Friday, August 02, 2019

Birdwatching in Greece: Western and Central Greece 3-day Tour, June 14-16 2019, Day 2

Day 2

On Saturday, June 16th, we left Delphi for the hilly country surrounding Itea and Galaxeidi towns, looking for Rock Sparrows, Rock Partridges and Eastern Orphean Warblers. Despite the intense heat, we managed to find all three, along with dozens of Black-eared Wheatears, Rock Nuthatches and Blue Rock Thrushes etc.

Eastern Orphean Warbler

Rock Sparrow

Next stop was Kleisova Lagoon at Messolonghi. It was quite hot at noon; we managed, nevertheless, to enjoy Dalmatian Pelicans, Stone Curlews, Collared Pratincoles, Gull-billed and Caspian Terns and lots of herons. 

We continued west and visited the Ash Forest of Lesini, as well as some parts of the riparian woodland of Acheloos River. We managed to find the Levant Sparrohawk (one of the target species for Luis) and Middle Spotted Woodpeckers. 

Middle Spotted Woodpecker
Early in the afernoon, we headed back to Delphi. The species count for Day 2 was 61, a very fruitful day!


Common Shelduck - Tadorna tadorna
Mallard - Anas platyrhynchos
Rock Partridge - Alectoris graeca
Greater Flamingo - Phoenicopterus roseus
Collared Dove - Streptopelia decaocto
Stone-curlew - Burhinus oedicnemus
Black-winged Stilt - Himantopus himantopus
Kentish Plover - Charadrius alexandrinus
Eurasian Curlew - Numenius arquata
Common Greenshank - Tringa nebularia
Common Redshank - Tringa totanus
Collared Pratincole - Glareola pratincola
Yellow-legged Gull - Larus michahellis
Little Tern - Sternula albifrons
Gull-billed Tern - Gelochelidon nilotica
Caspian Tern - Hydroprogne caspia
Common Tern - Sterna hirundo
Pygmy Cormorant - Microcarbo pygmeus
Great Cormorant - Phalacrocorax carbo
Dalmatian Pelican - Pelecanus crispus
Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea
Little Egret - Egretta garzetta
Western Marsh Harrier - Circus aeruginosus
Levant Sparrowhawk - Accipiter brevipes
Eurasian Hoopoe - Upupa epops
Middle Spotted Woodpecker - Dendrocoptes medius
Common Kestrel - Falco tinnunculus
Peregrine Falcon - Falco peregrinus
Woodchat Shrike - Lanius senator
Eurasian Jay - Garrulus glandarius
Common Magpie - Pica pica
Eurasian Jackdaw - Corvus monedula
Hooded Crow - Corvus cornix
Greater Short-toed Lark - Calandrella brachydactyla
Crested Lark - Galerida cristata
Sand Martin - Riparia riparia
Barn Swallow - Hirundo rustica
Sombre Tit - Poecile lugubris
Eurasian Blue Tit - Cyanistes caeruleus
Great Tit - Parus major
Eurasian Penduline Tit - Remiz pendulinus
Western Rock Nuthatch - Sitta neumayer
Cetti's Warbler - Cettia cetti
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler - Iduna pallida
Eurasian Reed Warbler - Acrocephalus scirpaceus
Zitting Cisticola - Cisticola juncidis
Eastern Orphean Warbler - Sylvia crassirostris
Sardinian Warbler - Sylvia melanocephala
Common Nightingale - Luscinia megarhynchos
Black-eared Wheatear - Oenanthe hispanica
Eurasian Blackbird - Turdus merula
Western Yellow Wagtail - Motacilla flava
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
Spanish Sparrow - Passer hispaniolensis
Rock Sparrow - Petronia petronia

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