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Cyprus Birding Tours Trip Report – Day’s Guiding Akrotiri and Larnaca 31st August 2016

A good day out birding with Byron started at Akrotiri Salt Lake where we scanned the area for roosting Demoiselle Cranes. None were present but although we were unlucky with that species we had a successful day  enabling Byron to get many of his target species which included – Chukar, Black Francolin, Cyprus Warbler, Cyprus Wheatear, Spur-winged Lapwing, Kentish Plover, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Long-legged Buzzard, Eleonora’s Falcon, Slender-billed Gull, Spectacled Warbler, Pallid Swift and Masked Shrike.

Highlights per location visited:

Akrotiri Salt Lake – Lesser Grey Shrike, European Bee-eater, Red-backed Shrike

Akrotiri Gravel Pits – Greater Flamingo c20 along coast, European Honey Buzzard 3 gaining height over area 9.30 am, Black Francolin, Common Ringed Plover, Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint, Broad-billed Sandpiper (thanks to local birder Tony who told us where the bird had moved to when it was absent from Lady’s Mile), Common Kingfisher, Tawny Pipit, Common Whitethroat, Northern Wheatear, Red-backed Shrike, Lesser Grey Shrike, Cretzschmar’s Bunting 2h and seen briefly

Lady’s Mile – Dunlin, Curlew Sandpiper, Common Greenshank, Common Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Eleonora’s Falcon (one over high up)

Phasouri Reed-beds – Western Marsh Harrier, Pallid Swift, Alpine Swift, European Roller, Eurasian Roller, Yellow Wagtail inc feldegg and thunbergii, Cattle Egret, Red-backed Shrike, Lesser Grey Shrike, Masked Shrike

Panagia Stazousa – Montagu’s Harrier 2m, Long-legged Buzzard, Peregrine Falcon, Whinchat, Cyprus Wheatear 3, Cyprus Warbler 2m, Lesser Whitethroat, Spotted Flycatcher, Red-backed Shrike, Lesser Grey Shrike, Masked Shrike

Larnaca Airport Pools South – European Bee-eater, Eurasian Stone Curlew

Larnaca Sewage Works – Glossy Ibis, Greater Flamingo, Montagu’s Harrier 1 juv, Ruff, Black-tailed Godwit, Black-winged Stilt, Ruddy Turnstone, Slender-billed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Whiskered Tern, White-winged Tern, Spur-winged Lapwing

Spiros Beach – Ruddy Turnstone 5

Petounta – Long-legged Buzzard

Agios Theodoros – Little Owl 2, Eurasian Scops Owl 1 h and seen, Black-crowned Night Heron 16 heading S

Total species – 79

Little Grebe, Black-crowned Night Heron, Cattle Egret, Grey Heron, Glossy Ibis, Greater Flamingo, Eurasian Teal, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, European Honey Buzzard, Western Marsh Harrier, Montagu’s Harrier, Long-legged Buzzard, Common Kestrel, Eleonora’s Falcon, Peregrine Falcon, Chukar, Black Francolin, Common Moorhen, Eurasian Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Eurasian Stone Curlew, Common Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Spur-winged Lapwing, Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Dunlin, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Ruff, Black-tailed Godwit, Common Greenshank, Ruddy Turnstone, Slender-billed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Whiskered Tern, White-winged Tern, Common Woodpigeon, Eurasian Collared Dove, Eurasian Scops Owl, Little Owl, Common Swift, Pallid Swift, Alpine Swift, Common Kingfisher, European Bee-eater, European Roller, Eurasian Hoopoe, Crested Lark, Sand Martin, Barn Swallow, Tawny Pipit, Blue-headed, Black-headed and Grey-headed Wagtail, Whinchat, Northern Wheatear, Cyprus Wheatear, Cetti’s Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Spectacled Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Cyprus Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Great Tit, Red-backed Shrike, Lesser Grey Shrike, Masked Shrike, Eurasian Magpie, Western Jackdaw, Hooded Crow, House Sparrow, European Greenfinch, European Goldfinch, Common Linnet, Cretzschmar’s Bunting

Broad-billed Sandpiper, Akrotiri, 31st August 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Broad-billed Sandpiper, Akrotiri, 31st August 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

 


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Larnaca Sewage Works this morning 7th August 2016

Still some interesting waders on Larnaca Sewage Works pools with an adult and a juvenile Pied Avocet among them today.

Larnaca Sewage Works 7th August 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Larnaca Sewage Works 7th August 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

The juvenile can just be made out in this photo taken from a distance. Also present:

Black-tailed Godwit 1
Spotted Redshank 2
Temminck’s Stint 2+
Little Stint 40+
Little Ringed Plover 1
Dunlin 3
Curlew Sandpiper 6
Wood Sandpiper 2
Green Sandpiper 1
Ruddy Shelduck 1
Garganey 9
White-winged Tern 3
Ruff 6
Common Redshank 1
Marsh Sandpiper 1
Ferruginous Duck 3
Yellow-legged Gull 31

Sprios Pool
Yellow-legged Gull 92 (all juvs)


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Migrating waders at Larnaca this morning 30th July 2016

As well as this Sanderling on Spiros Beach, there were at least five Curlew Sandpiper, two Little Ringed Plover, a Black-tailed Godwit and three Marsh Sandpiper at Larnaca Sewage Works. Several Little Stint and a couple of Common Sandpiper were also present. Seven Greater Flamingo were feeding there and in among the Mallard were a couple of Garganey, a single Northern Shoveler, a Ruddy Shelduck and some Ferruginous Duck. Many Spur-winged Lapwing were around the edge of the pools and in the nearby fields and a couple of Black-winged Stilt were still present. No sign of the Eurasian Curlew I had seen there the day before.


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Larnaca Waterbird count this morning, 16th May 2016

Out in the Larnaca area for the waterbird count with interesting species found listed below:

Meneou Pool
Little Tern 2
Greater Flamingo 3
Kentish Plover 3 ad

Larnaca Sewage Works pools and surrounds
Black Francolin 1 m and 1f
Black Tern 1
White-winged Tern 2
Curlew Sandpiper 5,
Black-winged Stilt 8
Ruff 17
Ferruginous Duck 1
Little Stint 5
Common Ringed Plover 1
Spur-winged Lapwing 15
Common Black-headed Gull 1
Ruddy Shelduck 1
Sand Martin 4

Spiros Pool
Kentish Plover 2
Spur-winged Lapwing 1

Larnaca Salt Lake
Kentish Plover 23
Black-winged Stilt 1f
Ruff 42
Glossy Ibis 6
Black-crowned Night Heron 5
Grey Heron 1
Little Bittern 1m.
Squacco Heron 2
Spur-winged Lapwing 3
Western Marsh Harrier 1
Yellow Wagtail feldegg 1h
Common Redstart 1f
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler 2
Eurasian Reed Warbler c10

Ruddy Shelduck , Larnaca Sewage Works 16th May 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Ruddy Shelduck , Larnaca Sewage Works 16th May 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Squacco Heron Larnaca Salt Lake 16th May 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Ruddy Shelduck , Larnaca Sewage Works 16th May 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Cyprus Birding Tours Trip Report: Two mornings guiding, 3rd & 6th May 2016, around Paphos

Two mornings out with Jean, Ray and Mair were spent at different Paphos locations where we had good views of many migrant breeders and migrating herons, hirundines, waders, Lesser Kestrel, Red-footed Falcon and European Bee-eater. We also got excellent views of the vagrant Amur Falcon – looking rather cross as he dried out after a downpour – and a displaying European Roller.

Highlights per locations:

Tuesday 3rd May

Evretou Dam –  Purple Heron 1, Chukar, Little Ringed Plover, Little Stint, Ruff, Common Snipe, Curlew Sandpiper 3, Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, European Bee-eater, Red-rumped Swallow, Cyprus Wheatear, Spotted Flycatcher, Eurasian Hoopoe

Androlikou – Eurasian Turtle Dove, Little Owl, European Bee-eater, European Roller, Eurasian Hoopoe, Cyprus Wheatear, Spotted Flycatcher

Neochorio – Smygies – European Bee-eatear, Red-rumped Swallow, Cyprus Wheatear, Eastern Olivaceous Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Eurasian Golden Oriole, Cretzschmar’s Bunting

Friday 6th May

Anarita Park – Lesser Kestrel 2, Red-footed Falcon c20, Amur Falcon 1m, Eleonora’s Falcon 1, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Little Owl, European Bee-eater, European Roller

Agia Varvara – Squacco Heron, European Bee-eater, Sand Martin

Paphos Sewage Works – Cattle Egret, Spur-winged Lapwing, Sand Martin 40+

Arodes (near village) – Golden Oriole 3, Black-headed Bunting 1 singing male

Two day list of species: 55 in total

Squacco Heron, Cattle Egret, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Lesser Kestrel, Common Kestrel, Red-footed Falcon, Amur Falcon, Eleonora’s Falcon, Chukar, Black Francolin, Little Ringed Plover, Spur-winged Lapwing, Little Stint, Ruff, Common Snipe, Curlew Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Yellow-legged Gull, Common Woodpigeon, Eurasian Collared Dove, Eurasian Turtle Dove, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Little Owl, Common Swift, European Bee-eater, European Roller, Eurasian Hoopoe, Crested Lark, Sand Martin, Barn Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, Common House Martin, Cyprus Wheatear, Cetti’s Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Eurasian Reed Warbler, Eastern Olivaceous Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Great Tit, Eurasian Golden Oriole, Eurasian Magpie, Western Jackdaw, Hooded Crow, House Sparrow, Spanish Sparrow, European Serin, European Greenfinch, European Goldfinch, Common Linnet, Cretzschmar’s Bunting, Black-headed Bunting, Corn Bunting

Amur Falcon drying off in the rain, Anarita Park, 6th May 2016

Amur Falcon drying off in the sun, Anarita Park, 6th May 2016


Black-headed Bunting, Arodes, 6th May 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Black-headed Bunting, Arodes, 6th May 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Limassol area today, 19th August 2015

A drive-around birdwatch of the Limassol area today with the star being a European Honey Buzzard sitting, carefully extracting and then eating wasp grubs from a piece of wasp nest he held in his talons. Even my non-birding companion got out of the car to watch that!

Other birds seen included:

Phassouri Reed Beds – Glossy Ibis 1 juv, Eurasian Turtle Dove 1, Red-backed Shrike 1f, Ferruginous Duck 1, Lesser Grey Shrike 1, Yellow Wagtail 3 juvs, Eurasian Reed Warbler

Akrotiri Gravel Pits – European Honey Buzzard 1, Red-backed Shrike 1f, Black-winged Stilt, Yellow Wagtail 12

Akrotiri Salt Lake – Greater Flamingo c1000

Lady’s Mile – Common Greenshank 2, Marsh Sandpiper 1, Curlew Sandpiper 1, Glossy Ibis 5, Little Egret 1, Kentish Plover c200, Little Stint c20, Dunlin 1

Kensington Cliffs – Eleonora’s Falcon 5

Glossy Ibis Lady's Mile 19th August 2015  (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Glossy Ibis Lady’s Mile 19th August 2015 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

 Grey Heron Phassouri Reed Beds 19th August 2015 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Grey Heron Phassouri Reed Beds 19th August 2015 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Larnaca area this morning 15th May 2015

Found the melanistic Greater Flamingo today in with the others on Larnaca Salt Lake – not as interesting a find to be honest as the Lesser Flamingo found on Tuesday at Kouklia Reservoir outside Famagusta. The first record of this species in Cyprus and it seems it may have been overlooked on other occasions in with the group of Greater Flamingo there, and has been there at least a week. Would be nice if it decided to move further south to give others the chance to see it. After all the melanistic bird showed that the species is quite mobile when here in Cyprus moving between wetlands.

Other interesting species included Gull-billed, Little and White-winged Tern, Temminck’s Stint and Broad-billed Sandpiper.

Full sightings include:

Aradippou – European Roller 2

Livadhia – Spotted Flycatcher 1

Livadhia Drainage Channel (Jumbo) – Spur-winged Lapwing 6

Larnaca Salt Lake – Greater Flamingo 300+ (including melanistic individual), Great Reed Warbler 1h, Black-winged Stilt 24, White-winged Tern 3, Little Tern 1, Spur-winged Lapwing 5, Glossy Ibis 6, Ruff 24, Purple Heron 2, Common Ringed Plover 7, Curlew Sandpiper 9, Gull-billed Tern 2

Larnaca Sewage Works – Spur-winged Lapwing 5, Black-winged Stilt 16+, Ruff 46, White-winged Tern 7, Whiskered Tern 6, Little Tern 1, Wood Sandpiper 8, Northern Shoveler 1m

Spiros Pool – Ruff 66, Common Ringed Plover 15, Little Stint c240, Curlew Sandpiper 28, Greater Flamingo 1, Temminck’s Stint 2, Broad-billed Sandpiper 1, Dunlin 1, European Bee-eater 30 in off sea,

Meneou Beach – Spotted Flycatcher 1, Little Tern 1

Spotted Flycatcher Livadia 15th May 2015  (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Spotted Flycatcher Livadia 15th May 2015 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Ruff Spiros Pool 15th May 2015  (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Ruff Spiros Pool 15th May 2015 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Terns and waders this evening 10th May 2015

Seventeen White-winged Tern and six Whiskered Tern were feeding over Larnaca Sewage Pools this evening as was a Little Gull. There was a good selection of wader on Spiros Pool – many of them in breeding plumage which we don’t often get the chance to see. There were single Red-necked Phalarope and Broad-billed Sandpiper, three Black-winged Godwit, several Curlew Sandpiper, five Dunlin, many Ruff and Little Stint, some Common Ringed Plover and Wood Sandpiper.

Two Collared Pratincole were on the Desalination Plant fields where more Wood Sandpiper and Ruff were feeding. It was good to see a small group of European Bee-eater and there was also a Whinchat and a Woodchat Shrike.

Whinchat Larnaca Desalination Plant 10th May 2015  (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Whinchat Larnaca Desalination Plant 10th May 2015 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Larnaca this morning, 8th May 2015

No sign of the Broad-billed Sandpiper, that had been present last night, on Spiros Pool this morning but still plenty of interest as there were nearly twenty Curlew Sandpiper, a Red-necked Phalarope, four Black-tailed Godwit, two Little Tern, a Little Gull, more than a hundred Little Stint and a Ruff in near breeding plumage among the twenty or so of that species.
A couple of Whinchat and a late Northern Wheatear were also seen, ten Glossy Ibis passed over and then along the airport coast I watched 41 Collared Pratincole flying over the sea and then move inland. A Whiskered Tern was on the Sewage Pools.