Cyprus Bird Watching Tours - BIRD is the WORD Tour - Troodos 11/05/2018
A pair of Masked Shrike evicted a Jay from a pine tree right next to where we parked the car which was incredible to see. The masked Shrikes provided some impressive views. A Hoopoe flew into a small valley though we couldn't find it on the ground, or a Nightjar that was churring very close to us. Quite a few red-rumped Swallow flew over here with nests in the area.
We then headed to the Troodos Square stopping at platres on the way for Grey Wagtail and to an area that usually has a good number of Short-toed Treecreepers. Sure enough I heard some and managed to track them down, providing pretty decent and lengthy views.
A Pair of Jays were foraging on the ground not far from where we was standing though they flew off the second they noticed us. A Woodlark was singing but we was unable to find him, though later on the way back we saw him in flight, though he was quite high up in display.
Many Swifts were shooting around collecting recent emerging orange flying insects. Many Pallid swifts were showing today with decent sized groups of them moving among the Common Swift and coming down low, even head height at times. I heard an Eastern Olivaceous Warbler singing
in a bush next to where I parked the car, some brief phishing got him sitting on the top of the bush showing incredibly well for around 20 seconds.
Our next site was giant junipers where a flock of around 30 European Bee-eaters were resting in the pines and also hunting the flying insects. This is not a species I expected to see that day and was a bit of a treat. There didn't seem to be much here, we did get some more great views of masked shrike, I noticed a male catch a bug and not eat it, and then flew to a tree and then out. On further inspection it was actually a nest with a female inside, though we kept our distance and scoped them, not observing for long so as not to disturb them at this very sensitive period. I did take a photo from distance but do not wish to encourage people photographing nests, it is something I am strongly against.
On the way out we heard a Turtle Dove calling.
*Note we did also visit Prodromos dam for flora and in desperation for the Crossbill
(h) Corn Bunting
Eurasian Jay (G.g.glaszneri)
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler
Eurasian Wren (T.t.cypriotes)
Great Tit (P.m.aphrodite)
Coal Tit (P.a.cypriotes)
(h) Common Nightingale
Dorothy's Short-toed Treecreeper (C.b.dorotheae)
European Turtle Dove
(h) Common Cuckoo
Blue Rock Thrush
Flora and Fauna:
Cynoglossum montanum subsp. extraeuropaeum
Poppy of Troy
Rose Acacia (invasive)
Black Locust (invasive)
Sequoyah Tree (introduced)
Vicia tennifolia subsp. dalmatica
California Poppy (introduced/invasive)
Shaggy Ink Cap (fungi)
Cyprus Water Frog