Saturday, November 10, 2018

Birdwatching in Athens: Express Birding Trip Nov 2, 2018

Marie is a French journalist who came to Greece for a few days' break from her job. She is not a birdwatcher but she wanted to get to know better of the Athenian wildlife. Even though it was literally a last-minute call as she contacted us on Friday Nov, 2 morning and wanted to have a tour on the same day, we could arrange a few hours' visit to Schinias National Park, Athens' most important freshwater wetland and a very nice place for complete amateur birders.

We focused on the Olympic Rowing Center, as the two lakes are easy to scan with the field scope and there are a lot of different birds around, from the very common Coot to the rare Pygmy Cormorant.


Pygmy Cormorant
Ferruginous Ducks were also very easy to see along with Common Pochards, Wigeons and a few Garganeys

Ferruginous Ducks

They were even Barn Swallows; a flock of c.20 was hawking overhead while typical winter visitors like the Black Redstart and the White Wagtail had already taken their wintering posts. 

After watching waterfowl at the lake, Marie is looking at the details of a beautiful Black Redstart
Male Black Redstart

In less than three hours, we managed to see and hear 42 species! Another very successful tour was completed! 

Garganey - Spatula querquedula
Eurasian Wigeon - Mareca penelope
Mallard - Anas platyrhynchos
Common Pochard - Aythya ferina
Ferruginous Duck - Aythya nyroca
Little Grebe - Tachybaptus ruficollis
Eurasian Collared-Dove - Streptopelia decaocto
Water Rail - Rallus aquaticus
Eurasian Moorhen - Gallinula chloropus
Eurasian Coot - Fulica atra
Yellow-legged Gull - Larus michahellis
Pygmy Cormorant - Microcarbo pygmeus
Great Cormorant - Phalacrocorax carbo
Gray Heron - Ardea cinerea
Little Egret - Egretta garzetta
Eurasian Marsh-Harrier - Circus aeruginosus
Eurasian Sparrowhawk - Accipiter nisus
Common Kingfisher - Alcedo atthis
Eurasian Kestrel - Falco tinnunculus
Eurasian Magpie - Pica pica
Hooded Crow - Corvus cornix
Eurasian Skylark - Alauda arvensis
Crested Lark - Galerida cristata
Barn Swallow - Hirundo rustica
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
Eurasian Blackbird - Turdus merula
European Starling - Sturnus vulgaris
Gray Wagtail - Motacilla cinerea
White Wagtail - Motacilla alba
Meadow Pipit - Anthus pratensis
Water Pipit - Anthus spinoletta
Common Chaffinch - Fringilla coelebs
European Greenfinch - Chloris chloris
Eurasian Linnet - Linaria cannabina
Corn Bunting - Emberiza calandra
House Sparrow - Passer domesticus

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