Birdwatching in Greece  ̶  especially in Eastern Macedonia and Thrace

April 21–Mai 02, 2013

 

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Excursions

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Hans Schick
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Trip Reports

 

   

Species List

 
 
Introduction

From April 21  ̶  May 02, 2013 I spent 12 days in Northern Greece. During this time I visited the well known birdwatching places of the Évros Delta, the Dadiá forest, the wetlands around Pórto Lágos and the Néstos Delta in Eastern Macedonia and Thrace as well as Lake Kerkíni in Central Macedonia.

Itinerary
April 21, 2013
: Flight with EasyJet from Berlin Schönefeld to Thessaloníki. Arrival on the airport at about 8 a.m. Drive with a rented car from Thessaloníki via the motor highway A2 to Alexandroúpoli. Arrival at the Alexander Beach Hotel in Néa Chilí in the suburbs of Alexandroúpoli at about 4 p.m. Accommodation in this hotel for the next 5 nights.
April 22, 2013: Drive from Alexandroúpoli to the Évros Delta south of Loútros. Birdwatching on the water expanses of the wetland until noon. Thereafter return across the wetland east and north of the Drana Lagoon.
April 23, 2013: Drive from Alexandroúpolis via the motor highway A2 and Road 51 to Lefkími and the radio mast of Kapsalo.
April 24, 2013: Drive from Alexandroúpolis via the motor highway A2 and Road 51 to Likófi and Dadiá. Walk from the information centre in Dadiá to the vulture feeding station in the forest. In the afternoon visit of the ponds and the wetland in the surroundings of Thimária.
April 25, 2013: Drive from Alexandroúpoli to the Ánthia marshes west from the Loútros river. This area proved to be the most productive one compared with the other places visited. In the afternoon birdwatching in the wetland north and east of the Drana Lagoon.

April 26, 2013: Drive on the motor highway A2 and several secondary roads via Komotíni, Pagoúria, Néo Sidirochóri, Kalamókastro, Límni Mitrikoú, and Glifada to Fanári. For birdwatching visit of the town centre of Kalamókastro and the east side of Límni Mitrikoú. Accomodation in Villa Theodóra at the harbour of Fanári for the next 3 nights
April 27, 2013: In the morning drive from Fanári on road 2 via Pórto Lágos to Ávdíra. Birdwatching in the surroundings of Límni Vistonída, on the Ávdira hills, the Ávdira marshes and around the Lafroúda Lagoon.

April 28, 2013: In the morning drive from Fanári via Pórto Lágos to the quarry of Ávdira. Birdwatching in the wetlands around Pórto Lágos, in de quarry, in the Mándra marsh, and in the saltworks of Pórto Lágos.
April 29, 2013: In the morning drive from Fanári via Pórto Lágos, Xánthi, and Chrisoúpoli to Keramotí. Birdwatching in
the herony of Pórto Lágos, and in the surroundings of the Eratinó lagoon, the Vassova lagoon, the Agíasma lagoon, and in the farmland south of Agíasma. Accomodation in Hotel Aphrodíte in Keramotí for the next 2 nights.
April 30, 2013: Drive from Keramotí via Monastiráki along the Néstos river to Chrisoúpoli and the Aladjagola lakes. birdwatching in the Chaidefto marsh, along the Nestos river and the surroundings of one of the Aladjagola lakes.
May 01, 2013: In the morning drive from Keramotí on motor highway A2 to Amfípoli and from there on roads 59 and 12 via Sérres and Promachónas to Lake Kerkíni. Birdwatching at the east bank of the lake. Thereafter drive on the motor highway 25 back to Thessaloníki. Accommodation in the Hotel Peraía in Peraía for 1 night.
May 02, 2013:  In the morning drive from the hotel 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 Panasonic Lumix G3 in combination 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.
Steve Mills, Birdwatching in Northern Greece - a site guide, second edition, published by Birdwing Books, 2011, www.birdwing.eu


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


Excursions

21.04.2013, 09:30
Thessaloníki, Airport, Central Macedonia (Greece)
10 °C, fair.
The following birdspecies were observed in the surroundings of the airport.

Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
20 (at least), flying.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
2, flying.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, flying.
Jackdaw (Corvus monédula, Dohle):
1, on a road.
Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix, Nebelkrähe):
1, in the car park.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
10 (at least), on a road.

21.04.2013, 17:00-19:00
Alexandroúpoli, Alexander Beach Hotel, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
15 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the Alexander Beach Hotel in Néa Chilí.

Sandwich Tern (Sterna sandvicénsis, Brandseeschwalbe):
4, 3 flying, one roosting on a swimming plastic container. – Bill and legs black.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
2, calling.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
5 (at least), flying.

22.04.2013, 08:30-09:30
Alexandroúpoli, Alexander Beach Hotel, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
18 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the Alexander Beach Hotel.

Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
2, calling.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
2, singing.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, singing (18:30).
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing (18:30).

22.04.2013, 10:10-11:30
Loútros, Évros Delta, River Loútros, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
18 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the weirs north and south of the railway line.

Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
1, flying.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
1, in shallow water.
Purple Heron (Árdea purpúrea, Purpurreiher):
3, flying off.
Shelduck (Tadórna tadórna, Brandgans):
19, 10 of them flying, 9 swimming on the river.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
3 males, swimming.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans, Schwarzmilan):
1, flying.
Common Sandpiper (Actítis hypoléucos, Flußuferläufer):
1, on rocks in the river bed.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
1, flying.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
4 (at least), singing in shrubs.
Cetti´s Warbler (Céttia cetti, Seidensänger):
3, singing.

 

IMG 9631, IMG 9632, and  IMG 9634
River Loútros, Évros Delta, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(22.04.2013)

22.04.2013, 11:40-15:00
Loútros, Évros Delta, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
18 °C, sunny.
The following 23 bird species were observed from the road along the western side of the Drana Lagoon to the pumping station.

Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecánus crispus, Krauskopfpelikan):
1, swimming on the Drana Lagoon.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
13, in shallow water of the Drana Lagoon or in ditches in the wetland..
Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
4 (1 + 2 + 1), on the wetland, most of them with yellow bills.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
1, in shallow water at the pumping station.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
1, soaring over the wetland.
Common Spoonbill (Platálea leucoródia, Löffler):
2, flying.
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber, Rosaflamingo):
15, in shallow water of the Drana Lagoon.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
150 (at least), swimming on the Drana Lagoon.
Shelduck (Tadórna tadórna, Brandgans):
2, in shallow water.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
2, soaring along the road or roosting on the wetland.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
2, soaring over the wetland.
European Oystercatcher (Haemátopus ostrálegus, Austernfischer):
4, on sands.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
4, on sands.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
1 calling near the pumping station. The bird was also seen.
Crested Lark (Galerída cristáta, Haubenlerche):
2, 1 roosting on a shrub, 1 running on the road.
Skylark (Aláuda arvénsis, Feldlerche):
1, singing.
Short-toed Lark (Calandrella brachydactyla, Kurzzehenlerche):
1, on the road (photos for identification are available).
Sand Martin (Ripária ripária, Uferschwalbe):
100 (at least), flying over the water of the Drana Lagoon.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
10 (at least), flying.
Black-headed Wagtail (Motacilla feldegg, Maskenschafstelze):
2, on shrubs.
Woodchat Shrike (Lánius senátor, Rotkopfwürger):
1, hunting insects from the top of a shrub.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, flying.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
20 (at least), in shrubs or bathing in the sand of the road.
Greek Tortoise (Testudo graeca, Maurische Landschildkröte):
5, passing along the road. Two of them tried to copulate.

P104-0069
View over the Drana Lagoon from south, Évros Delta, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(22.04.2013)

22.04.2013, 15:00-17:30
Drana Lagoon, eastern marshland, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
18 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed from roads leading from the pumping station through the wetland back to the National Road 2 near Loútros.

Black Stork (Cicónia nigra, Schwarzstorch):
1, flying off from wetland.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
3, 2 of them soaring over the wetland.
Quail (Cotúrnix cotúrnix, Wachtel):
1, calling on grassland.
European Roller (Corácias gárrulus, Blauracke):
3, along the road on the power line.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
30 (at least), in shrubs along the roads.
Winchat (Saxícola rubétra, Braunkehlchen):
1, on a shrub.
Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellína, Isabellsteinschmätzer):
1, singing on a power line.
Great Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus arundináceus, Drosselrohrsänger):
2, singing in reeds.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, flying.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
2
, on a power line.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
10, in shrubs or bathing in the sand of the track.
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolénsis, Weidensperling):
2 males, in a shrub.
Corn Bunting (Emberíza calándra, Grauammer):
5 (at least), on the track or roosting on power lines.

23.04.2013, 11:30-15:00
Kapsalo, radio mast and surroundings, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
18 – 20 °C, sunny, but not clear.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the radio mast or in the forrest between Lefkími and Gänsegeier 1
, flying over the valleys near the radio mast.
Black Vulture (Aegypius monáchus, Mönchsgeier):
5, circling near the radio mast.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
2, 1 calling, 1 landing at the edge of the road.
European Roller (Corácias gárrulus, Blauracke):
3, roosting on power lines (near Provatonas).
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
2, 1 at the edge of the road, 1 calling.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
2, 1 of them singing, 1 warning.
Blue Rock Thrush (Montícola solitárius, Blaumerle):
1 male, on a rock at the radio mast.
Jay (Gárrulus glandárius, Eichelhäher):
3, in the forest.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
4 (at least), 2 around the radio mast, 2 in the forest between Lefkími and Kapsalo.

IMG-0019
View from Lefkimi to the radio mast of Kapsalo, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(23.04.2013)

 

P104-0120 and P104-0115
Kapsalo, radio mast and surroundings, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(23.04.2013)

P104-0124
Flowers in the surroundings of the radio mast of Kapsalo, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(23.04.2013)

23.04.2013, 17:30-18:00
Alexandroúpoli, Alexander Beach Hotel, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
18 – 20 °C, sunny, but not clear.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the Alexander Beach Hotel.

Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
4, flying and calling around the hotel.
Crested Lark (Galerída cristáta, Haubenlerche):
1, in the car park of the Lidl Supermarket.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
4 (at least), singing in shrubs around the hotel.
Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix, Nebelkrähe):
1, in the car park of the Lidl Supermarket.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
1, singing.

24.04.2013, 08:30
Alexandroúpoli, Alexander Beach Hotel, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
12 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the Alexander Beach Hotel.

Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
4, on the roofs.
Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix, Nebelkrähe):
2, flying.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
1, singing.

IMG P104-0157
Alexandroúpoli, Alexander Beach Hotel, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(25.04.2013)

24.04.2013, 09:45-13:50
Dadiá, forest, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
12 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the forest between the information centre and the vulture feeding station.

Black Stork (Cicónia nigra, Schwarzstorch):
2, soaring over the forest.
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier):
1, soaring near the vulture feeding station.
Black Vulture (Aegypius monáchus, Mönchsgeier):
7, soaring near the vulture feeding station. One of the vulture was marked with a wing tag.
Turtle Dove (Streptopélia turtur, Turteltaube):
1, calling.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
1, calling.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
3, flying.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing.
Song Thrush (Turdus philomélos, Singdrossel):
1, singing.
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
2, singing.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
2, calling.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
2, singing.
Greek Tortoise (Testudo graeca, Maurische Landschildkröte):
2, on the road.

 

P104-0138, P104-0142, P104-0144, and P104-0145
Dadiá, forest, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(24.04.201)

24.04.2013, 16:00-17:00
Thimária, ponds, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
25 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed on the ponds and on the wetland east from the village of Thiámaria.

Black Stork (Cicónia nigra, Schwarzstorch):
3, landing on wetland..
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
15, 5 on wetland, 10 soaring over the wetland.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
1, flying.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
1, on wetland.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
3 on farmland.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
3, in the village of Thimária.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
20, flying.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
2, flying.
Jackdaw (Corvus monédula, Dohle):
10, on wetland.
Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix, Nebelkrähe):
2, on wetland.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
5.

 

P104-0147 and P104-0155
Thimária, ponds, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(24.04.2013)

25.04.2013, 09:20-16:20
Ánthia, marshes, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
14 – 22 °C
Coming from Alexandroúpoli the marshes of Ánthia are reached from National Road 2 by deviating southwards 2.7 km before the Loútros bridge. In the area are several large water expanses, separated by drivable dams. – The following 45 bird species were observed in this area.

Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
6, swimming or calling.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
11, in shallow water or on wetland.
Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
1, in shallow water.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
2, flying.
Purple Heron (Árdea purpúrea, Purpurreiher):
9, in shallow water.
Squacco Heron (Ardéola ralloídes, Rallenreiher):
4, in shallow water or on wetland.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
171 (at least), swimming.
Shelduck (Tadórna tadórna, Brandgans):
9, swimming or flying.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
1 male, swimming.
Garganey (Anas querquédula, Knäkente):
35 (at least), swimming.
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeáta, Löffelente):
1 male, swimming.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
2, 1 female and 1 male, flying.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
1, landing on a power line.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
10, swimming.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
52, swimming.
European Oystercatcher (Haemátopus ostrálegus, Austernfischer):
5, 4 on marshland, 1 on the beach.
Black-winged Stilt (Himántopus himántopus, Stelzenläufer):
18, in shallow water.
Kentish Plover (Charádrius alexandrínus, Seeregenpfeifer):
2, on the beach.
Lapwing (Vanéllus vanéllus, Kiebitz):
6
, on wetland.
Little Stint (Calídris minúta, Zwergstrandläufer):
100 (at least), on sands.
Dunlin (Calídris alpína, Alpenstrandläufer):
1. Only 1 Dunlin could be recognized among 100 Little Stints.
Ruff (Philomáchus pugnax, Kampfläufer):
10, flying.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
2, on marshland.
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glaréola, Bruchwasserläufer):
8, in shallow water.
Mediterranean Gull (Larus melanocéphalus, Schwarzkopfmöwe):
10 (2 + 5 + 3), flying.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
70 (at least), on the beach.
Little Tern (Sterna álbifrons, Zwergseeschwalbe):
1, on the beach (yellow beak).
Whiskered Tern (Chlidónias hýbrida, Weißbart-Seeschwalbe):
3 (at least), flying over the water expanses.
Black Tern (Chlidónias nigra, Trauerseeschwalbe):
50 (at least), flying over the water expanses.
White-winged Black Tern (Chlidónias leucópterus, Weißflügel-Seeschwalbe):
150 (at least), 106 of them roosting on a power line, the others flying over the water expanses.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
1, calling.
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrócopos major, Buntspecht):
1, flying. The identification was not unambiguously!
Crested Lark (Galerída cristáta, Haubenlerche):
2, on the road.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
10 (at least), flying over the water expanses.
Black-headed Wagtail (Motacilla feldegg, Maskenschafstelze):
7, on the road.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
5, singing.
Cetti´s Warbler (Céttia cetti, Seidensänger):
1, singing.
Sardinian Warbler (Sýlvia melanocéphala, Samtkopfgrasmücke):
1, in a shrub.
Collared Flycatcher (Ficédula albicóllis, Halsbandschnäpper):
1, on a shrub. Broad white collar around neck, large white patch on forehead.
Red-backed Shrike (Lánius collúrio, Rotrückenwürger):
1, in a shrub.
Woodchat Shrike (Lánius senátor, Rotkopfwürger):
2, on a power line,
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
3, on trees.
Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix, Nebelkrähe):
5, on trees
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
9
, flying.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
5 (at least), near houses (photos).
Corn Bunting (Emberíza calándra, Grauammer):
4, on a power line.
Greek Tortoise (Testudo graeca, Maurische Landschildkröte):
7, on the dam.

 

 

 

 

P104-0170, P104-0173, P104-0176, andP104-0180
Ánthia, marshes, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(25.04.2013)

25.04.2013, 16:35-18:55
Drana Lagoon, eastern marshland, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
25 °C, sunny.
This area was reached from Hotel Plotini, situated at the National Road 2 shortly after the Loútros bridge. Nearby there is an underpass, where one can cross the road and drive through the marshland east of the Drana Lagoon up to the pumping station. The following 20 bird species were observed along this track.

Black Stork (Cicónia nigra, Schwarzstorch):
1, soaring over the marshland.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
3, flying over the marshland.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
2 female, flying.
Montagu’s Harrier (Circus pygargus, Wiesenweihe):
1 female, flying.
Turtle Dove (Streptopélia turtur, Turteltaube):
2, 1 on a power line, 1 on the track.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, flying-off.
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster, Bienenfresser):
20, on a power line.
Crested Lark (Galerída cristáta, Haubenlerche):
5, on the track.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
10 (at least), flying.
Tawny Pipit (Anthus campéstris, Brachpieper):
1, on a power line
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
8 (at least), singing.
Winchat (Saxícola rubétra, Braunkehlchen):
1 male, on herbaceous perennials.
Great Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus arundináceus, Drosselrohrsänger):
13 (at least), singing.
Cetti´s Warbler (Céttia cetti, Seidensänger):
3, singing.
Red-backed Shrike (Lánius collúrio, Rotrückenwürger):
1, on a shrub.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, on the track.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
2
, flying.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
3, near houses.
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolénsis, Weidensperling):
10 (at least), in a colony under a bridge.
Corn Bunting (Emberíza calándra, Grauammer):
3, on a power line.
Fox (Vulpes vulpes, Fuchs):
1, on the track.

26.04.2013, 09:30
Alexandroúpoli, Alexander Beach Hotel, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
17 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the Alexander Beach Hotel.

Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, on a tree.

 

P104-0182 and P104-0183
Alexandroúpoli, Alexander Beach Hotel, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(26.04.2013)

26.04.2013, 11:00-12:20
Kalamókastro, town centre, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
20 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the centre of the village.

Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni, Rötelfalke):
10 (at least), roosting on a power line or flying around the centre of the village.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
10 (at least), in the centre of the village.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
10 (at least), flying.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
4, flying.
Jackdaw (Corvus monédula, Dohle):
10 (at least), on a water tower.
Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix, Nebelkrähe):
1, on a roof.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
10 (at least), on the streets.

 

P104-0191, P104-0194, and P104-0197
Kalamókastro, town centre, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(26.04.2013)

26.04.2013, 12:20-13:30
Pagoúria, river to Límni Mitrikoú, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
23 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed along the river between Pagoúria and Limni Mitrikoú.

Squacco Heron (Ardéola ralloídes, Rallenreiher):
3, on a sandbank in the river.
Little Ringed Plover (Charádrius dúbius, Flußregenpfeifer):
3, on a sandbank in the river.
Kentish Plover (Charádrius alexandrínus, Seeregenpfeifer):
3, on a sandbank in the river.
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glaréola, Bruchwasserläufer):
8, on a sandbank in the river.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
14, on a sandbank in the river.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
3, on the track.
Crested Lark (Galerída cristáta, Haubenlerche):
1, on the track.
Tawny Pipit (Anthus campéstris, Brachpieper):
1, on wetland.
Black-headed Wagtail (Motacilla feldegg, Maskenschafstelze):
1, on a sandbank in the river.
Cetti´s Warbler (Céttia cetti, Seidensänger):
1, singing.
Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix, Nebelkrähe):
2, on a sandbank in the river.

 

P104-0200 and P104-0203
Pagoúria, river to Límni Mitrikoú, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(26.04.2013)

26.04.2013, 13:30-15:50
Límni Mitrikoú, east bank, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
23°C °C, sunny.
The following 27 bird species were observed from the track along the east side of Limni Mitrikoú.

Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
2, 1 calling, 1 swimming.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
10 (at least), in shallow water or on wetland.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
5, 1 of them flying, 4 in shallow water.
Purple Heron (Árdea purpúrea, Purpurreiher):
1, flying.
Shelduck (Tadórna tadórna, Brandgans):
18, swimming.
Wigeon (Anas penélope, Pfeifente):
2 (1,1), swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
3, flying.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
8, flying.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
1, flying.
Booted Eagle (Hieráætus pennátus, Zwergadler):
1, roosting on a tree.
Water-Rail (Rallus aquáticus, Wasserralle):
1, calling.
Black-winged Stilt (Himántopus himántopus, Stelzenläufer):
15, in shallow water.
Collared Pratincole (Glareola pratincola, Rotflügel-Brachschwalbe):
, 10 (2 + 1 + 7), flying.
Ruff (Philomáchus pugnax, Kampfläufer):
200 (at least), on wetland.
Black-tailed Godwit (Limósa limósa, Uferschnepfe):
1, in shallow water.
Spotted Redshank (Tringa erýthropus, Dunkler Wasserläufer):
4, in shallow water.
Black Tern (Chlidónias nigra, Trauerseeschwalbe):
63, flying.
White-winged Black Tern (Chlidónias leucópterus, Weißflügel-Seeschwalbe):
1, flying.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
4, on grassland.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling, also seen.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
50 (at least), flying.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing.
Great Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus arundináceus, Drosselrohrsänger):
8, singing.
Cetti´s Warbler (Céttia cetti, Seidensänger):
5, singing.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, on the track.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
3
, flying.
Corn Bunting (Emberíza calándra, Grauammer):
1, on a power line.

 

P104-0205 and P104-0206
Límni Mitrikoú, east bank, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(27.04.2013)

27.04.2013, 09:30-10:00
Pórto Lágos, Límni Vistonída, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
13 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed from the National Road 2 (E 90) on the Límni Vistonída east of Pórto Lágos.

Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
1, swimming.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
3, swimming.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
2, flying.
Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrócorax pygmeus, Zwergscharbe):
1, roosting on a post.
Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
1, in shallow water.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
1, soaring.
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber, Rosaflamingo):
38, standing in shallow water.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
10 (at least), swimming.
Shelduck (Tadórna tadórna, Brandgans):
17, swimming.
Little Gull (Larus minútus, Zwergmöwe):
5 (at least), flying over the lake.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
20 (at least), swimming or flying.
Common Tern (Sterna hirúndo, Flußseeschwalbe):
2, flying. Red beak with dark tip
Black Tern (Chlidónias nigra, Trauerseeschwalbe):
100 (at least), flying over the lake.
White-winged Black Tern (Chlidónias leucópterus, Weißflügel-Seeschwalbe):
100 (at least), flying over the lake.
Long-eared Owl (Ásio ótus, Waldohreule):
1, found dead on the edge of the road between Fanári and the National Road 2.
European Roller (Corácias gárrulus, Blauracke):
3, on power lines.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
1, calling.
Great Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus arundináceus, Drosselrohrsänger):
3 (at least), singing.

 

P104-0211 and P104-0215,
Pórto Lágos, Límni Vistonída, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(27.04.2013)

27.04.2013, 10:50-12:20
Ávdira, hills, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
17 °C, sunny.
The hills can be reached from Ávdira. Find the street Dimitri Lazaridi with your navigation system. Then follow this road. At the end turn right and continue up to the small church on the hills. – The following bird species were observed on the grass- and shrubland of the hills.

White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
1, soaring.
Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni, Rötelfalke):
1, flying.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
2, roosting on the ground.
Turtle Dove (Streptopélia turtur, Turteltaube):
3, on the track.
European Roller (Corácias gárrulus, Blauracke):
1, on a power line.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
1, on a destroyed house still in the village.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
1, flying.
Northern Wheatear (Oenánthe oenánthe, Steinschmätzer):
1, on a shrub (photos).
Woodchat Shrike (Lánius senátor, Rotkopfwürger):
1, on a shrub.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
1, calling in flight.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
5
, flying.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
1, near houses still in the village.

P104-0216
Ávdira, hills, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(27.04.2012)

27.04.2013, 12:40
Ávdira, eastern marshes, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
20 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed from the car on the water expanses and the marshland.

Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
1, flying.
Squacco Heron (Ardéola ralloídes, Rallenreiher):
5, on marshland.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
9, swimming.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
1 female, flying.
Black-winged Stilt (Himántopus himántopus, Stelzenläufer):
20 (at least), in shallow water.
Ruff (Philomáchus pugnax, Kampfläufer):
20 (at least), on marshland.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
2, flying.
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glaréola, Bruchwasserläufer):
2, on marshland.
Turtle Dove (Streptopélia turtur, Turteltaube):
1, calling.

27.04.2013, 14:00-16:50
Ávdira, western marshes, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
25 °C, sunny. (Die Uhrzeit ist anhand der Bilder zu kontrollieren!!!)
The following 28 bird species were observed on the western marshes, which resemble an old saltwork with many rectangular bassins, separated by dams.

Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
1, calling, also seen.
Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
50 (at least), in shallow water.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
5, 4 flying, 1 in shallow water.
Purple Heron (Árdea purpúrea, Purpurreiher):
1, in shallow water.
Cattle Egret (Bubúlcus ibis, Kuhreiher):
1, on a dam. – Small white heron with yellow beak (photo).
Squacco Heron (Ardéola ralloídes, Rallenreiher):
1, in shallow water.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
1, on wetland.
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus, Sichler):
20 (at least), in shallow water.
Shelduck (Tadórna tadórna, Brandgans):
6, swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
4, flying.
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rúfina, Kolbenente):
1 male, swimming.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
1, flying.
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrínus, Wanderfalke):
1, attacking startled waders, mainly ruffs. – The falcon was recognized only on photos.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
1, swimming.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
8, swimming.
Black-winged Stilt (Himántopus himántopus, Stelzenläufer):
200 (at least), in shallow water.
Little Ringed Plover (Charádrius dúbius, Flußregenpfeifer):
1, on sands.
Little Stint (Calídris minúta, Zwergstrandläufer):
100 (at least), in shallow water.
Curlew Sandpiper (Calídris ferrugínea, Sichelstrandläufer):
1, in shallow water, already in red-brown breeding plumage
Ruff (Philomáchus pugnax, Kampfläufer):
50 (at least), in shallow water.
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glaréola, Bruchwasserläufer):
5, in shallow water.
Mediterranean Gull (Larus melanocéphalus, Schwarzkopfmöwe):
5, flying.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
1, flying-off.
Crested Lark (Galerída cristáta, Haubenlerche):
2, on the track.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
20 (at least), flying.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
2, on the track.
Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix, Nebelkrähe):
3, on wetland.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
2
, on wetland.
Corn Bunting (Emberíza calándra, Grauammer):
3, on shrubs.

 

 

P104-0222, P104-0223, P104-0224, P104-0228, and P104-0235
Ávdira, western marshes, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(27.04.2013)

27.04.2013, 17:00
Ávdira, Lafrouda Lagoon, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
25 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed from the road on the water expanses of the Lafrouda Lagoon.

Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
3, in shallow water.
Squacco Heron (Ardéola ralloídes, Rallenreiher):
17, in shallow water.
Eurasian Avocet (Recurviróstra avosétta, Säbelschnäbler):
4, in shallow water.
Black-tailed Godwit (Limósa limósa, Uferschnepfe):
10, in shallow water.
Spotted Redshank (Tringa erýthropus, Dunkler Wasserläufer):
30 (at least), in shallow water.
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebulária, Grünschenkel):
5, in shallow water.
Black-headed Wagtail (Motacilla feldegg, Maskenschafstelze):
1, on grassland.

 

P104-0238, P104-0238, and P104-0238
Ávdira, Lafrouda Lagoon, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(27.04.2013)

28.04.2013, 09:00
Fanári, surroundings of Villa Theodóra, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
17 °C, bedeckt.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of Villa Theodóra near the harbour of Fanári.

Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
1, flying.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
10, roosting on power lines.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
5 (at least), roosting on power lines.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
5 (at least), flying.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
5 (at least), flying.

 

P104-0208 and P104-0209
Fanári, surroundings of Villa Theodóra, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(27.04.2013, 7:00)

28.04.2013, 09:30-11:45
Pórto Lágos, wetland and lagoons, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
20 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the wetland and on the lagoons east from Pórto Lágos.

Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
1, in shallow water.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
16, 14 of them under the nettings of a fish-rearing area. There were also the carcasses of 7 Grey Herons, which died in the netting.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
1, flying.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
1, flying.
Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni, Rötelfalke):
1 male, on a power line.
Black-winged Stilt (Himántopus himántopus, Stelzenläufer):
1 (at least), in shallow water.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
100 (at least), on the water expanse near a fish-processing factory.
Common Tern (Sterna hirúndo, Flußseeschwalbe):
37 (at least), 20 on the water expanse near a fish-processing factory, 17 on a small island in des lagoon (probably breeding).
European Roller (Corácias gárrulus, Blauracke):
1, roosting on a power line.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
2, flying.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
6, flying or roosting on power lines.
Red-rumped Swallow (Hirúndo daurica, Rötelschwalbe):
2, flying or roosting on the nettings of a fish-rearing area.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
10 (at least), near an old bridge with a breeding colony.
Black-headed Wagtail (Motacilla feldegg, Maskenschafstelze):
1, on the track.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing.
Cetti´s Warbler (Céttia cetti, Seidensänger):
2, singing.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
3, flying.
Hedgehog (Erináceus europáeus, Igel):
1, dead on the edge of the track.

 

 

P104-0247, P104-0252, P104-0256, P104-0257
Pórto Lágos, wetland and lagoons, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(28.04.2013)

 

P104-0258 and P104-0259
Information on wetlands and lagoons of Pórto Lágos
, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(28.04.2013)

P104-0276
Pórto Lágos, church Ágios Nicoláos, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(28.04.2013)

28.04.2013, 12:10-14:20
Ávdira, quarry, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
23 °C, sunny.
To reach the quarry from the road from Pórto Lágos to Ávdira turn left into a small track 1.2 km past the cemetery at the Mandra crossroad. I parked the car at the eastern side and walked around the quarry. – The following bird species could be observed.

Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
2, on a power line.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
2, calling.
Red-rumped Swallow (Hirúndo daurica, Rötelschwalbe):
1, flying.
Whitethroat (Sýlvia commúnis, Dorngrasmücke):
1, in a shrub.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
3, in shrubs.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
2, on a shrub.

 

P104-0261 and P104-0265
Ávdira, quarry, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(28.04.2012)

28.04.2013, 14:40-15:15
Mándra, marsh, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
23 °C, sunny.
To reach the Mándra marsh coming on the road from Pórto Lágos to Xánthi turn left to Ávdira and after 200 m take the track to the left. Follow this track through farmland and keep always right. After about 1700 m you see a water expanse to your right hand. The distance from the track is about 500 m. A spective is necessary to identify the birds around this water expanse in the marshland.

Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
4, in shallow water.
Shelduck (Tadórna tadórna, Brandgans):
20, swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
2 males, swimming.
Little Ringed Plover (Charádrius dúbius, Flußregenpfeifer):
3, on sands.
Little Stint (Calídris minúta, Zwergstrandläufer):
50 (at least), in shallow water.
Ruff (Philomáchus pugnax, Kampfläufer):
56, in the marshland.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
1, flying.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
1, calling.
Crested Lark (Galerída cristáta, Haubenlerche):
3, on the track.
Calandra Lark (Melanocorypha calandra, Kalanderlerche):
1, on the track. The black breast markings were good recognisable.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
5 (at least), flying.
Red-rumped Swallow (Hirúndo daurica, Rötelschwalbe):
1, flying.
Winchat (Saxícola rubétra, Braunkehlchen):
4, at the edge of farmland.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, flying.
Corn Bunting (Emberíza calándra, Grauammer):
1, on a power line.

 

P104-0267 and P104-0266
Mándra, marsh, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(28.04.2013)

28.04.2013, 16:00-16:30
Pórto Lágos, saltworks, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
23 °C, sunny.
The saltworks are reached from the National Road 2 from Xánthi to Pórto Lágos turning into a track about 100 m past the deviation to Ávdira. This track leads along the eastside of the saltworks to the Saltpan Lagoon. The following bird species were observed around the saltworks.

Black-winged Stilt (Himántopus himántopus, Stelzenläufer):
1, in shallow water.
Eurasian Avocet (Recurviróstra avosétta, Säbelschnäbler):
3, in shallow water.
Little Ringed Plover (Charádrius dúbius, Flußregenpfeifer):
1, on sands.
Kentish Plover (Charádrius alexandrínus, Seeregenpfeifer):
1, on sands.
Little Stint (Calídris minúta, Zwergstrandläufer):
18, in shallow water.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
24, roosting on a saltpan.
Crested Lark (Galerída cristáta, Haubenlerche):
2, on the track.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
5 (at least), flying.
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolénsis, Weidensperling):
40 (10 + 30), in two groups along the track.
Black-headed Bunting (Emberíza melanocéphala, Kappenammer):
4, on a power line.

 

P104-0270 and P104-0272
Pórto Lágos, saltworks, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(28.04.2013)

28.04.2013, 16:30-16:55
Pórto Lágos, Saltpan Lagoon, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
23 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed around the Saltpan Lagoon.

Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
2, in shallow water.
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber, Rosaflamingo):
35, standing in shallow water.
Shelduck (Tadórna tadórna, Brandgans):
4, swimming.
Eurasian Avocet (Recurviróstra avosétta, Säbelschnäbler):
3, in shallow water.

29.04.2013, 09:15-09:35
Fanári, surroundings of Villa Theodóra, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
21 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of Villa Theodóra.

Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
5 (at least), around the harbour.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
10 (at least), roosting on a power line.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
5 (at least), roosting on a power line.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
3, flying.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
5 (at least), flying.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
5 (at least), flying.

 

 P104-0283, P104-0282 and P104-0285
Fanári, surroundings of Villa Theodóra, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(29.04.2013)

29.04.2013, 09:35-11:00
Pórto Lágos, harbour and herony, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
21 – 24 °C, sunny.
The following birdspecies were observed in the surroundings of the harbour and in the herony.

Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
not counted.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
not counted.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
20 (at least), flying.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
1, calling.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, calling.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
2
, flying.

 

P104-0286 and P104-0289
Pórto Lágos, harbour and herony, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(29.04.2013)

29.04.2013, 12:10-13:40
Keramotí, Eratinó Lagoon, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
23 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the northern part of Eratinó Lagoon.

Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
1, roosting.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
3, in shallow water.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
14, flying or in shallow water.
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber, Rosaflamingo):
14, in shallow water.
Shelduck (Tadórna tadórna, Brandgans):
17, 2 on sands, 15 swimming..
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
2 females, at the water's edge.
European Oystercatcher (Haemátopus ostrálegus, Austernfischer):
2, in shallow water.
Black-winged Stilt (Himántopus himántopus, Stelzenläufer):
2, in shallow water.
Grey Plover (Pluviális squataróla, Kiebitzregenpfeifer):
2, on sands. – In breeding plumage.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
2, in shallow water.
Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnátilis, Teichwasserläufer):
6, in shallow water. Smaller than Grey Plover, thin bill.
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebulária, Grünschenkel):
6, in shallow water.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
10 (at least), flying.
Little Tern (Sterna álbifrons, Zwergseeschwalbe):
1, flying.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
1, calling.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
5, flying.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
10, near houses.

 

P104-0290, P104-0293, and P104-0300
Keramotí, Eratinó Lagoon, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(29.04.2013)

29.04.2013, 13:45-14:15
Keramotí, Vassova Lagoon, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
23 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the Vassova Lagoon.

Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
20, flying.
Crested Lark (Galerída cristáta, Haubenlerche):
2, on the track.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
10 (at least), flying.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
2, near a bridge.

 

P104-0303 and P104-0305
Keramotí, Vassova Lagoon, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(29.04.2013)

29.04.2013, 14:45-15:50
Keramotí, Agíasma Lagoon, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
23 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the Agíasma Lagoon.

Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
25, in shallow water.
Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
2, in shallow water.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
1, flying.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
10, swimming.
Shelduck (Tadórna tadórna, Brandgans):
2, swimming.
European Oystercatcher (Haemátopus ostrálegus, Austernfischer):
1, in shallow water.
Black-winged Stilt (Himántopus himántopus, Stelzenläufer):
5, in shallow water.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
1, in shallow water.
Mediterranean Gull (Larus melanocéphalus, Schwarzkopfmöwe):
116, in a breeding colony on a small island.
Common Tern (Sterna hirúndo, Flußseeschwalbe):
2, flying.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing.
Great Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus arundináceus, Drosselrohrsänger):
2, singing.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
2, flying.
Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix, Nebelkrähe):
1, flying.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
3
, flying.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
10 (at least), near holoday houses.

 

P104-0307 and P104-0308
Keramotí, Agíasma Lagoon, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(29.04.2013)

29.04.2013, 16:05-18:05
Agíasma, farmland south of the village, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
23 °C, sunny.
From the traffic lights in Agíasma I drove through the farmland down to the sea, from where one has a good view to Thássos. – The following bird species were observed.

Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
1, in shallow water.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
3, flying or in shallow water.
Little Ringed Plover (Charádrius dúbius, Flußregenpfeifer):
1, on grassland.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
2, flying.
Crested Lark (Galerída cristáta, Haubenlerche):
1, on the track.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
1, flying.
Black-headed Wagtail (Motacilla feldegg, Maskenschafstelze):
1, on farmland.
Northern Wheatear (Oenánthe oenánthe, Steinschmätzer):
2, 1 on grassland, 1 on farmland.
Great Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus arundináceus, Drosselrohrsänger):
1, singing.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
2, flying.
Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix, Nebelkrähe):
3, on farmland.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
12, in a shrub.
Black-headed Bunting (Emberíza melanocéphala, Kappenammer):
1, on a power line.
Hedgehog (Erináceus europáeus, Igel):
1, dead, at the edge of the track.

 

P104-0311, P104-0313, and P104-0314
Agíasma, coastline south of the village, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(29.04.2013)

30.04.2013,
Keramotí, near to Hotel Aphrodite, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
20 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the Hotel Aphrodite.

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticórax nycticórax, Nachtreiher):
3, flying-off from pines.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
10 (at least), flying.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
5 (at least), calling.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, flying.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
2, on the road.

 

P104-0317 and P104-0315
Keramotí, Hotel Aphrodite and the beach,
Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(30.04.2013)

30.04.2013, 09:15-09:45
Keramotí, wetland north of the town, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
22 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the wetland north of Keramotí.

Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
15, in shallow water.
Shelduck (Tadórna tadórna, Brandgans):
5, swimming.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
15, swimming or flying.
Sand Martin (Ripária ripária, Uferschwalbe):
4, at nesting holes.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
10 (at least), flying.

P104-0318
Keramotí, wetland north of the town, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(30.04.2013)

30.04.2013, 09:55-10:30
Keramotí, chicken shed, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
22 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the chicken shed, an abondoned chicken-rearing building near to the deviation of the road to the airport from the road from Keramotí to Chrisoúpoli.

Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
5, 4 of them roosting on power lines, 1 breeding on the roof of the chicken shed.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
2, on a power line.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
2, on the roof of the buildings.
Great Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus arundináceus, Drosselrohrsänger):
1, singing.
Cetti´s Warbler (Céttia cetti, Seidensänger):
1, singing.
Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix, Nebelkrähe):
1, flying.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
5 (at least), around the houses.

 

P104-0322 and P104-0323
Keramotí, chicken shed,
Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(30.04.2013)

30.04.2013, 10:30
Keramotí, Chaidefto Marsh, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
22 °C, sunny.
Chaidefto Marsh is reached from the road from Keramotí to the airport by turning left onto a track 500 m past the deviation of the airport road from the main road from Keramotí to Chrisoúpoli. – The following bird species were observed along the track leading to the sea.

Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
6, flying.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
1, circling over dry grassland.
Black-winged Stilt (Himántopus himántopus, Stelzenläufer):
2, on marshland.
Spur-winged Plover (Vanéllus spinósus, Spornkiebitz):
2, on dry grassland.
Ruff (Philomáchus pugnax, Kampfläufer):
1, on dry grassland.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
3, on the track. One bird feeding on a Common Mole Cricket (Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa, Maulwurfsgrille) (photos).
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
10, in shrubs.

 

P104-0326 and P104-0330
Keramotí, Chaidefto Marsh,
Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(30.04.2013)

30.04.2013, 11:45-12:05
Keramotí, football ground, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
26 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed on the football ground north of Keramotí.

Spur-winged Plover (Vanéllus spinósus, Spornkiebitz):
2, on grassland in the surroundings of the football ground of Keramotí.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
2, on grassland in the surroundings of the football place of Keramotí.

30.04.2013, 12:20-12:50
Keramotí, Nestos-Delta, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
26 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed on the coast between Keramotí and the Nestos mouth.

Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
2, flying.
European Oystercatcher (Haemátopus ostrálegus, Austernfischer):
3, on the beach.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
5 (at least), flying.
Black-headed Wagtail (Motacilla feldegg, Maskenschafstelze):
1, on the track.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing.
Northern Wheatear (Oenánthe oenánthe, Steinschmätzer):
1, on the track.
Great Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus arundináceus, Drosselrohrsänger):
1, singing.

   

P104-0334, P104-0332, and P104-0333
Keramotí, irrigation channel in the Nestos-Delta and Aegean coastline, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(30.01.2013)

30.04.2013, 13:45-15:20
Keramotí, Nestos River and dyke, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
26 °C, sunny.
I reached the river 13.5 km south of the Nestos Café and drove on the dyke up to the café.

Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni, Rötelfalke):
1, flying.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
20 (at least), at the river bank.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
3, 2 of them calling, 1 on the track.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, flying.
Golden Oriol (Oríolus oríolus, Pirol):
2, calling.
Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix, Nebelkrähe):
2, flying.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.

 

 

P104-0335, P104-0339, P104-0341, and P104-0342
Chrisoúpoli, Nestos River and dyke, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(30.04.2013)

30.04.2013, 15:55
Chrisoúpoli, Aladjagola lakes, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
30 °C, sunny.
From the Nestos café I drove back to Chrisoúpoli and from ther to the two visible Aladjagola lakes. In the birdwatching guides seven lakes are mentioned. – In the surroundings of the smaller lake the following bird species were observed.

Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
1 female, flying.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
2, 1 of them calling, 1 flying.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing.
Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus scirpáceus, Teichrohrsänger):
3 (at least), singing in the reeds.
Great Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus arundináceus, Drosselrohrsänger):
1, singing.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, flying.

 

P104-0346 and P104-0347
Chrisoúpoli, Aladjagola lakes,
Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(30.04.2013)

30.04.2013, 17:20
Chrisoúpoli, Lidl supermarket, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
30 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the sutrroundings of the Lidl Supermarket at the western edge of the town.

Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
3 (at least), calling.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing.
Olivaceous Warbler (Hippolais pallida, Blaßspötter):
1, singing.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
5 (at least), at the car park.

P104-0350
Keramoti, watertower
, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
(30.04.2013)

01.05.2013, 09:15
Mesoráchi, road 59, Central Macedonia (Greece)
20 °C, sunny.

Little Owl (Athéne nóctua, Steinkauz):
1, run dead on the road 59 ahead of Mesoráchi.

01.05.2013, 10:15-10:30
PromachónasKulata, border crossing point, Central Macedonia (Greece)
20 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the border crossing point.

House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
10 (at least), flying.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing.

P104-0354
Promachónas – Kulata, border crossing point, Central Macedonia (Greece)
(01.05.2013)

01.05.2013, 11:45-15:15
Megalochóri, East side of Lake Kerkíni, Central Macedonia (Greece)
25 °C, bedeckt.
I reached the east side of Lake Kerkíni from Vironía via Megalochóri. From there I drove on the dyke up to the dam wall near Lithótopos.. – The following 27 bird species were observed.

Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
2, swimming.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
4, swimming or breeding on nests.
White Pelican (Pelecánus onocrotalos, Rosapelikan):
not counted.
Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecánus crispus, Krauskopfpelikan):
not counted.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
4, roosting.
Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrócorax pygmeus, Zwergscharbe):
20 (7 + 13), roosting on shrubs.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
3 (1 + 2), in shallow water.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
5, flying or in shallow water.
Common Spoonbill (Platálea leucoródia, Löffler):
25, flying.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
1 male, swimming.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
2, swimming.
Ruff (Philomáchus pugnax, Kampfläufer):
100 (at least), in shallow water.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
100 (at least), on sands or flying.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
100 (at least), on sands or flying.
Sandwich Tern (Sterna sandvicénsis, Brandseeschwalbe):
1 (at least), flying.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
4, calling.
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster, Bienenfresser):
5, roosting on an old tree.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
3, 1 calling, 2 on the track.
Black-headed Wagtail (Motacilla feldegg, Maskenschafstelze):
1, on grassland.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
11 (at least), singing.
Cetti´s Warbler (Céttia cetti, Seidensänger):
1, singing.
Golden Oriol (Oríolus oríolus, Pirol):
1, calling.
Jay (Gárrulus glandárius, Eichelhäher):
1, near the pumping station of Limnochóri.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
6, flying.
Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix, Nebelkrähe):
2, on grassland.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
10
, among feeding water buffalos.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
2.

P104-0364
River Strimonas with the Beles Mountains in the Background, Central Macedonia (Greece)
(01.05.2013)

 

P104-0369 and P104-0372
Megalochóri, East side of Lake Kerkíni, Central Macedonia (Greece)
(01.05.2013)

 
     
 

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