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Trip Report Athens Jan 3rd
Winter birding in Athens: Jan 3rd trip report
Our first trip of the year was at Jan 3rd with Sarah Barsness, an avid birder and photographer from San Fransisco, USA. We started from Vouliagmeni area and drove through the east Attica coast all the way to Schinias National Park. Our first birds in the Rowing Center we Ferruginus Ducks that breed in the area, as well as several couples of Red-crested Pochards, a rare winter visitor.
|Red crested Pochards
Little Grebes, Black necked Grebes, Cormotans and other ducks like Pochards, Wigeons and Mallards were also recorded. Moving in the central part of the wetland, a Great Spotted Eagle was soaring together with 3 Marsh Harriers and 2 Common Buzzard! We had great views of the birds and a handful of pics of the raptors
|male Red-crested Pochard
We decided to move to Lake Stomi, to have an overall view of the marshes. While the are seemed quiet, a Marsh Harrier flushed all waterfowl: Pintals, Teals, Pochards and Mallards!
|Great Spotted Eagle
We also had an interesting visit at the surrounding hills, were we enjoyed excellent views of two breeders, Blue Rock Thrush and Rock Nuthatch!
After Schinias, we moved to Rafina's Port were the highlight was a juveline Mute Swan, a flock of Shags and our first views of Grey Wagtails in the Rafinas' stream.
|Blue Rock Thrush
Artemis Lagoon and Spata fields were very quiet, possibly due to the late time of the day. We got lots of finches, such as Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Serin, and Linnet.
Overall we saw 53 species, here's the full list
Great Spotted Eagle
Blue Rock Thrush
Great Tit (heard)