Birdwatching in archaeological sites
One of the options passengers of cruise ships have when they visit different harbors worldwide, is to explore the wildlife of the area. And when this is also combined with a historical and cultural glance of the city, then the payback of the small stop may be priceless.
It’s a great feeling to meet in person people who were internet friends for years, with whom you have common interests and you never met them in real life. This was the case with Maurizio Sighele, but with much more responsibility and that’s because he came in Greece for a birdwatching trip with 16 other members from Verona Birdwatching – the Italian city birdwatching club!
12th Attica Bird Race
At “Birding in Greece” we are both friends and partners. As friends therefore, all four of us participated as a team in this year’s bird race in Attica; in this race, all teams compete each other in the area of Attica, which we all know very well, in order to spot as many birds as possible.
RARITY ALERT: Pine Bunting (Emberiza leucocephalos) close to Lake Pikrolimni!
This year’s winter is very tough and numerous birds have moved southern in order to find food and survive the cold. Therefore one more rarity has been recorded on Friday the 6th of January; a male Pine Bunting, which was spotted by Nikos Probonas and Antonis Tsaknakis, co-founders and guides of “Birding in Greece”.
RARITY ALERT: Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva) at Axios Delta!
A rare visitor was found on Monday the 18th of December at the beach near Axios Delta; a Pacific Golden Plover in wintering plumage.
RARITY ALERT: Common Eider (Somateria mollissima) at Nea Kios!
A vagrant from the North, a juvenile Common Eider was spotted at Nea Kios, by Voula Tsilibi, a good friend and a very enthusiastic birder that stays around the area. Voula found the rare visitor early in the morning on the 10th of November, and immediately informed friends and members of the ornithological society so that they could also see the bird.
RARITY ALERT: Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus) in Attica!
As the autumn invasion of Yellow-browed Warblers continues in northern Europe, some of them reached the Mediterranean, including Greece. The previous Saturday, at least 2 individuals were spotted at Ymittos mountain.