Monday, July 01, 2019

Birdwatching in Greece: Western and Central Greece Tour, 17-21 May 2019 Day 3


Leaving Arachova, we drove north and passed Livadi Plateau, looking for birds in the Greek Fir forest. Lots of passerines: finches, tits, firecrests and wrens were abundant but we also saw hoopoes and Red-backed Shrikes, as well as lots of Cirl Buntings.

Cirl Bunting

The main targets for today, however, were north of Parnassos, more specifically close to Mt Oiti. We visited Gorgopotamos river and Sperchios river to look for the Dipper and the Levant Sparrowhawk; both species were found and we had great views of them! We also saw a nice Nightingale, singing in the dense riparian forest of Sperchios


Levant Sparrowhawk
At late noon, we drove south to reach Athens and stopped on the way at Kopaida Plain, just to enjoy the flocks of the Bee-eaters and the dozens of Great Reed Warblers in the ditches, among others.

Great Reed Warbler

Our targets for the day were found so it was time to relax and start building our day list; we visited Lake Paralimni and found some new birds for the trip like the Great Crested Grebe, the Lesser Grey Shrike and the...Coot.

Late in the afternoon, we reached Athens and had a very short visit to Lycabettus Hill, seeing a very close Hoopoe and several Alpine Swifts. It was not dark enough for the Scops Owl and our plan was to visit the same hill the next day so we called it a day. And what a day it was! 

Alpine Swift


Great Crested Grebe - Podiceps cristatus
Collared Dove - Streptopelia decaocto
Alpine Swift - Apus melba
Common Swift - Apus apus
Eurasian Coot - Fulica atra
Yellow-legged Gull - Larus michahellis
White Stork - Ciconia ciconia
Levant Sparrowhawk - Accipiter brevipes
Common Buzzard - Buteo buteo
Eurasian Hoopoe - Upupa epops
European Bee-eater - Merops apiaster
Syrian Woodpecker - Dendrocopos syriacus
Eurasian Green Woodpecker - Picus viridis
Common Kestrel - Falco tinnunculus
Red-backed Shrike - Lanius collurio
Lesser Grey Shrike - Lanius minor
Common Magpie - Pica pica
Eurasian Jackdaw - Corvus monedula
Hooded Crow - Corvus cornix
Crested Lark - Galerida cristata
Barn Swallow - Hirundo rustica
Red-rumped Swallow - Cecropis daurica
Coal Tit - Periparus ater
Great Tit - Parus major
Western Rock Nuthatch - Sitta neumayer
Eurasian Wren - Troglodytes troglodytes
White-throated Dipper - Cinclus cinclus
Common Firecrest - Regulus ignicapilla
Cetti's Warbler - Cettia cetti
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler - Iduna pallida
Eurasian Reed Warbler - Acrocephalus scirpaceus
Great Reed Warbler - Acrocephalus arundinaceus
Eurasian Blackcap - Sylvia atricapilla
Lesser Whitethroat - Sylvia curruca
Subalpine Warbler - Sylvia cantillans
Sardinian Warbler - Sylvia melanocephala
European Robin - Erithacus rubecula
Common Nightingale - Luscinia megarhynchos
Black-eared Wheatear - Oenanthe hispanica
Eurasian Blackbird - Turdus merula
Common Chaffinch - Fringilla coelebs
European Greenfinch - Chloris chloris
European Goldfinch - Carduelis carduelis
Black-headed Bunting - Emberiza melanocephala
Corn Bunting - Emberiza calandra
Cirl Bunting - Emberiza cirlus
House Sparrow - Passer domesticus
Eurasian Tree Sparrow - Passer montanus

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