Cyprus Bird Watching Tours - BIRD is the WORD - Tour - Paphos 18/04/2019
We started out at Agia Varvara. En-route we had a Great Spotted Cuckoo fly low tawards the car on the B road which was a good start. At Agia varvara we was greeted by a Woodchat Shrike posing close to the car for a lengthy period, and also a Black Francolin sitting low in a tree. On the pools we had great views of many Little Crakes but not much else was around aside whinchat. As we left the site we had nice close lengthy views of a Spotted Flycatcher.
We moved up into Anarita Park which was also fairly quiet aside many whinchat. We had some great views of a Marsh Harrier and a Male Montagu's Harrier. A small part of Red-rumped Swallows flew around us very low down with one entering its nesting tunnel with food. None of the Cyprus Warblers were willing to show although we did get a brief view of a female Eastern Subalpine warbler as a consolation.
Moving further inland we saw quite a few Cyprus Wheatear heading in to Episkopi and also quite a few Turtle Doves. We even had some great views of an Eastern Olivaceous Warbler sitting on the power lines singing away and many chukar on the ground.
After viewing the Peregrine Falcons on their territory we moved up to the Cyprus Scops Owl roost and got fantastic views and photos of a pair.
We then moved through Minthis seeing many Corn Buntings and a few Cretzschmar's Buntings on territory. Moving on through Armou we had great views of a pair of Hoopoes close to the car but sadly no Long-legged Buzzards.
The Paphos Sewage Works produced little aside the Spur-winged Lapwings and many tree pipits and Spanish Sparrows so we moved on quickly to Timi where Wood Sandpiper, Yellow Wagtails, Collared and Pied Flycatcher and Cattle + Little Egret were showing. We had our Lunch here.
We then tried our luck at Anarita Masts for Cyprus Warbler but again they were reluctant to show, though we did see an Eastern Black-eared Wheatear here as well as an Ortolan Bunting and Spectacled Warbler. Mandria was unusually quiet though we managed to pick out a pair of Northern Wheatear, a Hoopoe, Laughing Dove and a Great Spotted Cuckoo and got lucky with a field of Stone Curlew.
Our last stop was Asprokremnos Dam car park seeing a 1st plumage Bonelli's Eagle en-route, though being short on time by this point we didn't have a very productive time here. We finished off with 66 species.
Western Marsh Harrier
Eurasian Stone Curlew
Great Spotted Cuckoo
Cyprus Scops Owl
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler
Eastern Subalpine Warbler
Eastern Black-eared Wheatear
European Pied Flycatcher
Yellow Wagtail (Flava, thunbergii)