Monday, December 18, 2017

Birdwatching in Athens: Full day trip, November 9 2017

Bill Tweit is a veteran birder and eBird reviewer for the state of Washington in the United States.

He came to Greece with his wife Lucy and had a full day to spend birding with Greece Bird Tours.

We started just before dawn so as to find Scops Owls, a lifer; Lycabettus Hill is one of the best sites in Athens to see them and we did!

Next stop would be Mt Hymettus, where we enjoyed dozens of passerines (Chaffinches, Hawfinches, Siskins, Great, Blue and Coal Tits, Short-toed Treecreepers, Firecrests etc).


Firecrest

Short-toed Treecreeper

We drove north and reached Oropos Lagoon, where we found some 100 herons (Gray Heron, Little and Great Egret), lots of Pintails and Mallards, a couple of Great Flamingos, 9 Slender-billed Gulls, more than 100 Mediterranean Gulls and a nice collection of waders: Black-bellied, Kentish and Common Ringed Plovers, Sanderlings, Dunlins, Greenshanks and Redshanks. 
Passerines were also plentiful; Reed Buntings, Penduline Tits and Cetti's Warblers being the most widespread. 

Mediterranean Gull

Slender-blled Gull

Eurasian Sparrowhawk

Leaving Oropos, we drove southeast in order to reach Schinias National Park. On the way, we found Sombre Tits, another lifer for Bill. 

Sombre Tit
Schinias was also full of birds, including a group of Barn Swallows and a single House Martin! 

Barn Swallows and House Martin (center)
Other interesting sightings included Ferruginous Ducks, a Garganey and Pygmy Cormorants. A distant Osprey was seen heading northeast, while lots of pipits, finches and buntings were all around.

Ferruginous Duck
 
At the end, we had seen the impressive number of 83 species. Another great day of birding with Greece Bird Tours!

Bill and Lucy@Oropos Lagoon
TRIP CHECKLIST

Mute Swan - Cygnus olor
Garganey - Spatula querquedula
Mallard - Anas platyrhynchos
Northern Pintail - Anas acuta
Green-winged Teal - Anas crecca
Ferruginous Duck - Aythya nyroca
Little Grebe - Tachybaptus ruficollis
Eared Grebe - Podiceps nigricollis
Greater Flamingo - Phoenicopterus roseus
Pygmy Cormorant - Microcarbo pygmeus
Great Cormorant - Phalacrocorax carbo
European Shag - Phalacrocorax aristotelis
Gray Heron - Ardea cinerea
Great Egret - Ardea alba
Little Egret - Egretta garzetta
Osprey - Pandion haliaetus
Eurasian Marsh-Harrier - Circus aeruginosus
Hen Harrier - Circus cyaneus
Eurasian Sparrowhawk - Accipiter nisus
Common Buzzard - Buteo buteo
Eurasian Moorhen - Gallinula chloropus
Eurasian Coot - Fulica atra
Black-bellied Plover - Pluvialis squatarola
Kentish Plover - Charadrius alexandrinus
Common Ringed Plover - Charadrius hiaticula
Sanderling - Calidris alba
Dunlin - Calidris alpina
Common Snipe - Gallinago gallinago
Green Sandpiper - Tringa ochropus
Common Greenshank - Tringa nebularia
Common Redshank - Tringa totanus
Slender-billed Gull - Chroicocephalus genei
Black-headed Gull - Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Mediterranean Gull - Ichthyaetus melanocephalus
Yellow-legged Gull - Larus michahellis
Sandwich Tern - Thalasseus sandvicensis
Eurasian Collared-Dove - Streptopelia decaocto
European Scops-Owl - Otus scops
Little Owl - Athene noctua
Common Kingfisher - Alcedo atthis
Eurasian Kestrel - Falco tinnunculus
Eurasian Jay - Garrulus glandarius
Eurasian Magpie - Pica pica
Hooded Crow - Corvus cornix
Wood Lark - Lullula arborea
Eurasian Skylark - Alauda arvensis
Crested Lark - Galerida cristata
Barn Swallow - Hirundo rustica
Common House-Martin - Delichon urbicum
Coal Tit - Periparus ater
Sombre Tit - Poecile lugubris
Eurasian Blue Tit - Cyanistes caeruleus
Great Tit - Parus major
Eurasian Penduline-Tit - Remiz pendulinus
Short-toed Treecreeper - Certhia brachydactyla
Eurasian Wren - Troglodytes troglodytes
Firecrest - Regulus ignicapilla
Cetti's Warbler - Cettia cetti
Common Chiffchaff - Phylloscopus collybita
Zitting Cisticola - Cisticola juncidis
Eurasian Blackcap - Sylvia atricapilla
Sardinian Warbler - Sylvia melanocephala
European Robin - Erithacus rubecula
Black Redstart - Phoenicurus ochruros
European Stonechat - Saxicola rubicola
Eurasian Blackbird - Turdus merula
Song Thrush - Turdus philomelos
European Starling - Sturnus vulgaris
Dunnock - Prunella modularis
White Wagtail - Motacilla alba
Meadow Pipit - Anthus pratensis
Water Pipit - Anthus spinoletta
Cirl Bunting - Emberiza cirlus
Reed Bunting - Emberiza schoeniclus
Corn Bunting - Emberiza calandra
Common Chaffinch - Fringilla coelebs
Hawfinch - Coccothraustes coccothraustes
European Greenfinch - Chloris chloris
Eurasian Linnet - Linaria cannabina
European Goldfinch - Carduelis carduelis
European Serin - Serinus serinus
Eurasian Siskin - Spinus spinus
House Sparrow - Passer domesticus








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