Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus


Saturday 20th of March 2021 and I went down to the road and my Guide arrived a few minutes later. We will drive to Anarita Park to look for birds before going back to the hospital in Pahpos. I have booked a corvid test for 09:00.

I started my eBird app at 06:53 and we could Corn Bunting on the checklist right away. A little later we spotted a Black-eared Wheatear, a little too far away for any good pictures. Last time on Cyprus and I came close to the Isabelline Wheatears

But this time, impossible, but this morning we had one sitting just next to the road and the bird didn't care about us coming up to take pictures.

Western Black-eared Wheatear, Oenanthe hispanica

Isabelline Wheatear, Oenanthe isabellina

Isabelline Wheatear, Oenanthe isabellina
Isabelline Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear, Oenanthe isabellina
Isabelline Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear, Oenanthe isabellina
Isabelline Wheatear

We continue and we drive to the Finsch's Wheatear area. The Finsch's Wheatear have left Cyprus but there was two Western Black-eared Wheatear. We also spotted a fox but the fox took off when we approached. We also spotted the very beautiful Male Northern Wheatear.

We had luck with the Cretzschmar's Bunting as we found them along the road, maybe around 20 birds or so and I managed to get a picture of this very beautiful bird. We also saw one Little Owl flying in to a hole in the cliff side.

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Anarita Park
Fox running away

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Anarita Park
Fox running away

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Anarita Park
Fox running away

Northern Wheatear, Oenanthe oenanthe, Stenskvätta

Western Black-eared Wheatear, Oenanthe hispanica
Western Black-eared Wheatear

Western Black-eared Wheatear, Oenanthe hispanica
Western Black-eared Wheatear

Western Black-eared Wheatear, Oenanthe hispanica
Western Black-eared Wheatear

Cretzschmar's Bunting, Emberiza caesia

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

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eBird Report


Anarita Park, Pafos, Cyprus
Mar 20, 2021 06:53 - 08:18
Protocol: Traveling
10.15 kilometer(s)
Checklist Comments: Bird watching with Cyprus Bird Watching Tours. http://www.birdingtourscyprus-bitw.com/
17 species

Chukar 4
Common Woodpigeon 1
Great Spotted Cuckoo 2
Little Owl 1
Eurasian Hoopoe 2
Common Kestrel 2
Common Magpie 9
Common Chiffchaff 2
Song Thrush 2
Blue Rock Thrush 2
European Stonechat 1
Isabelline Wheatear 2
Black-eared Wheatear 6
Common Linnet 15
European Serin 15
Corn Bunting 9
Cretzschmar's Bunting 13 Feeding along the road

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S83708202

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)



We left Anarita Park and we decided to stop at Agia Varvara on the way to the hospital. There was more water in the ponds today so not much mudflats so not many birds. And to make it worse, all birds took off when we arrived. We gave it a few minutes and some of the birds returned to the pond. Too far away for any pictures.

We left and we drove back to Paphos and we reached the hospital 15 minutes before my appointment. And I expect to be out of there in a jiff and to get the result 2 hours after the test. So it is a good service, way better than anything you can get in Sweden.

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Agia Varvara
Today's track at Agia Varvara

eBird

eBird Report


Agia Varvara, Pafos, Cyprus
Mar 20, 2021 08:24 - 08:36
Protocol: Traveling
0.44 kilometer(s)
Checklist Comments: Bird watching with Cyprus Bird Watching Tours. http://www.birdingtourscyprus-bitw.com/
6 species

Common Woodpigeon 1
Common Moorhen 1
Little Ringed Plover 1
Common Snipe 2
Hooded Crow 1
European Stonechat 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S83708373

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)



Corvid test on Cyprus
At the hospital to make the corvid test

Corvid test on Cyprus
My Guide waiting for me

Well, it took 30 minutes to get the test done and I will be back to pick up the result after the birding. My Guide waited for me outside the hotel and we left right on to my Guide's secret birding spot to look for the Eastern Bonelli's Warbler.

We park the car and we walk down to the area.

And we are soon seeing a couple of the Eastern Bonelli's Warblers so I was happy when we walked back to the car. But I was not happy with the pictures, well, I got to see the bird.

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Paphos
Walking down to the “secret” birding spot

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Paphos
Walking down to the “secret” birding spot

Eastern Bonelli's Warbler, Balkan Warbler, Phylloscopus orientalis

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Paphos
Today's track at my Guide's secret birding spot

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eBird Report


Guide's secret birding spot, Pafos, Cyprus
Mar 20, 2021 09:26 - 10:15
Protocol: Traveling
0.61 kilometer(s)
Checklist Comments: Bird watching with Cyprus Bird Watching Tours. http://www.birdingtourscyprus-bitw.com/
5 species

Common Woodpigeon 2
Great Spotted Cuckoo 2
Common Magpie 5
Eastern Bonelli's Warbler 3
Cretzschmar's Bunting 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S83709396

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)



We decide to have our picnic lunch when we come down to Mandria. But first we look around a little and there is no interesting birds around. While we have our lunch we have 10 Grey Herons flying from West towards East.

We saw one formation with 3 Grey Herons flying in the same directions when we arrived to the beach. These birds was also flying from West to East.

I have seen many Grey Herons in my days but I have never seen them fly in formation before.

We finished our picnic and my Guide went to take a picture of a Hoopoe feeding not too far away from out table. We leave the picnic site and we continue towards the East.

We stop as we have a Common Kestrel just over our car and I open the door and I get a few pictures of the bird soaring 3 meters above me.

Grey Heron, Gråhäger, Ardea cinerea, นกกระสานวล, アオサギ
Grey Herons coming in over our picnic roof

Grey Heron, Gråhäger, Ardea cinerea, นกกระสานวล, アオサギ
Grey Herons flying in formation

Grey Heron, Gråhäger, Ardea cinerea, นกกระสานวล, アオサギ
Grey Herons flying in formation

Common Kestrel, European kestrel, Eurasian kestrel, Falco tinnunculus, Tornfalk

Common Kestrel, European kestrel, Eurasian kestrel, Falco tinnunculus, Tornfalk
Common Kestrel

Common Kestrel, European kestrel, Eurasian kestrel, Falco tinnunculus, Tornfalk
Common Kestrel

Northern Wheatear, Oenanthe oenanthe, Stenskvätta

Northern Wheatear, Oenanthe oenanthe, Stenskvätta
Male Northern Wheatear / Stenskvätta

Northern Wheatear, Oenanthe oenanthe, Stenskvätta
Male Northern Wheatear / Stenskvätta

Black Redstart, Phoenicurus ochruros, Tithy's Redstart, Blackstart and Black Redtail
Male Black Redstart

Black Redstart, Phoenicurus ochruros, Tithy's Redstart, Blackstart and Black Redtail
Female Black Redstart

Black Redstart, Phoenicurus ochruros, Tithy's Redstart, Blackstart and Black Redtail
Female Black Redstart

Black Redstart, Phoenicurus ochruros, Tithy's Redstart, Blackstart and Black Redtail
Female Black Redstart

There is another quite famous Bird Watcher here on Cyprus that have been writing books about birding. He is the one that have trained my Guide and we met him almost every day when we are out birding.

He called from Agia Varvara as he had spotted a Hooded Wheatear and we decided to go look for the bird. When we left we spotted a male and female Black Redstart in a three and we stopped. We have now been birding for 2 weeks and we had seen a lot of Black redstarts.

They have all been flying away long before we had been coming close. But these two birds was just sitting there looking at us and didn't care about nothing.

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Mandria Coast
Today's track at Mandria Coast

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Mandria Coast
Today's track at Mandria Coast - After picnic lunch

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eBird Report


Mandria Coast, Pafos, Cyprus
Mar 20, 2021 10:39 - 11:19
Protocol: Traveling
2.26 kilometer(s)
Checklist Comments: Bird watching with Cyprus Bird Watching Tours. http://www.birdingtourscyprus-bitw.com/
9 species (+1 other taxa)

Feral Pigeon 20
Grey Heron 3
harrier sp. 1
Eurasian Hoopoe 1
Common Kestrel 1
Hooded Crow 4
Crested Lark 4
Northern Wheatear 1
Isabelline Wheatear 2
European Greenfinch 6

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S83710131

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)



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eBird Report


Mandria Coast, Pafos, Cyprus. After the picnic lunch
Mar 20, 2021 11:22 - 11:51
Protocol: Traveling
3.49 kilometer(s)
Checklist Comments: Bird watching with Cyprus Bird Watching Tours. http://www.birdingtourscyprus-bitw.com/
8 species

Common Kestrel 1
Northern Wheatear 1
Isabelline Wheatear 2
Black-eared Wheatear 1
House Sparrow 6

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S83710478

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home



We drive to Agia Varvara and we start to look for the Hooded Warbler as per our friend's instruction. We see a lot of the Cretzschmar's Bunting but no Hooded Wheatear and we give up after 45 minutes. My Guide want to continue to another area but I tell him to go look for a restaurant with Lamb Chops.

Yes, things have really gone south since they opened the restaurants again after having been closed for a long time because of the Wuhan Virus.

Cretzschmar's Bunting, Emberiza caesia

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Agia Varvara
Today's track at Agia Varvara

eBird

eBird Report


Agia Varvara, Pafos, Cyprus
Mar 20, 2021 12:00 - 12:44
Protocol: Traveling
6.02 kilometer(s)
Checklist Comments: Bird watching with Cyprus Bird Watching Tours. http://www.birdingtourscyprus-bitw.com/
6 species

Eurasian Hoopoe 1
Common Magpie 2
Crested Lark 3
Black-eared Wheatear 1
European Goldfinch 2
Cretzschmar's Bunting 10

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S83711299

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)



It was not easy to find any open restaurants as they were opening at 5 o'clock in the afternoon. Saturday and I had expected them to be open for lunch. So we ended up at an Italian Restaurant and no Lamb Chops. I walked back to my apartment and my Guide drove back home.

My Guide will pick me up at 6 thirty and we will be doing the last day of birding before my Guide will drop me at the airport. Click HERE to find out if we find any birds.


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ORIGIN late 18th cent.: of unknown origin.

So as you understand, in a jiff pretty much depends on your internet.
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