Another stint of raptor watching at Cape Greco this morning produced a Bonelli’s Eagle seen in the distance over Agia Napa Sewage Works, a Black Kite, two Montagu’s Harrier – one being mobbed by the local Jackdaws – and an Eleonora’s Falcon. There were over 100 Bee-eaters passing over during my time there and good numbers of Barn Swallow, Sand Martin and Red-rumped Swallow. Around the view point there were just two Cyprus Wheatear today in contrast with last week’s six as well as a couple of Whinchat, three Spotted Flycatcher, an Isabelline Wheatear and an Ortolan Bunting which flew off as I arrived. There were several Willow Warbler flitting in the scrub and low pines, as well as at least one Lesser and one Common Whitethroat. A group of seven Grey Heron and four Little Egret flew along the coast heading south straight out to sea.
A quick stop at the Agia Napa Football pitches produced a female Black-eared Wheatear and the usual suspects – Whinchat, Yellow Wagtail, Willow Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher and Lesser and Red-backed Shrike.
Having heard of two Great White Pelican at Akhna Dam I decided to give that area a visit – especially as I had missed getting that species on my year list for the last two years! They were sitting preening in the middle of the water – unmissable. The water level has dropped there, which means that now there are muddy edges for the birds and as a result there was a good selection of waders. I found five Little Ringed Plover, a couple of Wood and Curlew Sandpiper, a Black-tailed Godwit, a Common Snipe and a couple of Spur-winged Lapwing. I counted at least eight Little Egret and three Black-crowned Night Heron and four Cattle Egret flew in. A Marsh Harrier quartered the area putting the birds to flight at regular intervals and an Eleonora’s Falcon flew over. There were at least three Common Kingfisher, lots of migrating European Bee-eater and a selection of Yellow Wagtail. More interestingly there was a young Citrine Wagtail. The area looks set for some great birding over the next month.