Half day bird tour in East Attica, May 14th 2022

Today two birders and nature enthousiasts from UK, David K. and Cathy K., had a few hours birding tour around their area of stay, Schinias National Park and Ramnous fields.

We started early in the morning, having very nice views os Red-rumped Swallows and special photographic opportunities for Sardinian Warbler.

Sardinian Warbler at Schinias National Park
Sardinian Warbler at Schinias National Park

We started our day from Ramnous, where he saw Lessed Grey Shrikes, Common Buzzard, a few Kestrels and a Sparrowhawk. A nice male Golden Oriole flushed and disappeared in the olive orchards. But a few striking yellow Cirl Buntings were perching and singing from exposed posts, so we really enjoyed them
Cirl Bunting at Ramnous
Cirl Bunting at Ramnous

Black-headed Buntings were heard, but not seen between the grape yards. We moved to Grammatiko olive orchards, were we had several Sombre Tits flying around us, but really hard to get a descent picture. A pair of Subalpine Warblers was very active too, while Ravens were heard from the nearby hills. 

Black-winged Stilts breed around Athens
Black-winged Stilts breed around Athens

We then moved to Schinias National Park. The small water pond in the east side, provided good views of Black-winged Stilts, Ruff, Curlew Sandpipers, Common Sandpipers, Wood Sandpiper, Temminck's Stints, Little Stints. Turtles Doves were seen flying, a very elusive species. 

Waders in a small pond at Schinias
Waders in a small pond at Schinias

Our last stop was the Olympic Rowing center. We enjoyed good views of breeding Ferruginous Ducks. Several Great Reed Warblers were very noisy, singing from the reed tops. Eastern Olivaceous Warblers, Cetti's Warblers and Sardinian could be heard close to the main bridge. Two Mute Swans have stayed since winter, together with Little Egrets.

Hooded Crow
Hooded Crow on Tamarisk

So we had a great time birdwatching, even if the weather was getting too hot after a while, and bird activity was starting descrease. 

British birdwatchers enjoyind a birding day in Athens
British birdwatchers enjoyind a birding day in Athens

Here is a complete bird list from our short birding excursion.

Little Grebe
Ferruginous Duck
Mute Swan
Water Rail (heard)
Little Egret
Black-winged Stilt
Wood Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
Temminck's Stint
Little Stint
Curlew Sandpiper
Common Buzzard
Common Kestrel
Yellow-legged Gull
Little Owl
Common Swift
Pallid Swift
House Martin
Red-rumped Swallow
Barn Swallow
Turtle Dove
Collared Dove
Cetti's Warbler
Olivaceous Warbler
Sedge Warbler (heard)
Great Reed Warbler
Sardinian Warbler
Subalpine Warbler
Sombre Tit
Hooded Crow
Golden Oriole
Hoopoe (heard)
Crested Lark
Lesser Grey Shrike
Cirl Bunting
Black-headed Bunting (heard)