09 May '11, 7am

A new bird species was discovered in… Athens!

A new bird species was discovered in… Athens!

The species had been discovered by Michael Kotsakis, an HOS member and volunteer, just the night before: “I didn’t dare to think that it was a Pallas’s Warbler! At first, I overlooked it thinking that it was a common species. However, after a while, I discerned certain special characteristics. I thought it was a Yellow Browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus ), a rare species which had already been monitored in Greece. But when I sent its photos to the HOS’s birdwatching forum, the more experienced birdwatchers identified the species as the Pallas’s Warbler. It is a lifelong dream for every birdwatcher to spot a new species, let alone if it is just few kilometres away from the centre of Athens!” the volunteer said.

Full article: http://www.birdlife.org/community/2011/05/a-new-bird-spec...

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