Cyprus Visit September 2019

SAT 14 SEPT - An eventful final day , with a mid evening flight needed to be at the airport for 18.00 

Drove to Akrotiri Tower Hide arriving 10.45 - 1 GREAT REED WARBLER , 80 BEE EATER , 1 KINGFISHER, 1 HONEY BUZZARD, 

1 F BLACK FRANCOLIN .

A brief stop at Zakaki Marsh - 1 Honey Buzzard , 2 MARSH HARRIER, 20 BEE EATER , 10 YELLOW WAGTAIL, 5 RED RUMPED SWALLOW,250 SWALLOW, 50 SAND MARTIN.

Made 2 visits to Mandria 13.15-14.30 &16.30 17.15-

70 STONS CURLEW, 70 YELLOW WAGTAIL, 5 BLACK HEADED WAGTAIL, 40 SHORT TOED LARK , 2 WHEATEAR , 1 WHINCHAT ,

1 MIPIT , finally 2 really good birds to finish off with - A F MONTAGUES HARRIER( landed briefly 30 yards away and a cracking M ORTOLAN BUNTING .

Final Trip list 109 species 

Will post some photos when we get home - internet very slow for downloading 

FRI 13 SEPT 

Drove over to Oroklini Marsh for 09.55 - 85 SPUR WINGED PLOVER,

3 TEMMINCKS STINT, 7 SNIPE , 1 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER, 

1 RINGED PLOVER, 5 WOOD SANDPIPER, 1 GREEN SANDPIPER, 2 MARSH SANDPIPER, 6 REDSHANK, 1 GREENSHANK, 15 LITTLE EGRET, 2 GREAT WHITE EGRET, 1 CATTLE EGRET, 1 GREY HERON , 

2 MARSH HARRIER, 3 WHISKERED TERN , 6 TEAL , 1 SHOVELER , 

2 YELLOW WAGTAIL, 1 REED WARBLER, 1 BLACK FRANCOLIN.

Arrived At Menoeu Pool At 12.30 - 3 TURNSTONE, 10RINGED PLOVER, 7 KENTISH PLOVER, 14 LITTLE STINT , 1 TEMMINCKS STINT .

ON the Airport Settling Pools- Only Bird of interest a GREAT CRESTED GREBE , in the fields 35 RUFF , 1 N WHEATEAR, 1 RED BACKED SHRIKE and a fantastic fly over F PALLID HARRIER .

Short stop at KitiDam for - 60 BEE EATER , 2 RED RUMPED SWALLOW, 60 SWALLOW, 50 SAND MARTIN, 1 F MARSH HARRIER, 1F MONTAGUES HARRIER. 

Trip species -105

THURS 12 SEPT 

At Akrotiri Marsh - this Afternoon , 10 CATTLE EGRET , 2 SPUR WINGED PLOVER, 1 RED BACKED SHRIKE, then from 15.05- 16.45 at the Tower Hide and the Bee Hives - raptor passage not numerous but still good variety - 13 MARSH HARRIER , 6 HONEY BUZZARD , 

2 BLACK KITE , 1 AD BONNELLIS EAGLE , 1 OSPREY, 1 ELANORA FALCON, also - 1WHISKERED TERN , 1 GLOSSY IBIS , 1 KINGFISHER , 45 SAND MARTIN , 18 BEE EATER .

On the Salt Lake At 17.00 many thousands of FLAMINGO , 1 very dark Black Tern , 1000+ Gulls mostly BLACK HEADED , YELLOW LEGGED at least 3 BALTIC GULL . 

Last full day tomorrow 

WED 11 SEPT 

Just had a message from Jayne S the recorder for Cyprus stating this is the worst Sept she can remember - whilst not as productive 

as last year has still been enjoyable .

Arrived at Oroklini Marsh At 09.55 - 85 SPUR WINGED PLOVER,

2 WOOD SANDPIPER, 8 SNIPE , 7 REDSHANK , 1 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER, 1 COMMON SANDPIPER, 2 GLOSSY IBIS , 1 BLACK WINGED STILT, 11 LITTLE EGRET,

1 CATTLE EGRET, 1 GREY HERON , 1 KINGFISHER, 1 WHISKERED TERN , 1 WHITE WINGED TERN , 1 F MARSH HARRIER, 6 SHOVELER, 15 TEAL , 1 F/JUV PINTAIL , 2 F RED C POCHARD ,2 TURTLE DOVE,1 LAUGHING DOVE , 1 YELLOW WAGTAIL , 1 CHIFFY .

Larnaca Sewage Pools - very few birds - first returning 3 BLACK NECKED GREBE, 40 RUFF , 50 SPUR WINGED PLOVER, 1 REDSHANK , 7 GREY HERON , 1 SHOVELER , 5 TEAL , 1 CORMORANT,20 YELLOW L GULL, 2 JUV CASPIAN GULL ,60 SAND MARTIN , 50 SWALLOW 

Near Kiti Dam - 2 RED RUMPED SWALLOW, 50 SWALLOW , 30 SAND MARTIN , 5 BEE EATER , 1 JUV RED B SHRIKE ,1 HOOPOE.

Trip list 100 

Will spend Thursday afternoon at the Akrotiri Raptor Watch Point 

 

TUES 10 SEPT 

First big Raptor Numbers!

Arrived At 5Mile Beach for 09.20- 200 +KENTISH PLOVER,5 RINGED PLOVER, 10 LITTLE STINT, 1 SANDERLING.

Akrotiri Salt Lake - big increase in FLAMINGO- at least 12,000

5 GREAT WHITE EGRET, 5 SPOONBILL , mixed flock of over 100 

LITTLE/ CATTLE EGRET .

12.00-13.15 AKROTIRI TOWER HIDE - 2 GREENSHANK , 1 GREEN SANDPIPER, 6 CATTLE EGRET , 2 SPUR WINGED PLOVER, 1 KINGFISHER,1 RED BACKED SHRIKE, 1 TAWNY PIPIT, 9 BEE EATER, 

6 YELLOW WAGTAIL, 2 WHISKERED TERN , 7 WHITE WINGED TERN , 50 SAND MARTIN 60 SWALLOW.

15.20-17.00- AKROTIRI Raptor Watch Point - 50 SAND MARTIN , 

30 RED RUMPED SWALLOW , 50 SWALLOW , 1 SWIFT , 1 JUV RED BACKED SHRIKE, 80 + BEE EATER , 4 MARSH HARRIER, 

6 BLACK KITE, 2 MONTAGUES HARRIER , 100 HONEY BUZZARD ( flocks of 30,30,30,10 ), 3 ELANORAS FALCON , 3 GARGANEY (Over)

Trip list- 94 species .

MON 9 SEPT 

Visit to the old hunting ground around Mandria and Nata Valley .

Arrived At Mandria At 10.00 -1 N WHEATEAR, 1 ZITTING CISTICOLA,

1 LESSER GREY SHRIKE,30 YELLOW WAGTAIL INC SEVERAL BLUE HEADED, 10 WHITE WAGTAIL, 7 WHINCHAT , 72 STONE CURLEW, 

1 F MARSH HARRIER, 1 F MONTAGUE’S HARRIER, 1SHAG 

At Aspro Dam - 2 SPOTTED FLY , 5 HOUSE MARTIN , 15 GOLDFINCH .

14.30 - Drove Up Nata Valley - 30BEE EATER, 10 CYPRUS WHEATEAR, 2 LINNET , 1 SERIN , 1 WILLOW WARBLER, 

1 OLIVACEOUS WABLER , 1 ROBIN , CHUKER , 2JUV RED BACKED SHRIKE , 1 LESSER GREY SHRIKE, 2 M MASKED SHRIKE , 1 SERIN .

Final stop Paphos Sewage Works - 27 SPUR WINGED PLOVER,

1 SPOTTED FLYCATCHER, 1 LESSER GREY SHRIKE.

Trip list-86

 

SUN 8 SEPT 

Arrived at Oroklini Marsh At 10.00 - 93 SPUR WINGED PLOVER, 

8 BLACK WINGED STILT,1 GREENSHANK, 6 REDSHANK,2 SNIPE ,

1 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER, 1 MARSH SANDPIPER, 1 WOOD SANDPIPER, 1 TEMMINCKS STINT, 3 WHISKERED TERN JUVS , 

1 YELLOW WAGTAIL, 1 TAWNY PIPIT, 10 SWIFT , SPANISH SPARROW, 1 LAUGHING DOVE.  2 RED BACKED SHRIKE , 

1 LESSER GREY SHRIKE 

On Menoeu Pools - 1 TURNSTONE, 3 KENTISH PLOVER, 1 JUV RINGED PLOVER, 

At Larnaca Settling Pools - 45 RUFF , 16 RINGED PLOVER ,50 SPUR WINGED PLOVER, 2 GLOSSY IBIS , 6 GREY HERON , 1 CORMORANT,

5 TEAL , 1 F MARSH HARRIER , 1F BLACK FRANCOLIN , 30 YELLOW LEGGED GULL, 1JUV AUDOINS GULL .200+ SWALLOW / SAND MARTIN  flying west .

Final stop Periviola Fields - 3 YELLOW WAGTAIL, 5 SKYLARK 

Trip,list - 67 species 

SAT 7 SEPT 

After an inactive day back out this morning - met a couple of local birders who confirmed their autumn passage hadn’t started ! 

First stop Ladies 5 mile beach - on the low salt marsh 250 KENTISH PLOVER, 5 RINGED PLOVER , 5 LITTLE STINT.

Looking Over Akrotiri Salt Lake - at least 2000 FLAMINGO , 

2JUV RED BACKED SHRIKE, 1 LESSER GREY SHRIKE, 10 BEE EATER, 

2 SARDINIAN WARBLER .

At Agios Geogious Church - 2 TURTLE DOVE , 1 JUV LESSER GREY SHRIKE , 1 SERIN 

Akrotiri Marsh & Gravel Pits - 10 CATTLE EGRET, 1 AD RED B SHRIKE , 1 ISABELLINE WHEATEAR, 1 SHORT TOED LARK 

Final stop Kensington Cliffs- 4 GRIFFON VULTYRE , 5 ELANORA FALCON 

Trip list 54 species 

THURS 5 SEPT 

Late start after trying to sort out the hotel !

Arrived at Oroklini Marsh for 12.00 - still holding some water -

60 SPUR W. PLOVER , 2 REDSHANK , 1 GREENSHANK, 1 SNIPE , 1 COMMON SANDPIPER, 9 GLOSSY IBIS , 2 JUV WHISKERED TERN. 

4 TEAL , 6 SHOVELER , 8 L. EGRET , 2 KINGFISHER , 30 L. GREBE 

1 CETTIS WARBLER.

At Larnaca Salt Lake - 100 FLAMINGO (c 25 juv ) , 27 BLACK W STILT , 35 L. STINT 5 DUNLIN ,

At Larnaca Settling Pools - 50 RUFF ( feeding in fields ) , 70 SPUR W 

PLOVER , 2 GREENSHANK , 2 GREEN SANDPIPER , 2 COMMON 

SANDPIPER , 1 MARSH SANDPIPER, 1 JUV TURNSTONE,  2

REDSHANK, 1 CORMORANT, 1 GREAT C GREBE ,

Over Menoeu Pool - 10 SAND MARTIN , 30 BEE EATER .

Trip list 42 species