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Cyprus Birding Tours Trip Report – Two days guiding Paphos and Limassol 15th & 16th March 2014

Harish and Deepa were visiting Cyprus on a birding break and we visited sites in Paphos and Limassol. They were especially keen to get photographs of new species – this being their first birding trip in Europe. To give them a chance to appreciate the new birds they asked not to be taken to wetland sites as they wanted to concentrate on passerines and raptors.

Day one – Saturday 15th March

We visited Cape Drepanum, Paphos Headland, Mandria and Anarita Park. We found several Sylvia warblers including resident Sardinian and migrant Subalpine and Rüppell’s. An unexpected bird at Cape Drepanum was a male singing Cyprus Warbler. We had good views of Isabelline and Northern Wheatear as well as Western Black Redstart, Blue-headed Wagtail, Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat. We also found a male Finsch’s Wheatear at Anarita Park and a Black Francolin at Mandria.

Day two – Sunday 16th March

We started at Amathus and found at least eight singing male Cyprus Warbler as well as a female Blue Rock Thrush and five Chukar. A Masked Shrike, a Bluethroat, a Crag Martin and two migrating White Stork were the highlights at Germasogeia Dam although disappointingly we didn’t see any raptors there. We found several Western Marsh Harrier at Phassouri including a migrating adult male. A ringtail Hen Harrier and several Common Buzzard were also seen. There were many Northern Wheatear in the area and we found a Sedge Warbler, Black-headed Wagtail and another Bluethroat around the reed beds.

Offshore was a flock of at least 300 Garganey and around 150 Black-headed Gull and migrating Great Cormorant passed over. At least one Great Spotted Cuckoo was in the Gravel Pits area as well as three maybe four Hoopoe.

Two intensive days of birding in enjoyable company with a pleasing number of species considering we didn’t go looking for waterbirds as well.

 Seventy two species

Little Grebe, Great Cormorant, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, White Stork, Garganey, Mallard, Common Teal, Western Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Common Buzzard, Common Kestrel, Chukar, Black Francolin, Common Moorhen, European Coot, Common Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Ruff, Common Black-headed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Rock Dove, Common Woodpigeon, Eurasian Collared Dove, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Common Swift, Eurasian Hoopoe, Crested Lark, Woodlark, Eurasian Skylark, Eurasian Crag Martin, Barn Swallow, Common House Martin, Red-rumped Swallow, Meadow Pipit, Water Pipit, Blue-headed Wagtail, Black-headed Wagtail, White Wagtail, European Robin, Bluethroat, Western Black Redstart, Common Stonechat, Isabelline Wheatear, Northern Wheatear, Finsch’s Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush, Song Thrush, Cetti’s Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Sedge Warbler, Eurasian Reed Warbler, Subalpine Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Cyprus Warbler, Rüppell’s Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Eurasian Blackcap, Common Chiffchaff, Great Tit, Masked Shrike, Eurasian Magpie, Western Jackdaw, Hooded Crow, House Sparrow, Spanish Sparrow, Common Chaffinch, European Serin, European Greenfinch, European Goldfinch, Common Linnet, Corn Bunting


Peregrine Falcon, Merlin, Long-legged Buzzard and other raptors around Limassol today, 22nd January 2014

Went to Limassol to try and find the Pied Kingfisher that was seen around Limassol port last week but although I was unlucky with that I had an enjoyable day out. In the canal close to the port I watched a Water Rail creeping through the reeds and also found several Cetti’s Warbler, two Little Egret, two Grey Wagtail, several Water Pipit, a Common Snipe and a Common Kingfisher.

At Zakaki there were plenty of Black-headed Gull, Common Teal and Coot but the highlight of the day occurred there when two Peregrine Falcon flew over hotly pursued by a Merlin. One of the Peregrines and the Merlin even seemed to grapple at one stage. It was unclear why this was happening but am guessing it could have been a squabble over prey. The Merlin was being very aggressive towards the other two larger falcons.

There were several Marsh Harrier and a Hen Harrier as well as a couple of Common Buzzard at Phassouri Reed Beds. I heard a Water Rail there but couldn’t see it and found six Reed Buntings feeding on the reeds. In the Gravel Pits area the hunting Hen Harrier put up the two Eurasian Curlew that have been there since the new year.

I went to Germasogeia Dam in the late afternoon stopping there to walk around the Finikaria end of the dam. There were twelve Crag Martin flying around the area and a Long-legged Buzzard perched on a tree. I also saw a Peregrine Falcon as well as a Little Owl and more Water Pipit, Common Snipe and Grey Wagtail, as well as mixed flocks of finches – Linnets, Serin , Chaffinch and Goldfinch – and some Corn Bunting.

 Long-legged Buzzard, Finikaria, 22nd January 2014 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Long-legged Buzzard, Finikaria, 22nd January 2014 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours