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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


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Larnaca area 16th March 2020

Out around Larnaca yesterday morning doing the waterbird count. Still more than 2000 Greater Flamingos plus several hundred Slender-billed Gull, 23 Little Gull, three Mediterranean Gull, more than 50 Black-winged Stilt, nine Pied Avocet, a male Tufted Duck, three Great Crested Grebe, some Little and Common Ringed Plover, Ruff, Kentish Plover, some Northern and Isabelline Wheatear, a couple of Common Hoopoe (see photo), lots of Common Chiffchaff, Lesser Whitethroat and Western Yellow and White Wagtail and a Woodchat Shrike.

Common Hoopoe, Larnaca 16th March 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Common Hoopoe, Larnaca 16th March 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Cape Greco 13th March 2020

Lovely day around Cape Greco today – dodging some very heavy rain at times. Great birds including this male Masked Shrike (photo).

Other sightings included:

Isabelline Wheatear 28+
Northern Wheatear 12+
Common Hoopoe 20 incl a group of five in off sea together
Cyprus Wheatear 4
Common Crane 1 heading E 09:45
Black Redstart 10
Lesser Whitethroat 8+
Common Whitethroat 2
Song Thrush 7
Bluethroat 1
Black-eared Wheatear 2 pale throated and 5 dark throated
Ruppell’s Warbler 3m
Masked Shrike 1m
Blue Rock Thrush 3 (incl a pair with singing male)
Cyprus Warbler 3m
Common Nightingale 1
Great Spotted Cuckoo 1
Hen Harrier 1f
Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler 2
Common Redstart 1m and 1f
‘Ehrenberg’s’ Redstart 1f
Desert Wheatear 1m
Red-rumped Swallow 7
Black-headed Wagtail 30
Blue-headed Wagtail 2

Masked Shrike, Cape Greco 13th March 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Masked Shrike, Cape Greco 13th March 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Desert Wheatear, Mandria 10th March 2020

Desert Wheatear, Mandria 10th March 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Desert Wheatear, Mandria 10th March 2020 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Pleased to find one at Avakas coast this morning and then this individual on the beach at Mandria late in the afternoon. Light rubbish but never mind – always a great bird even if the photo doesn’t do it justice.

Had these other sightings today around Paphos:

Lara Beach
Woodchat Shrike 1
Tawny Pipit 1
Greater Short-toed Lark 3
Isabelline Wheatear 8
Woodlark 3

Avakas Coast
Desert Wheatear 1m
Isabelline Wheatear 5

Anarita Park early pm
Blue Rock Thrush 1m
Cyprus Wheatear 1
Pallid Swift 3

Timi Beach
Northern Wheatear 1m and 1f
Isabelline Wheatear 5
Little Ringed Plover 1

Mandria late pm
Desert Wheatear 1m on beach
Isabelline Wheatear 15+


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Agios Sozomenos, morning 7th October 2019

Quick visit to Agios Sozomenos outside Nicosia this morning. Very quiet apart from some Red-throated Pipits, a Cyprus Wheatear and a group of five Whinchat (one photographed below) and a male European Stonechat together on the edge of a field. The European Stonechat was my first of the winter – soon they will be so common everywhere until late March.

Whinchat , Agios Sozomenos, 7th October 2019 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Whinchat , Agios Sozomenos, 7th October 2019 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Troodos area 2nd July 2019

Masked Shrike, Troodos 2nd July 2019 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Masked Shrike, Troodos 2nd July 2019 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

A relaxing morning in the Troodos area. Several family parties seen – of Masked Shrike, Northern Wren, Olivaceous Warbler, Cyprus Wheatear, Eurasian Jay as well as several Spotted Flycatcher, Coal Tit, Common Chaffinches, European Goldfinch and Greenfinch. Also a couple of Eurasian Crag Martin, two Grey Wagtail and a Common Hoopoe. This Masked Shrike looked the worse for wear – after a tiring breeding season I’m guessing.


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Akamas 12th April 2019

Second day out guiding for Birdwatching Breaks and we visited the Akamas area. Highlights were a tree full of warblers including this Wood Warbler (photo), two adult Bonelli’s Eagles one of which flew right over our heads, a female Pallid Harrier, lots of Cyprus Wheatear setting up territories, at least two calling Cyprus Scops Owl, a small flock of Tree Pipit, more than 100 migrating Red-rumped Swallow, two Ortolan Bunting, Collared and Pied Flycatcher and a Eurasian Wryneck.

Wood Warbler, Androlikou 12th April 2019 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Wood Warbler, Androlikou 12th April 2019 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

 


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Paphos area 23rd March 2019

Good start this morning out guiding for the Travelling Naturalist group with a showy male Cyprus Warbler to keep us entertained at Anarita Park. Other good birds included Spotted Crake and Peregrine Falcon at Agia Varvara; Cretzschmar’s Bunting, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Long-legged Buzzard and Red-rumped Swallow at Anarita Park; and an Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler at Asprokremmos Dam. Plenty of Corn Buntings (photo) at all locations visited.

Corn Bunting, Anarita Park 23rd March 2019 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Corn Bunting, Anarita Park 23rd March 2019 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Akamas area 22nd March 2019

Another good day out with the Travelling Naturalist Cyprus group. Today we visited Cape Drepanum, Arodes and Smygies and we had the luck to witness first hand the amazing numbers of Painted Lady butterflies currently migrating through Cyprus. We estimate we saw at least 200,000 through the day. We also saw some good birds including more Cyprus Wheatear, migrating flocks of Grey Heron and Little Egret, Blue-headed Wagtail, Chukar, Hen Harrier, Black-eared Wheatear and a Great Spotted Cuckoo pair. We rounded the day off finding several new orchid species.

Painted Lady Baths of Aphrodite 22nd March 2019 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Painted Lady Baths of Aphrodite 22nd March 2019 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Troodos, 21st March 2019

Second day guiding for Travelling Naturalist group in Cyprus travelling up to Troodos via Kouklia, Archimandrita, Agios Nikolaos and Platres. Highlights were good views of the endemic subspecies Coal Tit, Short-toed Treecreeper and Jay as well as Red Crossbill and low flying Pallid Swift. Also seen were several Cyprus Wheatear, European Serin, Corn Bunting and Laughing Dove at lower levels. Good collection of orchid species also seen as well as this crocus at Troodos.

Crocus Troodos 21st March 2019 (C) Cyprus Birding Tours

Crocus Troodos 21st March 2019 (C) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Paphos Headland 20th March 2019

First day out guiding with the Travelling Naturalist group currently in Cyprus. Day around Paphos Headland and Archaeological site. Highlights: Black-headed Wagtail, Long-legged Buzzard, Cretzschmar’s Bunting, Cyprus, Isabelline and Black-eared Wheatear, Tawny Pipit, Common Hoopoe, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Ruppell’s Warbler and Water Pipit. Photo of one of many Crested Lark.

Crested Lark, Paphos 20th March 2019 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Crested Lark, Paphos 20th March 2019 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours