Decided to limit my birding to the Nicosia area today. Started at Manglis Lake in Lakatameia where the single Gadwall is still present after several weeks keeping company with some Common Coot, a Grey Heron, a Little Egret and a Common Kingfisher. As I walked round I disturbed a Green Sandpiper that was feeding at the edge and flew off noisily. Several Spanish Sparrow were in the water side trees and a couple of Song Thrush flew over.
At Agios Sozomenos I was pleased to find four male Finsch’s Wheatear were still around – each of them in the same place as on previous visits. There was also a male Blue Rock Thrush. On the Water Treatment Pool at Vathi Gonia there was a Common Sandpiper as well as six Northern Shoveler. A couple of male Spectacled Warbler were singing in the sunshine.
The usual suspects were at Athalassa Park – many Woodpigeon and Hooded Crow were flying around and on the water there were two Great Egret, five Grey Heron, twelve Little Egret, a couple of Cattle Egret and a juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron. Over sixty Great Cormorant were present as were some Northern Shoveler and Common Teal.