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Akrotiri and Amathus today, 26th February 2014

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My planned visit to Akrotiri today luckily coincided with the discovery yesterday of a Cream-coloured Courser at Akrotiri Gravel Pits. Fortunately it was easy to find and as well as seeing that I got my first Isabelline Wheatears (six in total) and Great Spotted Cuckoo of the year. On the coast there were two Eurasian Curlew and in the reeds at Phassouri I found a ReedBunting.  There were at least three Western Marsh Harrier and three Common Buzzard in the area. Several Barn Swallows and House Martin were flying around and before I arrived another birder had seen a group of around fifty Common Swift pass over.

I later found one of the Laughing Doves that are now breeding in a residential area of Limassol. They are probably escapes but are well established in the area. Afterwards I went to Amathus where I found another Isabelline Wheatear, five Black Redstart, sixty Spanish Sparrow, over thirty Common Linnet, several Song Thrush and a female Blackbird, two male Cyprus Warbler, a couple of Chukar and more than twelve Corn Bunting.

Cream-coloured Courser Akrotiri Gravel Pits February 26th 2014 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Cream-coloured Courser Akrotiri Gravel Pits February 26th 2014 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Cattle Egret Phassouri 26th February 2014 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Cattle Egret Phassouri 26th February 2014 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Spanish Sparrow Amathus 26th February 2014 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Spanish Sparrow Amathus 26th February 2014 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

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