Cape Tenaro birding tour, March 26th 2022

Our annual trip to Europe's most southern mainland area, Cape Tenaro was a short full day trip. This year, bird migration was slow, since strong north winds kept the birds in Africa for longer than usual. 

Rock Thrush at Cape Tenaro
Rock Thrush at Cape Tenaro

Starting from Gerolimenas, a couple of Short-toed Eagles we seen soaring of the surrounding hills. Later on, at Vathia, Common and Pallid Swifts, together with Alpine Swifts. Close to the village of Kiti, the first Nightingale was heard, followed by Goldfinches and Greenfinches. The area around Kiti and Ochia is great for passerine migration. We had Northern Wheatears in big numbers, Crested Larks, Stonechats, Meadow Pipits. The biggest surprise for Gerolimenas area was a beautiful Rock Thrush that flushed for a few seconds on a wire, however gave us some good views.

Northern Wheatear close to Porto Kagio
Northern Wheatear close to Porto Kagio

The main destination in this trip is the area around the lighthouse. All this peninsula forms a bottleneck for bird migration, so several vagrants and rare species have been observed throughout the years. Wryneck, Subalpine Warbler, Woodchat Shrikes, Hoopoes, Alpine Swifts were there already, as well as the regular breeding species Rock Nuthatch, Sardinian Warbler, Blue Rock Thrush

Cape Tenaro, Europe's most southern corner
Cape Tenaro, one of Europe's best places to watch bird migration

Full bird list

Collared Dove
Alpine Swift
Common Swift
Pallid Swift
Yellow-legged Gull
Short-toed Eagle
Sparrohawk
Kestrel
Common Buzzard
Hoopoe
Wryneck
Woodchat Shrike
Eurasian Jay
Magpie
Hooded Crow
Raven
Great Tit
Crested Lark
Barn Swallow
House Martin
Cetti's Warbler
Blackcap
Sardinian Warbler
Subalpine Warbler
Rock Nuthatch
Song Thrush
Blackbird
Nightingale
Robin
Black Redstart
Stonechat
Whinchat
Blue Rock Thrush
Rock Thrush
Northern Wheatear
House Sparrow
Grey Wagtail
White Wagtail
Black-headed Wagtail
Meadow Pipit
Chaffinch
Greenfinch
Goldfinch
Corn Bunting
Cirl Bunting