Friday, June 28, 2019

Birdwatching in Greece: Central and Western Greece, May 17-21 2019 - DAY 2

DAY 2

Leaving Agrinio early in the morning, we stopped again at Kleisoura Gorge and saw the Griffons again, at the very same cliff ledge we left them yesterday as well as a couple of Blue Rock Thrushes, lots of House Martins, a pair of Ravens and dozens of Jackdaws. We drove east towards Arachova and made several stops on the way, especially at the hilly area close to the towns of Galaxeidi and Itea.

The hilly country was full of passerines; most notable were the Eastern Orphean, Subalpine and Ruppell's Warbler. the Rock Sparrow, the Sombre Tit and the Black-eared Wheatear. The Rock Nuthatch was very common and it was virtually impossible to miss.

Rock Sparrow

Ruppell's Warbler
At noon, we reached Mt Parnassos and drove straight to Kelaria Ski center. The Common Rock Thrush was common, we saw at least 5 adult male birds, and the Northern Wheatear was literally everywhere. A small group of ten Alpine Choughs was also seen, along with Tawny Pipits, Woodlarks, Black Redstarts and Rock Buntings.

Alpine Choughs

Northern Wheatear

Common Rock Thrush
We wanted to climb higher than the 2.000 m we were but snow cover was very thick, so we headed down to the wooded parts of the mountain.

Wade and Karren at Kelaria Ski Center, Mt Parnassos


The main target was the Mistle Thrush and one male was seen singing at the top of a Greek Fir. Many Coal Tits, Firecrests, Short-toed Treecreepers and Chaffinches were singing and a male Common Cuckoo made a quick pass overhead. 

Late in the afternoon, we drove to the picturesque town of Arachova where we spend the night. 

DAY CHECKLIST

Rock Dove - Columba livia
Common Cuckoo - Cuculus canorus
Common Swift - Apus apus
Yellow-legged Gull - Larus michahellis
Griffon Vulture - Gyps fulvus
Common Buzzard - Buteo buteo
Eurasian Hoopoe - Upupa epops
Middle Spotted Woodpecker - Dendrocoptes medius
Common Kestrel - Falco tinnunculus
Woodchat Shrike - Lanius senator
Eurasian Jay - Garrulus glandarius
Alpine Chough - Pyrrhocorax graculus
Eurasian Jackdaw - Corvus monedula
Hooded Crow - Corvus cornix
Common Raven - Corvus corax
Woodlark - Lullula arborea
Crested Lark - Galerida cristata
Barn Swallow - Hirundo rustica
Red-rumped Swallow - Cecropis daurica
Common House Martin - Delichon urbicum
Coal Tit - Periparus ater
Sombre Tit - Poecile lugubris
Eurasian Blue Tit - Cyanistes caeruleus
Western Rock Nuthatch - Sitta neumayer
Eurasian Wren - Troglodytes troglodytes
Common Firecrest - Regulus ignicapilla
Ruppell's Warbler - Sylvia ruppeli
Subalpine Warbler - Sylvia cantillans
Sardinian Warbler - Sylvia melanocephala
Eastern Orphean Warbler - Sylvia crassirostris
Spotted Flycatcher - Muscicapa striata
European Robin - Erithacus rubecula
Black Redstart - Phoenicurus ochruros
Common Rock Thrush - Monticola saxatilis
Blue Rock Thrush - Monticola solitarius
Northern Wheatear - Oenanthe oenanthe
Black-eared Wheatear - Oenanthe hispanica
Mistle Thrush - Turdus viscivorus
Eurasian Blackbird - Turdus merula
Pied Wagtail/White Wagtail - Motacilla alba
Tawny Pipit - Anthus campestris
Common Chaffinch - Fringilla coelebs
European Greenfinch - Chloris chloris
Common Linnet - Linaria cannabina
European Goldfinch - Carduelis carduelis
Black-headed Bunting - Emberiza melanocephala
Corn Bunting - Emberiza calandra
Rock Bunting - Emberiza cia
Cirl Bunting - Emberiza cirlus
House Sparrow - Passer domesticus
Rock Sparrow - Petronia petronia






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