Cyprus Bird Watching Tours - BIRD is the WORD - Tour - Akrotiri + Paphos 22/03/201
Ladies Mile must had seen a huge clear out over night as there was literally only 4 gulls in the area, all Armenian with a single Black-headed Gull hiding near the port. 2 Greater Flamingo were on the pools and a few Little Egret, but that was all. We saw a large flock of Greater Flamingo flying along the coast as well as a small group of Grey Heron in the distance.
By the port we had excellent views of a Tawny Pipit and a small party of Greater Short-toed Lark. Also we watched a stunning male Black Francolin which was a target species. Also a few Hoopoes showed very well close to the car.
Along this stretch we had a few Northern and Isabelline Wheatears along with a Cyprus Wheatear.
At a wetland area nearby we was treated to some waders. Many Green Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper, a single Wood Sandpiper and Greenshank and maybe over 15 Common Snipe with plenty of Little Ringed Plover being very vocal and displaying.
Our next site was to be Anarita Park as Finsch's Wheatear was the other target species. Sadly they had left, likely the night before (with the winter clearout) but we had great views of Cretzschmar's Bunting, Corn Bunting, Northern, Isabelline, Cyprus and Eastern Black-eared Wheatear, Little Owl, Cyprus Warbler (both male and female) and 2 Great Spotted Cuckoos harrassing the Magpies. A pair of Red-rumped Swallow were hanging around their nesting tunnel providing incredible views.
Despite the winter clearout we still managed 80 species for the day, but very unfortunate with the Finsch's Wheatear.
(h) Common Quail
Western Marsh Harrier
Eurasian Stone Curlew
Little Ringed Plover
Great Spotted Cuckoo
(h)Eurasian Penduline tit
Greater Short-toed Lark
Eastern Black-eared Wheatear
Yellow Wagtail (*Flava, *Superciliaris)