Sunday, August 04, 2019

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


The third day started with birding on Mt Parnassos, first at the woodland tracts where we looked for the Green Woodpecker. To our surprise, none was seen or heard; we managed to see, however, lots of tits, crests, finches and thrushes. An immature Golden Eagle being 'mobbed' by a Honey Buzzard was the highlight of forest birding.

Golden Eagle

We moved higher to the alpine zone and found several Alpine Choughs, Rock Thrushes, Tawny Pipits and Northern Wheatears.

Alpine Chough
Luis on Mt Parnassos

Luis had a plane to catch in the afternoon, so we left Mt Parnassos and headed back to Athens. Our last stop was the flooded plain close to the airport; Ferruginous Ducks, a wandering Squacco Heron and lots of Zitting Cisticolas were the most important species seen.

The day count was 42 species, while the whole trip count reached 112 species! Luis was ready to go to China for his business trip with a pack full of nice birding memories.


Ferruginous Duck - Aythya nyroca
Common Swift - Apus apus
Pallid Swift - Apus pallidus
Eurasian Coot - Fulica atra
Yellow-legged Gull - Larus michahellis
Squacco Heron - Ardeola ralloides
European Honey-buzzard - Pernis apivorus
Golden Eagle - Aquila chrysaetos
Common Buzzard - Buteo buteo
Eurasian Hoopoe - Upupa epops
European Bee-eater - Merops apiaster
Common Kestrel - Falco tinnunculus
Red-backed Shrike - Lanius collurio
Common Magpie - Pica pica
Alpine Chough - Pyrrhocorax graculus
Woodlark - Lullula arborea
Crested Lark - Galerida cristata
Barn Swallow - Hirundo rustica
Red-rumped Swallow - Cecropis daurica
Coal Tit - Periparus ater
Eurasian Nuthatch - Sitta europaea
Short-toed Treecreeper - Certhia brachydactyla
Eurasian Wren - Troglodytes troglodytes
Goldcrest - Regulus regulus
Common Firecrest - Regulus ignicapilla
Great Reed Warbler - Acrocephalus arundinaceus
Zitting Cisticola - Cisticola juncidis
Eurasian Blackcap - Sylvia atricapilla
Lesser Whitethroat - Sylvia curruca
Spotted Flycatcher - Muscicapa striata
European Robin - Erithacus rubecula
Black Redstart - Phoenicurus ochruros
Common Rock Thrush - Monticola saxatilis
Northern Wheatear - Oenanthe oenanthe
Mistle Thrush - Turdus viscivorus
Eurasian Blackbird - Turdus merula
Tawny Pipit - Anthus campestris
Common Chaffinch - Fringilla coelebs
Common Linnet - Linaria cannabina
European Serin - Serinus serinus
Cirl Bunting - Emberiza cirlus
House Sparrow - Passer domesticus

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