Sunday, April 21, 2013

Migration at full speed Part II

Wetlands are not the only places to witness migration. Mt Hymettus is also full of migrant passerines, resting and feeding on their way to the north...Nightingales, Whitethroats and Flycatchers (Pied and Collared) along with Wood and Willow Warblers are seen in good numbers. Cuckoos are also seen quite easily, especially in caterpillar-rich areas, like maquis.

Cuckoos are fond of caterpillars found on dense maquis scrub
Female Collared Flycatchers are less striking that their male counterparts, and harder to tell

Common Whitethroats are not shy and frequently forage out in the open

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