Friday, April 05, 2013

Athens specialties are back!

Two small passerines are among the most wanted species of every European birdwatcher coming to Greece; Ruppell's Warbler and Cretzschmar's Bunting. Both can be quite easily seen very close to Athens, within a 30' min drive trip! The first birds for 2013 have been already seen in their regular sites.

Ruppell's Warbler are common, yet local, breeders, found in good numbers in Mt Hymettus. They prefer dense maquis scrub, avoiding woodland or phrygana.

Cretzschmar's Buntings are widespread and locally abundant summer visitors. Their melancholic song is echoing in many bare slopes of Attica

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