• Two Eras combined

    Two Eras combined

    A Cretzschmar's Bunting (Emberiza caesia) sits on a rock observing the surrounding area, in Western Lesvos island. Not exactly and yes. The stone with the purple, yellow and white colours is all that is left of an ancient giant. It is the petrified trunk of a sequoia tree that with its dense leaves and huge branches covered the skies of the area where Lesvos is now located, 20 million years ago. In the same place where the golden meadows of the hills above Sigri now spread, there was a dense forest where sequoias, other conifers, angiosperms, pteridophytes and various ancient plants created a lush forest. All of them were victims of the great geological processes during the end of the Tertiary Period, when volcanic materials covered them, thus maintaining their morphology in excellent condition. With the creation of the Petrified Forest of Lesvos Geopark, the stone giants came to light in a region of the island that is included in the list of the most important areas for the Birds of Greece. Protagonist of the modern avifauna of the Geopark is the rare Cinereous Bunting (Emberiza cineracea) followed by dozens of species such as Cretzschmar's Buntings, Linnets, Corn Buntings, Black-headed Buntings, Blue Rock Thrushes, Western Rock Nuthatches, Rüppell's warblers, Masked Shrikes, Little Owls, Lesser Kestrels, Chukar Partridges, etc. And many of those birds climb onto the petrified trunks to observe their area bridging into a picture 20 million years.

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