Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Birdwatching in Athens: Autumn migration update

September has come and migrant numbers build up: A flock of more than 40 Bee-eaters was flying high above Vravrona, while a male Rufou-tailed Rock Thrush was seen atop a rock in the opposite hill. Migrant warblers are also very common; Subalpine is the one seen in large numbers everywhere, along with a few Garden, Lesser Whitethroat and Common Whitethroat, while Willow is also widespread. The Spotted Flycatcher is also seen very frequently.

Willow Warbler
Subalpine Warbler
 Waders are also moving south; Ruffs, Wood Sandpipers, Little Stints, Black-winged Stilts and Marsh Sandpipers were seen in Artemis Lagoon, along with c.20 Ferruginous Ducks.

Marsh Sandpiper

It is not just the birds that migrate, though. The Plain Tiger, a butterfly relative to the American Monarch is a regular autumn arrival from Egypt, after crossing the Mediterranean Sea...

Plain Tiger

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