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More Nicosia birding 12th January 2018

Out around Nicosia again today visiting Manglis Lake, Athalassa Dam and Agios Sozomenos. Best birds were:

Manglis Lake
Great Egret 1
Little Egret 1
Black-necked Grebe 1

Athalassa Dam
Grey Wagtail 1
Great Egret 2
Little Egret 1
Grey Heron 6
Black-crowned Night Heron 3ad and 1imm
Great Cormorant 60+
Black-necked Grebe 3
Ferruginous Duck 9
Eurasian Blackbird 1h
European Serin 2+
Plus plenty of Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, Coot, Moorhen and Little Grebe

Agios Sozomenos
Long-legged Buzzard 1
Hen Harrier 1 being chased away by Long-legged Buzzard
Spanish Sparrow 30+
Bonelli’s Eagle 1 ad and 1 imm
Finsch’s Wheatear 1m and 1f
Common Quail 1h calling from edge of field of alfalfa
Red-throated Pipit 2h

Black-crowned Night Heron (immature), Athalassa Dam 12th January 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Black-crowned Night Heron (immature), Athalassa Dam 12th January 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

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Paphos Headland, 9th January 2018

Photos of a few of the birds at Paphos Headland early this afternoon. Birds of note included:

Greater Sandplover 3 hunkered down
Eurasian Golden Plover 58
Common Sandpiper 2
Ruddy Turnstone 2
Whimbrel 1
Eurasian Skylark 12

Whimbrel, Paphos Headland 9th January 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Whimbrel, Paphos Headland 9th January 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Crested Lark, Paphos Headland 9th January 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Crested Lark, Paphos Headland 9th January 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Greater Sandplover, Paphos Headland 9th January 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding ToursHooded Crow, Paphos Headland 9th January 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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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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Review of 2017

Another year draws to a close and as some of you may know Cyprus Birding Tours will not be offering private guided tours during the first six months of 2018 due to my  commitments on other bird related tasks and increased work with UK based tour companies. 2017 was a great year for Cyprus Birding Tours with 56 days of guiding with returning and new birders – thank you all. We saw many great species including the endemic Cyprus Warbler and Cyprus Wheatear and endemic sub-species Scops Owl, Short-toed Treecreeper, Coal Tit and Jay as well as Black Francolin, Chukar, Common Quail, Ruddy Shelduck, Red-crested Pochard, Ferruginous Duck, Greater Flamingo, European Turtle Dove, Laughing Dove, Pallid Swift, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Spotted, Baillon’s and Little Crake, Scopoli’s Shearwater, Black Stork, Common Little Bittern, Great White Pelican, Greater Sandplover, Spur-winged Lapwing, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Temminck’s Stint, Collared Pratincole, Slender-billed Gull, Audouin’s Gull, Caspian Tern, Whiskered and White-winged Tern, European Honey Buzzard, Black Kite, Griffon Vulture, Bonelli’s Eagle, Montagu’s and Pallid Harrier, Northern Goshawk, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Pied Kingfisher, Lesser Kestrel, Red-footed and Elenora’s Falcon, Masked and Woodchat Shrike, Eurasian Penduline Tit, Bar-tailed Lark, Bimaculated and Calandra Lark, Eastern Olivaceous Warbler, Moustached Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Eastern Bonelli’s, Subalpine and Ruppell’s Warbler, Barred Warbler, Bluethroat, Semi-collared Flycatcher, Finsch’s Wheatear, Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush, Red-throated Pipit, Richard’s Pipit, Red Crossbill, Black-headed, Cretzschmar’s and Ortolan Bunting.

A great selection of birds – especially the Bar-tailed Lark which was only the sixth Cyprus record!

I will still have time (I hope) to do some personal birding so this site will act as my Cyprus Birding blog in 2018.

Many thanks to everyone who has supported Cyprus Birding Tours and I wish you all the best in 2018. Hopefully I will bump into many of you making return visits here.


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CYPRUS BIRD SIGHTINGS RECORDS FOR 2017

 

Have you been out bird watching in Cyprus during 2017? Then please don’t forget to send all your 2017 sightings in to the Recorder if you haven’t already done so. They can be sent either via the Global portal of the BTO BirdTrack database http://app.bto.org/birdtrack2/main/data-home.jsp or on the excel form which you can either download from the BirdLife Cyprus website or the Recorder can send to you.  Email lists are acceptable if you are not comfortable with either of those two methods. Users of the eBird recording scheme can download their sightings into an excel file and forward them in that format if they want.

So that the 2017 database can be completed it would be appreciated if they are received by February 10th 2018.  If you are unable to meet that deadline but still have 2017 records to submit please let the Recorder know.

Make your birdwatching count and ensure that your sightings are included in the 2017 country database. Please note that the only way for your records to be included in the database is to ensure that the Recorder receives them. Unfortunately, she is unable to include those only noted on various social media sites, ‘round-robin’ emails, “BirdLine” etc.

Jane Stylianou

cypriaca@birdlifecyprus.org.cy

BirdLife Cyprus Bird Recorder

P O Box 24382, 1703 Nicosia, Cyprus


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Northern Shoveler, Oroklini Marsh 13th December 2017

Photos of feeding Northern Shoveler – a couple of males, a group of many feeding together and a lone female feeding in the mud.

Male Northern Shoveler, Oroklini Marsh, 13th December 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Male Northern Shoveler, Oroklini Marsh, 13th December 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Northern Shoveler feeding, Oroklini Marsh, 13th December 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Northern Shoveler feeding, Oroklini Marsh, 13th December 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Female Northern Shoveler, Oroklini Marsh, 13th December 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Female Northern Shoveler, Oroklini Marsh, 13th December 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Waterbird Count Larnaca 13th December 2017

Not very many Greater Flamingos on the Salt Lake – less than 100 in the whole area. Numbers of ducks reduced on the Sewage Works pools from November but still plenty of Northern Shoveler, Mallard and Common Teal. More than thirty Black-necked Grebe have arrived for the winter but only four Greater White-fronted Geese – the numbers of those wintering here get less every year. A male Tufted Duck was on the pools as were five Common Pochard, 21 Ferruginous Duck, nine Eurasian Wigeon and four Northern Pintail.

Good numbers of Dunlin (see photo), Common Redshank, Little Stint, Common Ringed Plover and Kentish Plover as well as four Common Snipe, a Green Sandpiper and two Little Ringed Plover. A large flock of Eurasian Golden Plover and two Eurasian Curlew were in fields near the coast. Two Hen Harrier and two Western Marsh Harrier were hunting over the area. Plenty of Eurasian Skylark were in the fields. Offshore were four Sandwich Tern. Four Heuglin’s, some Caspian and a couple of Armenian Gull were roosting with the large group of Black-headed Gull on the Salt Lake.

A quick visit to Oroklini afterwards and I found a first winter Mediterranean Gull in with the Black-headed Gull and more Northern Shoveler and Greater Flamingo on the main lake. Two Merlin flew over the area and it was depressing to see 19 Spur-winged Lapwing roosting on a newly constructed road, part of an area that looks as if it is to be drained for housing.

Dunlin, Meneou 13th December 2017 (d) Cyprus Birding Tours

Dunlin, Meneou 13th December 2017 (d) Cyprus Birding Tours

Dunlin, Meneou 13th December 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Dunlin, Meneou 13th December 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Common Redshank, Larnaca Salt Lake, 13th December 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Common Redshank, Larnaca Salt Lake, 13th December 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Red-breasted Merganser today Akrotiri Gravel Pits 5th December 2017

I hadn’t been sure where to go birding today until I heard last night that local birder John East had found a female Red-breasted Merganser at Akrotiri Gravel Pits. The last record was in 2014 so not to be missed. The bird was keeping close company with a Great Crested Grebe and a Black-necked Grebe who had been on the pool for several days and I was pleased to get a few photos. Also around Akrotiri today:

Akrotiri Gravel Pits
Eurasian Sparrowhawk 1
European Serin 7
Woodlark 8
Red-breasted Merganser 1f
Great Crested Grebe 1
Black-necked Grebe 1
Little Grebe 1
Western Marsh Harrier 1f and 1 sub-ad male

Phasouri Reed-beds
Bluethroat 1
Eurasian Skylark 1

Zakaki Marsh
Water Rail 1h

Lady’s Mile
Black-headed Gull 300+
Armenian Gull 6+
Caspian Gull 1+
Greater Flamingo 48 juvs
Pied Avocet 2
Common Buzzard 1

Akrotiri Salt Lake
Greater Flamingo c1200
Common Buzzard 1


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Agios Sozomenos this morning 2nd December 2017

Best bird was an immature Bonelli’s Eagle (see photo) being mobbed by a Common Kestrel but also saw three Finsch’s Wheatear, a female Blue Rock Thrush and a singing male Spectacled Warbler. There were many Eurasian Skylark, Red-throated and Meadow Pipit in the fields as well as a large flock of more than 80 Northern Lapwing (see photo).

Bonelli's Eagle, Nicosia 2nd December 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Bonelli’s Eagle, Nicosia 2nd December 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Northern Lapwing, Agios Sozomenos 2nd December 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Northern Lapwing, Agios Sozomenos 2nd December 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Troodos area today 1st December 2017

Hawfinch, Troodos, 1st December 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Hawfinch, Troodos, 1st December 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Red Crossbill, Troodos, 1st December 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Red Crossbill, Troodos, 1st December 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Found several Hawfinch, European Siskin, Woodlark and Red Crossbill today at Troodos, as well as the more usual Northern Wren, Common Chaffinch, Coal Tit, Eurasian Jay, Short-toed Treecreeper and Eurasian Blackbird.


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East of island 28th November 2017

 

Greater Sandplover, Agios Trias, 28th November 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Greater Sandplover, Agios Trias, 28th November 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Visited several sites this morning before the heavens opened and the rain ruined any chance of birding in the afternoon.

Akhna Dam
Hen Harrier 1 ring -tail
Black-necked Grebe 2
Woodlark 11

Agios Trias
Greater Sandplover 4 (see photograph)
Eurasian Shag 1

Avgorou
Common Starling 2

Cape Greco
Hen Harrier 1 ring-tail
House Sparrow 500+
Spanish Sparrow 20+
Common Buzzard 2
Northern Wheatear 1m
Blue Rock Thrush 1m

Kermia Beach
House Sparrow 300+
Spanish Sparrow 50+

Macronissos Beach
Eurasian Collared Dove 80+
Laughing Dove 4
Common Kingfisher 1
Audouin’s Gull 1

Potamos Liopetriou
Common Shelduck 1 flying W