria.

Next stop was the Kourtaliotiko Gorge where we admired the dramatic cliffs and screes, habitats where many of Crete’s endemic plants have found refuge. Most spectacular of these were the vivid pink patches of Ricotia cretica and the massive clumps of pale yellow Cretan Viper’s grass, Scorzonera cretica.

As a fitting end to a superb day, we dipped our toes in the Libyan Sea at Plakias and puzzled over strange distant flocks of migrant birds, before returning north to our hotel in Hania.

Thursday 17th April 2003

With two days left and the weather once again very unsettled, we went south, stopping first at Agia lake, one of the finest wetland birding sites in Crete, where we were treated to excellent views of Penduline Tits dismantling the reed mace along the shore.


On then, up the twisting roads, to Omalos, in the White Mountains and the head of the dramatic Samaria Gorge. Clear spells after lunch allowed some of us to climb above the gorge, among late snowdrifts, where we located Crete’s endemic crocus, Crocus sieberi subsp. sieberi and the Glory of the Snow, Chionodoxa cretica. On the plain, the Crown Anemones, Anemone coronaria, were just coming into bloom, along with the yellow Gagea peduncularis, but all the Tulipa bakeri were still in bud.

At a final stop at Agia lake, on the way back, hundreds of sand martins were taking shelter from the wind in the reeds – a truly amazing sight.

Friday 18th  April 2003

Our final day had arrived and relief that we were heading away from the mountains, now veiled in cloud. The strong wind, however, was greatly to our advantage at Aghia Triadha Monastery where large numbers of Red-footed falcons and Hobbies were sheltering in the vineyard. The birding was so good here that we made an extra stop on the return journey to watch this rare spectacle. After lunch on the coach the rain cleared to allow us a bracing walk down to the sea. The highlights were the endemic mullein, Verbascum arcturus and the Cretan Wall Lettuce, Pertromarula pinnata, growing on the ruins of the Katholiko Monastery and who could forget the stench of the Dragon Arum, Dracunculus vulgaris? A brief stop at the Allied War Cemetery at Souda Bay concluded our tour before returning to Hania for a pre-dinner stroll round the magnificent Venetian harbour.

Saturday 19th April 2003

An early start was made for the short journey to the airport and a last look at the snow-covered White Mountains, bathed in sunshine.           

Systematic list of birds seen:-

1. Little Grebe - Tachybaptus ruficollis

Seen on all three visits to Agia reservoir, counts of 20 on 17/4 and 20+ on 18/4.

2. Cory's Shearwater - Calonectris diomedea

A count of 14 birds flying west past the Creta Sun Hotel on 13/4.

3. Cormorant - Phalacrocorax carbo

Singles on 14/4 at Elounda, and 16/4 and 18/4 Chania.

4. Squacco Heron - Ardeola ralloides

2 adults in summer plumage seen on both visits to Agia reservoir on 17/4.

5. Little Egret - Egretta garzetta

Seen on all days except 18/4, largest count of 27 in a field east of Malia on 14/4.

6. Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea

Single at Elounda 14/4, three birds at Agia reservoir 17/4, and four birds there 18/4.

7. Purple Heron - Ardea purpurea

Single at Agia reservoir on 17/4 and 18/4.

8. Glossy Ibis - Plegadis falcinellus

Single in a field east of Malia on 14/4. Six birds in Creta Sun lagoons on 16/4, with 30 flying west Plakias 16/4.

9. Mallard - Anas platyrhynchos

Pair at Agia reservoir on 17/4, same there 18/4.

10. Shoveler - Anas clypeata

Single male at Creta Sun lagoon on 13/4, 14/4 and 15/4. Three birds there 16/4. Three birds Agia reservoir on 17/4 and 18/4.

11. Teal - Anas crecca

Single drake on a lake in Lesithi plateau, 15/4.

12. Garganey - Anas querquedula

Single drake Creta Sun lagoon 14/4, pair there 16/4. Two pairs lake in Lasithi plateau 15/4. Eighteen birds (mainly drakes) Agia reservoir 17/4 and 12 birds there 18/4.

13. Lammergeier - Gyps barbatus

Two singles seen 16/4 - one bird at a café stop near Spili, one from the lunch stop above Spili.

14. Griffon Vulture - Gypaetus fulvus

26 birds in the air together over hill behind the Creta Sun Hotel on 13/4. 15 birds near Selinari gorge on 14/4, including two birds seen at close quarters on a nest, with one nestling. 12 birds in total over Lasithi plateau on 15/4. Twenty birds seen on 16/4, mainly around Spili.

15. Montagu's Harrier - Circus pygargus  

Excellent views of an adult male at Spili, 16/4, which flew in and perched at close quarters on a fence post to rest.

16. Hen Harrier - Circus cyaneus

Single female at Creta Sun lagoon 13/4. One pair Plakia headland, near wind farm, 14/4.

17. Marsh Harrier - Circus aeruginosus

Five females and single male, Agia reservoir 17/4. Single at Agia reservoir 18/4, and four birds near Aghia Triada monastery on same date.

18. Sparrowhawk - Accipter nisus  

Two birds Creta Sun lagoons, 13/4.

19. Long-legged Buzzard - Buteo rufinus

Two birds 8km north of Hersonissos 15/4. Single bird near Aghia Triada monastery 18/4.

20. Buzzard - Buteo buteo

Seen daily in various areas. Maximum daily count 10 on 16/4.

21. Golden Eagle - Aquila chrysaetos

Single at Spili 16/4.

22. Booted Eagle - Hieraaetus pennatus

Single pale phase seen very well just west of Malia 13/4. Single dark phase bird with Griffon Vultures Selinari Gorge 14/4. Two dark phase birds seen in Lesithi area 15/4.

23. Bonelli's Eagle - Hieraaetus fasciatus

4 birds seen well on return from Lesithi plateau, approximately 8km north of Hersonissos on 15/4. Five birds seen in area around Spili on 16/4.

24. Red-footed Falcon - Falco vespertinus

2 males and a female Creta Sun lagoon 14/4, with a female at Plakia headland on the same day. Single male Creta Sun lagoon 15/4. Single male Creta Sun lagoon 16/4 with single near Rethimnon and two near Spili on the same day. Single female Agia reservoir 17/4. Extroadinarily good views of minimum 23 birds at Aghia Triada monastery on 18/4, settling on nearby vines. A very popular sight.

25. Kestrel - Falco tinnunculus  

Birds seen on 14/4 (3-4 birds); 15/4 (2 birds); 16/4 (minimum of 6 birds) and 17/4 (2 birds).

26. Lesser Kestrel - Falco naumanni

At least one, a first summer male, with other falcons, Aghia Triada monastery 18/4.

27. Hobby - Falco subbuteo

A minimum of fifteen birds seen extremely well with other falcons at Aghia Triada monastery, in very rough weather. Performed superbly in flight and perched in vines.

28. Peregrine - Falco peregrinus

3 birds in Selinari Gorge 14/4. Single bird Lesithi plateau 15/4. Between 4-6 birds seen in Spili area 16/4. Single bird near Gouverneto monastery 18/4.

29. Chukar - Alectoris chukar

Two pairs seen Plakia headland near the wind farm, 14/4.

30. Quail - Coturnix coturnix

Two birds flushed twice from vegetation Creta Sun lagoon, 14/4. Two males calling Plakia headland, 14/4.

31. Little Crake - Porzana parva

Single at Creta Sun lagoon 13/4. Two birds there 14/4. Six birds, including 5 males and 1 female, Agia reservoir 17/4. Minimum three birds present there 18/4.

32. Spotted Crake - Porzana porzana

1 bird possibly of this species, Creta Sun lagoon 13/4.

33. Moorhen - Gallinula chloropus

Single at Creta Sun lagoon 13/4. Two birds on the lake in Lesithi Plateau 15/4. Minimum 10 birds Agia reservoir 17/4 and four there 18/4.

34. Coot - Fulica atra

Minimum twenty birds Agia reservoir 17/4, with up to six present 18/4.

35. Black-winged Stilt - Himantopus himantopus

Two birds Creta Sun lagoon on 15/4 and 16/4, with single bird Agia reservoir 17/4.

36. Little Ringed Plover - Charadrius dubius

Two birds Creta Sun lagoon 13/4. Two there 14/4 and four birds Elounda salt pans same day. Four birds Creta Sun lagoon 16/4.

37. Ringed Plover - Charadrius hiaticula

Single bird Creta Sun lagoon 13/4.

38. Little Stint - Calidris minuta

Four birds Creta Sun lagoon 13/4. Two at Elounda salt pans 14/4. Singles at Creta Sun lagoon on 15/4 and 16/4.

39. Ruff - Philomachus pugnax

Ten birds Creta Sun lagoon 13/4 and eight there 14/4. Single bird Creta Sun lagoon 15/4 and eight birds on the lake in Lasithi plateau that day. Thirteen birds Creta Sun lagoon 16/4.

40. Greenshank - Tringa nebularia

Single bird Creta Sun lagoon 14/4, with seven birds there 16/4.

41. Wood Sandpiper - Tringa glareola

Up to ten birds Creta Sun lagoon 13/4. Two there 14/4 and four at Elounda salt pans same day. Two birds Creta Sun lagoon 15/4 and single bird at the lake in Lesithi plateau same day. Seven birds Creta Sun lagoon 16/4.

42. Green Sandpiper - Tringa ochropus

Seen at Creta Sun lagoon as follows:- two on 13/4; single on 14/4; two on 15/4 and single on 16/4.

43. Marsh Sandpiper - Tringa stagnatilis

Three birds Creta Sun lagoon 13/4.

44. Common Sandpiper - Actitis hypoleucos

Seen daily. Two Creta Sun lagoon 13/4. Two there and 6 Elounda salt pans 14/4. Two birds at the lake in Lesithi plateau 15/4. Two birds Creta Sun lagoon and two on Chania seafront 16/4. Single Chania seafront and two at Agia reservoir 17/4. Two birds Chania seafront and up to six birds Souda bay 18/4.

45. Snipe - Gallinago gallinago  

Single birds Creta Sun lagoon 13/4 and 14/4.

46. Yellow-legged Gull - Larus cachinnans

Seen daily, mainly coastal sightings, also Agia reservoir. Maximum count 30+ on 18/4.

47. Sandwich Tern - Sterna sandvicensis

Three birds, probably of this species, were fishing in Souda Bay, just beyond the range to be certain of identification, 18/4.

48. Woodpigeon - Columba palumbus

Single on 14/4 in Selinari Gorge. Single on 15/4 in Lesithi plateau. Two birds near Spili 16/4.

49. Feral Pigeon - Columba livia

Single bird near Chania, 18/4.

50. Collared Dove - Streptopelia decaocto

Seen daily in most places. Maximum counts of 12 on 16/4 and 18/4.

51. Turtle Dove - Streptopelia turtur

Four birds north of Lesithi plateau 15/4. Two birds from Halepa Hotel roof terrace 18/4.

52. Cuckoo - Cuculus canorus

Singles at Aghia Triada and near Gouvernetou monastery 18/4.

53. Alpine Swift - Apus melba

Up to five birds Elounda 14/4. Two birds in Omalos Plateau 16/4. Two Agia reservoir 17/4.

54. Swift - Apus apus

Seen daily except 15/4. Maximum counts of 50+ on 13/4, 16/4 and 18/4.

55. Hoopoe - Upupa epops

Singles at Creta Sun lagoon 13/4 and Plaka headland 14/4.

56. Woodlark - Lullula arborea

Single near Lesithi plateau 15/4. Up to 4 birds Omalos Plateau 17/4. Single near Gouvernetou monastery 18/4.

57. Crested Lark - Galerida cristata

Quite common in most areas. Seen most days. Maximum daily count 60+ on 13/4.

58. Short-toed Lark - Calandrella brachydactyla

Twenty birds seen in coastal scrub east of Malia 13/4.

59. Crag Martin - Ptyonoprogne rupestris

Two birds near Griffon Vulture nest site in Selinari Gorge 14/4. Ten in Kourtaliotiko Gorge 16/4. Two near Gouverneto monastery 18/4.

60. Sand Martin - Riparia riparia

Seen most days. Largest counts, of 1000 birds and 500+ birds on 17/4 and 18/4 respectively, at Agia reservoir, many taking shelter from the foul weather by resting in the reeds.

61. Red-rumped Swallow - Hirundo daurica

Single birds on 14/4 (near Malia); 16/4 near Kourtaliotiko Gorge; and 18/4 at Agia reservoir.

62. Swallow - Hirundo rustica

Seen daily. Maximum count 50+ on 14/4 and 16/4.

63. House Martin - Delichon urbica

Seen most days, with maximum count of 500+ on 14/4, at Plaka headland.

64. Tree Pipit - Anthus trivialis

Two birds near Gouvernetou monastery 18/4.

65. Red-throated Pipit - Anthus cervinus

Up to 25 birds on 13/4 at Creta Sun lagoon and on the coast at Malia. Four birds Creta Sun lagoon 14/4, with 2 at Elounda salt pans and 2 at Plaka headland the same day. Twenty birds flew over the Halepa Hotel 17/4, and two at Agia reservoir the same day. Two birds Agia reservoir 18/4. Many of the birds seen well were bright red birds in full summer plumage.

66. Tawny Pipit - Anthus campestris

Two birds Creta Sun lagoon 13/4.

67. White Wagtail - Motacilla alba

Two at Creta Sun lagoon 13/4. Single there 14/4. Single near Aghia Triada monastery 18/4.

68. Yellow Wagtail - Motacilla flava

Fifteen birds on coastal scrub east of Malia 13/4. A count of 44 birds at Agia reservoir 17/4. Up to 25 birds present Souda war cemetry 18/4. Many of the birds on these dates were males, and could be ascribed to Blue-headed, Ashy-headed and Black-headed forms.

69. Wren - Troglodytes troglodytes

Three birds Lesithi area 15/4. Singles near Spili 16/4; Omalos 17/4; and Katholikou monastery 18/4.

70. Nightingale - Luscinia megarhynchos

Singles near Armeni on 16/4; Agia reservoir on 17/4; from roof of Halepa Hotel, Chania, 18/4.

  1. Redstart - Phoenicurus phoenicurus

Single female Omalos plateau 17/4. Two males near Gouvernetou monastery 18/4.

  1. Whinchat - Saxicola rubetra

Seen daily in most suitable places. Extroadinary count of 100+ on 18/4 in vineyard and olive grove near Aghia Triada monastery in poor weather.

73. Stonechat - Saxicola torquata

Seen daily in suitable habitat. Maximum daily count 10 birds on 13/4.

74. Northern Wheatear - Oenanthe oenanthe

 Seen in small numbers most days - maximum daily count of 10 birds near Gouvernetou monastery on 18/4.

75. Black-eared Wheatear - Oenanthe hispanica

Seven birds in coastal scrub Plaka headland 14/4. Singles on 15/4 at Lesithi plateau and 16/4 at Spili. Counts of 20+ at Omalos on 17/4 and 50+ around Gouvernetou monastery 18/4. All birds were of the race melanoleuca.

76. Blue Rock Thrush - Monticola solitarius

Up to 8 birds present in Selinari Gorge 14/4. Three birds near Spili 16/4. Single bird near Gouvernetou monastery on 18/4.

77. Blackbird - Turdus merula

Seen daily. A common bird in many habitats. Mainly males seen. Maximum daily  count 50+ on 18/4.

78. Song Thrush - Turdus philomelos

Single bird seen near Minoan cemetry at Armeni 17/4.

79. Cetti's Warbler - Cettia cetti

Two birds Creta Sun lagoon 13/4 and 14/4. Two birds on Lesithi plateau 15/4. Up to 6 birds at Agia reservoir 17/4, with 2-3 birds present there 18/4.

80. Great Reed Warbler - Acrocephalus arundinaceus

Single bird heard briefly in song in coastal scrub east of Malia on 13/4. Single bird heard briefly in song Agia reservoir 17/4 and 18/4.

81. Sedge Warbler - Acocephalus schoenobaenus

Singles at Agia reservoir on 17/4 and 18/4.

82. Subalpine Warbler - Sylvia cantillans

Single male seen Omalos plateau 17/4.

83. Whitethorat - Sylvia communis

Two birds Agia reservoir 17/4, single there 18/4.

84. Blackcap - Sylvia atricapilla

Single male Katholikou monastery, 18/4.

85. Sardinian Warbler - Sylvia melanocephala

Common in most areas, seen daily. Maximum daily count 20 birds on 13/4.

86. Olivaceous Warbler - Hippolais pallida

Two birds Omalos plateau 17/4. Five birds near Katholikou monastery 18/4.

87. Wood Warbler - Phylloscopus sibilatrix

2 birds at Minoan cemetry, 16/4. Two birds at Agia reservoir 17/4. Three near Katholikou monastery 18/4.

88. Pied Flycatcher - Ficedula hypoleuca

1 male Plaka headland 14/4. At least three birds near Katholikou monastery 18/4.

89. Collared Flycatcher - Ficedula albicollis

Single male Plaka headland 14/4. Single male Agia reservoir 17/4. At least 10 birds around around Gouvernetou monastery 18/4.

90. Spotted Flycatcher - Muscicapa striata

Two birds Omalos plateau 17/4. At least 20 birds around Gouvernetou monastery 18/4.

91. Blue Tit - Parus caeruleus

Four birds Lesithi plateau 15/4. Two birds near Spili 16/4. Single at Omalos 17/4.

92. Great Tit - Parus major

Seen daily throughout the trip. Highest daily count at least 6 on 15/4.

93. Penduline Tit - Remiz pendulinus

A pair at Agia reservoir on 17/4, dismantling Reedmace and much admired by all.

94. Woodchat Shrike - Lanius senator

Three birds, 2 males and a female, in coastal scrub east of Malia 13/4. Two birds around Gouvernetou monastery 18/4.

95. Golden Oriole - Oriolus oriolus

Male seen near Rethimnon 16/4. Probable female seen near Katholikou monastery 18/4.

96. Jay - Garrulus glandarius

Single bird on the approach to Samaria Gorge 17/4.

97. Chough - Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax

6 birds around the start of the Samaria Gorge, 17/4.

98. Jackdaw - Corvus mnonedula

At least 20 birds in Kourtaliotiko Gorge 16/4.

99. Raven - Corvus corax

Six in Selinari Gorge, one at Plaka headland, 14/4. At least 10 on Lesithi plateau 15/4. Ten birds in Spili area 16/4. Single bird near Katholikou monastery 18/4.

100. Hooded Crow - Corvus cornix

Widespread and common in all areas. Maximum daily count in excess of 50 birds, 18/4.

101. Tree Sparrow - Passer montanus

Up to three birds around gravestones in Souda Bay war cemetry, 18/4.

102. House Sparrow / Italian Sparrow - Passer domesticus

Seen daily in many areas. Maximum daily count 30 birds on 16/4. Several males were identified as Italian Sparrow, P. d. italiae.

103. Spanish Sparrow - Passer hisapaniolensis

Six males at Souda Bay war cemetry, 18/4.

104. Chaffinch - Fringilla coelebs

Common in all areas. Maximum daily count at least 50 birds on 15/4.

105. Serin - Serinus serinus

Two birds around Gouvernetou monastery, and a pair at Souda Bay war cemetry, 18/4.

106. Greenfinch - Carduelis chloris

Seen daily. Maximum daily count 10 birds on 13/4.

107. Goldfinch - Carduelis carduelis

Seen daily. Maximum daily count 12 birds on 16/4.

108. Siskin - Carduelis spinus

Single male, Creta Sun Hotel grounds, 13/4.

109. Linnet - Acanthis cannabina

Six birds on approach to Lesithi plateau, 15/4.

110. Corn Bunting - Miliaria calandra

Single in scrub east of Malia 13/4. Eight birds Plaka headland 14/4. Three birds Spili 16/4.

111. Cirl Bunting - Emberiza cirlus

Two birds at Zeus' birthplace Lesithi plateau, three in fields on the plateau, and two near river on Lesithi plateau, 15/4. Four at Minoan cemetry, Armeni, 16/4.


Red Admiral - Vanessa atalanta

Single 14/4.

Painted Lady - Cynthia cardui

Single 14/4.

Clouded Yellow - Colias crocea

Single 14/4.

Wall Brown - Lasiommata megera

Single 14/4.

Large White - Pieris brassicae

Single 16/4.

Brimstone - Gonepteryx rhamni

Single 16/4.


Egyptian Grasshopper - Anacridium aegyptium

4 seen 13/4, around Creta Sun hotel. Two others seen 16/4.


Silverfish - Lepisma saccharina

Single in Creta Sun Hotel 15/4.


Scarab Beetle sp.

1 seen on walk to Katholikou monastery 18/4.

7-spot Ladybird - Coccinella 7-punctata

2 on 16/4.


Ground Bug sp.

Several of one species Plaka headland 13/4.



Centipede sp.

Single seen 14/4.


Spotted Snake Millipede - Blaniulus guttulatus

Single 15/4.


Common Tree Frog - Hyla arborea

Single at Spili, 16/4.


Balkan Green Lizard - Lacerta trilineata

An individual probably of this species seen 16/4.



Bat sp.

Ten individuals of indeterminate species flying around houses in Chania 16/4.


Brown Rat - Rattus norvegicus

Single on 15/4.

Mouse sp.

Single in Lesithi plateau 15/4.


Badger - Meles meles

1 dead at roadside, 16/4.