Bird Watching

The location of the hotel is ideal for bird watching and listening to bird singing...

When staying at the hotel during May, nightingales can be heard singing during night time...



Here are some parts of reports (and the links), written by people who have already visited the area.

Report from

Samos, The valley of the Nightingales. 17 - 31 July 2003,

Keith Heaven

...Apart from flocks of higher flying SWALLOWS, RED-RUMPED SWALLOWS and HOUSE MARTINS the main birds seen high up were raptors.

Single LONG LEGGED BUZZARDS were seen on several days , either high above the hill village or lower down the valley.

More exciting were a pair of SHORT TOED EAGLES seen displaying together. They would fly at each other, extending their talons towards each other and briefly grappling before breaking away, leaving their legs still dangling. One evening they displayed in front of our Hotel--The Daphne--which is on a slope facing woods and bare cliffs. The birds frequently landed on tree tops or the tops of crags but I could not identify any possible nest site.

At least two PEREGRINES also frequented the valley, though, as well as soaring high up,they also flew down very low over the tree tops. On one occasion, I watched a PEREGRINE climbing to try to harass a LONG LEGGED BUZZARD but the larger bird did not seem too worried.

As well as the raptors, I saw up to four RAVENS at a time over the mountains. I never saw any interaction between the birds of prey and the RAVENS but I saw six HOODED CROWS crossing the valley in confident formation until suddenly encountering a direct attack by a RAVEN. Without hesitation, and still in perfect formation, they swiftly turned 180 degrees and fled back the way they had come...


...I saw one or two ALPINE SWIFTS following the valley, lower down. HOODED CROWS and JAYS were very common in the trees and, especially, out in the fields and orchards nearer the mouth of the valley. One day , I walked along one of the streams, following a juvenile YELLOW WAGTAIL which just kept ahead of me, hopping from rock to rock. WOOD PIGEONS, COLLARED DOVES and a few TURTLE DOVES could be encountered in clearings or along roads and tracks. In the tree tops were numerous GREAT TITS, CHAFFINCHES, HOUSE SPARROWS and a few very shy ROBINS. Once, I startled a flock of CHUKAR from the ground under a clump of pine trees and they flew off silently but not far. Later, I found a dead one beside the road running up the valley. Most nights--and, curiously--once in the hot afternoon, TAWNY OWLS called to each other from trees on both sides of the valley...

...I feel obliged to include the flocks of ELEANORAS FALCONS in the section about the sea though my first views were about a kilometer inland .Twelve or more flew over a ridge opposite our hotel before flying down the valley towards the sea...Most evenings, between 6 and 7pm,small groups of CORY'S SHEARWATERS flew low over the water, generally flying east to west along the coast but,occasionally, diverting into the bay at Agios Konstantinos, before resuming their journey. Apart from a few HERRING GULLS, they were the only birds actually seen low over the water....


A Report from

Bee Eaters and Black Headed Buntings in Samos,

Elaine Gathercole


........dawned bright and sunny and we set off on the recommended 11km walk entitled "The Valley of the Nightingales", though with a warning that they were few and far between. As we walked up a minor road next to a stream we heard a quick burst from a Cetti's Warbler as well as various other as yet unseen warblers.

Reaching a vineyard en route to Manolates we finally came on a warbler which, after some patience, we were pleased to see was a Subalpine.

A little later we also caught our first actual sight of the more common Sardinian Warbler which we heard regularly thereafter.

The walk continued through Manalotes and across the Valley of the Nightingales (with none heard) to Vourliotes with the only real bird interest being a Common Buzzard. We walked down from here to the coast near Kampos. As we approached the coast we spotted an Ortolan Bunting and then heard but didn't manage to see an Olivaceous Warbler in dense Tamarisk behind the beach as we walked back to the Hotel.
...walking up above the village of Stavrinides reaching 650m, before returning via the small village of Ambelos. On the way up we heard our first Nightingale, of which we heard several in the week but never caught sight of one, and also saw a Long-legged Buzzard overhead. Once reaching the top we dropped down a little to a bend on a track near a stream and the area seemed rich in bird song. One melodic voice stood out from the rest and we finally spotted its origin - an Orphean Warbler singing out at the top of a favourite perch. We spent some time here admiring the view out to sea and watching the Swifts and Swallows when we noted that two of the swifts were Alpine Swifts. The walk returned down through Ano Ayios Konstantinos where we saw a Whinchat on top of a tree in the small square. Walking back along the promenade we saw a Shag flying over the sea as well as the Audouin's Gull again........

Samos, Greece, June 2008

Trip report by Per Henningsson

Background and logistics


...The road takes you through the valley and from the road many trails go into the forest. You can basically stop anywhere you find interesting and start from there. We took a short walk into the valley and it is truly magnificent! In terms of birds, not much, just some Chaffinches (Bofink) and a couple of Wrens (Gärdsmyg) were heard. Along our stroll we came to the most beautiful vineyard I've seen so far, but that's a different story. The village of Manolates is an extraordinary little mountain village, with narrow streets built without any sense of order. As small as the village is we manage to get a little lost among all the small alleys. Here life is slow. In the village many Swifts (Tornseglare) and swallows were flying, Red-rumped Swallow (Rostgumpsvala) House Martins (Hussvala) and Barn Swallows (Ladusvala)...