At Cape Greco again for the morning and it got off to a good start with Bee-eaters and a Marsh Harrier over the area as soon as I arrived and a ring-tailed Harrier visible flying out over the sea – disappearing from view and making a definite ID difficult. Many Bee-eaters passed over during my stay but not all were visible as they were flying very high. Five Honey Buzzard were also passing over early on heading out to sea very high – in fact most of the birds were moving southwards much higher than usual today. Luckily there were clouds around and picking out the birds was not difficult. During the morning I saw Marsh Harrier 6 (3m), Ring-tailed Harrier 1, European Bee-eater 50+ seen and others heard, Honey Buzzard 12, Peregrine Falcon 2 adults, Barn Swallow 150+, Montagu’s Harrier 1, White Stork 1, Black Kite 2, Bonelli’s Eagle 1 juvenile, Red-rumped Swallow 7, Whinchat 1, Spotted Flycatcher 2, Cyprus Wheatear 5, Tree Pipit 1, Lesser Whitethroat 1, Isabelline Wheatear 1.
A quick visit to Agia Napa Football fields has become an add-on to the raptor count and today’s highlight there was an Eastern Orphean Warbler which was sitting on the top of an acacia so I had great views. There were a couple of very smart male Red-backed Shrike and almost a hundred Yellow Wagtail as well as single Tree Pipits and Spotted Flycatcher.
While watching the White Stork at Cape Greco I had heard of a reported Demoiselle Crane and Red-breasted Flycatcher at Akhna so a visit there was also a must. No luck with either of those but still worth the detour. The water level has dropped further since Monday. I found a Great Reed Warbler and had good views of a couple of Marsh Harrier and a Black Kite. There were at least two White-winged Tern flying around as well as a Hoopoe, Masked Shrike and at least eight Red-backed Shrike. Here as elsewhere all day there was a steady stream of Barn Swallow, Sand Martin and European Bee-eater migrating over.
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