A quick visit to Manglis Lake, Lakatameia, on the outskirts of Nicosia, this morning. Two Wood Warbler were seen and then heard singing in the eucalyptus trees. A Lesser Whitethroat and Tree Pipit were present. Many Common Swift, House Martin and Barn Swallow were feeding on the insects on the lake’s surface. A Squacco Heron was perched on a waterside tamarisk bush and a Common Sandpiper was feeding on the edge.
Throughout the island there are many migrants being seen. Ruppell’s, Subalpine, Eastern Bonelli’s and Eastern Orphean Warbler are around in good numbers this spring. Wood and Willow Warbler are now passing through. Numbers of Isabelline and Northern Wheatear have fallen as we move into April but Eastern Black-eared Wheatear are still being seen. Collared, Pied and the occasional Semi-collared Flycatcher are around and the first Spotted Flycatcher was seen on Wednesday.
Lesser Kestrel, Roller and European Bee-eater are starting to be seen and Pallid and Montagu’s Harrier have been reported. An Osprey was over Germasogeia on Wednesday as were two Stock Dove. The first Little Tern was at Larnaca Sewage Works on Monday with Gull-billed Tern also recorded. Marsh Sandpiper and Common Greenshank have been seen on wetlands that hold water.
A Spotted Crake has been at Germasogeia for a week and a female Little Crake was there on Wednesday. A Baillon’s Crake was seen at Phassouri over the weekend.