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New Year’s Day Birding in Nicosia, January 1st 2014

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First birds of the year were a European Robin and Blackcap both singing in the garden. Headed for Athalassa this morning where as well as the expected heron species, ducks etc there were  a couple of Black-winged Stilt (not a bird you’d expect to be on your day list for January 1st), a juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron and at least three Black Francolin. The numbers of Common Teal and Northern Shoveler have increased slightly but strangely I saw no Mallards. There were over sixty Great Cormorant and flocks totalling at least 100 Common Woodpigeon flew over.

A visit to Agios Sozomenos in the afternoon produced two male Finsch’s Wheatear, two Blue Rock Thrush and a male and a female Hen Harrier. A flock of at least sixty Northern Lapwing were flying over the fields and as well as two male Sardinian Warbler I also saw two male and a female Cyprus Warbler.

Species seen:

Athalassa Park – Little Grebe 5, Great Cormorant 63, Black-crowned Night Heron 1 juvenile, Cattle Egret 1, Little Egret 9, Great Egret 2, Grey Heron 8, Common Teal c10, Northern Shoveler 8+, Common Kestrel 1, Moorhen 20+, Coot c50, Black-winged Stilt 2, Common Woodpigeon 100+, Crested Lark 1, Woodlark 3, Grey Wagtail 1, White Wagtail 5, European Robin 3, Common Stonechat 1, Blackbird 3, Cetti’s Warbler 4+, Sardinian Warbler 2, Chiffchaff 6, Great Tit 5, Magpie 4, Hooded Crow c50, Western Jackdaw 3, House Sparrow 4, Chaffinch 8+

Agios Sozomenos – Cattle Egret 1, Hen Harrier 1m and 1f, Northern Lapwing 60, Meadow Pipit c20, European Robin 2, Western Black Redstart 2, Common Stonechat 8+, Finsch’s Wheatear 2m, Blue Rock Thrush 2, Song Thrush 1, Spectacled Warbler 1, Sardinian Warbler 2m, Cyprus Warbler 2m and 1f, Chiffchaff 2, Magpie 3, Chaffinch 2, Corn Bunting 3

Black-winged Stilt Athalassa Park 1st January 2014 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Black-winged Stilt Athalassa Park 1st January 2014 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

White Wagtail Athalassa January 1st 2014 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

White Wagtail Athalassa January 1st 2014 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Finsch's Wheatear Agios Sozomenos January 1st 2014 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Finsch’s Wheatear Agios Sozomenos January 1st 2014 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

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