Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Skiathos Blue

If the weather was kind to us in Skiathos, it has been very unfriendly since we arrived home. Going from wall-to-wall sunshine and 30 degrees and then back to the usual British rain, wind and 12 degrees is quite a shock to the system. 

Until I can get out birding or ringing I put together some pictures from 3 weeks in sunny Skiathos. There lots of pictures. “Click the pic” for a close-up. 

Skiathos from The Bourtzi

Skiathos 

Old Harbour Skiathos  

Skiathos 1907

Skiathos 2019 

 Skiathos 2019

Skiathos 1907

The Bourtzi - Skiathos 

Birding Skiathos is unremarkable in September when despite the summery weather, many local birds have left for Africa and migrant birds from further north have also flown south. Although Skiathos is just 15 km from the Pelion peninsula of mainland Greece, this tiny island does not appear to attract a huge variety of migrant birds. Perhaps migrant birds from Northern Europe continue on a southerly track through the Peloponnese rather than take an easterly turn across the waters just to visit Skiathos? 

Skiathos 

Of course there are always birds to see, albeit of a limited range of species. Our count was an unscientific approximation of around 40 species during our three weeks. As might be expected this included exotica like Scop’s Owl, Bee Eater, Eleonora’s Falcon, Blue Rock Thrush and Red-rumped Swallow, but also common species like Yellow Wagtail, Buzzard, Blackcap, Kingfisher and Raven. 

The most numerous migrant species were Spotted Flycatcher, Whinchat, Willow Warbler/Chiffchaff, Red-backed Shrike, Wheatear and Barn Swallow with a constant almost daily turnover of individuals.

Red-rumped Swallow 

Yellow Wagtail 

Red-backed Shrike 

Spotted Flycatcher 

Blue Rock Thrush 

Whitethroat

Yellow-legged Gull 

Eleonora's Falcon

Whinchat 

There were thousands of butterflies this year with huge numbers of Swallowtails and Hummingbird Hawk Moths especially noticeable. 

Swallowtail 

Hummingbird Hawk Moth 

We had a jeep from local firm Mustang for 19 of our 21 days. Driving in Skiathos is a doddle; apart from Brits looking in the wrong direction while crossing the road, crazy quad riders, taxis on airport days, and the myriad of mopeds and motorbikes. Having a vehicle meant we could visit many parts of this beautiful island to enjoy the spectacular weather. 

At Hotel Ostria and also on our daily trips through this cosmopolitan island we met people from many European nations; Britain, Croatia, Romania, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Bulgaria, Germany, mainland Greece - Kalamata, where the world’s best olives are grown. All had come to experience the most picturesque and friendliest island in all of Greece where more than 60 beaches appeal to sun-seekers. 

In the mountains fire trucks are on permanent look out for fires that start in the tinder dry landscape of a Skiathos summer.

Fire Truck near Ligaries 

On the road to Ligaries 

Ligaries

Megali Aselinos Beach 

A cool start at Megali Aselinos

Megali Aselinos 

Megali Aselinos 

Road to Megali Aselinos

Xanemos

Xanemos 

Skiathos Town

Coffee Time - The Bourtzi 

The Boatyard Skiathos 

 Koukounaries beach

Koukounaries

That's all for now folks. Back soon with more pics and clicks on Another Bird Blog.

Linking this post to https://viewingnaturewitheileen.blogspot.com.




8 comments:

David M. Gascoigne, said...

Good morning Phil: Obviously a wonderful island haven for a vacation, as you have proven by visiting it so many times. If you can have a great time, good food, a little Ouzo, good weather....with a few birds thrown into the mix, seems hard to beat to me.

Angie said...

Phil - we will be heading to the UK on Sunday to visit my in-laws. I would be braced for the weather - but it is likely to be warmer than what we are experiencing right now! Your pictures are classic Greece - it maintains its old-world charm despite the modern era!

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Agnes Agnieszka said...

Nice photos

eileeninmd said...

Hello Phil,

A week of warm sunshine sounds lovely. The scenic views are gorgeous. The birds you were able to find are beautiful, wonderful photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, Enjoy your weekend.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a fabulous place to spend three weeks....or to LIVE! WOW! Beautiful scenes everywhere you look. The traffic would make me a bit nervous but it sure is nice to get out in nature. I love that beautiful Falcon! Enjoy your weekend and your photos! I sure did!

Sharon said...

Stunning scenery Phil - what I wouldn't give to be sat on that bench on the road to Lagaries, what a gorgeous place to sit!
Love the Hummingbird Hawkmoth, there seems to have been a lot of those here in Ireland this summer.

Lowcarb team member said...

What fabulous photographs you've shared. I do like the Hummingbird Hawk Moth - it's amazing.
Skiathos is looking good, and those beautiful blue skies are wonderful.

Like the food/menu board … moussaka I think for me please, although I'm sure the sea bass is good too :)

All the best Jan

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