SAT 4 MAY
Final reportfor the blog sat in Paphos Airport -flight departs 00.40 !
On our way to the airport at Paphos Sewage Works-40 + BLACK HEADED WAGTAIL roosting in a tree .
At Mandria - 6 BEE EATER, 1 F MARSH HARRIER, 10 ARMENIAN GULL OVER .
At Anarita Park 3 ROLLER .Earlier this afternoon 25 BEE EATER Flew over the hotel .Tripspecies total 109.
Photos of- GOLDEN ORIOLE, BROAD BILLED SANDPIPER,
TEMMINCKS STINT - also with LITTLE STINT , CURLEW SANDPIPER.
3 MAY -last full day a week goes far too quickly
Drove over to the Akrotiri area again our third visit of the week .
First stop Zakaki Marsh - 1 M LITTLE BITTERN , 1 ELANORA FALCON .
A lot more activity on Ladies Mile - 25 LITTLE TERN , 1 GULL BILLED TERN , 1 PURPLE HERON , 3 SPOONBILL, 10 RINGED PLOVER , 3 CASPIAN GULL
50 + LITTLE STINT , 25 CURLEW SANDPIPER ( nice in summer plumage ) and the star wader of the day a BROAD BILLED SANDPIPER .
At Agios Georgios Church only a mGOLDEN ORIOLE , and 1 SPOTTED FLY .
RABBIT SHED POOLS - 7 TEMMINCKS STINT , 10 LITTLE STINT, 20 WOOD SANDPIPER, 10 CURLEW SANDPIPER, 4 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 4 BLACK WINGED STILT, 3 COMMON SANDPIPER,
1 SNIPE .
On the way back to Pathos stopped off at Anarita Park - just 3 ROLLER ( no Red Footed Falcons yet )
Trip species 107
Today’s photos - CYPRUS WHEATEAR, BLACK HEADED BUNTING ,
BEE EATER , ROLLER - enjoy I did !
THURS 2 MAY
Leisurely drive to Latchi for lunch overlooking the harbour . Having received a report that the area around the village of Androlikou was worth looking at we made 2 visits - first though a stop near Kathikas- 3 CYPRUS WHEATEAR, 1 RED B SHRIKE, LINNET , 1 BONELLIS EAGLE .
FIRST visit TO ANDROLIKOU -12.00-13.15 -15 BEE EATER , 5 CYPRUS WHEATEAR, 4M BLACK HEADED BUNTING, 3 ROLLER , 2 CUCKOO ,
6 CORN BUNTING, 1 M BLACKCAP , 1M 1F GOLDEN ORIOLE.
Second Visit 15.00-16.30 far more productive-
7 ROLLER , 6M 3F GOLDEN ORIOLE, 10 +BLACK HEADED BUNTING , 20 CORN BUNTING, 1 WILLOW WARBLER , 1 EASTERN BONELLIS WARBLER, 30 BEE EATER , 3 CYPRUS WHEATEAR.
Trip species list - 100
TURTLE DOVE ( part of a flock of 20 in this tree ) ,TEMMINCKS STINT , SPOONBILL, SQUACCO HERON, PIED KINGFISHER
WED 1 MAY - Another superb days birding inc a life tick and a second sighting of another
Arrived At Zakaki Marsh for 10.00 , always stop at the hide although only limited viewing due to the growth in the reeds - however only 50 feet away sat and watched for 30mins a PIED KINFISHER- sat on a favourite perch- also great views of it hovering in flight prior to diving for food . Second record for me - previous one a couple of years ago when Graham and I found one in Secret Valley . Quite a scarce bird in Cyprus usually less than 5 records a year .Photos to be posted later .
Having Started Great the day just better right until we started the 80 min drive back to our hotel at 16.15
On Ladies Mile - 3 SPOONBILL, 1 BLACK H GULL, 1 SQUACCO HERON,150 FLAMINGO, 50 LITTLE STINT, 10 KENTISH PLOVER, 1 RINGED PLOVER, 1 SPECTACLED WARBLER.
Road leading to the Cat Monastery- 20 TURTLE DOVE, 1 GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO.
First Visit to Agio Georgios Church -9 TURTLE DOVE, 3 SPOTTED FLY,
1 F COLLARD FLYCATCHER ( a lifer for me ), 2 WHINCHAT,
1 NIGHTINGALE .Walking Around the Church perimeter flushed a EURASIAN BITTERN - definitely unexpected .
At Akrotiri Marsh - 3SQUACCO HERON , 25 CATTLE EGRET, 15 LITTLE EGRET, 30 BLUE HEADED WAGTAIL , 20 WOOD SANDPIPER, 10 RUFF , 2 LITTLE STINT , 1 RED RUMPED SWALLOW.
At the Rabbit Shed Pools -5 WOOD SANDPIPER,1 COMMON SANDPIPER , 9 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 1 TEMMINCKS STINT,
15 LITTLE STINT, 1 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER.
FINALLY JUST TO FINISH THE DAY at 15.45 a flock of 20 COLLARD PRATINCOLE flew over -an impressive sight
LITTLE OWL, 2 PHOTOS OF THE CITRINE WAGTAIL
TUES 30 APRIL- MY BOGEY BIRD NAILED !
Started at Timi Beach Pools At o9.30 - 3BLACK HEADED WATAIL , 2 WHITE WAGTAIL , picked up another WAGTAIL which flew onto the marsh - a stunning MALE CITRINE WAGTAIL - have missed these on my last few visits , a superb start to the day , also here 1 GREY WAGTAIL, 2 GREY HEADED WAGTAIL , 8 WOOD SANDPIPER,
1 F TEAL , 2 SPUR WINGED PLOVER, 1 LESSER WHITETHROAT,
1 WOODCHAT SHRIKE , on the rocks a SHAG .
At Anarita Park-1 M WHINCHAT , 2 CORN BUNTING, 2 LITTLE OWL,
Amongst the KESTRELS managed to positively identify 1 LESSER KESTREL , 1 BLACK EARED WHEATEAR.
At Agia Varvara - 1 CUCKOO , 1 BEE EATER .
A drive through the Nata Valley produced 3 CYPRUS WHEATEAR,
10 TURTLE DOVE , CHUKAR, SERIN , and a EUROPEAN ROLLER
( not very many reported so far this year )
Trip Species - 81
PHOTOS OF RED BACKED , ,WOODCHAT , LESSER GREY SHRIKE , WHINCHAT
MON 29 APRIL - HOT & SUNNY in Cyprus
From the balcony at 07.15 amongst the Hirundines a RED RUMPED SWALLOW.
First stop this morning - Aspro Dam - CHUKER, 4 BLACK WINGED STILT, 5 ALPINE SWIFT , 1 LITTLE EGRET , 1 PURPLE HERON , 5 SQUACCO HERON , 20 YELLOW L GULL .
Next stop Zakaki Marsh - lots of Hirundines inc 25 SAND MARTIN , RED R SWALLOW, REED WARBLER, SEDGE WARBLER, WHITE WAGTAIL .
Along Ladies Mile - 300 + FLAMINGO , 8 CATTLE EGRET , 16 LITTLE EGRET, 50+ LITTLE STINT , 1 KENTISH PLOVER .
The next 2 hours were very enjoyable -
Akrotiri Marsh / Rabbit Shed Pools , Gravel pits -
6 TURTLE DOVE , CHIFFY, 9 WHINCHAT , 35 GLOSSY IBIS -WEST ,
25 CATTLE EGRET, 10 LITTLE EGRET, 2 GARGANEY, 7 SPUR WINGED PLOVER, 2 MARSH SANDPIPER, 30 +RUFF, 10 WOOD SANDPIPER,
3 BLACK WINGED STILT ( 1 on nest ) , 1 TEMMINCKS STINT ,
8 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 1 COOT . Along the track 6 SHRIKE -
3 WOODCHAT , 2 M RED BACKED , 1 LESSER GREY - superb views
down to less than 15 feet !, also 2 F WHEATEAR .Final stop Kensington Cliffs - Spent 30 mins watching display flights by
8 ELANORA FALCONS ( only very recently arrived back from Madagascar), 6 ALPINE SWIFT , 1 GRIFFON VULTURE ( still on nest ), 1 LONG LEGGED BUZZARD , 4 BEE EATER in of sea -
A fabulous day birding in Cyprus
Trip specie list -68
Managed to get a late deal,arriving late 27 April for a week
staying at the Atlantic Golden Beach Hotel west of Paphos .
On the balcony at -7.00 surprised to find 5 SQUACCO HERON roosting in some nearby reeds . SWIFT , SWALLOW , HOUSE MARTIN AND A CALLING CETTIS WARBLER.
Today is Easter Sunday - a national holiday , all the local sites overrun with BBQ parties !
At Mandria - LAUGHING DOVE , M&F BLACKCAP , SPOTTED FLY, SARDINIAN WARBLER , ZITTING CISTICOLA, BLACK FRANCOLIN,
20 SHORT TOED LARK . 2 FLAMINGO flew west .
About 50 BBQ’S fired up at Timi Beach picnic area- a walk around some of the flood pools found - 2 SQUACCO HERON - also 5 East,
4 TEMMINCKS STINT , 7 SPUR W PLOVER ,3 RUFF, 6 WOOD SANDPIPER, 1 COMMON SANDPIPER, 1 GREENSHANK , 1 F TEAL,
flying over west - 3 PURPLE HERON, 3 GLOSSY IBIS
A drive round Paphos Sewage Works found 8 CATTLE EGRET, SERIN , CHAFFINCH, LESSER WHITETHROAT, YELLOW WAGTAIL .
trip species 37 .
2 OF THE SQUACCO HERON in the reeds