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Larnaca area, morning 1st September 2016

Interesting birds seen this morning around Larnaca area:

Meneou Pool

Lesser Grey Shrike 7
European Roller 1
Red-backed Shrike 3 juv
Eurasian Hoopoe 1
Isabelline Wheatear 1
Larnaca Sewage Works (West pool is virtually empty)
Greater Flamingo 27
Black-tailed Godwit 1
Spur-winged Lapwing 15
Black-winged Stilt 7
White-winged Tern 3
Ruff 7
Collared Pratincole 2
Little Stint c50
Kentish Plover c40
Common Ringed Plover 8
Little Ringed Plover 2
Dunlin 2
Curlew Sandpiper 5
Marsh Sandpiper 1
Green Sandpiper
Ruddy Turnstone 1
Slender-billed Gull 1
Spiros Pool
Western Marsh Harrier 1f
Spiros Beach
Ruddy Turnstone 5
Common Ringed Plover 2
Kentish Plover 13
Larnaca Airport Coast 
Great Egret 1 flying E
Common Sandpiper 1
Isabelline Wheatear 1
Common Kingfisher 1
Pervolia
Lesser Grey Shrike 3
Red-backed Shrike 2
Red-rumped Swallow 2
Sand Martin 2
Tekke Mosque area
Lesser Grey Shrike 2
Red-backed Shrike 1 f
European Roller 1

Willow Warbler 1

Red-backed Shrike, Larnaca 1st September 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Red-backed Shrike, Larnaca 1st September 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Ruddy Turnstone, Spiros Beach 1st September 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Ruddy Turnstone, Spiros Beach 1st September 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Cape Greco and Oroklini today, 17th March 2014

Luckily the dust cleared at Cape Greco early on this morning and although again there was little evidence of the raptor migration I was looking for there was a noticeable movement of gulls offshore as well as a good collection of spring migrants and evidence that the breeding season is now underway.

A Peregrine Falcon was in the area and a female Marsh Harrier was resting on the ground near the Sea Caves in the afternoon. Nearly two hundred Yellow-legged Gull passed round the Cape during a four hour watch in the morning and there were five Lesser Black-backed Gull in with them – three Heuglin’s or Siberian Gull and two Baltic Gull. For five minutes a Common Cuckoo was calling across the area and two Cyprus Wheatear were singing on their territories as were three Cyprus Warbler and several Spectacled Warbler. I saw a male Spectacled Warbler taking food into a bush – presumably feeding young. House Sparrows were mating, flying around with nesting material and also carrying food.

I came across seventeen Northern Wheatear, fourteen Isabelline Wheatear and twelve Eurasian Hoopoe (six were together on a track). Also seen were four Cretzschmar’s Bunting, a Common Whitethroat, six Lesser Whitethroat, a Great Spotted Cuckoo, three male Blue Rock Thrush and a female Finsch’s Wheatear.

At Oroklini on my way home there were two Baltic Gull on the water and twelve Greater Flamingo. Three Black-tailed Godwit are still present and two male Red-crested Pochard were out in the open looking very smart. At least twenty Black-winged Stilt are now in the area and both Sedge Warbler and Reed Warbler were singing around the new observation platform. A surprise was a Glossy Ibis that flew in just as I was about to leave.

Cyprus Warbler Cape Greco 17th March 2014  (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Cyprus Warbler Cape Greco 17th March 2014 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Goldfinch Cape Greco 17th March 2014  (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Goldfinch Cape Greco 17th March 2014 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Great Spotted Cuckoo Cape Greco 17th March 2014  (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Great Spotted Cuckoo Cape Greco 17th March 2014 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours