Not the best photo of this long staying migrant but when you are working then getting yourself the best shot takes second place :p
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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Some of the more interesting sightings:
Larnaca Sewage Works
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
The 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