Saturday, October 07, 2017

Birdwatching in Athens: Rarity Alert! Pectoral Sandpiper@Vourkari Bay

The Pectoral Sandpiper is a rare vagrant to Greece. So far, there have been fewer than 20 confirmed records of the species.

This year, an individual was sighted at Vourkari Bay, a very important wetland, 40 km west of Athens.

The bird was very tame and did not seem to bother at the groups of birdwatchers/photographers that visited the spot (a seasonal freshwater pool within a barely legal settlement). 

This is just the 3rd record for Athens and, most probably, it won't be the last! 

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