Well this holiday is finally here after Covid put a stop to any visit since 2019
So i booked a package this time through Jet 2, I felt just incase covid stopped us going again i would protect ourselves by going as a package. It worked very well and cost slightly more than booking hotel and flights separately but it was worth it just for piece of mind.
Day 1. 5th May
Flights were early morning arriving in Mytilini at 1230. Losing 2 hours due to the time difference. We were greeted outside the airport by Alison from Lesvos car hire to collect our car for the week and soon made our way through some small villages and dirt tracks to Loutra.
We started here due to the first bird on my list being a lifer in the form of a Laughing Dove. There was now a small breeding population here in the small village. Unknown origin but an armchair tick all the same. We drove through the village spotting the Village store and Café that the birds had been visiting, We drove further down the hill to find a car park space and then made our way back up the hill to the café where we were called over by the locals to see the bird nesting on the convenience store sign. The locals were so friendly and it was wonderful to sit and have a drink and some food whilst watching the doves feeding on the grain put down by the café. They loved us birders being there.
We enjoyed the bird and the area for a couple of hours before heading towards the hotel.