The Lesvos Bird Records Committee (LBRC) was established by the Hellenic Rarities Committee in its February 2nd, 2009 session.
The aim of the LBRC is to encourage visiting birders to submit their records, in particular to provide addiitonal details of national Greek rarities, local Lesvos rarities and breeding records of the scarcer breeding species.

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Lesvos rare birds: 2009

The Lesvos Bird Records Committee (LBRC) has accepted the following records for 2009 (unless otherwise stated):

Whooper Swan | Αγριόκυκνος
Cygnus cygnus
One record: 4 on the Gulf of Kalloni off Mesa 1 Jan 09 (T Robinson). This is only the fourth record for the island.

Common Pochard | Γκισάρι
Aythya ferina 
One record: 1 Polichnitos Saltpans on 28 Jul (T Robinson). This is only the eighth record for the island.

RED-NECKED GREBE | Κοκκινοβουτηχτάρι
Podiceps grisegena
One record: 11-24 September, 1 off Skala Kallonis (photo: R Lawrence et al). This is only the third post-2000 record.
Red-necked Grebe, Gulf of Kalloni off Skala Kallonis, September 2009 © Steve Dudley

WHITE-TAILED EAGLE | (Ευρωπαϊκός) Θαλασσαετός
Haliaeetus albicilla
One record: 2 May, a sub-adult north along the Tsiknias River Valley (I & S Bambrough, S P Dudley). This is only the sixth record for the island.

Neophron percnopterus
One record: 2 May, a sub-adult at the Vouvaris River mouth (T Robinson). This is only the 10th record for the island.

Gyps fulvus
Two records: 1 Potamia Valley 8 Apr (photo: M.A. Neumann); 26-28 April, first seen over Eresos on the 26th (Limosa group) and then the following two days (27th-28th) around the old dead goat pit at Madaros north of Kalloni (P & V Manning, D & B Bradnum et al). This is only the 11th record for the island.

Griffon Vulture, Potamia Valley, April 2009 © Micha Neumann

EASTERN IMPERIAL EAGLE | (Ανατολικός) Βασιλαετός
Aquila heliaca
Three records:
3 May, a sub-adult bird south near Efthalou (photo: I & S Bambrough, S P Dudley);
7 May, a sub-adult Kalloni Raptor Watchpoint (I Pitts, S Hill, P Bowley, A Bowley, A & Y Ford);
8 May, two birds north over Agios Ioannis (photo: P Solley et al). These are the 9th to 11th records for the island.

GREAT SNIPE | Διπλομπεκάτσινο
Gallinago media
One record: 7 May, 1 Haramida Marsh (S P Dudley).

COMMON GULL | Θυελλόγλαρος
Larus canus
One record: 12 September, an immature at Polichitos Saltpans (R Lawrence et al). The sixth record for the island.
A second individual seen at Tsiknias River in September was rejected by the Committee as identification unproven.

WHITE-THROATED DIPPER | (Ευρωπαϊκός) Νεροκότσυφας
Cinclus cinclus
2007 One record: 7 October, 1 Sigri (D Brown). This is the first record for Lesvos.

EURASIAN TREE SPARROW | Δεντροσπουργίτης
Passer montanus
Two records: 9 Apr, 1 with House Sparrows Skala Sikaminias (M.A. Neumann); 3 May, 1 with House Sparrows (Σπιτοσπουργίτης) Passer domesticus at the Petrified Forest Visitor Centre (R Harding). The sixth record for the island.

The Committee is aware of the following records for 2009 that have not been received:

GREAT SNIPE | Διπλομπεκάτσινο
Gallinago media
Two reports: singles Polichnitos Saltpans 25 Apr and Tsiknias River 28 Apr.

RED-NECKED PHALAROPE | Ερυθρόλαιμος Φαλαρόποδας
Phalaropus lobatus
One report: 1 Polichnitos Saltpans in May.

LARGE GREY SHRIKE sp. | Είδος Κεφαλά
Lanius sp.
Two reports: singes Christou (Kamares) River 27 May and 18 September.

Acrocephalus melanopogon
One report: 1 Metochi Lake 30 April – 6 May. Despite apparently having been seen by a number of observers details have not been submitted to LBRC.

Ficedula semitorquata
Two reports: singles Faneromeni 21 April and Meladia Valley 7 May.

EURASIAN TREE SPARROW | Δεντροσπουργίτης 
Passer montanus
One report: 3 Meladia Valley in 25 April.