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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Members of the Committee work on Lesvos Birding's 'A checklist of the birds of Lesvos' to produce an official list of birds recorded on Lesvos. LBRC therefore use this list is our baseline list for the island and the species listed below are based on our knowledge of the species based on the Lesvos Birding list.


In addition to all HRC species (see here - which can be submitted either via LBRC or direct to HRC), please provide supporting information (basic notes, photographs) for records of the following species (for status and notes on indvidual species see here) (with photos = only records with photos will be considered for these species):

Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus
Greylag Goose Anser anser 
Great White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons 
Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis 
Gadwall Anas strepera
Common Pochard Aythya ferina
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca
Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula
Greater Scaup Aythya marila 
Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina 
Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula
Smew Mergellus albellus
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala
Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena
Western Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
Pelicans Pelecanus sp (details of all flocks)
Red Kite Milvus milvus
White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus
Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus
Greater Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos 
Bonelli's Eagle Hieraaetus fasciatus 
Steppe Buzzard Buteo buteo vulpinus (with photos)
Merlin Falco columbarius (April - September records)
In addition, please send in details of any groups/flocks of raptors (e.g. large flocks of social falcons, multiple eagles, movements of Honey-buzzards, etc)
Lanner Falcon Falco biarmicus 
Common Crane Grus grus 
Eurasian Dotterel Charadrius morinellus 
Eurasian Woodcock Scolopax rusticola 
Jack Snipe Limnocryptes minimus
Great Snipe Gallinago media
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica
Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus
Red Knot Calidris canutus
Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus
Common Gull Larus canus
Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans 
Lesser Black-baked Gull Larus fuscus 
Arctic Skua Stercorarius parasiticus
Stock Dove Columba oenas
Eagle Owl Bubo bubo 
Tawny Owl Strix aluco 
Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus 
Great Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor
Eurasian Magpie Pica pica
Spotted Nutcracker Nucifraga caryocatactes
Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax
Rook Corvus frugilegus
Bohemian Waxwing Bombycilla garrulus
Eurasian Penduline Tit Remiz pendulinus
Bearded Tit Panurus biarmicus
Calandra Lark Melanocorypha calandra
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica (records of birds resembling H. r. savignii or H. r. transitive).
Moustached Warbler Acrocephalus melanopogon (outside of winter - with photos)
Firecrest Regulus ignicapilla
Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus
Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka
Semicollared Flycatcher Ficedula semitorquata (with photos)
White-throated Dipper Cinclus cinclus aquaticus
Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus
Western Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava
All records of the following races (or birds resembling these races):
Yellow-headed Wagtail M. f. lutea
Syke’s Yellow Wagtail M. f. beema
‘Romanian’ Yellow Wagtail M. f. ‘dombrowski’ (flava-feldegg intergrade)
‘Russian’ Yellow Wagtail M. f. ‘superciliaris’ (thunbergi variant)
‘British’ Yellow Wagtail M. f. flavissima
‘xanthophyrs’ Yellow Wagtail M. f. xanthophyrs
Red-fronted Serin Serinus pusillus
Eurasian Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula 
Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus
Red Crossbill Loxia curvirostra
Eurasian Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula
Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella
Rock Bunting Emberiza cia 

All records unless otherwise stated

Shelduck Tadorna tadorna
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea
Scopoli’s Shearwater Calonectris diomedea
Black Stork Ciconia nigra
European Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus
Levant Sparrowhawk Accipiter brevipes
Eleonora’s Falcon Falco eleonorae
Audouin’s Gull Ichthyaetus audouinii
Great Spotted Cuckoo Clamator glandarius
Eagle Owl Bubo bubo
Long-eared Owl Asio otus
Tawny Owl Strix aluco
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis
Eurasian Penduline Tit Remiz pendulinus
Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler Phylloscopus orientalis
Olive-tree Warbler Hippolais olivetorum
Fan-tailed Warbler Cisticola juncidis
Barred Warbler Sylvia nisoria
Rüppell’s Warbler Sylvia rueppelli
Krüper’s Nuthatch Sitta krueperi (records outside the central pine forest area where the species is common (e.g. forest areas north and west of Kalloni, etc)
European Robin Erithacus rubecula
Song Thrush Turdus philomelos
Cinereous Bunting Emberiza cineracea (records away from known breeding sites of the western island)
Hawfinch Coccothraustes coccothraustes

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Dudley, S.P. 2009. A Birdwatching Guide to Lesvos. Arlequin Press. ISBN 978 1 905268 06 1.