Cyprus Bird Watching Tours - BIRD is the WORD - Akrotiri 26/10/2019
We started off at Phassouri Marsh where the first bird seen was a Mistle Thrush sitting at the top of a cypress tree. Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler and Great Reed Warbler showed well at the tower hide passage and we put up a few Black Francolin and Song Thrush. Cetti's Warblers were calling frequently, with one showing for longer than usual. The Tower hide produced little aside a Common Kingfisher plus a few Penduline Tits (heard but not seen) so we moved on to the water bodies further down where a pair of Common Snipe were probing the marsh. Cattle, Little and Great Egret were all showing well and on the opposite side of the road a Bluethroat was perched on a dry bit of vegetation for a very lengthy period of time.
As we approached the main hide a large group of Northern Lapwing took up followed by a large flock of Spur-winged Lapwing, of which I had never seen so many in the area before. White Wagtail and Yellow Wagtail were feeding near the pathway and Common Stonechat were everywhere. Marsh Harrier patrolled the reed line frequently and a Eurasian Hobby flew over low.
Due to the recent heavy rains, both the Gravel Pits and the Salt Lake were off limits, and so we headed to Bishops Pool seeing a Common Redstart and many Crested lark on the way. Bishop's Pool held a disappointing variety of waterfowl for this time of year, mostly Teal and some Northern Shoveler. Just before we was about to leave, multiple large flocks of Common Crane flew over low from the salt lake, creating quite a spectacle and undoubtedly the highlight of the day.
We then stopped for a coffee and lunch.
Our final site was Kensington Cliffs where two Long-legged Buzzards flew over, many Eleonora's Falcons were still around and five Griffon Vultures flew in. With a bit more time to spare we had a second search around Phassouri, with a Sparrowhawk being the only new species for the day.
We finished the day with 64 species.
Western Marsh Harrier
(h)Eurasian Penduline tit
(h)Western Black Redstart
Yellow Wagtail (*Flava)