Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 13, 2011

Flowers and Birds of Lesvos, Greece

My second week in Greece was also with Bob Gibbons Natural History Travel .  Bob describes Lesvos:

“Lesbos (or Lesvos) is one of the most beautiful of all the Greek islands, especially in spring, with masses of early flowers, a marvellous range of birds including many migrants, and the scenery at its best.”

Lesvos is 630 square miles, mountainous and  the third largest Greek Island.  Lesvos is  just a few miles from Turkey.   Turkey can be seen from parts of Lesvos, which maybe explains part of the uneasiness between Greece and Turkey. We especially saw many species of bee orchids, the genus Ophrys.  Although my interest was more in the wildflowers, Lesvos is better known for its birding.  A few of the birds I saw were Flamingos, Stilts, Avocets, Wood Sandpipers, Grey Herons, Glossy Ibis, Little Egrets, Little Owls, and Nightingales.   To learn more about birding on Lesvos go to the website (Lesvos Birding) of Steve Dudley, the author of A Birdwatching Guide to  Lesvos.

To see a trip description go to Lesvos Greece

Here a some photos from the trip:   To see larger, better quality photos click:  Larger Photos 

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