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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


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Cape Greco 13th March 2019

Spent most of the day at Cape Greco looking for early migrants. Some putting in an appearance – see list below – but the best was a lovely male Common Redstart of the samamisicus race (see photos). Also visited Oroklini Marsh and a couple of Agia Napa beaches where there were ten Greater Sandplovers (see photos).

Oroklini Marsh

Western Marsh Harrier 1
Black-tailed Godwit 5
Garganey 1m
Yellow Wagtail 1h
Northern Pintail 2m and 3f
Ferruginous Duck 7
Red-crested Pochard 1m and 5f
Black-winged Stilt c30
Spur-winged Lapwing 8
Common Redshank 1
Greater Flamingo 33
Common Swift 22
Cape Greco – from Kermia Beach to Agioi Anargyroi picnic site
Cyprus Warbler 6+ singing males
Ruppell’s Warbler 8m and 1f
Tree Pipit 1h
Cyprus Wheatear 4
Isabelline Wheatear 4
Greater Short-toed Lark 2
Northern Wheatear 1m
Yellow Wagtail 2 over
Blue Rock Thrush 1f
Common ‘Ehrenberg’s’ Redstart (samamisicus spp) 1m
Common Chiffchaff 30+
Black Redstart 7+
Audouin’s Gull 2
Black-eared Wheatear 1m pale throat
Macronissos Beach
Isabelline Wheatear 1
Agia Thekla
Greater Sandplover 10
Kentish Plover 2
Isabelline Wheatear 3
Northern Wheatear 1


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Akamas 7th – 9th September 2018

Spent the last few days in north west corner of island – joining BirdLife Cyprus’ members weekend there which included a boat trip to Cape Arnaouti from Latchi Harbour.

My birding highlights included Baltic Gull, Gull-billed Tern, flocks of Purple & Grey Heron and Glossy Ibis, several Red-backed and Masked Shrike, a migrating European Sparrowhawk, flocks of European Bee-eater (see photo), an Ortolan Bunting, several autumn plumage Cyprus Wheatear (see photo), Red-rumped Swallow, Alpine Swift, a juvenile Pallid Harrier, Whinchat and a Common Hoopoe.

Cyprus Wheatear, Droushia 8th September 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Cyprus Wheatear, Droushia 8th September 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

European Bee-eater, Arodes 9th September 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

European Bee-eater, Arodes 9th September 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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East of the island this morning 9th August 2018.

Very hot this morning on east of the island although quite windy. New migrants for the autumn for me were Isabelline Wheatear (see photo), Woodchat, Lesser and Red-backed Shrike, Yellow Wagtail and Lesser Whitethroat. A new migrant wader was a Eurasian Curlew at Larnaca Sewage Works.

Other sightings:

Agia Napa Sewage Works
Grey Heron 1 heading W
Lesser Whitethroat 6+
Olivaceous Warbler 2+
Cyprus Warbler 2h
Isabelline Wheatear 1
Red-rumped Swallow 14

Cape Greco
Isabelline Wheatear 3
Cyprus Wheatear 1 juv

Agia Napa Football Fields
Woodchat Shrike 2 in same fig tree
Red-backed Shrike 1m
European Roller 1
Cattle Egret 40+

Achna Dam
Lesser Grey Shrike 1
Common Hoopoe 3
Little Egret 4
Little Stint 2
Little Ringed Plover 9
Wood Sandpiper 2
Green Sandpiper 2
Common Sandpiper 4
Spur-winged Lapwing 28
Gull-billed Tern
Grey Heron 2
Yellow Wagtail 1+ heard

Oroklini Marsh
Yellow Wagtail 5
Black-winged Stilt 5
Spur-winged Lapwing 74
Cattle Egret c20
Little Egret 1
Marsh Sandpiper 1
Wood Sandpiper c10
Green Sandpiper 4
Ruff 7
Common Redshank 8
Common Sandpiper 1

Larnaca Airport Coast
Yellow-legged Gull 57

Spiros Beach
Kentish Plover 6 juv

Larnaca Sewage Works
Eurasian Curlew 1
Little Stint 10+
Black-winged Stilt 10+
Spur-winged Lapwing 30+
Greater Flamingo 160+
Grey Heron 4
Ruff 6
Marsh Sandpiper 1
Pallid Swift 2
Common Swift 1
Common Sandpiper 2+
Garganey 3+
Common Teal 4
Slender-billed Gull 1
Black-headed Gull 3+
Ferruginous Duck 10+

Isabelline Wheatear, Agia Napa Sewage Works, 9th August 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Isabelline Wheatear, Agia Napa Sewage Works, 9th August 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Troodos this morning 28th June 2018

Plenty of the ‘usual suspects’ around Troodos this morning. Especially good views of Masked Shrike, Spotted Flycatcher, Eurasian Jay, Cyprus Wheatear and Red-rumped Swallow. A male Blue Rock Thrush was singing at Amiantos.

Below is a photo of a Eurasian Jay – a Cyprus endemic sub species – taking a bath in one of the many water troughs at a picnic site.

Eurasian Jay, Troodos, 28th June 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Eurasian Jay, Troodos, 28th June 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours