Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus

Monday 15th of March 2021 and my Guide from CYPRUS BIRD WATCHING TOURS picked me up at 6 thirty and we left Paphos for our first stop, the eBird hotspot Mandria. Overcast and a little chilly when I came out to the road.

I took a few pictures of the road outside my apartment to have something for remembering the street in 20 years. All the bars and restaurants are closed because of the Wuhan Virus.

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus
Early morning outside my apartment

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus
Early morning outside my apartment

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus
Early morning outside my apartment

I started my eBird app at 06:49 and we were soon running in to one beautiful Bluethroat. I got some good pictures and I was very happy. We could hear the Black Francolin as well, but I never saw the bird. Down at the beach and we spotted one Greater Sand Plover, but the bird took off as soon as I got out of the car to try to take pictures.

I little disappointed when I went back in to the car, but this is happening when bird watching. There was a lot of Wheatears in the field next to the picnic area. And we spotted 4 Greater Short-toed Lark in the same field.

Bluethroat, Luscinia svecica, Blåhake

Bluethroat, Luscinia svecica, Blåhake
Bluethroat

Bluethroat, Luscinia svecica, Blåhake
Bluethroat

Bluethroat, Luscinia svecica, Blåhake
Bluethroat

Bluethroat, Luscinia svecica, Blåhake
Bluethroat

Bluethroat, Luscinia svecica, Blåhake
Bluethroat

Greater Short-toed Lark, Calandrella brachydactyla

Sardinian Warbler, Curruca melanocephala
Sardinian Warbler

There is a gravel beach along Mandria and it turns in to a cliff. We drive along the beach going up the cliff driving at the edge 15 m or so above the sea level. My Guide spot one Common Kestrel sitting in a bush.

We stop and the Kestrel is not flying away so we get plenty pictures of the bird.

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

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

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

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

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Mandria (Μανδριά)
Today's track at Mandria (Μανδριά)

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Mandria (Μανδριά), Pafos, Cyprus
Mar 15, 2021 06:49 - 08:34
Protocol: Traveling
7.53 kilometer(s)
Checklist Comments: Bird watching with Cyprus Bird Watching Tours.
24 species

Chukar 2
Black Francolin 3 Heard only
Common Woodpigeon 1
Laughing Dove 1
European Golden Plover 9 All in the same field
Greater Sand Plover 1
European Shag 2
Eurasian Hoopoe 3
Common Kestrel 2
Hooded Crow 4
Greater Short-toed Lark 4
Crested Lark 6
Zitting Cisticola 1
Barn Swallow 3
Sardinian Warbler 2
Bluethroat 1
Black Redstart 1
European Stonechat 3
Isabelline Wheatear 15 All in the field next to the picnic area
House Sparrow 7
White Wagtail (alba) 15
Tawny Pipit 1
Meadow Pipit 8
European Serin 7

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S83436128

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



We drive to eBird hotspot Timi Beach and when we leave the main road to drive down to the beach we see two Black Francolins courtship next to the road. We had stopped at a bakery on the way here so I was busy with the sandwiches in the backseat so no pictures.

We park at the end of the dirt track and we walk to the small gazebo hundred meters or so down the beach. We spot 9 Yellow-legged Gulls sitting in the water. A little too far away for any pictures there were also a couple of House Sparrows around the gazebo. We walked back to the car and we left.

My Guide spotted one Yellow Wagtail and I thought we were looking at the same bird. But it turned out that there were two Yellow Wagtails next to the car. They were scared away down towards the cliffs. We followed them and we could see them again. We spotted one Western Black-eared Wheatear just before we left the hotspot.

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Timi (Τιμή) Beach
Yellow Wagtail

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Timi (Τιμή) Beach
Yellow Wagtail

Western Black-eared Wheatear, Oenanthe hispanica

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Timi (Τιμή) Beach
Today's track at Timi (Τιμή) Beach

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Timi (Τιμή) Beach, Pafos, Cyprus
Mar 15, 2021 09:12 - 10:15
Protocol: Traveling
3.86 kilometer(s)
Checklist Comments: Bird watching with Cyprus Bird Watching Tours.
13 species

Black Francolin 2
Yellow-legged Gull 9
European Shag 1
Hooded Crow 3
Crested Lark 1
European Stonechat 1
Northern Wheatear 1
Isabelline Wheatear 2
Black-eared Wheatear 1
House Sparrow 3
Spanish Sparrow 150 Scared by a Harrier. No birds seen and suddenly the sky was black of Spanish Sparrows
Western Yellow Wagtail 2
European Serin 6

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S83437054

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



We leave the beach and we drive up the mountain to the eBird hotspot Agia Varvara. We stop at the first ponds and we spotted many waders. Thee were close but a small dead bush was in the way for us. So I went out of the car and all birds took off. I removed the dead bush and scrubs and we left for the other ponds.

We expect the birds to come back again so we will get back after a while. We spotted several Moorhens at the other ponds, the same pond I recorded the frogs last time. The frog was very noisy today again.

So I was impressed when my Guide hear a Great Spotted Cuckoo and we can see two Great Spotted Cuckoos in a tree far away. I play a recording of the Great Spotted Cuckoo and they come close.

We lose sight of the Great Spotted Cuckoos and we were pleasantly surprised when we spotted one of them in a tree next to the gravel road. Exact the same spot where I tried the tamarins the first day we came here.

Great Spotted Cuckoo, Clamator glandarius

Great Spotted Cuckoo, Clamator glandarius
Great Spotted Cuckoo

We drove back to the ponds where we had removed the scrubs. There was Water pipits, Little Ringed Plovers and Common Snipes. And of course, many Barn Swallows and a very few of them had the red breast like the one I spotted at the Paphos Lighthouse.

I was happy with the visit, a lot of birds but too far away for any good pictures.

Water Pipit, Anthus spinoletta

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Agia Varvara
Green Sandpipit

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Agia Varvara
Common Snipe

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Agia Varvara
Common Snipe

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Agia Varvara
Common Snipe

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

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Agia Varvara (Αγιά Βαρβάρα), Pafos, Cyprus
Mar 15, 2021 10:23 - 11:24
Protocol: Traveling
5.03 kilometer(s)
Checklist Comments: Bird watching with Cyprus Bird Watching Tours.
9 species

Great Spotted Cuckoo 2
Common Moorhen 8
Little Ringed Plover 4
Common Snipe 1
Green Sandpiper 1
Hooded Crow 6
Barn Swallow 4
European Stonechat 1
Water Pipit 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S83437860

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



We leave the Agia Varvara and we drive a little further up the mountain to the Anarita Park. There is no sign of the Finchs Wheatear, but we sop one beautiful Black-eared Wheatear but the bird took off and I could not get any pictures.

We were here one week ago and here was thousands of birds.

I think most of the birds have moved north and the Corn Buntings are busy with their nests. Last time we looking for birds here I took a picture of a Corn Bunting carrying nesting material.

Isabelline Wheatear, Oenanthe isabellina
Isabelline Wheatear

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 15, 2021 11:29 - 12:00
Protocol: Traveling
4.36 kilometer(s)
Checklist Comments: Bird watching with Cyprus Bird Watching Tours.
8 species

Eurasian Hoopoe 1
Sardinian Warbler 1
European Stonechat 2
Northern Wheatear 2
Isabelline Wheatear 1
Black-eared Wheatear 1
Corn Bunting 2
Cretzschmar's Bunting 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S83438330

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



We drove down to the eBird Hotspot Akhelia at the sewage plant. Not many birds here to see. We have seen a lot of changes during the week we have been birding. Many birds are gone and new migrating birds coming in from Africa.

We spotted two Yellow Wagtails earlier today. Some of these are breeding in north of Sweden, so they just stop here to have a rest before continue to Europe.

Suddenly we see a tree that looks to be full of yellow fruits. But the tree was full of Yellow Wagtails. And there was plenty of them, at least 40 birds. But most likely many more, as they took off in to the field to eat and then another group came back to the tree.

Western Yellow Wagtail, Motacilla flava, Gulärla
Yellow Wagtails

Western Yellow Wagtail, Motacilla flava, Gulärla
Yellow Wagtails

Western Yellow Wagtail, Motacilla flava, Gulärla
Western Yellow Wagtail / Gulärla

Western Yellow Wagtail, Motacilla flava, Gulärla
Western Yellow Wagtail / Gulärla

Western Yellow Wagtail, Motacilla flava, Gulärla
Western Yellow Wagtail / Gulärla

We drove to the eBird hotspot Cape Drepanon where we will have our picnic lunch. There is a small islet just of the coat and this is a famous breeding place for the Yellow-legged Gull. And we saw a lot of Gulls on the islet. And we also spotted one Grey Heron on the islet.

We enjoyed the picnic in the car and we spotted one Common Sandpiper was flying by us. Otherwise there was no exciting birds to be seen in the area. Maybe because of the holiday, Green Monday and it is looking like the whole of Cyprus was here flying kites.

So this might be the reason for the birds to stay away from the beach area.

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Cape Drepanon
Today's track at Cape Drepanon

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Cape Drepanon (Agios Georgios) (Άγιος Γεώργιος Πέγειας), Pafos, Cyprus
Mar 15, 2021 1:22 - 1:46
Protocol: Traveling
1.26 kilometer(s)
Checklist Comments: Bird watching with Cyprus Bird Watching Tours.
4 species

Feral Pigeon 8
Common Sandpiper 1
Yellow-legged Gull 100
Grey Heron 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S83440164

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



We leave Cape Drepanon and we drive back to Paphos and my Guide dropped me at my apartment. I spent the late afternoon and evening in my room

My Guide will be here at 6 o'clock in the morning to pick me up and we will go to look for birds in the Limassol area. Click HERE to find out if we see any birds.


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