Monday, September 16, 2019

Birdwatching in Athens: Half-day trip, June 20, 2019

David Rupp is a fellow bird guide from Indiana, USA. He contacted us for a half-day tour around Athens and after a couple of emails everything was set for the afternoon of June 20.

Leaving Athens, we made our first stop at the still flooded in June Spata fields. Water levels this year were so high that Mallards, Ferruginous Duck and even Common Pochards nested, along with Coots, Moorhens and Little Grebes. Black-winged Stilts and many passerines, like the Great Reed Warbler were other birds seen.


Next stop was Artemis Lagoon; on the way, we saw a nice Hoopoe flying right in front of us. The lagoon's highlight was a Whiskered Tern, while more Black-winged Stilts and lots of hirundines were also present.
Whiskered Tern
A quick visit to Vravrona added Little Egrets, Red-rumped Swallows and Zitting Cisticolas to our list but it was Markopoulo Fields that added a local specialty: the Rufous Bush Robin. There were also Black-headed Buntings and a nice Little Owl. 

Rufous Bush Robin

Little Owl
We headed to Mt Hymettus and had a great collection of birds in late afternoon: Chukars, Ruppell's Warblers, Subalpine Warblers, Short-toed Treecreepers and Nightjars. At dusk, two Scops Owl also popped up, closing this trip the best way possible as the day's count was 40 species! 

Chukar

Ruppell's Warbler


David on Mt Hymettus

TRIP CHECKLIST


Common Pochard - Aythya ferina
Ferruginous Duck - Aythya nyroca
Chukar - Alectoris chukar
Little Grebe - Tachybaptus ruficollis
Collared Dove - Streptopelia decaocto
Eurasian Nightjar - Caprimulgus europaeus
Common Swift - Apus apus
Eurasian Coot - Fulica atra
Black-winged Stilt - Himantopus himantopus
Yellow-legged Gull - Larus michahellis
Whiskered Tern - Chlidonias hybrida
Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea
Little Egret - Egretta garzetta
Eurasian Scops Owl - Otus scops
Little Owl - Athene noctua
Tawny Owl - Strix aluco
Eurasian Hoopoe - Upupa epops
Common Kestrel - Falco tinnunculus
Eurasian Jay - Garrulus glandarius
Common Magpie - Pica pica
Coal Tit - Periparus ater
Great Tit - Parus major
Crested Lark - Galerida cristata
Zitting Cisticola - Cisticola juncidis
Great Reed Warbler - Acrocephalus arundinaceus
Barn Swallow - Hirundo rustica
Red-rumped Swallow - Cecropis daurica
Common House Martin - Delichon urbicum
Cetti's Warbler - Cettia cetti
Long-tailed Tit - Aegithalos caudatus
RΓΌppell's Warbler - Sylvia ruppeli
Subalpine Warbler - Sylvia cantillans
Sardinian Warbler - Sylvia melanocephala
Common Firecrest - Regulus ignicapilla
Short-toed Treecreeper - Certhia brachydactyla
Eurasian Blackbird - Turdus merula
Rufous-tailed Scrub-Robin - Cercotrichas galactotes
European Stonechat - Saxicola rubicola
House Sparrow - Passer domesticus
Black-headed Bunting - Emberiza melanocephala




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