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Mainland Greece
Ionian Islands: (Corfu, Kefalonia, Zakinthos)
Cyclades: (Naxos, Delphi, Santorini, Folegandros)
Dodecanese Islands: (Samos, Kos, Rhodes)
Northern Aegean: (Thasos)

Rethymnon, Crete 5th-19th April 2012

  • In the Prasses Gorge which is about an hours walk from the bridge there were breeding Kestrels, Swallows, Red Rumped Swallows, Blue Rock Thrush....Bob Shiret reports.

Crete 20th-26th April 2011

  • The day started off with Mediterranean and Cory’s Shearwaters seen from our hotel room.  While eating breakfast a Hoopoe put in a brief appearance. In a scruffy field on the edge of Hersonisou there were many Yellow Wagtails, Swallows, Sand and House Martins, the first of many Woodchat Shrikes, and a Griffon Vulture overhead...Alison Parnell reports.

Crete 15th - 29th May 2007

  • The birds that are common to Crete and could be seen from sea level to mountain tops are Sardian Warbler, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Italian Sparrow, Blackbird, Collared Dove, Swallow, Cettis, Buzzard, Hooded Crow...Kevin and Sue Boyd report.

Crete April 29 to May 13 2003

  • I found birding hard work. The weather was gloriously fine for the whole of our stay which meant migrants were scarce; it is a big island which means lots of driving and the wetlands are mostly small and few and far between. I met only  a handful of birders in the fortnight so the exchange of information was rather limited....Sean Huggins reports.

Crete, birds amid the ruins: Spring 2000 + 2002

  • Crete holds a unique appeal. Its landscape is rugged and tough, alive with wildflowers.  Its people are fiercely independent, warm and friendly. Along its seashores, over its mountains and plains are intriguing remnants of a complex history. The food is good;  there is retsina and raki.  And, it turns out, some pretty good birding in the spring.....Geoff and Sylvia Post report.

South Western Crete 24th July - 9th August 2001

  • Walks to and from the headland were enlivened by large flocks of mixed Alpine, Pallid and Common Swift, several covey's of Chukar, lots of Black-eared Wheatear, Crested Lark, Blue Rock Thrush and Raven. Corys Shearwater flew by at a rate of about twenty five an hour....John Girdley reports

Crete May 10th 17th 2001

  • Most of the island is good for birds, but we visited some of the best places in order to see as many species as possible.  But I think I would recommend late April and early May as the best time for birds.  We missed on several good birds like:  Kingfisher, Bee-eater, Purple Heron, Night Heron, Glossy Ibis, a few Ducks, Black-winged Stilt, a few Raptors, Owls, Short-toed Lark, a few Warblers, as well as a few others.  But no complaints as we reached our goal...Jan Landsverk reports

Birding in Greece and Crete 3 to 30 May 1999

  • Georges & Mireille Olioso visited mainland Greece and Crete in May '99. Here they report on the birds seen and all the sites vited. There is also advise for the first time visitor.

Birding in Crete 20 April to 11 May 1998

  • Detailed site guide, background information and full bird lists, Georges & Mireille Olioso report.

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Some Useful bird books for Crete, Greece:
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Collins Bird Guide
Lars Svensson et al: Buy from or

  • Described by some as the best field guide in the world, and 15 years in the making. Has it been Worth the Wait?...Yes definately! If you buy just 1 book a year then make sure that its this one. Stunning drawings by the worlds finest bird illustrators..and it shows..check out the plates on tern, Skuas, and the Ducks...not forgetting the Finches and Crossbills.

Birding on the Greek Island of Lesvos
Richard Brooks: Buy from or

  • I found this book invaluable on my visit.....The systematic list is comprehensive, listing every bird recorded on Lesvos together with detailed information on status, distribution, and occurence. The book contains a useful index to the bird species, and contains some stunning photographs taken by the author to wet the appetite.

Recommended travel books for Greece

The Rough Guide to Greek Islands
Mark Ellingham, et al: Buy from or

  • A thoroughly functional guide to the Greek Islands. There is a small section on the natural history of the Greek Islands included

DK Eyewitness Travel Guides: Greek Islands:
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  • This quide is not only stunningly beautiful but full of general info as well: along with the Rough Guide, DK's is absolutely essential. No other guide has so much to show you - visually. It seems incredible that so many finely rendered photographs have been included - but they have! This book is a triumph over mediocrity: it bristles with colour and light and we can only get lost in the splendour of it all.

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