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Agiasos

Agiasos Agiasos is a village in the mountains close to Mount Olympos, which apparently has grown through tourism. The village itself winds up the mountainside with it's many chapels. The best birding in this area is to be found in the Sweet Chestnut and Pine woods above the village.
To reach Agiasos take the main road from Skala Kalloni to Mytilini, take the road to Achladeri via Derbyshire and follow signposts to Agiasos. The road winds through the pine clad hillside up to the town passing a few areas of fertile farmland. Long-tailed Tits were seen from the road in the pines and round the fertile areas were a single Reed Bunting, two Woodlark and several Cirl Bunting amongst the commoner species.
On reaching the Agiasos, it is best to leave your car in the obvious parking area at the lower end of the village and walk up the steep streets and out of the village although with care it is possible to drive. After you have passed through the village you will see a chapel on a right hand bend in the road. Just after the chapel, on the left, is a stoney track that heads up between two stone walls with bushes on the right and a small olive grove on the left. Take this track, which passes up through an area of scrub until it reaches a woody area just after a small building and olive grove on the right.
Above Agiasos
Continue along the path into the woodland. Most of the way along this path are fenced off olive and fig gardens on the left and Sweet Chestnut woods to the right.
In the area of scrub and lone pines before the woodland you may hear or see Krupers Nuthatch. Check out the olive grove near the small building for Redstart, Olivaceous Warbler, Flycatchers and Wheatears. It was here that we saw our first Persian Squirrel. The woodland and orchards either side of this path were excellent for warblers including Orphean Warbler. Middle Spotted Woodpeckers were heard and seen frequently as were good numbers of Tits, Spotted Flycatcher and Red-backed Shrike. On returning through the village to your car check out the hillside for Red-rumped Swallow and Crag Martin.

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