Monday, March 07, 2016

Birdwatching in Athens: Isabelline Wheatears are here!

The Isabelline Wheatear is a rather rare local summer visitor of Greece, restricted to the northern mainland and a few island in the eastern Aegean. It was also regarded to be a very rare passage migrant, with very few records every year, especially around Athens.
Increased birdwatching activity, however, has shown that it is in fact a regular visitor, even in the southern suburbs of Athens!

Isabelline Wheatear
The small and heavily disturbed coastal area in Faliro Bay (once a river delta, now a barren area with just a few trees and some water pools in winter and spring) is the best site to look for it, along with other interesting species like the Short-toed Lark and the Tawny Pipit.



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