Birdwatching in Greece  ̶  especially in Eastern Macedonia and Thrace

February 17–26, 2012

 

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Excursions

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Hans Schick
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Trip Reports

 

   

Species List
Ringed Birds

 
 
Introduction

From February 17  ̶  26, 2012 I spent 10 days in Greece, especially in Eastern Macedonia and Thrace. I was accompanied by Stefan Wedler. During this time we visited the well known birdwatching places of the Évros Delta, the Néstos Delta and the Thracian Lagoons along the northern coast of the Aegean Sea.

Itinerary
February 17, 2012: Flight with EasyJet from Berlin Schönefeld to Thessaloníki. Arrival on the airport at 2 p.m. Drive with a rented car from Thessaloníki via the motor highway to Keramóti. Arrival at the Hotel Aphrodite at about 6 p.m. Accommodation for the next 3 nights.
February 18, 2012: In the morning drive from Keramóti via Monastiráki to the Néstos Delta. Birdwatching in the paddyfields and along the Néstos river up to the abandoned Néstos Café. Thereafter visit of two lakes near Aladjagola.
February 19, 2012: Drive from Keramóti to the village of Toxótes near the Néstos gorge and visit of Néstos view, a vantage point in the mountains above the village. In the afternoon return to the surroundings of the airport of Keramóti and birdwatching in the paddyfields south of the village of Agíasma.
February 20, 2012: Once again drive to the paddyfields and the lagoon of Agíasma. Birdwatching in the surroundings of the lagoon. At noon drive from Keramóti to the Hotel Alexander Beach in Alexandroúpoli, our stop for the next 3 nights. In the late afternoon drive to the Évros Delta south of Loútros for first impressions.
February 21, 2012
: Drive from Alexandroúpoli to the Évros Delta south of Loútros. Birdwatching on the water expanses of the wetland until noon. Thereafter trip to the Dadiá Forest. Due to thaw the roads in the mountains were impassable. So we did not reach the raptor feeding place and returned to the Évros estuary and later to the hotel.

February 22, 2012: Once again drive from Alexandroúpoli into the area of the Évros Delta and birdwatching up to the afternoon.
February 23, 2012: In the morning drive on the motor highway A2 from Alexandroúpoli to the exit Komotíni West and via Paradimí and Pagoúria to the lake Límni Mitrikoú. Birdwatching in the reed beds and and on the water expanses at the northern side of this large wetland. In the afternoon
continuation of the journey via Glifáda, Mési, and  Arogí to Fanári. Accommodation for the next two nights in the Hotel Fanári. In the afternoon drive from Fanári along the coast of the Aegean Sea to the lagoons Límni Fanári and Límni Alikí.
February 24, 2012: In the morning drive from Fanári to the saltworks of Glifáda and from there to the east bank of the lagoon Límni Élos and the coast of the Aegean sea. Thereafter continuation of the journey to Limni Mitrikoú and from there back to Glifáda and drive along the west bank of the Lagoon Limni Pteléa to the coast of the Aegean sea
February 25, 2012: In the morning drive from Fanári to Pórto Lágos. Birdwatching on the water expanses of the lagoons and the lake
Límni Vistonída as well as around the Church Ágios Nikoláos and the herony of Pórto Lágos. In the afternoon return trip to Thessaloníki via motor highway A2. Accommodation in the Hotel Golden Star in Peraía near the airport of Thessalomíki. Only a short walk along the beach of this holiday resort.
February 26, 2012
: In the morning drive from the Hotel Golden Star in Peraía to the airport of Thessaloníki. Flight back to Berlin Schönfeld by EasyJet.


Registration of the observations
All ornithological observations were registered in the databank OrniDB97–2.20, developed by Ralf Schirmeister (www.ralf-schirmeister.de for download) and were edited in two different ways. Under the heading "Excursions" one finds the complete records to the different observation places in chronological order. Under the heading "Species List" one finds the date, the place, and the number of observed individuals in systematic order. In the section Excursions some photos give an impression of the visited areas, in the Species List one finds some photos of birds taken by a Canon EOS 1D Mark III in combination with a telephoto lens Canon EF 600 mm, f/4L IS USM and the Extender EF 2x II. Some of the photos were taken with a Panasonic Lumix G3 with the telephoto lens Lumix G Vario 1:4.0-5.6/100-300 mm.

Field guides and other ornithological literature used

Lars Svensson, Peter J. Grant, Killian Mullarney, Dan Zetterström, Der neue Kosmos-Vogelführer, alle Arten Europas, Nordafrikas und Vorderasiens, Frankh-Kosmos-Verlags-GmbH & Co., Stuttgart, 1999.
This book corresponds to:
Killian Mullarney, Lars Svensson, Dan Zetterström, Peter J. Grant, Collins Bird Guide, The Most Complete Field Guide to The Birds of Britain and Europe, HarperCollins, London 1999.

Links to Birding in Greece
http://www.fatbirder.com/links_geo/europe/greece.html


Excursions

18.02.2012, 08:15-08:30
Keramóti, surroundings of Hotel Aphrodite, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
5 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of Hotel Aphrodite.

Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
2, swimming on the sea.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
10, on the beach or swimming on the sea.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
2, roosting on a roof.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1, on a road.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
10, on the beach.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
2, roosting on a tree.

18.02.2012, 10:00-12:20
Monastiráki, Néstos estuary, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
5 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the paddy fields between the village of Monastiráki and the riparian forest of the Néstos river.

Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber, Rosaflamingo):
8, flying over the paddy fields.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
3, flying along the road.
Long-legged Buzzard (Búteo rúfinus, Adlerbussard):
1, soaring near Monastiráki. Identified by a flight photo, showing the rufous tail without bars, the dark trailing edge of the wings, dark underwing coverts, and black carpal patches.
Fieldfare (Turdus piláris, Wacholderdrossel):
6, roosting on a tree in the paddy fields.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
1, on a paddy field.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
2
, flying.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
10 (at least), roosting on a tree in the paddy fields.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
1, roosting on a tree in the paddy fields.
Yellowhammer (Emberíza citrinélla, Goldammer):
20 (at least), roosting on a tree in the paddy fields.
Corn Bunting (Emberíza calándra, Grauammer):
150 (at least), in two large flocks roosting together with some chaffinches on trees.

 

 

P101-0318, P101-0325, P101-0327, P101-0330
Néstos estuary near Monastiráki, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(18.02.2012)

18.02.2012, 13:30-15:00
Chrisoúpoli, Néstos river and dyke, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
5 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed from the dyke of the Néstos river south of the "Néstos Café".

Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
2, flying.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
1, foraging in a channel.
Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
2, foraging in a channel.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
4, one of them on the dyke, 3 flying over the paddy fields.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, in the riparian forest.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
3, calling in flight.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
2, calling in riparian forest.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
100
(at least), flying, in the town.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, roosting on a tree.

 

 

P101-0334, P101-0338, P101-0340, and P101-0348
Chrisoúpoli, Néstos river and dyke, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(18.02.2012)

18.02.2012, 15:15-16:00
Aladjagola, Lesser Lake, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
5 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the lesser one of the Aladjagola Lakes.

Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
2, flying.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, warning.
Fieldfare (Turdus piláris, Wacholderdrossel):
32, 25 of them flying, 7 roosting on a tree.
Jay (Gárrulus glandárius, Eichelhäher):
4, calling in flight.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, calling.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
3
, roosting on a tree.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
10, flying.
Hawfinch (Coccothráustes coccothráustes, Kernbeißer):
7, roosting on a tree.

 

P101-0349 and P101-0353
Lesser Lake near Aladjagola, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(18.02.2012)

18.02.2012, 16:05-16:50
Aladjagola, Largest Lake, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
5 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the largest one of the Aladjagola Lakes.

Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
2, swimming.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
1, swimming.
Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrócorax pygmeus, Zwergscharbe):
7, roosting at the edge of the reedbeds.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
3 (2 ad., 1 juv.), swimming.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
2 (at least), flying over the reedbeds. Both birds were females.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
2, flying.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
50 (at least), swimming on the lake.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
3, flying.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
6
, flying.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, roosting on a tree.
Hawfinch (Coccothráustes coccothráustes, Kernbeißer):
1, roosting on a shrub.

 

P101-0355 and P101-0359
Greater Lake near Aladjagola, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(18.02.2012)

19.02.2012, 10:45-11:25
Keramóti, wetland north of the town, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
5 °C, overcast.
The following 22 bird species were observed on the water expanses north of Keramóti.

Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
1, swimming.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
1, roosting at the water's edge.
Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrócorax pygmeus, Zwergscharbe):
4, roosting on a shrub.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
10, standing on wetland.
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber, Rosaflamingo):
8, feeding in shallow water.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
8, swimming.
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeáta, Löffelente):
3 (2,1), swimming.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
1 female, flying.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
1, roosting on a shrub.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
500 (at least), swimming on the water expanses
European Oystercatcher (Haemátopus ostrálegus, Austernfischer):
4, feeding on sand.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
2, in shallow water.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
26, in shallow water.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
8, in shallow water.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, calling.
Jackdaw (Corvus monédula, Dohle):
53, calling in flight.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
4, flying.

 

 

P101-0376, P101-0383, P101-0381, and P101-0382
Keramóti, wetland north of the town, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(19.02.2012)

19.02.2012, 12:25-14:15
Toxótes, Néstos view from the pass road, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
5 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed in the mountains during the drive from Toxótes on the pass road to Néstos View (about 890 m over sea level).

Fieldfare (Turdus piláris, Wacholderdrossel):
15, roosting on a powerline.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
1, roosting in a shrub.
Corn Bunting (Emberíza calándra, Grauammer):
20 (at least), roosting on shrubs.

 

P101-0388, P101-0386, and P101-0392
Néstos view from the pass road near Toxótes, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(19.02.2012)

19.02.2012, 14:15-15:10
Toxótes, Néstos gorge near the village, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
5 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed in the Néstos gorge near Toxótes.

Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrócorax pygmeus, Zwergscharbe):
1, at the water's edge.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
4, flying.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, in the riparian forest.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
2, searching for food on trees.

 

P101-0400, P101-0403, and P101-0408
Néstos gorge near the villageToxótes, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(19.02.2012)

19.02.2012, 15:45-17:00
Agíasma, wetland and paddy fields, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
5 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed in the wetland and paddy fields south-west of Agíasma.

Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
1 male, flying.
Hen Harrier (Circus cyáneus, Kornweihe):
1 male, flying.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
5 (at least), on the wetland.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1, flying.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
5 (at least), on the wetland and near the airport.
Rook (Corvus frugílegus, Saatkrähe):
200 (at least), on farmland.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
10 (at least), flying.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
20
, roosting on a tree.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
20 (at least), near a farm.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
20 (at least), on trees
Reed Bunting (Emberíza schoeníclus, Rohrammer):
10 (at least), in reed along the channels.
Corn Bunting (Emberíza calándra, Grauammer):
50 (at least), on trees or powerlines in the wetland.

 

 

P101-0412, P101-0416, P101-0417, and P101-0419
Farmland south of Agíasma, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(19.02.2012)

20.02.2012, 10:30-12:00
Agíasma, Lagoon, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
5 °C, fair, later overcast.
The lagoon south of Agíasma was reached from the road from Agíasma to the airport on a well tarmacked road deviating to the left about 200 m past the cemetery directly before the bridge over a channel. – The following 22 bird species were observed in the lagoon south of Agíasma.

Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
37, swimming.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
1, swimming.
Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecánus crispus, Krauskopfpelikan):
8 (at least), swimming.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
2, roosting at the water's edge.
Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrócorax pygmeus, Zwergscharbe):
7, swimming.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
3, feeding in shallow water.
Common Spoonbill (Platálea leucoródia, Löffler):
3, feeding in shallow water.
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber, Rosaflamingo):
300 (at least), feeding in shallow water.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
50 (at least), swimming.
Shelduck (Tadórna tadórna, Brandgans):
100 (at least), swimming.
Wigeon (Anas penélope, Pfeifente):
1000 (at least), swimming.
Gadwall (Anas strepéra, Schnatterente):
20 (at least), swimming.
Northern Pintail (Anas acúta, Spießente):
100 (at least), swimming.
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeáta, Löffelente):
100 (at least), swimming.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
2, flying.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
2, roosting on trees.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
1000 (at least), swimming.
Eurasian Avocet (Recurviróstra avosétta, Säbelschnäbler):
200 (at least), feeding in shallow water.
Dunlin (Calídris alpína, Alpenstrandläufer):
50 (at least), feeding on sand.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
1, flying.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
10 (at least), swimming.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
5 (at least), flying.

 

 

P101-0452, P101-0438, P101-0442, and P101-0449
Agíasma, Lagoon, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(20.02.2012)

20.02.2012, 16:00-18:00
Loútros, Évros Delta, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
10 °C, overcast.
The Évros Delta was reached from the road 2 by deviating to the right past the junction of Loútros. The next track to the right past the bridge over the river Loútros is the beginning of a round course through the Évros Delta. – The following bird species were observed on the water expanses.

Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
5, swimming.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
1, swimming.
Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecánus crispus, Krauskopfpelikan):
4, swimming
Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
5, feeding in shallow water.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
2, in shallow water.
Shelduck (Tadórna tadórna, Brandgans):
not counted.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
200, swimming.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
not counted.
Grey Plover (Pluviális squataróla, Kiebitzregenpfeifer):
1, feeding on sand.
Curlew (Numénius arquáta, Großer Brachvogel):
1, feeding in shallow water.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
2, feeding in shallow water.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
200
(at least), roosting on power lines.
Corn Bunting (Emberíza calándra, Grauammer):
500 (at least), 2 large flocks roosting on power lines.

 

P101-0454 and P101-0457
Loútros, Évros Delta, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(20.02.2012)

21.02.2012, 09:00-12:45
Loútros, Évros Delta, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
5 °C, overcast. The following bird species were observed on the water expanses of the Évros estuary.

Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
1, swimming.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
2, swimming.
Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecánus crispus, Krauskopfpelikan):
6, swimming.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
20, roosting or swimming.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
1, on grassland.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
1, at the water's edge.
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber, Rosaflamingo):
25, in shallow water. One of the birds was ringed (T/XXX).
Common Spoonbill (Platálea leucoródia, Löffler):
1, in shallow water.
Shelduck (Tadórna tadórna, Brandgans):
20 (at least), in shallow water.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
2, roosting on shrubs.
Golden Eagle (Áquila chrysáëtus, Steinadler):
1, flying over the Drána Lagoon.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
20 (at least), swimming.
Curlew (Numénius arquáta, Großer Brachvogel):
1, in shallow water.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
5, in shallow water.
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebulária, Grünschenkel):
1, in shallow water.

 

P101-0463 and P101-0467
Loútros, Évros Delta, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(21.02.2012)

21.02.2012, 14:00-15:05
Dadiá, forest, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
5 °C, overcast. The following bird species were observed during an attempt to reach the bird hide and the feeding-station in the Dadiá forest, which could not be reached by car due to the bad condition of the road.

Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier):
1, flying over the forest.
Jay (Gárrulus glandárius, Eichelhäher):
1, flying.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
1, calling.

 

P101-0488 and P101-0489
Dadiá, forest, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(21.02.2012)

22.02.2012, 09:20-11:00
Loútros, Drána Lagoon, northern side, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
5 °C, overcast. The following bird species were observed during a hiking tour along the northern side of the Drána lagoon.

Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
1, swimming.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
2, swimming.
Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrócorax pygmeus, Zwergscharbe):
3, roosting.
Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
1, in shallow water.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
3, flying.
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber, Rosaflamingo):
50 (at least), in shallow water
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
100 (at least), swimming on the Drána Lagoon.
Shelduck (Tadórna tadórna, Brandgans):
500 (at least), swimming.
Wigeon (Anas penélope, Pfeifente):
50 (at least), swimming.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
3 (1,2).
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
5, roosting on shrubs.
Red Knot (Calídris canútus, Knutt):
50, in shallow water.
Dunlin (Calídris alpína, Alpenstrandläufer):
120 (at least), in shallow water.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
8, foraging in shallow water.
Crested Lark (Galerída cristáta, Haubenlerche):
2, on the road.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
2, in shrubs.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
1
, flying.

 

P101-0498, P101-0503, and P101-0508
Loútros, Drána Lagoon, northern side, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(22.02.2012)

22.02.2012, 11:00-15:00
Loútros, Évros Delta, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
5 °C, fair. The following bird species were observed on the water expanses and on wetland during the drive on the main track to the pumping station.

Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
8 (3 + 5), swimming.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
1, swimming.
Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecánus crispus, Krauskopfpelikan):
3, swimming.
Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrócorax pygmeus, Zwergscharbe):
1, at the water's edge.
Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
3, in shallow water.
Common Spoonbill (Platálea leucoródia, Löffler):
3, in shallow water.
Wigeon (Anas penélope, Pfeifente):
100 (at least), swimming.
Gadwall (Anas strepéra, Schnatterente):
4, swimming.
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeáta, Löffelente):
10, swimming.
Hen Harrier (Circus cyáneus, Kornweihe):
3 (2,1), flying.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
5, flying over wetland or roosting on shrubs.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
1, flying.
Grey Plover (Pluviális squataróla, Kiebitzregenpfeifer):
1, on mudflats.
Curlew (Numénius arquáta, Großer Brachvogel):
2, in shallow water.
Crested Lark (Galerída cristáta, Haubenlerche):
4, on the track.
Dunnock (Prunélla moduláris, Heckenbraunelle):
1, in a shrub. – Identified by photos.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
3, on wetland.

 

P101-0575 and P101-0577
Loútros, Évros Delta, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(22.02.2012)

23.02.2012, 09:00-09:40
Alexandroúpoli, Hotel Alexander Beach, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
8 °C, overcast. The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the Hotel Alexander Beach.

Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
1, swimming.
Shelduck (Tadórna tadórna, Brandgans):
20, swimming.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
1, swimming.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
1, flying.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
1, in the garden of the hotel.
Crested Lark (Galerída cristáta, Haubenlerche):
1, on the car park.
Black Redstart (Phoenicúrus ochrúros, Hausrotschwanz):
1 female, in the garden of the hotel.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
1, on a lawn.

 

P101-0588 and P101-0590
Alexandroúpoli, Hotel Alexander Beach, seaside, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(23.02.2012)

23.02.2012, 11:15-12:15
Límni Mitrikoú, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
10 °C, fair. The following bird species were observed in the wetland north of the lake Límni Mitrikoú.

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
100 (at least), swimming on the water expanses.
Goose (Anser spec., unbestimmte Gans):
1000 (at least), flying off. It remained unclear, whether they were Greylag Geese or White-fronted Geese.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
1 female, flying over the reedbeds.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
3 (at least), flying.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
1, on the track across the reed.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
2, warning.
Cetti´s Warbler (Céttia cetti, Seidensänger):
5 (at least), singing in reedbeds.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
2, calling.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
4, flying.

 

 

P101-0591, P101-0592, P101-0594, and P101-0595
Wetland north of Límni Mitrikoú, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(23.02.2012)

23.02.2012, 15:30
Fanári, Xirolímni Lagoon, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
15 °C, fair. The following bird species were observed on the water expanses of the Xirolímni Lagoon..

Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
1, at the water's edge.
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber, Rosaflamingo):
200 (at least), feeding in shallow water.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
200 (at least),
Wigeon (Anas penélope, Pfeifente):
200 (at least), swimming.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
1, flying.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
200 (at least), swimming.

 

P101-0605 and P101-0606
Xirolímni Lagoon near Fanári, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(23.02.2012)

23.02.2012, 16:15-16:45
Fanári, Límni Alikí, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
15 °C, fair. The following bird species were observed on the water expanses of Limni Alikí.

Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
1, swimming.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
1, captured under the nets of a fish farm.
Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
1, captured under the nets of a fish farm.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
1, captured under the nets of a fish farm.
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber, Rosaflamingo):
1000 (at least), feeding in shallow water.
Shelduck (Tadórna tadórna, Brandgans):
97, swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
142, swimming.
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeáta, Löffelente):
33, swimming.
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrátor, Mittelsäger):
4 (2,2), swimming.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
10 (at least), swimming or flying.

24.02.2012, 09:45-10:20
Glifáda, salines, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
5 °C, overcast. The following bird species were observed on the water expanses of the saltworks at the northern edge of Límni Alikí.

Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
2, feeding in shallow water.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
1, flying.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
2, roosting on shrubs.
Curlew (Numénius arquáta, Großer Brachvogel):
1, feeding in shallow water.
Crested Lark (Galerída cristáta, Haubenlerche):
1, on the track.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
10, on shrubs in the surrounding wetland.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
1, roosting on a shrub.
Reed Bunting (Emberíza schoeníclus, Rohrammer):
1, on a shrub.

 

P101-0611 and P101-0616
Salines near Glifáda, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(24.02.2012)

24.02.2012, 10:50-12:30
Límni Élos, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
6 °C, overcast. The following 20 bird species were observed on the water expanses of Límni Élos, on the surrounding wetland and on the beach of the Aegean.

Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
1, flying.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
3, in shallow water.
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber, Rosaflamingo):
200 (at least), in shallow water.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
100 (at least), swimming.
Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser álbifrons, Bleßgans):
8, on wetland.
Shelduck (Tadórna tadórna, Brandgans):
200 (at least), swimming.
Wigeon (Anas penélope, Pfeifente):
200 (at least), swimming.
Common Teal (Anas crecca, Krickente):
2 (1,1), swimming.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
1, flying.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
2, flying.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
10 (at least), swimming.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
10 (at least), swimming.
Crested Lark (Galerída cristáta, Haubenlerche):
2, on grassland.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, flying.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, flying.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
1, on wetland.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
1, calling in flight.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
3
, flying.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
4, on a shrub.
Reed Bunting (Emberíza schoeníclus, Rohrammer):
1, in a shrub.

 

P101-0621, P101-0622, and P101-0626
Límni Élos, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(24.02.2012)

24.02.2012, 12:50-14:00
Límni Mitrikoú, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
8 °C, fair. The following bird species were observed on the water expanses of Límni Mitrikoú and its surroundings.

Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
1, in shallow water.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
200 (at least), swimming.
Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser álbifrons, Bleßgans):
500 (at least), swimming.
Shelduck (Tadórna tadórna, Brandgans):
50 (at least), swimming.
Common Teal (Anas crecca, Krickente):
16 (at least), swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
200 (at least), swimming.
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeáta, Löffelente):
7, swimming.
Common Pochard (Áythya férina, Tafelente):
500 (at least), swimming.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
1 female, flying.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
2, flying.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
500 (at least), swimming.
Green Sandpiper (Tringa óchropus, Waldwasserläufer):
1, on flooded grassland.
Crested Lark (Galerída cristáta, Haubenlerche):
5, on grassland or tracks.
Cetti´s Warbler (Céttia cetti, Seidensänger):
1, singing.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
5, flying.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
20
, flying.
Fox (Vulpes vulpes, Fuchs):
1, on grassland.

 

 

P101-0628, P101-0633, P101-0635, and P101-0638
Límni Mitrikoú, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(24.02.2012)

24.02.2012, 14:30-15:50
Límni Pteléa, western side, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
8 °C, fair or overcast. The following bird species were observed on the water expanses of Límni Pteléa, which was reached on a track from Glifáda.

Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
90, roosting on a sand bank.
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber, Rosaflamingo):
500 (at least), in shallow water.
Eurasian Avocet (Recurviróstra avosétta, Säbelschnäbler):
500 (at least), in shallow water or flying in a large flock.
Grey Plover (Pluviális squataróla, Kiebitzregenpfeifer):
15, on a sand bank.
Dunlin (Calídris alpína, Alpenstrandläufer):
50 (at least), on a sand bank or in shallow water.
Curlew (Numénius arquáta, Großer Brachvogel):
60, in shallow water.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
2, in shallow water.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
30 (at least), roosting on a sand bank.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
50 (at least), roosting on a sand bank.
Crested Lark (Galerída cristáta, Haubenlerche):
1, on the track.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
1, on a sandb bank.

 

P101-0641, P101-0646, and P101-0649
Límni Pteléa, western side, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(24.02.2012)

24.02.2012, 16:10-16:30
Glifáda, village, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
8 °C, fair. The following bird species were observed in the village of Glifáda.

Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
3, on trees or power lines.
Crested Lark (Galerída cristáta, Haubenlerche):
40 (at least), on a farm.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
30
(at least), on a farm.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
100 (at least), on a farm.
Tree Sparrow (Passer montánus, Feldsperling):
1, in a shrub.

25.02.2012, 09:00
Fanári, surroundings of Hotel Fanári, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
6 °C, sunny. The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of Hotel Fanári.

Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, flying.
Jackdaw (Corvus monédula, Dohle):
4, calling in flight.

P101-0652
Fanári, Hotel Fanári, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(24.02.2012)

 

P101-0662, P101-0664, and P101-0665
Fanári, surroundings of Hotel Fanári, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(24.02.2012)

25.02.2012, 09:30-10:00
Porto Lágos, lagoons, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
6 °C, sunny. The following bird species were observed in the lagoons east of Porto Lágos.

Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
1, swimming.
Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecánus crispus, Krauskopfpelikan):
150 (at least), roosting on an island.
Shag (Phalacrócorax aristótelis, Krähenscharbe):
15, roosting or flying.
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber, Rosaflamingo):
50 (at least), in shallow water.
Shelduck (Tadórna tadórna, Brandgans):
not counted.
Wigeon (Anas penélope, Pfeifente):
not counted.
Gadwall (Anas strepéra, Schnatterente):
2, swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
not counted.
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeáta, Löffelente):
not counted.
Tufted Duck (Áythya fulígula, Reiherente):
1, swimming.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
not counted.
European Oystercatcher (Haemátopus ostrálegus, Austernfischer):
4, on wetland.
Dunlin (Calídris alpína, Alpenstrandläufer):
not counted.
Curlew (Numénius arquáta, Großer Brachvogel):
1, in shallow water.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
1, in shallow water.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
not counted.

 

 

 

P101-0672, P101-0679, P101-0677, P101-0684 and P101-0682
Porto Lágos, lagoons, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(25.05.2012)

25.02.2012, 09:30-10:00
Pórto Lágos, Límni Vistonída, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
6 °C, sunny. The following bird species were observed on the water expanses of Límni Vistonída.

Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
10 (at least), swimming.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
30, roosting.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
10 (at least), swimming.
Wigeon (Anas penélope, Pfeifente):
200 (at least).
Gadwall (Anas strepéra, Schnatterente):
10 (at least), swimming.
Common Pochard (Áythya férina, Tafelente):
100 (at least), swimming.
Tufted Duck (Áythya fulígula, Reiherente):
1 female, swimming.

P101-671
Porto Lágos, Límni Vistonída, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(25.02.2012)

25.02.2012, 10:25-11:20
Porto Lágos, Church Ágios Nikoláos, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
6 °C, sunny. The following bird species were observed on the water expanses around the church Ágios Nikoláos.

Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecánus crispus, Krauskopfpelikan):
50 (at least), roosting.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
300 (at least), roosting or flying.
Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
1, in shallow water.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
1, in shallow water.
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber, Rosaflamingo):
3, in shallow water.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
10, swimming.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
1, flying.

 

P101-0718 and P101-0724
Porto Lágos, Church Ágios Nikoláos, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(25.02.2012)

P101-0713
Porto Lágos, surroundings of the Church Ágios Nikoláos, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(25.02.2012)

25.02.2012, 11:30-12:15
Porto Lágos, herony, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
10 °C, sunny. The following bird species were observed in the herony of Porto Lágos and its surroundings.

Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecánus crispus, Krauskopfpelikan):
10, roosting.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
300, roosting.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
10 (at least), on nests of the herony.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
1, flying.
Curlew (Numénius arquáta, Großer Brachvogel):
1, in shallow water.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
3, swimming.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
1, flying.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, flying.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
10, calling, in the herony.

 

P101-0727, P101-0727, and P101-0727
Porto Lágos, herony, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(25.02.2012)

25.02.2012, 17:00-17:30
Peraía, Central Macedonia (Greece)
18 °C, fair. The following bird species were observed from the sea promenade of Peraía in the surroundings of Hotel Golden Star.

Mediterranean Gull (Larus melanocéphalus, Schwarzkopfmöwe):
1, flying. – Identified by photos.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
10 (at least), flying or on the beach.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
10 (at least), flying or on the beach.
Audouin’s Gull (Larus audouinii, Korallenmöwe):
2, flying. – Identified by Photos.

P101-0745
Peraía, view from the Hotel Golden Star on Thessaloníki, Central Macedonia (Greece)
(25.02.2012)

 

 
     
 

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