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Bird Areas in Greece - this clickable map, presented
the Helenic Ornithological Society, has information on all 196 Important
Bird Areas in Greece(these are not really birding hot spots since bird
species at most of them are vulnerable and birders
Birding in the Evros Delta - In north-eastern Greece, on the
exert great caution in order not to disturb the birds).
with Turkey, the Evros Delta is a vast tract of unspoilt wilderness, extending
over more than 150 square kilometres, just waiting to be explored.
Birds - Greek Department of the Environment - More than
300 bird species have been
recorded in the Aegean, distinguished in two main categories; those resident
here permanently, or for long periods, and the passage migrants.
Gorge National Park - Where the gorge sides are less
precipitous, and in the
countryside nearby, there are forests of beech, fir, bosnian pine and black
pine. The cliffs are the breeding haunts of griffon vultures, golden
and Bonelli's eagles and peregrine falcons.
Lake - It is a miracle of nature which came about
technical intervention on
the natural characteristics of Strymon river. This wonderful biosphere
is recouped by the Internetional Convention of Ramsar and presents numerous
admirable elements. Thousands of birds, both rare and protege, riverside
forests, water-lilies in a large area, fish variety and fantastic panoramic
view from the mountains of Beles and Krousia give it a characteristic tone.
Actually the lake hosts 227 kinds of birds, especially non-migrants.
Park - the Prespa Lakes and their surrounding catchment are
unique for their geomorphology,
their ecological wealth, and their biodiversity, which gives the area significant
international importance. The Prespa Lakes and their surroundings provide
habitat for the conservation of various and rare species of flora and fauna
and offer refuge for the migratory bird populations. They constitute as
well a much needed nesting place for many species of birds threatened with
extinction. See also the Society
for the Protection of Prespa.
Birding - by Martin R. Adlam. - Situated in Mediterranean,
this picturesque island
has to be one of the cleanest and certainly the friendliest of all the
Greek islands. Granted there is a long featureless beach running down the
west coast, but this pales into insignificance when you find yourself on
the east coast, with its rocky headlands and sheltered sandy bays. Not
only is this island noted for its many features such as the outcrop used
in the filming of "Guns of Navarone", but it is also an excellent stopover
for migratory birds heading north into neighbouring Turkey.
Jewel of the Aegean - When describing Lesvos,
'magical island', 'migration
hotspot'. and 'jewel of the Aegean' tend to trip off the tongue with monotonous
regularity. On top of all these acolades I would just add the words 'a
wildlife photographer's dream'.
Birding in Lesbos - The information on this site is taken
from the book "Birding in
Lesbos" by Mr Richard Brooks. The basic geography of Lesbos, together with
its size and location so close to the Turkish coast, mark it out as an
area of varied habitats, with some good wetlands, likely to prove extremely
attractive to spring and autumn migrants; wet enough to keep a fair variety
of wintering wildfowl, waders etc.; yet also playing host to a good mix
of breeding birds - some of them, like Cinereous Bunting and Kruper's Nuthatch,
and Wild Birds - Lesvos is known to the birding world as
one of the best locations
in Europe to see migrating birds. The island's vast and varied landscape
offers numerous species of birds exactly what they want and thus it is
a haven not only for birds but for birdwatchers too who arrive in droves
in the spring.
in Lesvos - Undeniably Lesvos is a very special place
birds and an extremely rewarding location for watching them, often at very
close range. So far 325 species have been recorded, right across the island.
There are several reasons why this is the case, but the wonderful variety
of habitats and the island's location on an important migration route just
below the Turkish coast are two of the most important. See also the birding
reports for 1999, 2000, and 2001 (available only to Internet Explorer users).
- the Island of Lesvos at leisure - this commercial itinerary
provides a lot of information about where to find birds in Lesvos.
News from Abroad - this commercial site provides up-dated
details about birdwatching
sites abroad. All of these sites are described fully, with detailed maps,
in a series of books entitled `Finding Birds in...' (sometimes referred
to as Gostours guides). These notes are intended to supplement the books
to provide the most complete and up-to-date service possible. Notes are
available on the Greek
Report - Kos, Greece - April 10 to April 23, 1998 - by Jan Kuper.
this website, you will find information on observations of birds
and invertebrates during a holiday trip to Kos, Greece, in April 1998.
Descriptions of some interesting spots are given. This is followed by (systematic)
lists of observed birds, diurnal butterflies and dragonflies with English,
Dutch and scientific species names. For some animals, you can see
Report: Northern Greece - June 2 - 16, 1998. By Rob Goldbach.
timing was rather optimal, as prior to our visit the weather was rather
unstable, with heavy rainfall until the end of May, and only turned dry
and sunny one week before our visit. Hence, the landscape was green, with
many plants flowering. We had sunny days, with temperatures between 25
and 30 degrees Celsius, and only some local thunderstorms at the Evros
at Ouranoupolis, Greece - seen between the 6th and 13th of
July, 1998. The list of
birds is NOT from a birding trip. It's only the birds I couldn't avoid
seeing at my holiday, while we stayed at a camping place in Ouranoupolis
near Thessaloniki in Greece.
Report: Greece, July 1-23, 1994 - George and Myra Dremeaux
Our summer vacation this
year took us to Greece. A few days would be devoted to birding and the
rest to other pursuits such as visiting archaeological sites, snorkeling,
hiking etc. Only four days really qualified as birding days.
Reports from Greece - these reports are hosted by John Girdley
(follow the link to Greece)
Report: Greece, May 12-19, 1997 - Gebbe Björkman,
Ateljé Gebbe. In
my notebook I have a report from a trip to the area of Island Lefkas -
Pindos Mountains in the north-west of Greece.
Report: Greece, June 2-16, 1998 - Rob and Evelien Goldbach
The timing was rather optimal,
as prior to our visit the weather was rather unstable, with heavy rainfall
until the end of May, and only turned dry and sunny one week before our
visit. Hence, the landscape was green, with many plants flowering.
Report - Greece - Chris Walsh - Here is a brief trip report of my
sojourn in Porto Heli on
the Greek mainland near Spetse, between 26th September and 10th October
1995. There was a fair bit of rain around with one very wet day. This week
was the most fruitful regarding numbers of birds
Report: Crete - May - June 2000. Report of a combined birding/
trip by Rob Goldbach. only during the migration time this island might
be very productive. Outside the migration times, however, one has to be
satisfied with the relatively low number of resident species. This low
diversity in avifauna is mainly caused by the fact that Crete basically
is a dry mountain chain situated in the middle of the Mediterranean. The
lack of major rivers or marshes (the few and small wedlands moreover being
mostly dried out by the end of May) and the overgrazed dry slopes of the
many hills and mountains makes that it is hard to reach 100+ bird species
outside the migration periods. The special birds of Crete, which make a
visit always rewarding, include Griffon Vulture (still rather common),
Bearded Vulture, Eleonora's Falcon, Blue Rock Thrush, Chough, Booted and
Bonelli's Eagle, while both Yelkouan and Cory's Shearwater are frequently
seen off shore.
Trip Report - by Alastair Rae - 18th - 25th May 1995
"Lesbos is a one of the
larger Greek islands, tucked away in the north-eastern corner of the Aegean,
close to Turkey," to quote Marjorie Williams' "Birdwatching in Lesbos"
booklet. Other information we had in advance of our visit was the "Lesbos
Compilation" of trip reports from Steve Whitehouse. We also had help on
the island from some of the other birders. We kept bumping into Richard
Brooks who was on the island for a month researching a book on birding
in Lesvos. I suspect that this is an up-and-coming destination.
Report - Lesvos Birding - by Paul Wetton. This trip report
our visit to the Greek island of Lesvos (Lesbos) in the first two weeks
of September 2000. There were a few sites I wanted to visit, including
the Potamia Valley, Kalloni II Pool which was 10 minutes walk from our
apartment, the area known as Derbyshire, Kalloni Salt Pans and Polichnitos
Salt Pans. A few days were also spent birdwatching from the car in the
Western Uplands, along the North Coast and in the Central Uplands including
Agiasos. This site contains a great map of the various birding locations.
See also Paul's report on their 2003
Report Greece: 2001 April 29th to May 7th, by J. P. Paris.
made a small visit in this country and we crossed all the North-East part.
The Kerkinis lake is really a wonderfull place but there's only one good
hotel. If you go in this area, spent at least 2 days here! A big part of
the Evros delta can be visit only with a guid and the army and only 2 hours.
However, a big part can be visit without problem if you take some tracks
around Monastiraki. There's probably less birds, but there's always a lot
of thing to see.
Report - Lesvos - May 2 - 17, 2001 - by Jim Willson. The island
Lesvos is one of the largest of the east Greek Islands and only about
6 miles from the Turkish Coast. This was our first visit to a Greek island
and we were impressed by the 'greenery' compared to the Balearics
Report: Lesbos - 6th May 1999 - 13th May 1999 - by Andy
A group of four birders, Guy Bottomley, Roy Bottomley, Paul Robinson and
myself, visited Lesbos in early May 1999 for a week of fairly intensive
birding. We had birded together in Andalucia in 1994 as well as in the
UK, but Lesbos was a new experience for most of us. Roy had visited Lesbos
previously, but in September as a family holiday. He therefore had some
experience with the species we would encounter. This trip report contains
numerous "micromaps" of specific locations.
Report - Lesvos - May 6 - 13, 1999. This pdf format trip report
Report - Rhodes 4-17 May 2000 - by Brian Stone. This report
a list of bird species seen during a two week family holiday to Rhodes.
Birding time was extremely limited and a couple of sites mentioned in other
reports were not visited.
Report: Lesvos, Greece - 26th April to 2nd May 2002, by
Alfrey and Lee Dingain. This was our first trip to Lesvos and we were very
impressed with the quality of the birding. The speciality birds were easy
to see and there were good numbers of passage migrants moving through all
week, with a noticable fall occurring on the 1st. In particular we found
the Eressos to Sigri road and the Faneromeni Valley especially good for
migrant passerines and the Kalloni Salt Pans were also very productive.
Report: Lesvos - 19th – 27th April 2002. By Steve Bird and
Stratton. 169 Species seen ( 1 week ). A Birdseekers
Report: Greece (Athens and Corfu) and Northern Germany -
29 - May 23, 2003, by Urs Geiser. This trip had two main purposes, neither
of them birding: the Greece segment was to attend a professional conference
in Dassia on the island of Corfu, and the vacation trip through the northern
half of Germany was to visit the ancestral villages of my wife's family.
Nevertheless, I managed to fit in quite a bit of birding, especially during
the second part of the trip.
Report: Greece: Gialova Lagoon, near Pylos, Greece, by
Bonetti. Gialova lagoon, overlooked by Thanos village, is a real bird paradise:
more than 270 species of birds have been counted there by the Hellenic
Ornithological Society – the Greek partner of Birdlife International. Thousands
of birds flying to Africa in autumn stop at the lagoon to rest and “refuel”
for the last time before the long journey of 3000 km over the Mediterranean
Sea and the Sahara desert. In spring they find there the southern-most
European wetland to rest and feed again. Furthermore, many species over
winter at the lagoon.