Monday, July 08, 2019

Birdwatching in Greece: Western and Central Greece Tour, May 17-21 2019 Day 5


On the last day of the tour, we visited several birding hot spots around Athens; the first site was Cape Sounio, where we found some Chukars, a Peregrine Falcon and a distant Bonelli's Eagle, at least 200 Yelkouan Shearwaters off the coast, Bee-eaters and Alpine Swifts, among other birds.


Peregrine Falcon
From Cape Sounio, we drove north to Vravrona Wetland for a quick stop and got lucky enough to have great views of a juv Great Spotted Cuckoo and a very close Citrine Wagtail! 

Citrine Wagtail

Great Spotted Cuckoo
Next stop was Artemis Lagoon, where we watched Black-winged Stilts, Little Grebes, Coots and lots of hirundines. 

House Martin

We also made a brief stop at Rafina's Megalo Rema river mouth for a new species for the trip (Little Ringed Plover) and the flooded Spata fields for some more Ferruginous Ducks, a Great Reed Warbler and a Whiskered Tern. 

Early in the afternoon, the Harris' couple was dropped off at a hotel close to the airport as they had to take a very early flight next day. The total count for these five days was 137 species (including those heard), an impressive number made possible by the selection of so many different habitats. Wade and Karren, we look forward to seeing you again in Greece for some more exciting birding! 


Ferruginous Duck - Aythya nyroca
Chukar - Alectoris chukar
Little Grebe - Tachybaptus ruficollis
Rock Dove - Columba livia
Collared Dove - Streptopelia decaocto
Great Spotted Cuckoo - Clamator glandarius
Alpine Swift - Apus melba
Common Moorhen - Gallinula chloropus
Eurasian Coot - Fulica atra
Black-winged Stilt - Himantopus himantopus
Little Ringed Plover - Charadrius dubius
Ruff - Calidris pugnax
Yellow-legged Gull - Larus michahellis
Whiskered Tern - Chlidonias hybrida
Cory's Shearwater - Calonectris diomedea
Yelkouan Shearwater - Puffinus yelkouan
European Shag - Phalacrocorax aristotelis
Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea
Little Egret - Egretta garzetta
Bonelli's Eagle - Aquila fasciata
Common Buzzard - Buteo buteo
Eurasian Hoopoe - Upupa epops
European Bee-eater - Merops apiaster
Common Kestrel - Falco tinnunculus
Peregrine Falcon - Falco peregrinus
Common Magpie - Pica pica
Crested Lark - Galerida cristata
Barn Swallow - Hirundo rustica
Common House Martin - Delichon urbicum
Cetti's Warbler - Cettia cetti
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler - Iduna pallida
Great Reed Warbler - Acrocephalus arundinaceus
Zitting Cisticola - Cisticola juncidis
Sardinian Warbler - Sylvia melanocephala
European Stonechat - Saxicola rubicola
Citrine Wagtail - Motacilla citreola
European Greenfinch - Chloris chloris
Black-headed Bunting - Emberiza melanocephala
House Sparrow - Passer domesticus

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