Saturday, May 21, 2011

Half-day trip to Mt Parnassos

Mt Parnassos is the closest of Greece's "high" mountains (altitude>2000 m.). It is a very popular site for ski lovers in winter, while in summer it's also one of the best places to watch forest and alpine birds. Dense Greek Fir woodland, many plateaus and clearings, along with an extensive alpine zone are what makes bird diversity high. During our half day trip we managed to see many of its specialties, although there was still a lot of snow covering the higher altitudes.

White-backed Woodpecker is one of the least common woodpeckers in Greece.

Alpine Choughs are a common sight in Mt Parnassos. Flocks of up to c.100 birds can be seen

Alpine Accentors can be seen in the higher altitudes.

Other species seen include Black Woodpecker, Rock Partridge, Rock Thrush, Rock Bunting, Sombre Tit, Red-rumped Swallow, and many more!
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