Philip is an English birdwatcher who came to Athens in February and wanted to go birding along with his wife. They did not want to start very early so the pick up time was set at 08.30. The first destination of the trip was Schinias National Park and we first visited the Olympic Rowing Center where we saw a Red-crested Pochard, lots of Ferruginous Ducks and the Pygmy Cormorant that overwinters in the site. There were also lots of Shovelers, Common Pochards, grebes (Little, Black-necked and Great Crested) and hundreds of Coots.
We also saw Penduline Tits, lots of finches, pipits and wagtails and other passerines.
We left the rowing center and drove through the central marsh, looking for Moustached Warblers. We managed to find two birds, along with lots of Cetti's Warblers and Reed Buntings.
The total count was 53 species, seen and heard. Not bad at all, for a February tour!
On our way back from Schinias, we looked for Chukar Partridges on Mt Penteli. We managed two find two flocks of these rather wary birds.
|Philip, looking for Chukars on Mt Penteli|
Great Crested Grebe