Migration in Athens

This Autumn the greatest and most popular wetlands near Athens were either almost dry (like Schinias), or the water level was too high (like Loutsa). As a result it was not easy to find and photograph waders near Athens. Fortunately it was a very good year for watching the passerines migration and I managed . . . → Read More: Migration in Athens

Harriers: The spring visitors of the vineyards at Spata

Last days I wanted to write something about the small seasonal lake at Spata just beside the Athens International Airport. Thousands of migrating birds spend some days in the pond and in the area around the flooded fields. Yesterday I even saw an Osprey(!) fishing(?) there. However most of that has already been said . . . → Read More: Harriers: The spring visitors of the vineyards at Spata

The small lake at Spata is here again!

It was a quite wet winter this year. The heavy rains here at Athens contributed to the creation of the small seasonal lake at Spata area just beside the Athens International Airport. This is the second time this lake is created during the last few years. Water is not as much as it was . . . → Read More: The small lake at Spata is here again!

First observation of Buff-breasted Sandpiper in Greece

A few days ago a Buff-breasted Sandpiper was spotted in Athens inside the Spata airport. This is an American bird species and in some rare cases it is spotted in Europe mainly in the Western Europe. For Greece this was the first observation and was made by John Vlatsiotis and then also by Nikos . . . → Read More: First observation of Buff-breasted Sandpiper in Greece

The Rufous Bush Robins at Spata

Rufous Bush Robin is a relatively rare bird species for Greece. It is perhaps the last bird species that migrates to Europe early in June and stays here until October. In Greece there are few nesting places and fortunately one of them is located at Spata, right beside the Athens airport. Unfortunately the weather . . . → Read More: The Rufous Bush Robins at Spata

What about the lake at Spata this year?

It was about 10 days before when I visited the Loutros area at Spata for the first time this year. I had hopes that the seasonal lake that was created last year in this area (after several dry years) would be there again. Well, my hopes did not materialize. There was some water in . . . → Read More: What about the lake at Spata this year?

At the Spata lake (again…)

I have made some short visits to the well known small lake at Spata in the last few days. Although the water level has dropped considerably and it is already June when the migration period is almost over, I saw a small group of three White-winged Terns and one of them was still molting . . . → Read More: At the Spata lake (again…)

Latest news from the Loutros area at Spata

The number of migrating birds has increased significantly to the Loutros area at Spata during the last weeks. It was just a few days before, when a large flock of more than 400 Garganeys made a stop to the lake for a couple of days before continuing the journey to the North. The photo . . . → Read More: Latest news from the Loutros area at Spata

The new lake is full of life!

As I have predicted in my previous article, the new lake at Spata became full of life in just a few days. Whenever I have time I go there for a short visit after a hard days work in the office. Every time I see something new. It was just a few days ago . . . → Read More: The new lake is full of life!

A new lake!

It was a few days ago when I went for another visit to the “Loutros” area at Spata (Athens). I am participating in a Hellenic Ornithological Society program and I am visiting the place at least every two months. A big surprise was waiting for me there. I have heard many stories about . . . → Read More: A new lake!