Monday, April 04, 2011

Breaking News! New species in Greek checklist!

A new species for Greece was added this weekend! A Pallas's Warbler Phylloscopus proregulus, Νανοφυλλοσκόπος, was recorded in Mt Hymettus, very close to Athens! The bird was first seen by Michalis Kotsakis, a keen birdwatcher and very soon the word was spread and almost every Athenian birdwatcher paid a visit to the site. Fortunately the bird was very "hospital" and everybody got a very good look at it, as it was singing all the time, making its presence very clear, and showing no fear to human presence. Unfortunately, as a true "hybrid" of Phylloscopus warbler and Regulus crest, it was moving restlessly from one branch to another, making it very hard to capture it on film....
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