It was good to meet up again with Lesley and Bill who I had taken out previously in November 2011. The idea was that I would take them to a few new sites this morning that they could visit again during their holiday. They already knew the Headland, Mandria and Paphos Sewage Works so we spent some time at Kouklia Soakways, behind Asprokremmos Dam and Anarita Park. After the flurry of activity of newly arrived migrants over the last few days we found the sites we visited much quieter and were pleased to finish before heavy rain hit the Paphos area.
Highlights: Kouklia Soakaways – A Long-legged Buzzard flew over the area low and close to us giving an impressive flying display. Two Common Buzzard were in the area and we had good views of singing male Sardinian Warbler.
Asprokremmos Dam – We found three singing male Cyprus Warbler – all of them out on the tops of bushes letting us see them well. We spent some time watching a flock of Serin and also found an Isabelline Wheatear, a male Ruppell’s Warbler, a Eurasian Hoopoe and two singing male Spectacled Warbler.
Anarita Park – There were many singing Corn Bunting and we had good views of a female Blue Rock Thrush, a male Cyprus Wheatear, another Isabelline Wheatear and a flock of Spanish Sparrow. A surprise find was a lone Common Starling on the wires near the masts.
Total number of species – 38
Common Buzzard, Long-legged Buzzard, Common Kestrel, Yellow-legged Gull, Common Woodpigeon, Eurasian Collared Dove, Common Swift, Eurasian Hoopoe, Crested Lark, Barn Swallow, Meadow Pipit, European Robin, Common Stonechat, Isabelline Wheatear, Cyprus Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush, Song Thrush, Cetti’s Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Spectacled Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Cyprus Warbler, Ruppell’s Warbler, Eurasian Blackcap, Common Chiffchaff, Great Tit, Eurasian Magpie, Western Jackdaw, Hooded Crow, Common Starling, House Sparrow, Spanish Sparrow, Common Chaffinch, European Serin, European Greenfinch, European Goldfinch, Common Linnet, Corn Bunting