Saturday, March 16, 2013

Athens Farmland Birds: Corn Bunting


Even though Athens and the Prefecture of Attica have a population of 4,000,000 people and the population density is more than 1,000 people/sq.km, there are still large tracts of agricultural country. Cultivations are usually mixed, olive, pistachio and fig groves with vineyards being at the same or adjacent field. This is very beneficial for farmland birds, along with the restricted use of agrochemicals. However, the most serious problem is the loss of agricultural country as settlements expand. Breeding Corn Buntings are still found in many parts of Attica, especially in the north and west. Populations in the east are fragmented, with the bulk found around Spata area, close to the airport. The species is still much more common in winter, large flocks can be seen flying even above the city centre.

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