A great day for birds of prey today in Mt Hymettus (Athens). I left the car very close to the summit, and took path No 10, towards south, past the OTE towers, till the point 827, from where one can have a great view of Lakka Halidous, Sesi, Aigina and Salamina islands. The first birds to watch was a pair of Short-toed Eagle flying over the antennae. Four Kestrels were seens throughout the walk, lots of Pallid Swifts, but also Common Swifts and a few Alpine Swifts. Also a Pelegrine Falcon flew low over my head as well as a Buzzard later on, who stayed hovering for quite a while. Walking lower, across the paved road, lots of Serins, Black-eared Wheatears and an Ortolan Bunting. I descended down to the Monastery, where I could see a lot of Flycatchers going crazy with the plethora of insects at that time of the day (around 7pm). Lots of Short-toed Treecreepers too, and sounds of Nuthatch (but I could not identify the species by sound). At the very end of the day, an Hawk species flew over me, but unfortunately I cannot be sure of that one either. In general in was unexpectedly a great day for birding, under the sun and the 35 degrees Celcius.
The complete bird list for Sunday, June 26th is the following
Short-toed Eagle, Kestrel, Buzzard, Pelegrine Falcon, Yellow-legged Gull, Alpine Swift, Common Swift, Pallid Swift, Swallow, House Martin, Stonechat, Black-eared Wheatear, Blackbird, Flycatcher, Red-backed Shrike, Short-toed Treecreeper, Jay, Magpie, House Sparrow, Goldfinch, Serin, Ortolan Bunting