Cyprus Bird Watching Tours - BIRD is the WORD 04/04/2018 Paphos
We headed down to Timi beach after a quick browse around the sewage works which produced some Spur-winged Lapwing and Spanish Sparrow. The previous afternoon I had spotted a beautiful summer plumaged Greater Sand Plover but unfortunately it was not still there, probably the result of dog walkers. Infact the whole area was completely devoid of life, not even a wheatear and so we continued on to Mandria. On the way there was a small group of Greater Short-toed Lark that provided great views and photo opportunities. At Mandria the Laughing Dove were showing as were a few yellow wagtails and a lingering Water Pipit. A Hoopoe probed the ground meters from the car and caught a grub allowing some action photos. The rest of Mandria was pretty poor unusually, we only had a few Little Egrets flying over.
We continued on to Anarita Park which was also quieter than it had been before. Unbelievably a Cetti's Warbler was showing well on quite a few occasions. A Wryneck posed well as did Cyprus Wheatear and Black-eared Wheatear, with many Tawny Pipits around but only 3 Lesser Kestrel still present. We also found Cyprus Warbler at three locations here.
A surprise bird here was an incredibly early Red-backed Shrike, a stunning male. Many Corn Bunting were singing still and a pair of Red-rumped Swallow kept returning to their nest.
Next stop was Asprokremnos Dam for lunch. After we ate our lunch and saw an Eastern Bonelli's Warbler we moved around to the mast area where plenty of Hoopoe are still hanging out. There were some red-throated pipit here but not in their usual spot on the heaps.
We quickly checked Kouklia Soakaways which were bone dry including the river. Graham managed to spot a few Ortolan Bunting that were perched for a considerable amount of time.
On the coast there was a small group of Northern Pintail in the sea and on the alfalfa fields we had three cattle egret on the ground hunting in the fields. One pulled out a young Snake that Graham managed to get some shots of in the beak. A nice bit of action to finish a relatively slow day totaling 58 species.
Chukar, Alectoris chukar cypriotes
Eurasian Stone curlew
Common Wood pigeon
European turtle dove
Eurasian Collared dove
Great spotted cuckoo
Greater short-toed lark
Common house martin
Water pipit, Anthus spinoletta coutelli
Eurasian reed warbler
Eastern Bonelli's warbler
Eastern Black-eared wheatear
Great tit, Parus major aphrodite