Cyprus Bird Watching Tours - BIRD is the WORD - Half day Tour - Paphos 03/04/2019
We started mid-day so the birdlife wasn't to be at its greatest, and hearing that the Hooded Wheatear had moved on from the headland we decided to skip that site and start at Timi Beach.
On arrival we had a few Wood Warbler and Chiffchaff in the Eucalyptus tree very close and on the water was some Greenshank, Marsh Sandpiper and a Little Ringed Plover. A Spur-winged Lapwing was showing well through the flooded picnic area.
We then ventured around the coastal side and here we saw many Purple Herons taking off from the trees and a few Night Heron. Glossy Ibis and Little Egret were plenty on the water. Common Nightingales were calling and singing. Common and Wood Sandpiper were showing here also as well as a Hoopoe on the path meters from us.
Our next stop was Anarita Park where a male Marsh Harrier was showing well at the entrance putting on a show. We had some close encounters with Great Spotted Cuckoo (1 flew meters from us ... right at us) and good views of Common Cuckoo, a Cretzschmar's Bunting showed nicely also as well as many Corn Bunting both in song. Tawny Pipits were everywhere, with some Tree Pipits flying over ... but sadly no sign of the Common Rockthrush which has been seen over the past few days.
We managed great views of Red-rumped Swallow and Eastern Black-eared Wheatear plus decent views of Cyprus Warbler and a brief glimpse of a Long-legged Buzzard. The weather took a turn here, more rain; in what is turning out to be one of the wettest years on record. We had brief views of Cyprus Wheatear as we exited the site. Then we had a quick sweep around Mandria in the rain which produced little aside a female Blue Rock thrush sitting on a wooden pole getting very wet and a few Laughing Dove.
We finished with 55 species.
Western Marsh Harrier
Little Ringed Plover
Great Spotted Cuckoo
Eastern Subalpine Warbler
Eastern Black-eared Wheatear
Yellow Wagtail (*Flava)