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Oroklini, Achna Dam and Cape Greco today 10th April 2018

Managed to avoid most of the rain showers today and even had a good walk around Achna Dam – trying to find (and failing) the Pied Kingfisher that has been seen there on a couple of occasions over the last ten days. But despite that, at the three locations I visited I managed to see some good birds including Black-necked Grebe, Squacco Heron, Great Egret, Glossy Ibis, ‘Baltic’ Gull, Purple Heron, Marsh Sandpiper, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Black-winged Stilt, Temminck’s Stint, Garganey, Olivaceous Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Cyprus Wheatear and Warbler, Tawny Pipit, Black-eared Wheatear and Woodchat Shrike.


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Larnaca area today 2nd April 2018

Some of the more interesting sightings:

Meneou Pool

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater 1
Black-winged Stilt 7
Purple Heron 2

Spiros Beach

Eurasian Thick-knee 1
Greater Flamingo c200 flying E
Northern Wheatear 4m
Isabelline Wheatear 1

Spiros Pool

Kentish Plover 2
Pied Avocet 12 (seen later on Airport Pools south)

Larnaca Sewage Works

Northern Wheatear 5
Black-necked Grebe 3
Citrine Wagtail 2
Yellow Wagtail 7
Common Greenshank 1
Ruff 1
Spur-winged Lapwing 8+
Common Nightingale 1 singing in front of hide

Pervolia

Common Quail 1h
Black-headed Wagtail 8
Calandra Lark 3+
Common Hoopoe 1
Isabelline Wheatear 1

Petounta Point

Northern Wheatear 5
Common Kingfisher 1
Common Sandpiper 1

Kiti Dam

Laughing Dove 1
Isabelline Wheatear 1
Great Spotted Cuckoo 2
Eurasian Blackcap 1+
European Turtle Dove 1
Common Hoopoe 2

Kivisili

Lesser Kestrel 10+
Eurasian Thick-knee 1
Cyprus Wheatear 1
Common Hoopoe 1

Panagia Stazousa

Cyprus Wheatear 6
Cyprus Warbler 1
Common Cuckoo 1
Cretzschmar’s Bunting pair near known breeding location
Olivaceous Warbler 1 singing
Eurasian Stone Curlew, Spiros Beach 2nd April 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Eurasian Stone Curlew, Spiros Beach 2nd April 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Lesser Kestrel, Kivisili 2nd April 2018  (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Lesser Kestrel, Kivisili 2nd April 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Common Hoopoe, Kivisili 2nd April 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Common Hoopoe, Kivisili 2nd April 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

 


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Birding around the east of Cyprus 27th March 2018

A lovely day out today visiting Paralimni Lake, Cape Greco, Agia Napa Sewage Works and Ormedeia. A few record photos of a Citrine Wagtail and Spotted Crake seen at Paralimni, a Greater Short-toed Lark at Cape Greco and a Masked Shrike at Agia Napa Sewage Works.
Other interesting species seen were Bimaculated Lark, Pallid Harrier, Woodchat Shrike, Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler, singing Olivaceous and Willow Warbler, Audouin’s Gull, migrating Garganey and two stunning male Common Redstart.

Citrine Wagtail, Paralimni Lake 27th March 2018 (1 of 1)

Citrine Wagtail, Paralimni Lake, 27th March 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Masked Shrike, Agia Napa Sewage Works, 27th March 2018 (1 of 1)

Masked Shrike, Agia Napa Sewage Works, 27th March 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Spotted Crake, Paralimni Lake 27th March 2018 (1 of 1)

Spotted Crake, Paralimni Lake, 27th March 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Greater Short-toed Lark, Cape Greco 27th March 2018 (1 of 1)

Greater Short-toed Lark, Cape Greco, 27th March 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Troodos afternoon 22nd March 2018

Still some winter visitors around – Eurasian Siskins, Hawfinches and Bramblings but migrant breeders are now in evidence – I found two male and one female Masked Shrike as well as a Common Hoopoe (see photo).

Common Hoopoe. Livadi tou Pashia 22nd March 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Common Hoopoe. Livadi tou Pashia 22nd March 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Cream-coloured Courser, Akrotiri 24th March 2018

Great feeling as I rounded the corner at Akrotiri today and this Cream-coloured Courser appeared in front of me. I guess its probably the same bird (that I was unable to get to see) that was at Mandria yesterday as it was last seen heading east from there late in the afternoon. This rare passage migrant to Cyprus was spooked by a Pallid Harrier at Akrotiri and flew off and was not relocated.

Cream-coloured Courser, Akrotiri Gravel Pits 24th March 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Cream-coloured Courser, Akrotiri Gravel Pits 24th March 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Cream-coloured Courser 7, Akrotiri Gravel Pits 24th March 2018 (1 of 1)

Cream-coloured Courser, Akrotiri Gravel Pits 24th March 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Cream-coloured Courser 8, Akrotiri Gravel Pits 24th March 2018 (1 of 1)

Cream-coloured Courser, Akrotiri Gravel Pits 24th March 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Paphos area today 21st March 2018

Visited the Headland, Timi Beach, Agia Varvara and Anarita Park. Disappointed to miss the Blue-cheeked Bee-eater at the Headland which seemed to have moved on (30 minutes before I arrived to be precise!) but I still had a good day with some good birds including Short-eared Owl, Desert Wheatear, a Eurasian Wryneck, three Pallas’s Gulls and surprisingly a Green Sandpiper at Anarita Park.

Eurasian Wryneck 2, Anarita Park 21st March 2018 (1 of 1)

Green Sandpiper,  Anarita Park 21st March 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Green Sandpiper, Anarita Park 21st March 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Red-tailed Shrike, Larnaca 19th March 2018

Some record shots of the Red-tailed Shrike that I was very surprised to find on the Kiti to Petounta road yesterday morning 19th March 2018. A very scarce passage migrant to Cyprus.

red-tailed Shrike, Kiti area 19th March 2018 (1 of 1)

Red-tailed Shrike, Kiti, 19th March 2018 (Cyprus Birding Tours)

red-tailed Shrike 4, Kiti area 19th March 2018 (1 of 1)

Red-tailed Shrike, Kiti, 19th March 2018 (Cyprus Birding Tours

red-tailed Shrike 3, Kiti area 19th March 2018 (1 of 1)

Red-tailed Shrike, Kiti, 19th March 2018 (Cyprus Birding Tours

red-tailed Shrike 2, Kiti area 19th March 2018 (1 of 1)

Red-tailed Shrike, Kiti, 19th March 2018 (Cyprus Birding Tours


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Cyprus Bird Report 2016 now available

 

Cyprus Bird Report 2016The Cyprus Bird Report 2016 is now available. The report contains 53 colour photos, the 2016 Systematic List of 310 observed species or recognised forms which was compiled from nearly 61,000 records, the 2016 Ringing report. Plus papers on the first Brown-necked Raven, Amur Falcon, Rustic Bunting and Oriental Turtle Dove in Cyprus; the declining trend of Cyprus’ Audouin’s Gull colony; the BirdLife Cyprus 2016 monitoring programmes; the breeding biology of the European Roller in western Cyprus and patterns of incidence of Troodos song birds at a rainwater resource. The Report includes species charts and tables and a full Cyprus bird List. The front cover features a pair of Great Spotted Cuckoo photographed at Anarita Park. The Report will be sent automatically to those BirdLife Cyprus members whose subscription includes it. Extra copies can be purchased if required by contacting the BirdLife Cyprus office 00357 22455072