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 Fokas. They are both working in airport’s bird control department. Thanks to them we obtained permission to enter the airport area and to watch the bird for a while. The bird was very tame and did not seem to be bothered by our presence, so we did get some very nice photos of it.

It turned out that we were very lucky because the next day the Buff-breasted Sandpiper was gone! This is the 447th bird species observed in our country.

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