We organized 3 different birding trips during these days, for fellow birders visiting Athens for holidays, who had an extra day for birding.
Firstly we set a tour for Tomasz K., a nature photographer from Poland. We decided to visit Schinias National Park, as the best area close to the city to watch birds during this month.
We started from Ramnounda fields, were we saw the first lifer, a male Woodchat Shrike. After a while, we saw several more adult birds, and a few juveniles. In the same area, we managed to get a second lifer for Tomasz, a nice Cirl Bunting, hiding in the olive trees around us.
Moving into the central marsh of Schinias area, we got great views of soaring Short-toed Eagle. The bird had a lizard caught in its mouth and landed on the highest wooden pole to eat it.
Apart from these, we had Black-eared Wheatear, a nice Black Stork (very rare for Athens indeed!), and several other species such as Sardinian Warbler, Cuckoo (not easily seen in Athens during autumn)
The third visit at Schinias National Park was on Friday, August 12th, with Ellen Smith, a birder from Austin TX. Ellen was rather lucky to see so many birds in a half day trip, and checking 12 lifers in 4 hours! We had an amazing moment while watching a Little Owl, were we had 4 species on the same wire: Little Owl, Lesser Grey Shrike, Hoopoe, and Cuckoo a bit further away!
|Lesser Grey Shrike|
|Hoopoe and Little Owl|
|and just beside: Lesser Grey Shrike!|
Overall, we saw 58 species. Here's the complete bird list:
Black winged Stilt
Scops Owl (heard)
Black eared Wheatear
Lesser Grey Shrike