Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Birdwatching in Athens: Autumn migration update

A quick birding in the small village of Erythres, northwest of Athens, was quite productive:

Icterine Warbler, a migrant that is never seen in numbers, was very common in the small trees. Late August is the best period in autumn and birds arrive in small "waves", quite many birds appearing for a few days and then dissapearing all together. Other birds seen in the trees and bushes were Spotted Flycatcher, Redstart and Subalpine Warbler.

The vineyards were also interesting, as Black-eared Wheatears (like the one in the photo below), Whinchats, Red-backed and Woodchat Shrikes were perching in every available post, looking for prey. 

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