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Agios Sozomenos, Nicosia this afternoon 14th November 2014

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Taking a break from paperwork this afternoon, I visited Agios Sozomenos outside Nicosia and ended up seeing five different species of bird of prey as well as three male Finsch’s Wheatear and a male Blue Rock Thrush. A juvenile Peregrine Falcon was perched near the road side and a male Hen Harrier was quartering the area. But at least seven Common Kestrel were causing a commotion and mobbing a large raptor. Knowing that Long-legged Buzzard are usually around I looked up expecting to see one of those. I was surprised to see that it was an immature Bonelli’s Eagle instead, which I hadn’t seen on any previous visits there. The Bonelli’s flew away for a while but when it returned, much to the annoyance of the Common Kestrel again,  a Long-legged Buzzard also flew close by and attracted the attention of the Kestrels. A good spectacle.

Also seen were Western Black Redstart, Eurasian Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Common Starling, Corn Bunting, Spectacled Warbler, Common Stonechat, European Robin

Peregrine Falcon juvenile Agios Sozomenos 14th November 2014 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Peregrine Falcon juvenile Agios Sozomenos 14th November 2014 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

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