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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HRC decisions for 2011

The Hellenic Rarities Committee (ΗRC) has accepted the following records for 2011 (unless otherwise stated) and  reference to the respective HRC report is given:

European storm-petrel | Υδροβάτης
Hydrobates pelagicus
One record (Lesvos Birds 2013; HRC13 in prep):
1 at sea 22 nautical miles SW of Sigri (K Gaganis, V Trigou).
This becomes only the fourth record for Lesvos.

STEPPE EAGLE | Στεπαετός
Aquila nipalensis
One record (HRC11 in prep):
2007: a sub-adult near Eresos 12 May (photo: Jonathan & May Yan Bryant).
This becomes the first of only two accepted records for Lesvos

SAKER FALCON | Στεπογέρακο
Falco cherrug
One record (HRC11 in prep):
2002: Tsiknias River 6 May (Paul & Vera Manning).
This is only the second accepted record for Lesvos.

Vanellus leucurus
One record (HRC10):
2001: 1 Mesa 7 May (J & A Hazell).
This is the first accepted record for Lesvos.

BLACK-WINGED PRATINCOLE | Μαυρόφτερο Νεροχελίδονο
Glareola nordmanni
One record (HRC11 in prep):
1 Kalloni Saltpans 13 – 14 May (photo: Stephen Gibson, Terry Robinson et al).
Only the fifth record for Lesvos.

LESSER CRESTED TERN | Πορτοκαλόραμφο Γλαρόνι
Thalasseus bengalensis
One record (HRC10):
2001: 1 Kalloni and Polichnitos Saltpans 6 – 7 May (photo: Duncan Walbridge, David Nye).
This is the first accepted record for Lesvos.

ARCTIC TERN | Χιονογλάρονο
Sterna paradisaea
One record (HRC09):
2005: 1 Kalloni Saltpans 20 – 21 April (Steve Dudley, Duncan MacDonald et al).
This is the first accepted record for Lesvos and the tenth record for Greec.

Halcyon smyrnensis
One record (HRC09):
2007: 1 Agios Fokas 29 September (J & D Main).
This is the first accepted record for Lesvos.

SPECTACLED WARBLER | Καστανοτσιροβάκος
Sylvia conspicillata
One record (HRC11 in prep):
An adult male Sigri Fields 19 Apr (Steve Dudley, David & Daphne Knight, Susan Osborne, Christine & John Shawyer, Paul & Carolyn Edis).
The first confirmed record for Lesvos.

WHITE-THROATED ROBIN | Λευκόλαιμο Αηδόνι
Irania gutturalis
Three records (HRC11 in prep):
A male Ipsilou 8 May (photo: Jeff Hazell)
A female Meladia Valley 11 May (Ian & Sue Hardy)
A female Sigri 13 May (photo: Wulf & Eva Kappes).
This takes the number of Lesvos records to eight.

FINSCH’S WHEATEAR | Βουνοπετρόκλης
Oenanthe finschii
One record (HRC11 in prep):
Male nr Ipsilou 24 Apr (Steve Dudley, Roger & Pam Crofts, Peter Stoppard)
This is only the third accepted record for Lesvos and the fourth record for Greece.

HRC found the following records for 2010 ‘not proven’ and are therefore not accepted (these records duplicated in their respective years - see HRC years left):

Caucasian Chiffchaff | Δεντροφυλλοσκόπος του Καυκάσου | Phylloscopus (collybita) lorenzii 1 Konditsia valley 1 May (HRC)

Black-winged Pratincole | Μαυρόφτερο Νεροχελίδονο | Glareola nordmanni
Two records:
2 Polichnitos Saltpans 28 Apr
10 Polichnitos Saltpans 29 Apr

Lesser Short-toed Lark | Μικρογαλιάντρα της Ερήμου | Calandrella rufescens 2 Polichnitos Saltpans 27 Apr

Oriental Pratincole | Ανατολικό Νεροχελίδονο| Glareola maldivarum 1 Kalloni Saltpans 6 May (HRC)

Upcher’s Warbler | Σταχτοστριτσίδα| Hippolais languida 1 between Efthalou and Skala Sikaminias (North Coast track) 10 May

Blackstart  | Μαυρονούρης| Cercomela melanura 1 Meladia Valley 5 May

Finsch’s Wheatear  | Βουνοπετρόκλης | Oenanthe finschii 1 Meladia Valley 8 May