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Red-breasted Merganser today Akrotiri Gravel Pits 5th December 2017

I hadn’t been sure where to go birding today until I heard last night that local birder John East had found a female Red-breasted Merganser at Akrotiri Gravel Pits. The last record was in 2014 so not to be missed. The bird was keeping close company with a Great Crested Grebe and a Black-necked Grebe who had been on the pool for several days and I was pleased to get a few photos. Also around Akrotiri today:

Akrotiri Gravel Pits
Eurasian Sparrowhawk 1
European Serin 7
Woodlark 8
Red-breasted Merganser 1f
Great Crested Grebe 1
Black-necked Grebe 1
Little Grebe 1
Western Marsh Harrier 1f and 1 sub-ad male

Phasouri Reed-beds
Bluethroat 1
Eurasian Skylark 1

Zakaki Marsh
Water Rail 1h

Lady’s Mile
Black-headed Gull 300+
Armenian Gull 6+
Caspian Gull 1+
Greater Flamingo 48 juvs
Pied Avocet 2
Common Buzzard 1

Akrotiri Salt Lake
Greater Flamingo c1200
Common Buzzard 1

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Agios Sozomenos this morning 2nd December 2017

Best bird was an immature Bonelli’s Eagle (see photo) being mobbed by a Common Kestrel but also saw three Finsch’s Wheatear, a female Blue Rock Thrush and a singing male Spectacled Warbler. There were many Eurasian Skylark, Red-throated and Meadow Pipit in the fields as well as a large flock of more than 80 Northern Lapwing (see photo).

Bonelli's Eagle, Nicosia 2nd December 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Bonelli’s Eagle, Nicosia 2nd December 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Northern Lapwing, Agios Sozomenos 2nd December 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Northern Lapwing, Agios Sozomenos 2nd December 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Troodos area today 1st December 2017

Hawfinch, Troodos, 1st December 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Hawfinch, Troodos, 1st December 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Red Crossbill, Troodos, 1st December 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Red Crossbill, Troodos, 1st December 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Found several Hawfinch, European Siskin, Woodlark and Red Crossbill today at Troodos, as well as the more usual Northern Wren, Common Chaffinch, Coal Tit, Eurasian Jay, Short-toed Treecreeper and Eurasian Blackbird.


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East of island 28th November 2017

 

Greater Sandplover, Agios Trias, 28th November 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Greater Sandplover, Agios Trias, 28th November 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Visited several sites this morning before the heavens opened and the rain ruined any chance of birding in the afternoon.

Akhna Dam
Hen Harrier 1 ring -tail
Black-necked Grebe 2
Woodlark 11

Agios Trias
Greater Sandplover 4 (see photograph)
Eurasian Shag 1

Avgorou
Common Starling 2

Cape Greco
Hen Harrier 1 ring-tail
House Sparrow 500+
Spanish Sparrow 20+
Common Buzzard 2
Northern Wheatear 1m
Blue Rock Thrush 1m

Kermia Beach
House Sparrow 300+
Spanish Sparrow 50+

Macronissos Beach
Eurasian Collared Dove 80+
Laughing Dove 4
Common Kingfisher 1
Audouin’s Gull 1

Potamos Liopetriou
Common Shelduck 1 flying W


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Agios Sozomenos, Nicosia morning 25th November

A few birds of interest at Agios Sozomenos earlier today:

Cattle Egret 17 
Red-thoated Pipit c45
Eurasian Skylark c35
Corn Bunting 12
Finsch’s Wheatear 2f and 1m
Hen Harrier 1 ring-tail
Black Redstart 1m
Spanish Sparrow 55+

Cattle Egret, Agios Sozomenos 25th November 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Cattle Egret, Agios Sozomenos 25th November 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

European Stonechat, female, Agios Sozomenos 25th November 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

European Stonechat, female, Agios Sozomenos 25th November 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Spanish Sparrow, Agios Sozomenos 25th November 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Spanish Sparrow, Agios Sozomenos 25th November 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Cyprus Birding Tours Trip Report – Day’s Guiding Paphos, 23rd November 2017

A sunny but cool winter’s day around some of the Paphos birding sites with Martin and Beverley produced a variety of species and showed that most of our regular winter visitors have arrived. Unfortunately for Martin and Beverly a lot of those are common in the UK but even so we picked up several new species for them and they were also pleased to see three female Hen Harriers which are not easy to see in England any longer.

We started at Paphos Sewage Plant where six Spur-winged Lapwing were feeding in a recently mown field along with four Northern Lapwing, plenty of Meadow Pipit, just two Red-throated Pipits and some Eurasian Skylark. Of course we saw many European Stonechat as well as the first of many of the day’s Black Redstart. In the valley behind Agia Varvara village we found a small group of Woodlark and then European Serin. Here we saw the first of our female Hen Harrier as well as a distant Long-legged Buzzard and Eurasian Sparrowhawk. Two Common Snipe were feeding in a small area of water. Also in the area was a very late Willow Warbler as well as several Common Chiffchaff, Sardinian Warbler and Spanish Sparrow.

Our next stop was Anarita Park where our target species was the Finsch’s Wheatear. A male was waiting for us – or so it seemed – as we arrived on one of the usual territories and then proceeded to keep us entertained for almost half an hour as it fed, flying from rocks down to the grass and back again. Another male was seen on a large boulder in the distance. A couple of flocks of Woodlark and Meadow Pipit were flying around. We then drove down to the coast and around the fields at the coast of Mandria. We had reasonable views of two Red-throated Pipits and watched several Eurasian Skylark in the fields. A Black Redstart entertained us while we ate our picnic lunch and several Yellow-legged Gull flew over. We decided to make a short stop near Kouklia Fish Farm where a pair of Slavonian Grebe had been offshore since late last week. Unfortunately we couldn’t find them but we did get great views of five Chukar that we had not managed at other locations.

We took the opportunity to visit Kouklia village where at least five Laughing Dove were found near the archaeological site there and then we moved to our last location of the day – Asprokremmos Dam. We spent some time on the dam wall where we watched another female Hen Harrier fly up stream and a lovely male Blue Rock Thrush feeding on the boulders. Driving up to the mast we found many Corn Bunting as well as more Woodlark, Spanish Sparrow, Common Chaffinch and a large flock of Common Linnet. On the water was a large group of Great Cormorant – another winter visitor – as well as some Common Teal and a single Northern Shoveler. Now the sun was setting the temperature started to drop and we called it a day and I drove Martin and Beverley back to their Paphos hotel.

Species seen – Chukar, Northern Shoveler, Mallard, Common Teal, Little Grebe, Common Woodpigeon, Eurasian Collared Dove, Laughing Dove, Common Coot, Grey Heron, Great Cormorant, Northern Lapwing, Spur-winged Lapwing, Common Snipe, Yellow-legged Gull, Hen Harrier, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Long-legged Buzzard, Common Kestrel, Eurasian Magpie, Eurasian Jackdaw, Hooded Crow, Great Tit, Woodlark, Eurasian Skylark, Crested Lark, Zitting Cisticola, Willow Warbler, Common Chiffchaff, Cetti’s Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, European Robin, Black Redstart, Blue Rock Thrush, European Stonechat, Finsch’s Wheatear, House Sparrow, Spanish Sparrow, Red-throated Pipit, Meadow Pipit, White Wagtail, Common Chaffinch, European Greenfinch, Common Linnet, European Goldfinch, European Serin, Corn Bunting

Blue Rock Thrush, Asprokremmos Dam 23rd November 2017 (C) Cyprus Birding Tours

Blue Rock Thrush, Asprokremmos Dam 23rd November 2017 (C) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Larnaca today

Out doing Wetland count around Larnaca today and had some good luck – Spotted a Merlin on the ground near Larnaca Sewage Works and then realised it had prey under its claws – a lark which it then proceeded to eat and ignored me so I managed to get some photos.


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Slavonian Grebe, Paphos 19th November 2017

Pleased to have caught up with the two Slavonian Grebe that were found offshore by regular birding visitor Alison McArthur at Kouklia, Paphos late last Thursday. Still present Sunday morning although not playing ball for photographs! Two record shots below. Third Cyprus record if accepted.


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Cyprus Birding Tours Trip Report: Day’s Guiding Paphos Plain and Kidasi, 14th November 2017

For their second day out I took Peter and Jean to Paphos Sewage Plant, Timi Beach and Mandria and then inland to Kidasi. We finished the day at Kouklia village and then watching hundreds of Eurasian Jackdaw and Hooded Crow come into roost at Secret Valley where thirty plus Greater Cormorant also flew in and added to the spectacle.

Although we failed to see the Bimaculated Lark at Mandria despite checking through a lot of Eurasian Skylark we did find a lone Calandra Lark there as well as seeing a flyby Audouin’s Gull, a very late male Pallid Harrier and both a male and female Hen Harrier. We also enjoyed a male Finsch’s Wheatear at Kidasi.

Highlights per locations:

Paphos Sewage Plant – Spur-winged Lapwing 4, Eurasian Sparrowhawk 2, Common Buzzard, Red-throated Pipit 2+, Black Redstart

Timi Beach – Common Kingfisher

Mandria – Yellow-legged Gull c200, Audouin’s Gull 1, Hen Harrier 1m and 1f, Pallid Harrier 1m, Eurasian Skylark 100+, Calandra Lark 1, Black Redstart, Spanish Sparrow, White Wagtail

Kidasi – Finsch’s Wheatear 1m

Mamonia – Corn Bunting

Kouklia Village – Laughing Dove 5+

Secret Valley – Chukar, Great Cormorant 35+, Eurasian Jackdaw 300+, Common Kingfisher

Pallid Harrier, Mandria 14th November 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Pallid Harrier, Mandria 14th November 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Paphos Sewage Plant 14th November 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Paphos Sewage Plant 14th November 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Larnaca this morning 13th November 2017

A windy morning by the coast south of the airport at Larnaca. Wintering ducks and gulls were around.

Larnaca Airport Coast
Audouin’s Gull 1 ad flying W

Spiros Pool
Eurasian Golden Plover c30
Audouin’s Gull 1 imm
Caspian Gull 4 ad
Armenian Gull 3 ad + 4+ imm
Plus some other immature gulls!

Larnaca Sewage Works
Usual ducks etc plus
Common Pochard 1m and 4f types
Eurasian Wigeon 3
Ferruginous Duck 14
Northern Pintail c20
Black-necked Grebe 3
Greater White-fronted Goose 4
Dunlin 3
LIttle Stint 3
Common Redshank 1
Greater Flamingo 6
Black-headed Gull c60
Red-throated Pipit 1
Eurasian Skylark 2

Meneou Pool
Greater Flamingo 4 ad

Pervolia fields
Chukar 4
Northern Lapwing 2

Greater Flamingo, Meneou 13th November 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Greater Flamingo, Meneou 13th November 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Birding Nicosia and Oroklini 11th November 2017

Spent much longer out birding than I had originally intended but it was worth it with the best birds being a sub adult Bonelli’s Eagle, two Long-legged Buzzard, three (maybe four) Finsch’s Wheatear, Red-throated Pipit, Spotted Crake, Water Pipit and a female Merlin which scattered the waders at Oroklini Marsh.

Interesting birds seen:

Agios Sozomenos
Bonelli’s Eagle 1 ad
Long-legged Buzzard 2 (see photo)
Peregrine Falcon 1
Finsch’s Wheatear 1m and 2f (prob 3f)
Red-throated Pipit 7+
Black Redstart 5
Spanish Sparrow 30+

Oroklini Marsh
Greater Flamingo 15
Spur-winged Lapwing 52+
Northern Lapwing 18
Black-headed Gull 13
Armenian Gull 1 ad
Northern Pintail 3
Little Stint 37
Common Ringed Plover 1
Common Redshank 8
Marsh Sandpiper 1
Common Snipe 2
Spotted Crake 1
Water Pipit 2
Merlin 1f
Grey Heron 1

Spiros Pool
Eurasian Golden Plover 27

Long-legged Buzzard, Agios Sozomenos 11th November 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Long-legged Buzzard, Agios Sozomenos 11th November 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Cyprus Birding Tours Trip Report – Day’s Guiding North of Paphos 10th November 2017

This was the third year that I had taken Peter and Jean out and we started the first of two days out this autumn at Mavrokolympos Dam, continued through Akoursos to Kathikas, spent a couple of hours in the valley behind Arodes before driving to Kannaviou Dam. We finished the day as light was fading at Evretou Dam after a drive through the Saramas Valley.

Highlights per location:
Mavrokolympos Dam – Chukar h, Rock Dove, Grey Heron, Woodlark, Cyprus Warbler 1m and 1f, Blue Rock Thrush 1f, Meadow Pipit 37 over in one group

Kathikas – Long-legged Buzzard

Arodes – Common Quail 1 flushed from under our feet, Great Cormorant c30 seen migrating in a flock heading S, Hen Harrier 1f, Bonelli’s Eagle 2 ad (pair), Northern Goshawk 1 (prob this species), Woodlark, Black Redstart, Corn Bunting

Kannaviou – Chukar, Coal Tit (Cyprus endemic sub-species), Common Chaffinch, European Serin

Saramas Valley – Song Thrush, Black Redstart, Spanish Sparrow, Common Chiffchaff c20, Corn Bunting 30+, White Wagtail

Evretou Dam – Western Marsh Harrier 1f hunting, Long-legged Buzzard 1 perched in tree overlooking village, Black Redstart

Bonelli's Eagle, 10th November 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Bonelli’s Eagle, 10th November 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours