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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LBRC decisions for 2013

The Lesvos Bird Records Committee (LBRC) has accepted the following records for 2013 (see 2013 report here).

Where total number of records are maintained for a species, this is given up to and including the records published here.

(Ευρωπαϊκή) Βαλτόπαπια                
Aythya nyroca                  
Total number of records: 23+

One record accepted:
Pair on the Tsiknias River early morning 25 Apr (P & V Manning, C & L Williams).

RED-CRESTED POCHARD                 
(Ευρασιατικό) Φερεντίνι
Netta rufina
Total number of records: 1

One record accepted:
Pair Parakila Marsh 17 Apr (photo: T Koufaki, E Galinou).

This is the first confirmed record for Lesvos, identified by resident birder Eleni Galinou from a photograph taken by a local resident.

 (Ευρωπαϊκός) Θαλασσαετός                
Haliaeetus albicilla
Total number of records: 6

One record accepted:
A sub-adult Mesa 13 Jan (photo: F Psarros, E Kakalis).

This is only the sixth record for Lesvos.

Gyps fulvus
Total number of records: 18+

Three records accepted:
2 birds seen in spring at various sites throughout the west of the island (Lardia Valley westwards) 18 Apr – 7 May (photo: S Wessmer, S P Dudley, R Purser et al) and 14 May (photo: M & T Sviekutis). One of these birds was also seen on 9 May (G Melchiorri, G Massetti) but without a photo it is not possible to say which of the two birds it was.
1 Tsichliota Bay (Meladia Valley) 7 Sep (photo: C Zografou, O Alexandrou). 

Buteo buteo vulpinus
Total number of records: 4

Three records accepted:
1 Molivos 8 Jan (photo: P Tsakmakis,  S P Dudley, S Wytema).
1 Dipi Larisos 13 Jan (photo: P Tsakmakis, S P Dudley, S Wytema).
1 Dipi Larisos 28 Jan (photo: P Tsakmakis, S P Dudley, S Wytema).

These three birds are the 2nd - 4th confirmed records for Lesvos (first record was in Nov 2012). 

(Ανατολικός) Βασιλαετός                 
Aquila heliaca                  
Total number of records: 14 (15)

One record accepted:
Subadult between Antissa and Ipsilou 5 May (photo: T Binks, S P Dudley) was retrospectively identified and accepted from photos provided.

Gallinago media
Total number of records: 19+

Three records accepted:
1 Faneromeni 2 – 8 May (photo: D Copewell et al).
1 Farmakies Marsh 3 May (photo: A & P Thompson).

1 Kalami Marsh 9 – 14 May (photo: J Gronning, R Edvardsen, A & P Stromski).

Terek Sandpiper
Xenus cinereus            
Total number of records: 10

One record accepted:
1 Sigri inlet 8 Aug (photo: W Heylen).

Red-necked Phalarope
Ερυθρόλαιμος Φαλαρόποδας    
Phalaropus lobatus         
Total number of records: 13

One record accepted:
2 Kalloni Saltpans 28 Sep (T Swann et al).

Ασημόγλαρος της Κασπίας
Larus cachinnans
Total number of records:  2

One record accepted:
2CY Alikoudi Pool 17 Mar (photo: P Tsakmakis, S Wytema).

This is the second record for Lesvos.

One other record from 2013 is under consideration by LBRC.

Second calendar year Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans, Alikoudi Pool, Mar 13 
© Petros Tsakmakis

Columba oenas
Total number of records:  9

One record accepted:
1 nr Kalloni Saltpans 7 Dec (L Katerinopoulos).

CALANDRA LARK                  
(Κοινή) Γαλιάντρα                  
Melanocorypha calandra
Total number of records: 13

Two records accepted:
1 Meladia Valley 26 Apr (F Brierley, A Hill).
1 Alykes Wetlands 2 May (B Buckler, P & V Manning et al).

Acrocephalus melanopogon 

One record: 
1 Almyropotamos River (Lisvorio) 28 Mar (J Bowers, W Kappes).

This record was narrowly accepted reflecting the difficulty in assessing records of this species, especially when the bird in questions is both out of the expected season of occurrence and in an unexpected location. 

The Committee will now only consider any future records of this species outside the expected winter period (Nov – Feb) and away from Dipi Larisos (the only known wintering site on the island) that are supported by additional evidence (e.g. photo or sound recording). Most birders now have a field camera (DSLR, bridge/super-zoom, digiscope) or smartphone (which can be used for phonescoping and recording bird calls/song without any additional equipment) so the expectation of receiving supporting evidence must be regarded as high.

 (Κοινός) Σταυρομύτης                
Loxia curvirostra
Total number of records: 8

One record accepted:
5 Skala Kallonis 5 Oct (R Thorpe et al).

RECORDS FROM 2013 pending and still under consideration

Steppe Buzzard Buteo buteo vulpinus Στεπογερακίνα
             1 Molivos 5 Jan
             1 Dipi Larisos 18 Mar
             1 nr Mandamados 26 Apr
             1 Korakas Headland 29 Apr
             1 Makara 1 May
             1 Mt Olympos 10 Aug
             1 Mn Mithymna 11 Aug


Steppe Buzzard Buteo buteo vulpinus Στεπογερακίνα
             1 Nifida 2 Jan – considered to be a buteo buteo or buteo x vulpinus hybrid
             1 nr Kedro 3 Jan – considered to be a buteo x vulpinus hybrid
             1 nr Kedro 10 Jan – considered to be a buteo buteo or buteo x vulpinus hybrid

All these records are included in Lesvos Birds 2013