Cyprus Birding Tours

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More early migrants at Cape Greco this morning 10th March 2014

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At Cape Greco again for the raptor count.  A familiar spring sound as I parked my car was a singing male Cyprus Wheatear. As the morning went on the wind became stronger and again there were no large raptors around. The resident Common Kestrel chased off a Peregrine Falcon and a flock of 70 Common Shelduck flew from the east and headed north east around the cape. There was a Lesser Whitethroat in the bushes around the view point and two Red-rumped Swallow flew in off the sea.

A drive around the area later produced two Woodchat Shrike, a male Masked Shrike, three Northern Wheatear, at least six Isabelline Wheatear , a European Robin, two male Blue Rock Thrush and four Tawny Pipit.

A quick stop at Oroklini, where another Peregrine Falcon was seen.  This time he was doing the chasing, although the Barn Swallows quickly got out of his way. On the water there were two male and a female Red-crested Pochard, a male Northern Pintail and plenty of Northern Shoveler, Black-headed Gull, several Common Teal and lots of Common Coot. Eleven Greataer Flamingo and the same number of Black-winged Stilt were there, as was a single Water Pipit and the Black-tailed Godwit that has been present since last week.

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