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Meneou this morning 9th August 2020

Some interesting birds at Meneou this morning including at least 230 Black-winged Stilt, plus much smaller numbers of Ruff, Common and Little Ringed Plover, Little Stint, Common and Green Sandpiper and Collared Pratincole. At least eight Little Tern and a juvenile White-winged Tern. Plenty of Yellow-legged Gull roosting on salt flats and flying around the Sewage Works including several juveniles (see photo).

Yellow-legged Gull, Larnaca Sewage Works 9th August 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Yellow-legged Gull, Larnaca Sewage Works 9th August 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Larnaca area 17th July 2020

A surprise today around Larnaca in the shape of a female Red-necked Phalarope – bad record photo below – along with more usual birds in the shape of early passage migrants five Black-headed (see photo) and a Slender-billed Gull, a White-winged, two Common and four Little Tern; at least four Little Ringed Plover and Green and Wood Sandpiper and several breeding Spur-winged Lapwing (photo) and Black-winged Stilt.

Red-necked Phalarope, Larnaca 17th July 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Red-necked Phalarope, Larnaca 17th July 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Spur-winged Lapwing. Larnaca Sewage Works, 17th July 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Spur-winged Lapwing. Larnaca Sewage Works, 17th July 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Black-headed Gull, Larnaca Sewage Works, 17th July 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Black-headed Gull, Larnaca Sewage Works, 17th July 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Akrotiri morning 2nd July 2020

A morning around the Akrotiri peninsula with some interesting species seen.

Akrotiri Salt Lake
Slender billed Gull 50+
Common Tern 2
Gull billed Tern 4
Caspian Tern 1
Little Tern 15
Spotted Redshank 1
Marsh Sandpiper 4
Wood Sandpiper 1
Green Sandpiper 4
Common Redshank 4+
Greater Flamingo c1000
Little Ringed Plover 4
Little Egret 3
Black winged Stilt 100+

Akrotiri Marsh (Phasouri Reed beds)
Glossy Ibis 24
Little Egret 16 (see photo)
Grey Heron 2
Cattle Egret 8
Spur winged Lapwing 1
Squacco Heron 4
Little Bittern 1m
Eleonora’s Falcon 1
Red rumped Swallow 7 heading S
Black crowned Night Heron 1 juv in flightLittle Egret, Akrotiri 2nd July 2020


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Terns, Larnaca 25th June 2020

Three species of tern fishing this morning at Larnaca Sewage Works: two Common Tern, at least two Gull-billed Tern (photo) and several Little Tern.

Gull-billed Tern, Larnaca Sewage Works, 25th June 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Gull-billed Tern, Larnaca Sewage Works, 25th June 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Red Crossbills, Troodos 23rd June 2020

At this time of year the birds in Troodos are looking for any remaining streams or pools in which they can drink or bathe. This small stream is drying up rapidly, but still had some visitors while I watched there yesterday, including this pair of Red Crossbills.

Red Crossbill, Troodos 23rd June 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Red Crossbill, Troodos 23rd June 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Red Crossbill, Troodos 23rd June 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Red Crossbill, Troodos 23rd June 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Troodos 16th June 2020

Another lovely day at Troodos enjoying the birds that seem to be numerous this summer with less disturbance.

Those seen included:

Platania
Grey Wagtail 1

Amiandos Botanical Gardens
Eleonora’s Falcon 1
European Serin h

Almyrolivado
Masked Shrike 6+ (see photo)
Cyprus Wheatear 1f
Spotted Flycatcher 2 (see photo)
Cyprus Scops Owl 1h

Livadi tou Pashia
Cyprus Wheatear 1m singing
Common Hoopoe 1h
Masked Shrike 6+
Spotted Flycatcher 1
Red-rumped Swallow 4
European Serin 2

Troodos Square
Pallid Swift 3+
Cyprus Wheatear 3m and 1f

Caledonia Trail (Troodos end)
Grey Wagtail pair
Spotted Flycatcher 1

Lots of Coal Tits, Jays, Wrens, Blackbirds (see photo) and Chaffinches everywhere

Eurasian Blackbird, Troodos 16th June 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Eurasian Blackbird, Troodos 16th June 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Masked Shrike, Troodos 16th June 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Masked Shrike, Troodos 16th June 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Spotted Flycatcher, Troodos 16th June 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Spotted Flycatcher, Troodos 16th June 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Achna Dam morning 6th June 2020.

Achna Dam 6th June 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Achna Dam 6th June 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

I don’t remember as much water in Achna Dam before as I found today . But even so I managed to have a good walk in several areas and found some interesting birds. Its getting hotter though now so I guess walks of an hour or more will soon be out of the question!

Birds seen included:
Glossy Ibis 13
Squacco Heron 8
Gull billed Tern 12
Spur winged Lapwing 8
Great Cormorant 2
Grey Heron 3
Great Crested Grebe 1 ad
European Roller 1
Cattle Egret 2 (one with stick in bill)
Little Egret 2
Little Bittern 1f
Purple Heron 1
Common Hoopoe 4
Black winged Stilt 2


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Troodos area 2nd June 2020

Spent the day at Troodos which was full of breeding residents and summer visitors including Cyprus Wheatear, Masked Shrike, Spotted Flycatcher, Olivaceous Warbler, Common Hoopoe, Red Crossbill, Eurasian Blackbird, Coal Tit, Short-toed Treecreeper, Grey Wagtail, Northern Wren, Red-rumped Swallow, Eurasian Jay and Eurasian Crag Martin.

Cyprus Wheatear, Troodos, 2nd June 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Cyprus Wheatear, Troodos, 2nd June 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Grey Wagtail, Troodos, 2nd June 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Grey Wagtail, Troodos, 2nd June 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Olivaceous Warbler, Troodos, 2nd June 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Olivaceous Warbler, Troodos, 2nd June 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Northern Wren, Troodos, 2nd June 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Northern Wren, Troodos, 2nd June 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Spotted Flycatcher, Troodos, 2nd June 2020(c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Spotted Flycatcher, Troodos, 2nd June 2020(c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Cyprus Bird Report 2018

Cyprus Bird Report 2018

This is now ready and available from the BirdLife Cyprus office. Copies will be sent to members of BirdLife Cyprus whose subscription includes this. Anyone wishing to purchase a copy should contact:
BirdLife Cyprus office
P.O. Box 12026
Nicosia 2340
Cyprus
Tel 22455072. birdlifecyprus@birdlifecyprus.org.cy

Front page 2018 final-1


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Paphos area May 21st 2020

Headed towards Paphos yesterday for first day here without a lock down and restrictions on movement. Spent some time in the Akamas where I found plenty of European Roller, a Woodchat Shrike, several Black-headed Bunting, two Cretzschmar’s Bunting (see photo of female), European Turtle Dove, Red-rumped Swallow and Cyprus Wheatear. On the way home I visited Agia Varvara soakaways where there is still some water and spent time watching a Little Bittern and a Squacco Heron (see photo) fishing.

Cretzschmar's Bunting, Akamas 21st May 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Cretzschmar’s Bunting, Akamas 21st May 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Squacco Heron, Agia Varvara 21st May 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Squacco Heron, Agia Varvara 21st May 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Larnaca area today 24th March 2020

Like many other local birders I was out trying to make the most of what could be last birding away from my garden for many weeks as we are now in lock down.

Some good birds around including my first Subalpine Warbler, Whinchat and Montagu’s Harrier of the year.

Meneou Pool
Mediterranean Gull 1
Slender-billed Gull 1
Garganey 3
Greater Flamingo c70
Little Egret 5
Common Sandpiper 1
Black-eared Wheatear 1m (see photo)

Larnaca Airport Pools South
Greater Flamingo c800
Northern Shoveler c120
Mediterranean Gull 5
Black-eared Wheatear 1m

Spiros Beach
Little Stint 10
Kentish Plover 2
Little Ringed Plover 1
Isabelline Wheatear 2

Spiros Pool
Spotted Redshank 4
Bluethroat 1
Garganey 50+
Ruff c30
Black-winged Stilt c40
Black-eared Wheatear 2m and 1f
Northern Wheatear 1m (see photo)
Ruppell’s Warbler 1m
Common Hoopoe 4
Masked Shrike 1m
Black-tailed Godwit 2
Subalpine Warbler 1m

Larnaca Airport Coast
Black-eared Wheatear 2m
Isabelline Wheatear 2
Common Nightingale 1

Softades
Northern Wheatear 1
Montagu’s Harrier 1m
Common Hoopoe 1m in off sea
Northern Wheatear 2

Kiti to Petounta road
Northern Wheatear 6

Petounta Point
Common Snipe 6
Little Ringed Plover 13 (see photo)
Citrine Wagtail 1f (see photo)
Black-headed Wagtail feldegg 12+
Blue-headed Wagtail flava 2
Grey-headed Wagtail thunbergi 1
Common Hoopoe 2
Kentish Plover 1
Northern Wheatear 3
Water Pipit 8+
Red-throated Pipit 1
Isabelline Wheatear 4
Black-eared Wheatear 5
Common Quail 1 in flight
Spur-winged Lapwing 1
Cyprus Wheatear 1f
Ruppell’s Warbler 1m
Common Redstart 2m

Kivisili fields
Black-eared Wheatear 4m
Cyprus Wheatear 1f
Isabelline Wheatear 1
Whinchat 2m
Common Hoopoe 3
Green Sandpiper 1

 

Black-eared Wheatear, Larnaca 24th March 2020 (Cyprus Birding Tours)

Black-eared Wheatear, Larnaca 24th March 2020 (Cyprus Birding Tours)

Female Citrine Wagtail, Petounta 24th March 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Female Citrine Wagtail, Petounta 24th March 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Little Ringed Plover, Petounta 24th March 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Little Ringed Plover, Petounta 24th March 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Northern Wheatear, Spiros Pool 24th March 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Northern Wheatear, Spiros Pool 24th March 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours