Cyprus Bird Watching Tours - BIRD is the WORD - Half-day Tour Paphos 25/10/2019
We started at Mavrokolympus Dam in hope of some Cyprus Warblers still being around. There was a few though they weren't showing overly well, which isn't uncommon for this time of year. A Cyprus Wheatear flew in and landed next to us for a fair amount of time, so both Endemics in the space of a few minutes.
Sardinian Warblers and many Stonechat were present and also a group of Chukar showed very well close to the car, with one sitting on top of a rock some meters from the road. There wasn't anything on the water and as we were walking back I spotted a female Common Redstart which showed very well for a lengthy period of time. European Robins were calling with some very brief views and a male Spanish Sparrow showed very well in a nearby bush.
We then headed to the Sewage Plant for the Spur-winged Lapwing, of-which 20-30 birds were showing (though none of the Northern Lapwings were present that I had seen recently). At the entrance we was greeted with a group of Water Pipit next to the road and at the irrigation puddles were White Wagtail, Grey Wagtail and Spanish Sparrow.
Next we headed to Agia Varvara seeing a Long-legged Buzzard perched and in flight causing confusion due to the fact the white rump wasn't visible on this one, but various factors ruled out Common or Steppe Buzzard.
A quick stop at Anarita Park produced a single Finsch's Wheatear on winter territory, and then we finished up at Mandria seeing Skylark, Yellow-wagtail, many Northern Wheatear and a Falcon species very high up that could well have been a juvenile Saker.
We finished the half day with 49 Species.
Yellow Wagtail (*Flava)
Water Pipit (*Caucasian Water Pipit)