Cyprus Bird Watching Tours - BIRD is the WORD - Tour - Paphos 06/04/201
It was slightly overcast and humid but that didn't stop us finding the birds. Our first site was Timi (we had a small migrating flock of Black-crowned night Heron enroute and a Marsh Harrier) where we was greeted with a party of Greenshank and a few Marsh Sandpiper. A Common Kingfisher showed well on the coast and throughout our visit flew from the shore to the lake. Plenty of Yellow Wagtail of various races were feeding in the meadow providing excellent views, a few were catching Painted Lady butterflies which are still going through their extraordinary migration from Arabia to Spain via Cyprus in their billions. A few Northern and Black-eared Wheatears were still kicking around. A small flock of Garagney were moving across the sea as well as a small group of Slender-billed Gulls.
Further into the site we found many Lesser and Common Whitethroat, a beautiful male Eastern Subalpine Warbler, Blackcap and a male Ruppell's Warbler that showed well at the top of a shrub for a decent amount of time.
A Masked Shrike also showed well. Further along the coast a group of Caspian Gulls were on the shore and a pair of Stone Curlew took off alerted to our presence. We also managed to get great views of an Ortolan Bunting, my first of spring. As we left the site a Cyprus Wheatear and Eastern Black-eared Wheatear perched on the road infront of us.
Due to the lack of life around we headed up into Episkopi (seeing an Eastern Bonelli's Warbler enroute, and many Cyprus Wheatear) to see the Peregrine Falcons that we had both seen copulating in February. We witnessed a food pass and lengthy views of both the male and female in flight and perched.
A quick browse through Mandria held little aside the Laughing Doves and a shock Caspian Tern.
We finished up at Agia Varvara where we saw 7 (minimum) Little Crakes and a Spotted Crake. I thought we had a Baillon's though the light was poor and it was distant so I didn't mark it down, though having revisited the pool the next morning I saw and photographed a Baillon's so it was most likely that species. A Savi's Warbler was reeling in the corner of one of the pools but well concealed. Sadly we never managed to actually see a Black Francolin which was a target species, though we heard many. Our bird count was 80 species, a very enjoyable tour in Paphos.
Western Marsh Harrier
Eurasian Stone Curlew
Little Ringed Plover
Great Spotted Cuckoo
Cyprus Scops Owl
Eastern Bonelli's Warbler
Eastern Subalpine Warbler
Eastern Black-eared Wheatear
Yellow Wagtail (*Flava)