Friday, August 08, 2014

Birdwatching in Athens: First wave of autumn migration at Vravrona Wetland

August is here and the first autumn migrants have arrived. The Lesser Grey Shrike is always seen in the first week of the month, perching in wires close to cultivations.

Lesser Grey Shrikes are regular autumn migrants 

Families of Red-rumped Swallows sweep the sky above the wetland, taking advantage of the numerous airborne insects. 

The Red-rumped Swallow is a common and widespread summer visitor and passage migrant of Athens

 Woodchat Shrikes are also starting to migrate, even though passage birds are difficult to tell from local breeders

The Woodchat Shrike is very common in passage, both in spring and autumn

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