The first day we started from Oropos Lagoon, were there were plenty of waders, ducks and raptors. We enjoyed 3 Kentish Plovers on the beach, Little Ringed Plovers, Marsh Sandpipers, a few Black-headed Wagtails, and some Cirl Buntings.
|Cirl Bunting at Oropos Lagoon, Athens|
We continued at towards Marathon area, and started birdwatching aroung Schinias National Park. A Little Owl was sitting on the road next to the main road, so Burke had very good views and took some nice photos. Other highlights in the marshes were a Spotted Crake, Ferruginous Ducks, Blue Rock Thrush in the surrounding hills, and a few Red-rumped Swallows.
|Black-headed Wagtail at Schinias National Park, Athens|
|Sombre Tit at Grammatiko, Athens|
|Raven at Pendeli Mt, Athens|
|Marginated Tortoises in Athens|
|Rueppell's Warbler in Hymettus Mt, Athens|
Our last location for the bird trip was Vravrona Estuary, east from Athens International Airport. We were lucky to see numerous flocks of Yelkouan Shearwaters, a total of about 200 birds. Together with them, we also saw 3 Cory's Shearwaters and a Shag, all being lifers for Burke! Close to the paved little bridge of Erasinos stream, we had a Little Crake, chased by two Water Rails.
|Little Crake at Vravrona, Athens|
Our last stop next to the archeological site of Artemis Temple, did not bring us Penduline Tit that we were looking for, but a very curious and rather tame Stoat that responding to our pishing sounds!
|A very friendly Stoat at Vravrona, Athens|
|Burke from Toronto, birding with Greece Bird Tours|
Here's is the Bird List (87 species )for the two days birding around Athens
Great Crested Grebe
Great White Egret
Little Ringed Plover
Blue Rock Thrush