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Bird Ringing opportunity in Greece – open call for volunteering, Spring 2016 (end of March – end of May)


Antikythira Bird Observatory (ABO), run by the Hellenic Ornithological Society (the Greek partner of BirdLife International), is organizing a bird ringing campaign, supervised by the Hellenic Bird Ringing Center. We hereby invite you to participate in our bird ringing campaign (either as a ringer or a helper). Volunteer applications for the spring season of 2016 have just started.

More information about ABO can be found at its web page:
For further question please contact Christos Barboutis (

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Day 26. Autumn 2015, the last day.

Last day of ringing today and the weather was saving it’s best for us. We trapped no more than ten species including a new one, an Great Reed Warbler. As all the volunteers left today, I would like to take this opportunity to thank them all for their help in carrying out all the activities at Antikythera. Without you it would not have been possible.

Thank you and safe migration wherever you are going.

Pet Pet, Silvia Moldavia, Nikoleta, Anggie  femme fatale, Joana Gps, Maria Skilo, Giacomo Callas, Kiki, Angelos Planitis, Thodi Ponytail, Mixalis Macgyver , Bio and Gabril Papa Pitufo.

Common Redstart (Κοινός)(Φοινίκουρος, Phoenicurus phoenicurus),Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata, Σταχτομυγοχάφτης),WillowWarbler (Phylloscopus trochilus,Θαμνοφυλλοσκόπος), Red-breasted Flycatcher (Νανομυγοχάφτη ,Ficedula parva), Blackcap (Μαυροσκούφης,Sylvia atricapilla),Garden Warbler (Κηποτσιροβάκος, Sylvia borin), European Scops Owl (Ευρωπαϊκός) (Γκιώνης,Otus scops), Great Reed Warbler (Τσιχλοποταμίδα,Acrocephalus arundinaceus).


Scops Owl .Photo Angelos Amindas


Last volunteers team. Photo Angelos Amindas.


Season Count Totals (Sampling period 16/08 to 26/09 2015)


Species Count
Egyptian Vulture    5
Osprey    5
Lesser-Spotted Eagle    4
Spotted Eagle    1
Steppe Eagle    1
Short-Toed Eagle    1
Booted Eagle    20
Black Kite    96
Marsh Harrier    602
Hen Harrier    2
Montagu’s Harrier    8
Pallid Harrier    15
Unid. Harrier    7
Long-Legged Buzzard    5
Common Buzzard    4
Honey Buzzard    2435
Sparrowhawk    90
Goshawk    2
Levant Sparrowhawk    1
Kestrel    5
Lesser Kestrel    7
Hobby    12
Saker Falcon    1
Lanner Falcon    1
Total  3330


Wish good flight paths and over head birds to those are still counting in others sites.

Angelos Evangelidis

Pallid Harrier




Count for 26/09/2015. Day 43.


Species Count
Osprey    1
Marsh Harrier    8
Montagu’s Harrier    1
Long-Legged Buzzard    1
Honey Buzzard    10
Sparrowhawk    1
Total    22


Heavy rain in the morning, cleared up before mid day. Wind light SE then light SW.







Day 25. Autumn day.

The day started well enough, but by the second round at the nets, the sky let loose and heavy rain meant no ringing for most of the morning. When the rain finally eased off, we resumed work and managed to trap ten different species.

Common Redstart (Κοινός)(Φοινίκουρος,Phoenicurus phoenicurus), Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata, Σταχτομυγοχάφτης),WillowWarbler (Phylloscopus trochilus,Θαμνοφυλλοσκόπος),Red-breasted Flycatcher (Νανομυγοχάφτη ,Ficedula parva), Icterine Warbler (Hippolais icterina,Κιτρινοστριτσίδα), Common Nightingale ((Κοινό) Αηδόνι, Luscinia megarhynchos), Blackcap (Μαυροσκούφης, Sylvia atricapilla), Collared Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis, Κρικομυγοχάφτης), Wood Warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix ,Δασοφυλλοσκόπος) , Whinchat  (Καστανολαίμης  , Saxicola rubetra), Wood Warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix ,Δασοφυλλοσκόπος).


Landscape Antikythira.

Count for 25/09/2015. Day 42.


Species Count
Egyptian Vulture    1
Short-Toed Eagle    1
Marsh Harrier    117
Hen Harrier    1
Montagu’s Harrier    1
Pallid Harrier    2
Honey Buzzard    70
Sparrowhawk    11
Total    204


Clear in the morning hazy later. Wind light SE.

The EV was adult..

Honey Buzzard pale juv






Day 24. Autumn 2015. Slow day.

Today was quiet at the nets  European Scops Owl could it be that the birds have left the island and are continuing their long journey. We did have a nice surprise, though, a lovely juvenile Otus Scops and another 8 species during the day, so not too bad. We hope the new winds will bring us new birds. Let us wait and see.

Eurasian Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus , Συκοφάγος),(Muscicapa striata, Σταχτομυγοχάφτης),Willow Warbler(Phylloscopus trochilus, Θαμνοφυλλοσκόπος ),Red-breasted Flycatcher (Νανομυγοχάφτης,Ficedula parva), Garden Warbler (Κηποτσιροβάκος,Sylvia borin), Blackcap (Μαυροσκούφης, Sylvia atricapilla), Common Redstart(Κοινός) (Φοινίκουρος,Phoenicurus phoenicurus), European Scops Owl (Ευρωπαϊκός)(Γκιώνης, Otus scops).


Scops Owl. Angelos Amindas


Count for 24/09/2015. Day 40.

Species Count
Osprey    2
Booted Eagle    1
Marsh Harrier    101
Montagu’s Harrier    1
Pallid Harrier    3
Long-Legged Buzzard    1
Honey Buzzard    96
Sparrowhawk    12
Hobby    2
Total    219


Clear. Wind light WSW.

Honey Buzzard






Day 23.Autumn 2015, half sunny half rainy.

One more new species for the season ,! Early morning rain almost made us wrap up for the day, but after the first round the weather improved resulting in a relatively good day with nine species. We’re still going!

Common Redstart (Κοινός)(Φοινίκουρος, Phoenicurus phoenicurus),Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata, Σταχτομυγοχάφτης), WillowWarbler(Phylloscopus trochilus,Θαμνοφυλλοσκόπος),Red-breasted Flycatcher (Νανομυγοχάφτη ,Ficedula parva), Blackcap (Μαυροσκούφης,Sylvia atricapilla),Garden Warbler (Κηποτσιροβάκος, Sylvia borin), Blackcap (Μαυροσκούφης,Sylvia atricapilla), Common Nightingale((Κοινό) Αηδόνι, Luscinia megarhynchos), European Nightjar (Ευρωπαϊκό) (Γιδοβύζι ,Caprimulgus europaeus), Yellow Wagtail (Κιτρινοσουσουράδα , Motacilla flava).


Yellow Wagtail.Photo Angelos Amindas.

Count for 23/09/2015. Day 39.


Species Count
Lesser-Spotted Eagle    2
Booted Eagle    1
Black Kite    1
Marsh Harrier    24
Hen Harrier    1
Pallid Harrier    2
Honey Buzzard    11
Sparrowhawk    15
Hobby    2
Total    59


Clear. Wind light W.