A Greece birding trip from 4/27-5/10/2012

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1. Rough Overview

4/27: Flight to Athens (Portland – Athens was around $1050)
4/28: Arrive in Athens at 10am, pick up rental car and bird Schinias National Park, overnight at Hotel Myrto in Nea Makri
4/29: Drive to Mt. Parnassos and bird there all day, overnight at Hotel Pan in Delphi
4/30: Bird Delphi and environs, drive back to the airport in Athens and drop off rental car, take a cab to Park Hotel ($25), stay there overnight
5/1: One day of guided birding through greecebirdtours.com including Immitos Mtn, Rock Sparrow quarry, Spata Fields, Rafina port and Schinias National Park; overnight at Hotel Phaedra near the Akropolis in the Plaka
5/2: Sleep in, then do Akropolis mid-morning; fly to Alexandroupoli at 5pm; overnight at Bell Air Hotel on the west side of Nea Chili
5/3: Bird open-access areas of Evros Delta all day, including Loutros Hill and Loutros Valley; overnight again at Bell Air Hotel
5/4: Drive to Dadia early morning and hike to the blind; Thimaria Pools mid-day;  Kapsalo Mast and Lefkimi in the afternoon; overnight at Dadiaselo in Dadia
5/5: Bird Diavolarema Valley early morning, then do Military Zone of Evros Delta for the rest of the day; overnight at the Dadiaselo again
5/6: Drive to Porto Lagos area, stopping at Kalamokastro early in the morning; then bird Porto Lagos area including Mandra marshes, outer beaches, Avdira and the Thracian lagoons; overnight at Hotel Petrinos Lofos in Mandra
5/7: Mandra marsh early in the morning, then drive to Kerkini area via Drana. Bird Paleokastro area, Provachonas, Agistro and Strimon marshes; overnight at Guesthouse Limneo
5/8: Bird Kerkini area all day, starting at Mandraki Harbor, then Vironia tracks, fields and quarry, Ibis Strip; finish day with owling near Kerkini village
5/9: Bird Himarros and Mavrovouni Hills most of morning, then drive back to Alexandroupoli via Amfipoli stopping a few times along the coast west of Kavala and at the Nestos Forest; overnight at Hotel Bell Air again
5/10: Fly back from Alexandoupoli to Athens early morning and back to the US mid-day

2. References

-Birdwatching in Northern Greece, 2nd edition by Steve Mills (THIS IS THE BOOK TO GET!)
-Old online trip reports, in particular those by Ian Kinley, but also Megan Crewe’s Fieldguides tours.
-Jean-Claude Roche’s Bird Songs and Calls of Britain and Europe

3. Lodging

We were lucky in that we picked only decent hotels.
-Hotel Myrto in Nea Makri (http://www.myrtohotel.com/en/index.htm; 55€; Scops Owl calling all night)
-Hotel Pan in Delphi (http://www.panartemis.gr/eng/contact.htm; 40€; small room, but great views)
-Park Hotel in Athens (http://www.theparkhotel.gr/indexeng.htm; 42€; nice modern room, with very helpful staff; close to Immitos Mtn)
-Hotel Phaedra in Athens (www.booking.com/Phaedra-Hotel; 65€; simple, but modern room in Plaka with unbeatable views of the Akropolis)
-Hotel Bell Air in Nea Chili (http://www.bellairhotel.gr/en/index.html; 45€; nice apartment in a birdy setting and good view; friendly staff)
-Dadiaselo in Dadia (http://www.hotels-in-greece.com/evros/dadiaselo/index-e.php; 75€; fancy apartment, maybe a little overpriced though; hard to get in touch; they do not speak English)
-Hotel Petrinos Lofos in Mandra (http://www.booking.com/hotel/gr/petrinos-lofos.en-us.html?sid=4014ce78e69c95e3626ce3a5cb278ec2;dcid=1;checkin=2012-06-10;interval=1; 40€)
-Guesthouse Limneo in Hrisohorafa (http://www.limneokerkini.gr/en/; 45€; nice rooms, great breakfast catering to birders; Nikos, the owner, took great care of us)

We visited, but did not stay at the Thrassa Guesthouse in Tychero. Looks like a great place catering well to birders.

4. Day by day account

4/28:

After picking up our rental car, we spent a leisurely afternoon at Schinias National Park. While we knew where about it was, we had to find the hotspots ourselves. We picked up several Ferruginous Ducks in flight early. Only later we found out that they breed there. Another highlight was a Red-throated Pipit, which we later refound at the same spot on 5/1. We checked into the hotel early and had the local Scops Owl blast off as soon as the sun went down. It would keep us up all night.

4/29:

We left early for the Delphi area. The first Red-rumped Swallows were sitting on the wire near Marathonas Lake. Between Thiva and Livadeia we found a colony of Jackdaws in a cave and enjoyed fresh pastries at a small bakery in Aliartos. On the west end of Arachova we turned uphill to Mt. Parnassos and our first stops near the top of the ridge yielded Northern Wheatear, Tawny Pipit, Rock Nuthatch, Crag Martin, Subalpine Warbler and Linnet. Soon we climbed out of the plateau into real forest and the regular forest birds performed well. It was windy and cold up near the ski resorts which were still open. We failed to find Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush, but had about 15 Alpine Choughs near the higher of the 2 resorts. Black Redstart and Northern Wheatear were there in full force, but that was about it. It just seemed a little early.

4/30:

We slipped into the Delphi site just after 8am (they officially open at 8:30am) and immediately were rewarded with good looks of Woodchat Shrike and Western Rock Nuthatch. Subalpine Warbler, Black-eared Wheatear and Cirl Bunting were also present. After that we picked up the E4 hiking trail uphill from Delphi. Initially, all we had were Sardinian Warblers, but eventually, after about 45min, we got into Rueppell’s Warbler territory and had 2 larking males perform for us. They didn’t seem to mind the loud performance in the amphitheater downhill. After some Gyros for lunch, we headed west out of town, birding the road up to the Ilia monastery. Subalpine Warblers seemed everywhere, Blue Rock Thrush was easy. The highlight was a calling Rock Partridge offering walk-away looks near the gate of the monastery.

Time had come to head back to Athens. A brief drive into the agricultural fields near Agios Dimitrios gave us several species of shorebird along a canal and several Lesser Gray Shrikes.

5/1:

Akis Gaitankis from greecebirdtours.com picked us up at 6:15am for a full day of birding. This meant that we got dropped off at the Hotel Phaedra just after 10pm. Akis was great, I can wholeheartedly recommend him. We first went to an area at the lower Immitos Mt for Tawny Owl. 2 owls performed well for us, as well as Jay and Firecrest. The upper areas of Immitos Mt had singing Rueppell’s and Subalpine Warbler plus Cretzschmar’s Bunting.

A brief stop at Rafina port yielded Scopoli’s and Yelkouan Shearwater in the distance, plus a few species of shorebird and Squacco Heron. Spata Fields were largely unproductive, but we did have our only Stonechat of the trip. A brief stop for Great Spotted Cuckoo failed to turn up the cuckoo.

Onto Schinias NP … We got the full tour with all nooks and crannies. Shorebirds could be found on the back side which we had missed completely earlier. 4 Red-footed Falcons and a singing Black-headed Bunting were in the ag fields NW of the park.

Back at the rowing channel at around sunset approaching from the north we hit a tree loaded with 50 some Red-footed Falcons! Awesome! Soon after, a few Scops Owls started calling nearby and we got several great looks.

5/2:

A rest day … We got up late and then did the Akropolis in morning. The amount of tourists at around 9am was already staggering. Still, Sardinian Warbler, Hoopoe and Alpine Swift were easy. No Pallids though. We even did some shopping in the plaka on the way back to the hotel.

Then we were off to the airport. Arriving at around 6pm in Alexandroupoli, we survived a scare as our rental car wouldn’t start. I guess I had a senile moment when I didn’t notice that I had pocketed 2 different rental car keys and one was for another car …

After sunset, we tracked down several “singing” frogs/toads by the pool at the Bell Air Hotel. Lots of fun!

5/3:

Isabelline Wheatears, Greater Short-towed and Calandra Lark plus Tawny Pipit were all easy to find at/near the Isabelline Wheatear flats and Calandra Fields early in the morning. We then double-backed to the visitor center and then went up Loutros Hill, but it was very slow. And also very buggy everywhere. Golden Orioles were calling at the Loutros picnic area.

Drana Lagoon held all 3 marsh terns and a spot just south of the lagoon gave us Penduline Tit, Collared Pratincole and our first pair of Spur-winged Plovers. A Montagu’s Harrier on the way back out was the only one of the trip.

Late afternoon we headed over to Anthia Marshes. There were lots of shorebirds in the wet fields, but they were hard to see. We fared better by popping out to the beach and then heading east. Shorebirds, terns and gulls were moving about.

On a tip from the Eleni at the visitor center, we looked for Eagle Owl at the cliff face at Loutros Hill, but we had to shelve the effort because the mosquitos got too bad.

5/4:

We hightailed it early morning to Dadia for the hike to the blind. We had been worried that it had been day 6 that meat had been put out and the vultures would no longer be interested. At the Dadia forest center, a Masked Shrike put in one of its usual cameo appearances and a Bee-eater remained paralyzed on the wire after swallowing a bee for several minutes.

Eastern Bonelli’s Warblers were found both along the road and trail to/from the hike. The blind did not disappoint: All 3 vulture species were present. Short-toed Eagle and Black Kite were also seen, but we unexplainably missed Booted Eagle.

Wanting to see more shorebirds, we explored an area called Thimaria Pools, but they were dried up. I suspect that these pools are only active in years with very wet springs.

The area around Lefkimi was very active as usual even though it was midafternoon. At the Kapsalo Radio Mast, we heard a Chukar and saw Griffon Vultures, a Short-toed Eagle and Black Kites. An Ortolan Bunting was singing and Blue Rock Thrush and Black-eared Wheatear were never far away.

A pair of Roller were on the wires in the Diavolarema Valley late in the day.

5/5:

After an hour of birding the Diavolarema Valley early with little to note save a few Hawfinch, we headed over to the Military Zone of the Evros Delta. The Spur-winged Plover flats had plenty of Spurwingeds (about 20), but we could not find a Stone-Curlew. Lots of Pygmy Cormorants, our first Spoonbills, a singing Reed Bunting, several Greater Short-toed Larks and 3 Isabelline Wheatears near where track north of Paloukia Lagoon t’s into the embankment track.

At Anthia marshes, the timing for shorebirds was wrong, so we didn’t do very well there.

5/6:

Early in the day at Kalamokastro, Lesser Kestrels seemed to be everywhere in town. It probably is a good idea to arrive early before the birds disperse over the fields. It was great fun to watch these small falcons! A Red-footed falcon posed for pictures just south of Kalamokastro.

Over at Mandra marsh near Porto Lagos, we pulled up the hill on the back side of the marsh for better scope views of the marsh. From the shrubs, we heard an amazing 4 Olive-tree Warblers sing. I presume these were migrants. These birds were a good 200m away from the reeds and their song was decidedly different than the Great Reed Warblers below. I finally got good looks at one bird. At the marsh itself, a good number of shorebirds (including Curlew and Wood Sandpiper, Ruff, Greenshank and Little Stint) were visible, but they were far out and the lighting was bad. We opted not to walk around the marsh and probably missed out on a few birds.

It was Sunday and the Porto Lagos visitor center was closed. The West Wood was dead, but we ended up with a few shorebirds along the beach. The Thracian lagoons held about 800 Greater Flamingos.

The road to Avdira proved to be good for shorebirds including a couple of Collared Pratincoles. The Avdira marshes were uneventful and a search for Levant Sparrowhawk in the hills was unsuccessful also, so we called it a day and enjoyed olives and ouzo at the hotel bar.

5/7:

We re-visited Mandra marsh for a few minutes early morning. Only one Olive-tree Warbler was left, even further uphill than the day before. A Ruddy Shelduck dropped in for a few minutes.

Then we were off to Lake Kerkini … Rollers started to be more common after entering the Serres area. A pair was at the Paleokastro cliffs, yet we could not find any Rock Sparrow there. A Nightingale was perched on a wire nearby for a small eternity. Save for a few Hawfinches, the 6-tit wood near Neo Sidichori was not working for us, but then it is a large area and we only spent little time there.

Heading north, we quickly stopped at the Provachonas quarry (and had another pair of Rollers) and the woodpecker wood between Provachonas and Agistro. This is a great site, but getting looks is difficult. Finally, we made a stop uphill of Agistro. We took the center track up from the right hand side of the church. About 1km up we were rewarded by 2 singing Eastern Orphean Warblers, the highlight of the day.

The Strimon Marshes yielded lots of European Reed and Great Reed Warblers plus Penduline Tit, but no Savi’s Warbler. We also had great looks at Common Cuckoo there.

After checking into the great Limneo Guesthouse, we spent a few minutes at the lake. A Dalmatian Pelican took off into the fading sun.

We were fortunate to enjoy a nice dinner with Nikos, Hilary and Steve Mills in the evening.

5/8:

We started the day at Mandraki Harbor. There wasn’t all that much going on except for 2 White-tailed Eagles perched up in the distance and a Little Bittern. Water levels were high, so there were no shorebirds and the pelican rafts were far out.

After that we worked the Vironia tracks for Gray-headed Woodpecker, but only got Lesser Spotted. Shrikes were plentiful, but we had to wait another day to get our fill with Masked.
The Ibis Strip area was full of birds: More Little Bitterns, many pelicans of both kinds, both cormorants, spoonbills and all kinds of herons/egrets. The diversity of ducks scoped from the end of the strip was remarkable: We got Shoveler, both pochards, Ferruginous Duck, Pintail and Garganey. A Penduline Tit was working the large willow behind us and Sand Martins were swirling around everywhere.

The Vironia fields were inactive; the quarry further up had Crag Martin, Cirl Bunting, Black-eared Wheatear and Blue Rock Thrush. Sure looked good for Eagle Owl up there …

At dusk we tried for Eagle Owl just outside of Kerkini village but came up empty. 6 Black Kites had been kettling on Kerkini’s west side at sunset.

It had been a somewhat sub-par day, so we were hoping to do better the next day.

5/9:

Hoping for some raptors we went over to Himarros early where we soon had a Honey-Buzzard fly uphill along the creek. 1-2 Masked Shrikes and 3 softly singing Olive-tree Warblers were at 2.6-2.9km before the stream crossing. 2 Lesser Spotted and 1 Short-toed Eagle were well seen on the way back down.

The Mavrovouni Hills proved to be good to us: We had scope looks at Golden Oriole and a pair of Lesser Spotted Eagle and Honey Buzzard each. Higher up, a few Long-tailed Tit were a little bit of a surprise. We could not eke out a Sombre Tit that morning. A wildcat ran across the road at some point.

It was time to pack it up and head back towards Alexandroupoli. We briefly considered driving up Mt. Paggeo, but the weather was changing and we pushed on to the coast via Amfipoli. Just west of the Byzantine Tower of the Apollonia, we had a single close-up Yelkouan Shearwater glide by.

The final stop was the Nestos forest. We were disappointed that the actual forest was fenced off and could not be accessed well. A female Common Pheasant could have been of the native colchicus spp. A Long-legged Buzzard was along the access road to the Nestos Reception Center.

A violent thunderstorm announced the end of our trip.

5/10:

Before heading to the Alexandroupoli airport in the morning, we walked around the Hotel Bell Air and found a good number of birds including Black-headed and Cirl Bunting, Linnet, 2 Northern Wheatear (maybe still migrants) and got good looks at Sardinian Warbler.

5. Other notes

  • Other critters seen include a Wildcat crossing the road up in the Mavrovouni Hills. A large hare had done the same only a few minutes prior. We also had 2 green lizards and a European Grass Lizard. A Red Squirrel was ignoring us in the 6-tit wood near Nea Sidichori. Marginated and other unid’ed tortoises were relatively common throughout the trip.
  • The Military Zone of the Evros Delta requires a permit. The permit must be obtained ahead of time through info@evros-delta.gr or with the help of Steve Mills.
  • On food: It is good to be aware that dinner is served very late in the Greek tavernas or restaurants, not usually before 8pm.
  • Gas prices were between €1.72 and €1.85, so a full tank for our Nissan Micra rental car came to around €70. Ouch!


6. Full species list (182 birds)

Mute Swan
Greylag Goose (several at Lake Kerkini)
Ruddy Shelduck (1 at Mandra marsh on 5/7; 2 in flight from Loutros Hill on 5/3; 1 at Drana Lagoon, Evros Delta, on 5/3)
Common Shelduck
Gadwall
Mallard
Northern Pintail (1 at Ibis Strip, Kerkini on 5/8)
Garganey (present in small numbers at most wetlands)
Northern Shoveler
Red-crested Pochard (1 at Ibis Strip, Kerkini on 5/8)
Common Pochard (2 at Ibis Strip, Kerkini on 5/8)
Ferruginous Duck (several at Schinias NP on 4/28 and 5/1; 2 at Ibis Strip, Kerkini on 5/8)
Chukar (1 on Immitos Mtn on 5/1 and 1 at Kapsalo Radio Mast on 5/4)
Rock Partridge (1 at Ilia monastery near Delfi on 4/30)
Common Pheasant (1 female possible colchicus at Nestos forest on 5/9)
Little Grebe
Great-crested Grebe
Black-necked Grebe (several off Ibis Strip at Kerkini on 5/8)
Scopoli’s Shearwater (1-2 off Rafina Port on 5/1)
Yelkouan Shearwater (~10 off Rafina Port on 5/1, 1 west of Kavala on 5/9)
Great Cormorant
Pygmy Cormorant (several in Military Zone of Evros Delta on 5/5; common at Kerkini)
Great White Pelican (many at Kerkini)
Dalmatian Pelican (2 off Loutros Hill on 5/3; common at Kerkini)
Little Bittern (1 at Mandraki Harbor, 2 at Ibis Strip, Kerkini on 5/8)
Night Heron (only 3 at Ibis Strip, Kerkini on 5/8)
Squacco Heron (common in most wetlands)
Little Egret
Great Egret
Gray Heron
Purple Heron (Schinias NP, Evros Delta, Mandra marsh)
Black Stork (several at Dadia and Evros Delta)
White Stork
Glossy Ibis (Evros Delta)
Eurasian Spoonbill (Military Zone in Evros Delta, many at Kerkini)
Greater Flamingo (~800 at Thracean Lagoons near Funari on 5/6)
Eurasian Honey Buzzard (1 at Himarros, 2 at Mavrovouni Hills on 5/9)
Black Kite (2 at Dadia vulture blind; a few en route to Kerkini; common on south side of Lake Kerkini)
White-tailed Eagle (1 at Evros Delta near the pumping station on 5/5; 2 at Mandraki Harbor at Kerkini on 5/8)
Egyptian Vulture (2 at Dadia blind on 5/4; 1 in Diavolarema Valley on 5/5)
Griffon Vulture (2 at Dadia blind on 5/4)
Black Vulture (2 at Dadia blind on 5/4)
Western Marsh Harrier (common at all marshes)
Montagu’s Harrier (1 along Drana lagoon access road, Evros Delta on 5/3)
Eurasian Sparrowhark (1 in Delphi on 4/30)
Common Buzzard
Long-legged Buzzard (2 at Evros Delta, 1 at Diavolarema Valley on 5/5, 1 at Nestos ag fields on 5/9)
Lesser Spotted Eagle (2 at Himarros and 2 at Mavrovouni Hills, Kerkini, on 5/9)
Short-toed Eagle (1 over Dadia on 5/4; 1 at Kapsalo on 5/4; 1 at Himarros, Kerkini on 5/9)
Lesser Kestrel (~20 at and around Kalamokastro on 5/6)
Common Kestrel
Red-footed Falcon (4 + 50 at Schinias NP on 5/1; 1 south of Kalamokastro on 5/6)
Water Rail
Common Moorhen
Eurasian Coot
Eurasian Oystercatcher (Evros Delta, Porto Lagos)
Black-winged Stilt (Evros Delta, Porto Lagos)
Pied Avocet (Evros Delta, Porto Lagos)
Collared Pratincole (1 south of Drana Lagoon on 5/3, 2 en route to Avdira marshes, Porto Lagos, on 5/6)
Little Ringed Plover
Common Ringed Plover (only 1 at Mandra marsh on 5/7)
Kentish Plover (Evros Delta)
Gray Plover (Evros Delta, Porto Lagos)
Spur-winged Plover (2 south of Drana Lagoon in open access area of Evros Delta on 5/3, ~20 in Military Zone on 5/5)
Northern Lapwing (Evros Delta, Porto Lagos)
Sanderling (3 on the beach near Anthia marshes, Evros Delta on 5/3)
Little Stint (Evros Delta, Porto Lagos)
Curlew Sandpiper (many at Evros Delta and Porto Lagos)
Dunlin (a few on the beach near Anthia marshes at Evros Delta on 5/3)
Black-tailed Godwit (2 at beach on the beach near Anthia marshes on 5/3, 4 at beach in Porto Lagos on 5/6)
Eurasian Curlew (on the beach near Anthia marshes, Evros Delta and Porto Lagos)
Spotted Redshank (several at Evros Delta on 5/3 and 5/5)
Common Greenshank (a few at Schinias NP on 5/1 and Mandra marsh on 5/6)
Wood Sandpiper (common at Evros Delta and Mandra marsh)
Common Sandpiper (singles at various locations)
Black-headed Gull
Slender-billed Gull (~50 on beach near Anthia marshes, Evros Delta, on 5/3)
Mediterranean Gull (good numbers at most coastal locations)
Yellow-legged Gull
Little Tern (Evros Delta)
Caspian Tern (1 at Military Zone, Evros Delta on 5/5)
Black Tern (several at Drana Lagoon, Evros Delta, on 5/3)
White-winged Tern (many at Drana Lagoon, Evros Delta, on 5/3)
Whiskered Tern (a few at Drana Lagoon, Evros Delta, on 5/3)
Sandwich Tern (1 on beach near Anthia marshes, Evros Delta, on 5/3)
Common Tern (common in Evros Delta and Porto Lagos)
Rock Dove
Eurasian Collared-Dove
European Turtle Dove (Dadia, Lake Kerkini)
Common Cuckoo
European Scops Owl (1 at Hotel Mytro in Nea Makri on 4/28, 3 at Schinias NP on 5/1)
Little Owl (1 in quarry SE of Markopoulo on 5/1)
Tawny Owl (2 at base of Immitos Mtn on 5/1)
Common Swift
Alpine Swift (several around the Akropolis in Athens)
European Bee-eater
Eurasian Hoopoe
European Roller (2 in Diavolarema Valley on 5/5; pairs at Provachonas quarry and Paleokastro cliffs and a few en route to/from Kerkini on 5/7 and 5/9)
European Green Woodpecker (1 at Loutros picnic area on 5/3)
Great Spotted Woodpecker (1 at woodpecker wood east of Provachonas on 5/7)
Syrian Woodpecker (1 off porch at Hotel Bell Air west of Nea Chili on 5/3)
Little Spotted Woodpecker (2 at Vironia tracks on 5/8)
Calandra Lark (several in Evros Delta on 5/3 and 5/5)
Greater Short-toed Lark (a couple displaying just south of Isabelline Wheatear flats, Evros Delta, on 5/3; several in Military Zone of Evros Delta near pumping station on 5/5)
Common Skylark (Evros Delta)
Crested Lark
Sand Martin
Crag Martin (several in cliffs north of Delphi on 4/29; several at Kapsalo Radio Mast on 5/4; several at Vironia quarry, Kerkini, on 5/8)
Barn Swallow
House Martin
Red-rumped Swallow (several near Delphi, Loutros and Dadia)
Tawny Pipit (a few at Evros Delta on 5/3 and 5/5, Mt. Parnassos on 4/29)
Red-throated Pipit (1 at Schinias NP at the same spot on both 4/28 and 5/1)
White Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail (spp flava and feldegg at Evros Delta, Schinias NP)
European Robin
Common Nightingale (everywhere, singing even at night)
Black Redstart (several near Mt Parnassos ski centers on 4/29)
Whinchat
Common Stonechat (2 at Spata Fields on 5/1)
Isabelline Wheatear (3 at Isabelline Wheatear flats, Evros Delta, on 5/3; 3 just north of Paloukia Lagoon on 5/5)
Northern Wheatear (common en route to and up Mt Parnassos on 4/29; a pair at Bell Air Hotel just west of Nea Chili on 5/3 and 5/9)
Black-eared Wheatear (common in appropriate habitat)
Blue Rock Thrush (common in appropriate habitat)
Common Blackbird
Mistle Thrush (Mt Parnassos on 4/29)
Blackbird
Cetti’s Warbler (common everywhere; 1 even in Delphi near Tholos site)
Zitting Cisticola (several at Schinias NP and Spata Fields, none up north)
European Reed Warbler (common in all reed beds)
Great Read Warbler (common in all reed beds)
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler (common in shrubby lowlands)
Olive-tree Warbler (4 singing uphill from Mandra marsh on 5/6 and 1 on 5/7 – all presumed migrants; 3 singing at Himarros at 2.6-2.9km)
Blackcap (only one at Vironia tracks on 5/8)
Lesser Whitethroat (1 en route to Kapsalo Radio Mast on 5/4; 2 en route up Mt Parnassos on 4/30)
Eastern Orphean Warbler (2 singing about 1km up the center track from the church in Agistro on 5/7)
Common Whitethroat (several in Porto Lagos and Evros Delta)
Subalpine Warbler (many near Delphi, up Mt. Immitos, Dadia and Mavrovouni Hills)
Sardinian Warbler (Akropolis grounds, near Schinias NP, common in scrub near coast)
Rueppell’s Warbler (2-3 displaying birds along the E4 trail uphill from Delphi on 4/29; 2 birds on Immitos Mt on 5/1)
Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler (2 singing en route from/to Dadia blind on 5/4; 1 in Diavolorema Valley in pines on 5/5)
Common Chiffchaff (Dadia, Mavrovouni Hills)
Goldcrest (Mt Parnassos on 4/30)
Firecrest (lower Immitos Mtn on 5/1)
Spotted Flycatcher
Long-tailed Tit (several at Vironia tracks on 5/8; 2 at Mavrovouni Hills on 5/9)
Blue Tit (3 at woodpecker wood east of Provachonas, 5/7)
Great Tit
Coal Tit (common up Mt. Parnassos)
Marsh Tit (2 at woodpecker wood near Provachonas on 5/7)
Eurasian Nuthatch (1 at woodpecker wood near Provachonas on 5/7)
Western Rock Nuthatch (Delphi and road at Mt. Parnassos on 4/29 and 4/30)
Short-toed Treecreeper (Mt Parnassos on 4/29; Dadia on 5/4; woodpecker wood near Provachonas on 5/7)
Eurasian Penduline Tit (common in most marshes)
Eurasian Golden Oriole (easy to hear, but hard to see; very common)
Red-backed Shrike
Woodchat Shrike
Lesser Gray Shrike (several in agricultural area west of Thiva on 4/30; several at Vironia tracks on 5/8)
Masked Shrike (1 at Dadia visitor center on 5/4; 1-2 at Himarros at 2.6-2.9km on 5/9)
Eurasian Jay
Common Magpie
Alpine Chough (~15 up at the higher of the 2 ski resorts at Mt Parnassos on 4/29)
Western Jackdaw (several spots)
Hooded Crow
Common Raven (Dadia and Kapsalo Radio Mast)
European Starling
House Sparrow
Spanish Sparrow (abundant; just find a stork nest …)
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Lake Kerkini area)
Rock Sparrow (4 in quarry SE of Markopoulo)
Common Chaffinch
European Serin
European Greenfinch
European Goldfinch
Common Linnet (Mt Parnassos and near Hotel Bell Air)
Hawfinch (3 in Diavolarema Valley on 5/5 and 2 in 6-tit-wood near Neo Sidichori on 5/7)
Cirl Bunting
Ortolan Bunting (4 on north side of Loutros Hill; 1 singing at Kapsalo Radio Mast)
Cretzschmar’s Bunting (2 on Immitos Mtn on 5/1)
Reed Bunting (1 singing in Military Zone of Evros Delta on 5/5)
Black-headed Bunting (valley NW of Schinias NP on 5/1; common in Northern Greece)
Corn Bunting

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