Monday, April 15, 2013

A realy busy weekend

It's mid April and migration is reaching its peak. After a few days of rather few newcomers, last weekend (13-14th) was really rewarding. Montagu's and Pallid Harriers along with the first Red-footed Falcon and Hobby were soaring in the fields of east Attica. The first flock of Bee-eaters (c.50 birds) was also seen flying low above Vravrona and Marathon. Black-eared Wheaters have taken position at their breeding grounds, while the flooded Spata fields are again offering food and shelter to many waders like Wood, Green and Marsh Sandpiper, Ruff and Black-winged Stilts. A single Collared Pratincole was also seen there along with lots of Red-throated Pipits and Yellow wagtails of several races. The most remarkable sighting, though was the Spoonbill found at Schinias National Park, together with a flok of Glossy Ibis and Ferruginous Ducks. And, the best is yet to come!

Red-footed Falcons are usually ariving in the end of the month,  so this is a quite early sighting

Pallid Harriers have become common sightings every spring

Black-eared Wheaters are common in rocky terrain all over Attica

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