Saturday, April 20, 2013

Migration at full speed Part I

 From the 15th to the 30th of April, spring migration is at its peak in Athens. The strong winds have brought quite a few interesting species; hundreds of Ruffs and Wood Sandpipers in Schinias marshes and Spata flooded fields, along with  Marsh Sandpipers, Spotted Redshanks and several Little Stints.  The first groups of Squacco Herons and several Purple Herons can be also easily seen, while huge flocks of swallows and martins feed on insects over the wetlands. Pallid and Montagu's Harriers are also regular.

Pallid Harrier over the flooded Spata fields
An already moulted Spotted Redshank, a really rare view of that plumage at Schinias Marshes

The first Whiskered Tern for thus year, feeding on insects at Spata fields

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