Out birding today in the wind to the east of Larnaca. At Agias Trias I found the four Grey Plover and two Greater Sand Plover that had been there earlier in the month. A walk around Cape Greco produced two male Blue Rock Thrush, several Chukar, lots of Meadow Pipit, some Black Redstart and Spanish Sparrow, and a Hen Harrier. Two Audouin’s Gull flew offshore and there were three more on the rocks at Kermia Beach together with a single Yellow-legged Gull. There was a juvenile Armenian Gull in with all the Black-headed Gull on Oroklini Beach and a Sandwich Tern was fishing out past the rocks there. Around twenty European Shag were roosting on the buoys off Dhekelia Power Station.
I had my first House Martin of the year at Oroklini Marsh where there was a male Marsh Harrier hunting. It put up a flock of around twenty Spur-winged Lapwing as well as the Cattle Egret that were collecting there for their evening roost. Two Moustached Warbler were heard in the reeds and there were many White Wagtail flying over to roost and around a hundred Common Starling flying around the area. On the water there were eight Northern Pintail in with the Northern Shoveler, Common Teal, Coot and Mallard.