Sunday, April 05, 2015

Birdwatching in Athens: Spring Migration Update, March 2015 (Part II)

The first Great Spotted Cuckoos were once again seen on the last days of March; a pair was sighted at Vravrona Wetland. Hoopoes, Swifts and Alpine Swifts also made their appearance on the same site.
Courtship behaviour of the Great Spotted Cuckoo (Vravrona Wetland)
Wrynecks were particularly common this spring and many were seen in wetlands 
Wryneck at the former Ilissos Delta in Athens
Another target species for many European birder, the Short-toed Lark, arrived at the end of the month, along with thousands of hirundines: House and Sand Martins, Barn and Red-rumped Swallows. 

Short-toed Lark (former Ilissos Delta)
Large flocks of Yellow Wagtails forage on wetlands, fields and other open areas, while Tree and Red-throated Pipits have also arrived. 

Yellow Wagtail (Schinias National Park)
The first Nightingales were heard singing from inside dense bushes and trees and they were not confined to wetlands. Whinchats, many Northern Wheatears and several Black-eared Wheatears showed up in open areas with scattered bushes. 

Nightingale (Vravrona Wetland)

Black-eared Wheatear (Vravrona Wetland)

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