Birding in Central Greece, June 11th 2022

 A half day birdwatching trip in the outskirts of Attica, can be very productive, if different habitats are combined. We organized a birding tour for Jan, a birder from Holland who was staying in Athens for a few days. His target species were very variable, so we had to set up the right itinerary.

We started from Erythres Plains, at the north part of Attica. Despite the scattered showers, we were lucky to see several Black-headed Buntings, singing in the grape yards. Lots of  Cirl Buntings, Corn Buntings, and Woodchat Shrikes were present too. A few Eastern Olivaceous Warblers and several Black-eared Wheatears, some of them breeding chicks already! 

Black-headed Bunting singing loud at Erythres Plains
Black-headed Bunting singing loud at Erythres Plains

We stopped at a neary quarry, where we have superb views of breeding Rock Nuthatches. A Honey Buzzard passed over our heads, while Subalpine Warblers and Common Whitethroats were singing. A pair of Lesser Grey Shrikes was on a rusty fence, at the village of Dafni.

A succesful birding day in Central Greece, despite the rain
A succesful birding day in central Greece, despite the rain

In order to get some wetland species, we moved east, towards Oropos Lagoon. There we had very close views of breeding Black-winged Stilts, as well as Black-headed (Balkan) Wagtails. Little Terns were all over the lagoon, while Flamingo, Shag, Common Terns were some other highlight birds.

Bird list for June 11th 2022 around Athens and Attica region

Grey Heron
Little Egret
Common Kestrel
Common Buzzard
Honey Buzzard
Black-winged Stilt
Yellow-legged Gull
Little Tern
Common Tern
Feral Pigeon
Collared Dove
Great Tit
Crested Lark
Rock Nuthatch
Woodchat Shrike
Lesser Grey Shrike
Common Swift
House Martin
Barn Swallow
Red-rumped Swallow
Black-headed Wagtail
Hooded Crow
Subalpine Warbler
Sardinian Warbler
Common Whitethroat
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler
Eastern Black-eared Wheatear
Cirl Bunting
Corn Bunting
Black-headed Bunting