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Day and Half Day Birding Tours around Athens, Greece I

Athens city is undoubtedly a top world destination for its history and culture. Sited at the crossroad of Europe, Asia and Africa, it combines a variety of habitats from rocky hills to wetlands and agricultural areas, which provide shelter to the most striking birds of southern Europe. Spring and early summer as well as autumn, are the best periods for birdwatching, when migrant species arrive from as far as India, Madagascar, South Africa. From November till February, ducks and other waterfowl arrive from northern Europe in order to spend a milder winter.

Little Owl was the sacred owl of goddess Athena as well as the emblem of the city of Athens.


Spata fields
1.Spata fields can be easily considered a hidden gem for birdwatching in Athens. Just beside Athens International Airport it is ideal for an Airport Layover. During spring and autumn migration, this vast area of mixed vegetation is ideal for a surprisingly productive birding tour. Prices start from 80€.

Habitat Wine orchards, olive groves, fig trees and mashes (depending on year's precipitation)

All year breeding species Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Little Owl, Crested Lark, Sardinian Warbler, Zitting Cisticola

Spring and summer Glossy Ibis, Squacco Heron, Pallid Harrier, Montagu's Harrier,  Red-footed Falcon, Lesser Kestrel, Collared Pratincole, Turtle Dove,  Red-throated Pipit, Red-throated Pipit,  Great Spotted Cuckoo, Short-toed Lark, Black-headed Wagtail, Hoopoe, Golden Oriole, Roller, Woodchat Shrike, Black- headed Bunting

Autumn Bee-eater, Tawny Pipit, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Spotted Flycather, Barred Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Subalpine Warbler, Garden Warbler, Woodchat Shrike, Red-backed Shrike, Lesser Grey Shrike

Winter Sky Lark, Hen Harrier, Brambling, Reed Bunting

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Schinias National Park
2.Schinias National Park is undoubtedly the most important birdwatching area around Athens. It consists of the Olympic Rowing Center, surrounded by an extensive reedbed with tamarisks and water ponds. Rocky hills, wineyards, olive and fig orchards make this area ideal for more than 200 species of birds, both migants and residents. The whole region has unique archeological sites, such as the Tomb of Marathonas, Marathon Archeological area , and much more. Distant runners from all over the world gather in Marathonas every year for the Athens Authentic Marathon, while the Marathon Run Museum is open all year long. Prices start from 100€

Habitat Maze of marshes and reedbeds, surrounded by wine orchards, olive groves and rocky mountains with maccia shrubs

All year long breeding species Ferruginous Duck, Long-legged Buzzard, Marsh Harrier, Little Owl, Scops Owl, Chukar, Rock Nuthatch, Blue Rock Thrush, Sardinian Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Penduline Tit, Cirl Bunting

Spring and summer Squacco Heron, Purple Heron, Glossy Ibis, Black-winged Stilt, Marsh Sandpiper, Short-toed Eagle, Pallid Harrier, Eleonorae's Falcon, Little Crake, Spotted Crake,  Hoopoe, Whiskered Tern, Gull-billed Tern, Black-eared Wheatear, Black-headed Wagtail,  Woodchat Shrike, Eastern Orphean Warbler, Subapline Warbler, Cretzschmar's Bunting, Black- headed Bunting

Autumn Broad-billed Sandpiper, Bee-eater, Redstart, Lesser Grey Shrike, Red-backed Shrike

Winter Red-crested Pochard, Pygmy Cormorant, Great Spotted Eagle, Hen Harrier, Moustached Warbler
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Hymettus Mt
3.Hymettus Mt  is the closest birdwatching destination from Athens city center, just 15 min drive from  Syntagma Square .  The site consist of mixed forest area, at the base of the mountain, while a more rocky terrain with typical mediterranean vegetation is present in the higher altitudes. Breathtaking views of the city of Athens are enjoyed from almost every site. Prices start from 80€

All year resident species Chukar, Little Owl, Scops Owl, Tawny Owl, Blue Rock Thrush, Sardinian Warbler, Firecrest, Sombre Tit (rare), Long-tailed Tit, Rock Nuthatch, Short-toed Treecreeper, Cirl Bunting

Spring and Summer visitors  Short-toed (Snake) Eagle, Eleonora’s Falcon (not breeding), Nightjar, Hoopoe, Alpine/Pallid Swift (not breeding), Black-eared Wheatear, Subalpine Warbler, Ruppell’s Warbler, Eastern Orphean Warbler (rare)

Passage migrants Quail, Honey Buzzard, Wryneck, Cuckoo, Icterine Warbler, Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Semi-collared Flycatcher, Collared Flycatcher, Golden Oriole

Winter Woodlark, Crossbill, Hawfinch, Rock Bunting
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Erythres Plains

4.Erythres lains is sited in the northern tip of Attica Prefecture, about 70km from Athens city center. Known between nature photographers as "Toscany of Central Greece", this area has it all: cotton and corn fields, small streams full of Willow trees, rocky hills with Kermes Oak vegetation and typical makia landscapes. This is excellent habitat for a variety of special birds that can be seen in close views, since access by car is fairly easy in all locations. This is a unique are for those who love landscape photography, since breathaking pictures can be taken during all season. Nearby Museum of Thebes is always worth visiting Prices start from 100€

Habitat Low vegetation grape orchards, cotton and corn fields, small streams, rocky hills with scattered Kermes Oaks and makia vegetation

All year resident species Long-legged Buzzard, Syrian Woodpecker, Sombre Tit, Penduline Tit, Blue Rock Thrush, Rock Nuthatch, Cirl Bunting

Spring and Summer visitors Short-toed (Snake) Eagle, Hoopoe, Black-eared Wheatear, Subalpine Warbler, Lesser Grey Shrike, Black-headed Bunting

Passage migrants Red-footed Falcon, Lesser Kestrel, Eleonorae's Falcon, Honey Buzzard, Cuckoo, Icterine Warbler, Roller, Golden Oriole  


Spyros Skareas Agronomist, M.Sc. Natural Resource Sciences, McGill University (CAN)

Bird guide in Greece since 2003, Spyros is an avid birder who enjoys all kinds of wildlife, from reptiles to butterflies, not to mention his love for wild orchids.

Photographing wildlife, monitoring birds around Athens yearlong, tracking the threats of the natural environment in small wetlands, as well as guiding birdwatching trips nationwide are some of his interests.  He has an excessive experience in tour leading eco-orientated trips, all over Greece. He is one of the first greek users of e-Bird and Wildlife Recorder. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience with beginner birders and photographers.

He has published several articles on entomological, ornithological and environmental issues, in international and national periodicals and newspapers. He is co-author of "Birds of Attica" (in greek) 

Moments of birding glory: Recorded and photographed a Little Swift from his home balcony at Rafina (3rd record for Greece), also discovered a Baillon's Crake at his local patch, Rafina's River Mouth.

He speaks Greek (native tongue), English, French fluently and fairly well Spanish.  

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