Saturday, June 11, 2005

Shinias Wetland - Athens

A great warm day for birding today. Starting from Ag. Triada, more than 50 Little Egrets, 4 Grey Herons together with 10 Black-wing Stilts feeding in a small pond. Pallid Swifts were flying allober the place, as well as Swallows, Sand Martins and House Martins.

The next stop was at the road from Souli to Shinias beach. Taking the left path, almost half way from the beginning of the road, I saw a Glossy Ibis that did not leave with the others about a month ago. Walking further North (perpandicular to the road), more that 100 Black-winged Stilts were screaming like crazy, flying around, probably angry of my presence. It seems to be a great breeding place, with sallow waters and lots of vegetation that forms little ''islands''. Two Marsh Harriers were observed, lots of juvenile Yellow Wagtails, a few Moorhens and some Stonechats too.

The third and last stop at the bridge, close to the abandonded house in the middle of the wetland. A Penduline Tit was sitting on a branch very close to me, but unfortunately took off
rather fast...

The whole walk took me 2.5 hours, from 11:00 to 13:30. The bird list is the following:

Little Grebe, Little Erget, Grey Heron, Glossy Ibis, Kestrel, Moorhen, Black-winged Stilt, Yellow-legged Gull, Collared Dove, Pallid Swift, Crested Lark, Sand Martin, Swallow, House Martin, Yellow Wagtail, Stonechat, Cetti's Warbler, Peduline Tit, Magpie, Carrion Crow, House Sparrow
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