Fall migration in Naxos during September

Fall migration in Naxos during September

The largest island of the Cyclades, Naxos, offers an excellent combination of holidays and birdwatching & birdphotography in autumn.

During the end of the first week of September, we visited again this amazing island of the Aegean Sea for a 3-days birdwatching tour, together with two experienced birders, Andrea and Troy W. from the United States.

Because of the very high wind (more than 5 Beaufort) and the little water left in the wetlands after the hot and dry summer season, our quest to find as many birds as possible was definitely not an easy one. Therefore, we organized a plan that would allow us to search at less windy areas in order to focus more on the quality of birds we see, rather than quantity. The well designed plan, combined with the good mood of the team and the beautiful landscapes that Naxos offers in every point, made the tour a big success.

We visited all the wetlands of the eastern part, the olive trees of Tragaia, the mountains of Fanari and Zas, the streams of Potamia and Keramoti, the fields of Eggares and Agiassos and the marsh of Kalantos, with a small stop at the emblematic remnants of the Cheimarros Tower.  Our visitors were very happy from the places we visited, the birds we spotted as well as the stunning landscapes we drove through.

The most interesting species we spotted during our trip are the following:

Grey Heron, Griffon Vulture, Marsh Harrier, Bonelli’s Eagle, Eleonora’s Falcon, Black-winged Stilt, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Greater Sand Plover, Curlew Sandpiper, Temminck’s Stint, Green Sandpiper, Turtle Dove, Bee-eater, Crested Lark, Red-rumped Swallow, Tawny Pipit, White Wagtail, Winchat, Stonechat, Isabelline Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush, Pied Flycatcher, Great Tit, Red-backed Shrike, Lesser Grey Shrike, Woodchat Shrike, Cirl Bunting, Corn Bunting.