Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The first Subalpine Warbler for 2013

This year, spring has come really early, even for a Mediterranean country like Greece. House Martins, Swallows and even Ruppell's Warbler were first seen in February! Now, as many as 5 Subalpine Warblers were singing today (12/3) in a scrubby hill close to the village of Erythres in west Attica. Hoopoe was also present, along with resident Sombre Tits and Great Tits. 

Subalpine Warblers are typical of dense maquis scrub of middle and higher altitudes

The plain close to Erythres village is the only place in Attica where one can see breeding White Storks and Lesser Kestrels. The habitat is also ideal for Quail, Corn Bunting and other arable farmland species. 
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