Dennis H. is an excellent birder, with a lot of experience and knowledge, as well as many birding trips in more than 30 countries. His business trip in Athens was combined with an excursion for lifers with Birding in Greece.
Our itinerary was to visit Ymittos mountain and some areas of eastern Attica, such as Spata and Loutros, Artemida (Loutsa), Rafina and the National Park of Schinias. The weather was perfect and the spring migration on its peak. The result was that we managed to spot 23 lifers together with Dennis, on top of the other birds that we saw:
Garganey, Ferruginous Duck, Chukar, Little Bittern, Squacco Heron, Marsh Harrier, Montagu’s Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Black-winged Stilt, Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Redstard, Stonechat, Zitting Cisticola, Sedge Warbler, Subalpine Warbler, Ruppell’s Warbler, Coal Tit, Woodchat Shrike, Cirl Bunting.
By the term “lifers” in Birding in Greece we mean the new species that our guest had the opportunity to spot for a reasonable amount of time and to see clear. Birds that flew away or in distances that are not easy to identify, or even just listening only their call, do not count.