Barn Swallows, House Martins and now Common Swift are being reported in small numbers (max 50 at a time – usually less) at locations such as Oroklini Marsh, Zakaki Marsh, Phassouri Reed Beds and Germasogeia Dam. This morning there were three Barn Swallow at Manglis Lake in Nicosia. Less than for this time other years when by now I would have expected House Martin and Common Swift there as well.
A late report that the first Great Spotted Cuckoo for the year was seen on January 22nd at Phassouri. Another has been seen at Germasogeia.
Lets see what this week brings – on February 14th 2013 the first Isabelline and Cyprus Wheatear were reported from Cape Greco in the east and Cape Drepanum in the west. A Tawny Pipit had been at Akrotiri Gravel Pits on February 2nd and by mid February a few Yellow Wagtail and a single Desert Wheatear had been seen. The first Hoopoe was seen at Oroklini on 8th February 2013.