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Nicosia birding this morning 8th January 2018

Back in Cyprus after a few weeks away and time to get the 2018 year list under way. Visiting Manglis Lake and Agios Sozomenos in Nicosia with the Black-necked Grebe I found at the former in mid December still present and good views of Long-legged Buzzard, Bonelli’s Eagle, Little Owl and Finsch’s Wheatear at the latter.

interesting sightings:

Manglis Lake
Black-necked Grebe 1
Northern Shoveler 13
Common Teal 1m
Little Egret 1
Great Cormorant 1

Agios Sozomenos
Cattle Egret 1
Red-throated Pipit 6
European Serin 2
Spectacled Warbler 3 singing males
Long-legged Buzzard 1
Bonelli’s Eagle 2
Little Owl 1 (see photo)
Northern Lapwing c50
Common Buzzard 2
Finsch’s Wheatear 1m and 1f
Corn Bunting 2 singing

Little Owl, Agios Sozomenos 8th January 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Little Owl, Agios Sozomenos 8th January 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Larnaca area this morning 5th November 2016

An unexpected visit to Larnaca this morning and good to see some water at the wetlands after the rain earlier in the week. Notable were an Osprey, a Pied Avocet and two Ruddy Shelduck at the Sewage Works and more than sixty Spur-winged Lapwing at Oroklini Marsh (see photo). Water levels at Oroklini were good and there was also a Black-necked Grebe there as well as many Eurasian Teal and Northern Shoveler. A Common Buzzard was chased away from the area by Hooded Crows.

Spur-winged Lapwing, Oroklini Marsh 5th November 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Spur-winged Lapwing, Oroklini Marsh 5th November 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Troodos, Zakaki area and Germasogeia Dam, 5th February 2016

Underestimated how much snow was still around at Troodos and most of my usual sites were difficult to explore. There were large flocks of Common Chaffinches around and the Coal Tits were very vocal and chasing through the trees. Unfortunately I didn’t have the chance to check the finch flocks for anything more interesting.

Down at Zakaki I found: Common Buzzard 1, Common Reed Bunting 4, Water Rail 1h, Bluethroat 1, Eurasian Penduline Tit 2+h, Western Marsh Harrier 2, Hen Harrier 1 ring tail, Spur-winged Lapwing 2, Green Sandpiper 1

Finishing the day at Germasogeia Dam there were at least 12 Eurasian Crag Martin, five Common House Martin and five Barn Swallow plus an adult Bonelli’s Eagle flying over the area, two Bluethroat, two Water Pipit, a Grey Wagtail, two European SerinĀ and flocks of Corn Bunting, Common Chaffinch, Common Linnet, European Goldfinch, Spanish Sparrow, and Meadow Pipit.

Bluethroat Germasogeia Dam 5th February 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Bluethroat Germasogeia Dam 5th February 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Common Buzzard Lady's Mile 5th February 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Common Buzzard Lady’s Mile 5th February 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Hooded Crow Lady's Mile 5th February 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Hooded Crow Lady’s Mile 5th February 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

 


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Finsch’s Wheatear and interesting raptors outside Nicosia this morning, 23rd October 2015

Found my target species today at Agios Sozomenos – a newly arrived male Finsch’s Wheatear (well he wasn’t there on Wednesday!) was setting up his winter territory there. An interesting selection of raptors was flying over the area – all receiving close attention from the local Western Jackdaws – first a juvenile Bonelli’s Eagle, then a Long-legged Buzzard, a Common Buzzard and finally a Eurasian Sparrowhawk all had to run the gauntlet. The only raptor that the Jackdaw’s didn’t bother was a Peregrine Falcon flying around the cliffs.

I only saw one White Stork in the nearby clover fields but I understand that two had been present earlier in the morning.

Finsch's Wheatear Agios Sozomenos 23rd October 2015 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Finsch’s Wheatear Agios Sozomenos 23rd October 2015 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

White Stork, Nicosia 23rd October 2015 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

White Stork, Nicosia 23rd October 2015 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours