Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus

Sunday 7th of March 2021 and I met my Guide from CYPRUS BIRD WATCHING TOURS on the street at 6 thirty and I recognised him. He had bought a new car that was real comfy as it was bigger than the car he used last time I was here.

We took off and we had to turn around after 100 meter as I had forgotten my e-cig.

We will start at Anarita Park and we could hear the Corn Buntings singing all over the area.

We left the big road from Paphos and we were at the Anarita Park and we stopped on the gravel road as we had a Corn Bunting sitting on a wire and I took the chance to make a recording.

Listen to the Corn Bunting

Remarks from the Recordist

Recorded with my ZOOM H5 Handy Recorder High Pass Filter applied with Audacity

Bird sitting on a wire next to the road


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Spanish Sparrow or Willow Sparrow, Passer hispaniolensis


Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Anarita (Αναρίτα) Park
At Anarita (Αναρίτα) Park

European Stonechat, Saxicola rubicola


Crested Lark, Galerida cristata
Crested Lark, Galerida cristata

Corn Bbunting, Emberiza calandra
Corn Bbunting / Emberiza calandra

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Anarita (Αναρίτα) Park
At Anarita (Αναρίτα) Park

Anarita (Αναρίτα) Park was the place where we spotted the Finsch's Wheatear and we spotted the bird at the same spot today as well. Most likely the exact same bird we spotted 3 years ago. The bird was flying between the exact same two rocks as the last time.

I spotted 3 or 4 birds that I had never seen before, but not many pictures. We spotted one Great Spotted Cuckoo and we left the car to try to sneak up on the bird trying to get some pictures.

We managed to get a little bit closer before the Great Spotted Cuckoo took off. As soon as the cuckoo took of it was mobbed by Corn Buntings attacking and chasing away the cuckoo.

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Anarita (Αναρίτα) Park
Great Spotted Cuckoo too far away for any good pictures

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Anarita (Αναρίτα) Park
Great Spotted Cuckoo too far away for any good pictures

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Anarita (Αναρίτα) Park
Great Spotted Cuckoo flying away

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Anarita (Αναρίτα) Park
Today's track at Anarita (Αναρίτα) Park

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Anarita (Αναρίτα) Park, Pafos, Cyprus Mar 7, 2021 07:01 - 08:35
Protocol: Traveling
5.7 kilometer(s)
Checklist Comments: Bird watching with Cyprus Bird Watching Tours
14 species

Common Woodpigeon 3
Great Spotted Cuckoo 1
Common Magpie 11
Crested Lark 4
Common Chiffchaff 1
Cetti's Warbler 2
Sardinian Warbler 2
European Stonechat 4
Finsch's Wheatear 1
House Sparrow 5
Spanish Sparrow 25
White Wagtail (alba) 1
European Serin 15
Corn Bunting 21

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S82916417

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We leave Anarita Park to drive to Episkopi (Επισκοπή) Environmental Centre and Village to have a look for the Cyprus scops owl. We stop at the Episkopi Rock under the Episkopi Environmental Centre to have a look for the Falcon pair that have nested on the cliff side for years.

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Episkopi Rock
Episkopi Rock

No sign off any falcons, but there were hundreds of Eurasian Jackdaws nesting on the cliff side.

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Episkopi Rock, Pafos, Cyprus Mar 7, 2021 08:49 - 08:58
Protocol: Traveling
0.15 kilometer(s)
Checklist Comments: Bird watching with Cyprus Bird Watching Tours. We stopped here to look for a nesting Falcon pair that used to nest on the cliff side. Only Jackdaws, many of them on the cliff side
1 species

Eurasian Jackdaw 100 Nesting on cliff side

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We park at the Environmental Centre and we walk straight to the tree where the Cyprus scops owl use to be sitting. I could not see the owl even though my Guide pointed out the owl. I looked and I looked up the tree. I saw the owl all the time but it looked as a part of the branch.

I took a picture, very over exposed and I could see the owl, and it was a very small owl.

Cyprus Scops Owl, Otus cyprius
Cyprus Scops Owl, Otus cyprius


Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Episkopi (Επισκοπή) Environmental Centre and Village
Today's track at Episkopi (Επισκοπή) Environmental Centre and Village

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Episkopi (Επισκοπή) Environmental Centre and Village, Pafos, Cyprus Mar 7, 2021 08:59 - 09:15
Protocol: Traveling
0.31 kilometer(s)
Checklist Comments: Bird watching with Cyprus Bird Watching Tours.
3 species

Collared Dove 2
Eurasian Scops Owl (Cyprus) 1
Great Tit 1

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We drive to the Ezousas Valley from the Environmental Centre and it turned out to be a terrible ride. The road on the mountain was very narrow and I suffered from vertigo looking down the mountain side. We could hear birds everywhere.

The Cetti's Warbler was in every bush and the birds was singing with a very loud song.

But it was impossible to see the birds and I really wanted pictures of the Cetti's Warbler

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Ezousas Valley, Episkopi
Ezousas Valley

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Ezousas Valley, Episkopi
Ezousas Valley

We spotted one Long-legged Buzzard soaring high above us and I took a picture even though I knew it would turn out bad, but it was OK for using the pattern under the wing for ID purpose.

There was hundreds of Jackdaws on the mountain side and it is amazing to see them form the huge groups, almost like starlings.

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Ezousas Valley, Episkopi - Long-legged Buzzard
Long-legged Buzzard

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Ezousas Valley, Episkopi - Long-legged Buzzard
Long-legged Buzzard

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Ezousas Valley, Episkopi - Western Jackdaws
Western Jackdaws

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Ezousas Valley, Episkopi
Today's track at Ezousas Valley

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Ezousas Valley, Episkopi, Pafos, Cyprus Mar 7, 2021 09:41 - 10:17
Protocol: Traveling
1.27 kilometer(s)
Checklist Comments: Bird watching with Cyprus Bird Watching Tours.
4 species

Common Woodpigeon 1
Long-legged Buzzard 1
Common Magpie 1
Eurasian Jackdaw 200

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S82917818

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We left the mountains and we drove to the Evretou Dam where we will have our picnic lunch. We were very hungry and I asked my Guide to stop at a Bakery. We are in the middle of nowhere but he told me that we would pass one bakery on the way to the Evretou Dam (Φράγμα Ευρέτου).

The bakery turned out to be a small Supermarket. So while they did the sandwiches I shopped for onions and a dish washing sponge. Very helpful and nice staff at the place and we were really in a good mood when we left.

We reached the dam a little after 11 o'clock and we drove down to the water. There was plenty Yet another Smiley on www.aladdin.stpeople fishing around the dam. Sunday and people are free, well, Wuhan epidemic and many people are not working.

We enjoyed our sandwiches and they were still warm. We had fresh orange Yet another Smiley on www.aladdin.stjuice as well and it tasted very good. Mot many birds to see, but there was wagtails looking for food in the water.

There was 6 Barn Swallows hunting over the water and I am not sure if they caught food or was drinking water. But they went in to the water several time while we were watching them. So maybe they were catching food.

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Evretou Dam (Φράγμα Ευρέτου) - Long-legged Buzzard
Long-legged Buzzard

We spotted one more Long-legged Buzzard and it was landing a few hundred meters away from us. Too far away for any good pictures. We finished our picnic and we continued along the dam and we drove for long as we could before we turned back.

We did not see many birds and we had expected a lot of birds but maybe all the people fishing along the dam side scared away the birds.

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Evretou Dam (Φράγμα Ευρέτου)
Today's track at Evretou Dam (Φράγμα Ευρέτου)

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Evretou Dam (Φράγμα Ευρέτου), Pafos, Cyprus Mar 7, 2021 11:28 - 11:57
Protocol: Traveling
2.01 kilometer(s)
Checklist Comments: Bird watching with Cyprus Bird Watching Tours.
5 species

Long-legged Buzzard 1
Common Magpie 3
Barn Swallow 6
White Wagtail (alba) 4
Common Linnet 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S82919261

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We left Evretou Dam (Φράγμα Ευρέτου) to drive to the Pano Erodes and we pass a lemon orchard and I ask my Guide to stop so I could get some lemons. I was looking for lemon juice at the Supermarket yesterday. Found nothing and I need lemon for my TUNA & ONION SURPRISE ®.

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Fresh lemon
Lemon orchard

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Fresh lemon
Fresh orchard

I brought the lemon in to the car and it started to smell so good. Fresh lemon and the smell was very strong and I was looking forward to my TUNA & ONION SURPRISE ® tonight.

We continued towards Pano Erodes Sanctuary and we drove out on a gravel road through the area. We spotted one Stonechat and the bird was fresh from the bath.

European Stonechat, Saxicola rubicola
European Stonechat, Saxicola rubicola

European Stonechat, Saxicola rubicola
European Stonechat, Saxicola rubicola

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Pano Erodes Sanctuary
Today's track at Pano Erodes Sanctuary

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Pano Erodes Sanctuary(34.933, 32.397), Pafos, Cyprus Mar 7, 2021 12:34 - 12:41
Protocol: Traveling
1.55 kilometer(s)
Checklist Comments: Bird watching with Cyprus Bird Watching Tours.
4 species

Common Magpie 2
Sardinian Warbler 1
European Stonechat 1
Corn Bunting 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S82919947

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Not many birds to be seen and we were soon back on the big road driving back for about 100 meters before we turned right down towards the valley

We reach the beautiful valley and suddenly we see 2 Chuckars down at the small stream. This is the bird I never manage to get on picture. It is a very shy bird and there is a lot of the birds and we see several of them every day. But no pictures.

We park the car and we start walking down the valley. Again, we see alot of Jackdaws and we spotted two Eurasian Wren and they moved very quickly so pictures was impossible to get.

OK, it was now were windy and cold and the sky was turning black so I did not put much energy in to getting any pictures of the wrens.

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Pano Erodes
Beautiful Pano Erodes

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Pano Erodes
Beautiful Pano Erodes

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Pano Erodes
Beautiful Pano Erodes

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Pano Erodes
Today's track at Pano Erodes

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Pano Erodes, Pafos, Cyprus Mar 7, 2021 12:45 - 13:14
Protocol: Traveling
1.19 kilometer(s)
Checklist Comments: Bird watching with Cyprus Bird Watching Tours.
5 species

Chukar 5
Long-legged Buzzard 1
Eurasian Jackdaw 50
Eurasian Wren 2
Black Redstart 1 Heard only

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S82920501

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It was very nice to get back in to the warm car. We had a few drops of rain so it was in the nick of time. Time had turned quick and it was time to get back home to Pophos.

We will stop at one place on the way, the Minthis Hills Golf Course. Getting out of the car at Minthis Hills Golf Course and it was gloom and grey for long as I could see.

Strong wind and cold so we decided to leave. It was too cold to enjoy the birding and we called it a day. And it started to rain when we were back at the car.

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Minthis Hills Golf Course
Today's track at Minthis Hills Golf Course

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Minthis Hills Golf Course (Restricted access), Pafos, Cyprus Mar 7, 2021 13:39 - 13:59
Protocol: Traveling
1.92 kilometer(s)
Checklist Comments: Bird watching with Cyprus Bird Watching Tours.
5 species

Little Grebe 1
Long-legged Buzzard 1
Common Magpie 2
Eurasian Jackdaw 20
Barn Swallow 6

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S82921525

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Back home and I got right on with the onion chopping. I had the lemons and oregano. And I poured olives and a few cans of a corn, paprika and green peas in the bowl as well.

I realised that I had made a mistake with the lemons. Buy a lemon in the supermarket and I need one lemon for a fish finger.

These fresh lemons was very strong and it tasted a wee bit too much of the lemon. But it was tasty and I enjoyed my evening TUNA & ONION SURPRISE ®

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus
Salad

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus
Salad for a few days

I was very happy with my first day on Cyprus. My Guide will be here at 6 thirty tomorrow morning and we will take off for new adventures. And I am already looking forward to it.

Just click HERE to find out if we see any birds tomorrow.


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