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Akamas 12th April 2019

Second day out guiding for Birdwatching Breaks and we visited the Akamas area. Highlights were a tree full of warblers including this Wood Warbler (photo), two adult Bonelli’s Eagles one of which flew right over our heads, a female Pallid Harrier, lots of Cyprus Wheatear setting up territories, at least two calling Cyprus Scops Owl, a small flock of Tree Pipit, more than 100 migrating Red-rumped Swallow, two Ortolan Bunting, Collared and Pied Flycatcher and a Eurasian Wryneck.

Wood Warbler, Androlikou 12th April 2019 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Wood Warbler, Androlikou 12th April 2019 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

 


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Cyprus Bird Report 2017

The Cyprus Bird Report 2017 is now available.  The  report  contains  53  colour  photos,  the  2017  Systematic  List  of  308  observed  species  or recognised  forms  which  was  compiled  from  nearly  69,000  records and  the  2017  Ringing  report. Plus papers  on  the  first  White-eyed Gull  in  Cyprus;  the study of migration with Cyprus Wheatears;  the BirdLife  Cyprus  2017  monitoring  programmes;  the breeding success, wintering ecology and migratory behaviour of Eleonora’s Falcon in Cyprus and  breeding Cyprus Scops Owl in a Cyprus garden.  The  Report  includes  species  charts  and tables and a full Cyprus bird List. The front cover features a male White-throated Robin photographed at Cape Greco by Filippos Georgiades.  The  Report  will  be  sent  automatically  to  those  BirdLife  Cyprus  members  whose  subscription includes  it.  Copies can be purchased if required by contacting the BirdLife Cyprus office. birdlifecyprus@birdlifecyprus.org.cy

Front page 2017 version 2


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Paphos area 25th March 2019

Final full day of guiding for the Travelling Naturalist Cyprus group today which we spent in Paphos. We visited Paphos Sewage Works, Timi beach, Mandria, Asprokremmos Dam and Paphos Headland and throughout the day it got windier which hampered our birding. But even so we had great views of two Bimaculated Lark, Greater Short-toed Lark, a Eurasian Stone Curlew and Western Yellow Wagtail at Mandria; at least ten Spur-winged Lapwing at Paphos Sewage Works and a bush full of feeding and resting warblers at the Headland which included several Eastern Subalpine and Ruppell’s Warbler. As we left the Headland we saw a lovely male Whinchat – one of the first of spring.

Swallowtail, Timi beach 25th March 2019 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Swallowtail, Timi beach 25th March 2019 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Akrotiri area 24th March 2019

Today the Travelling Naturalist group visited Akrotiri starting at Kensington Cliffs where we saw a Griffon Vulture and a male Cyprus Warbler. During the day we found many migrants in the area including Black-winged Stilt, Spur-winged Lapwing, Western Yellow Wagtail, Common Redstart, Ruppell’s and Subalpine Warbler, Little Ringed Plover, Eurasian Bittern, Common Hoopoe (photo). Black-eared Wheatear, Red-throated & Tree Pipit and ‘Steppe’ Buzzard.

Common Hoopoe, Phasouri 24th March 2019 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Common Hoopoe, Phasouri 24th March 2019 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Paphos area 23rd March 2019

Good start this morning out guiding for the Travelling Naturalist group with a showy male Cyprus Warbler to keep us entertained at Anarita Park. Other good birds included Spotted Crake and Peregrine Falcon at Agia Varvara; Cretzschmar’s Bunting, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Long-legged Buzzard and Red-rumped Swallow at Anarita Park; and an Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler at Asprokremmos Dam. Plenty of Corn Buntings (photo) at all locations visited.

Corn Bunting, Anarita Park 23rd March 2019 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Corn Bunting, Anarita Park 23rd March 2019 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Akamas area 22nd March 2019

Another good day out with the Travelling Naturalist Cyprus group. Today we visited Cape Drepanum, Arodes and Smygies and we had the luck to witness first hand the amazing numbers of Painted Lady butterflies currently migrating through Cyprus. We estimate we saw at least 200,000 through the day. We also saw some good birds including more Cyprus Wheatear, migrating flocks of Grey Heron and Little Egret, Blue-headed Wagtail, Chukar, Hen Harrier, Black-eared Wheatear and a Great Spotted Cuckoo pair. We rounded the day off finding several new orchid species.

Painted Lady Baths of Aphrodite 22nd March 2019 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Painted Lady Baths of Aphrodite 22nd March 2019 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Troodos, 21st March 2019

Second day guiding for Travelling Naturalist group in Cyprus travelling up to Troodos via Kouklia, Archimandrita, Agios Nikolaos and Platres. Highlights were good views of the endemic subspecies Coal Tit, Short-toed Treecreeper and Jay as well as Red Crossbill and low flying Pallid Swift. Also seen were several Cyprus Wheatear, European Serin, Corn Bunting and Laughing Dove at lower levels. Good collection of orchid species also seen as well as this crocus at Troodos.

Crocus Troodos 21st March 2019 (C) Cyprus Birding Tours

Crocus Troodos 21st March 2019 (C) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Paphos Headland 20th March 2019

First day out guiding with the Travelling Naturalist group currently in Cyprus. Day around Paphos Headland and Archaeological site. Highlights: Black-headed Wagtail, Long-legged Buzzard, Cretzschmar’s Bunting, Cyprus, Isabelline and Black-eared Wheatear, Tawny Pipit, Common Hoopoe, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Ruppell’s Warbler and Water Pipit. Photo of one of many Crested Lark.

Crested Lark, Paphos 20th March 2019 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Crested Lark, Paphos 20th March 2019 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Akrotiri area 16th March 2019

As well as the Demoiselle Cranes at Akrotiri on 16th March I also found several Great Spotted Cuckoo (photo), a Common Hoopoe, Water Pipit, Baltic and Slender-billed Gull, some Little Ringed Plover (photo) and a Purple Heron.

Great Spotted Cuckoo, Phasouri, 16th March 2019 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Great Spotted Cuckoo, Phasouri, 16th March 2019 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Purple Heron, Phasouri, 16th March 2019 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Purple Heron, Phasouri, 16th March 2019 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Little Ringed Plover, Phasouri, 16th March 2019 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Little Ringed Plover, Phasouri, 16th March 2019 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Demoiselle Cranes, Akrotiri 16th & 17th March 2019

Over the weekend hundreds of Demoiselle Crane were seen leaving Akrotiri Salt Lake and heading north to their breeding grounds of central Eurasia. We always get some on their return passage in late August early September – again mainly at Akrotiri Salt Lake. But such large numbers in spring are very unusual as they probably pass over without the need to rest here. We usually see a few single or double figure flocks each spring. It seems as if the bad storms of the weekend force them to land and rest as it did in March 2012.

I was lucky enough to be at Akrotiri yesterday morning and watch a group of around 90 birds feeding and getting ready to leave – which they did around 9:30 am.

Demoiselle Crane 3, Akrotiri Salt Lake 16th March 2019 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Demoiselle Crane, Akrotiri Salt Lake 16th March 2019 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Larnaca area today 15th March 2019

A wet Waterbird count around Larnaca today with counting done in between the rain. Highlights were two Little Gull (rising to three in the afternoon) (see photo), two Greater Sandplover, two Great Spotted Cuckoo (see photo), a Marsh Sandpiper, my first Lesser Whitethroat and Red-rumped Swallow of the year, Eurasian Curlew, Baltic Gull, Black-winged Stilt, Water Pipit and singing Eurasian Reed Warbler.

Great Spotted Cuckoo, Spiros Pool, 15th March 2019 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Great Spotted Cuckoo, Spiros Pool, 15th March 2019 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Little Gull, Spiros Pool 15th March 2019 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Little Gull, Spiros Pool 15th March 2019 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Cape Greco 13th March 2019

Spent most of the day at Cape Greco looking for early migrants. Some putting in an appearance – see list below – but the best was a lovely male Common Redstart of the samamisicus race (see photos). Also visited Oroklini Marsh and a couple of Agia Napa beaches where there were ten Greater Sandplovers (see photos).

Oroklini Marsh

Western Marsh Harrier 1
Black-tailed Godwit 5
Garganey 1m
Yellow Wagtail 1h
Northern Pintail 2m and 3f
Ferruginous Duck 7
Red-crested Pochard 1m and 5f
Black-winged Stilt c30
Spur-winged Lapwing 8
Common Redshank 1
Greater Flamingo 33
Common Swift 22
Cape Greco – from Kermia Beach to Agioi Anargyroi picnic site
Cyprus Warbler 6+ singing males
Ruppell’s Warbler 8m and 1f
Tree Pipit 1h
Cyprus Wheatear 4
Isabelline Wheatear 4
Greater Short-toed Lark 2
Northern Wheatear 1m
Yellow Wagtail 2 over
Blue Rock Thrush 1f
Common ‘Ehrenberg’s’ Redstart (samamisicus spp) 1m
Common Chiffchaff 30+
Black Redstart 7+
Audouin’s Gull 2
Black-eared Wheatear 1m pale throat
Macronissos Beach
Isabelline Wheatear 1
Agia Thekla
Greater Sandplover 10
Kentish Plover 2
Isabelline Wheatear 3
Northern Wheatear 1