Sunday 30 April 2023

Little Snoring garden - April 2023

 This is a sorry excuse for a month's worth of ringing. It has been so windy most of the month and then when it finally calmed in the last couple of days there are juvenile Blackbirds in the garden with their parents.

The weather has been terrible lately, with unseasonably low temperatures and strong winds so have let the resident breeders get on without having to avoid any nets.

We have nesting Blue Tits, Greenfinch and Woodpigeon and did have Goldfinch until the Woodpigeons decided to use the same Holly tree and alerted the Magpies.

Total: 0 (5)

Blackbird - 0 (3)
Blue Tit - 0 (2)

The Blackbirds are the resident pair, nesting in next door's garden I think, and a male that nips in when they're not about. It is actually the same Blue Tit both times, male of the pair in a box before I knew they were there.

Wednesday 26 April 2023

Sculthorpe Moor - 26th April 2023

 We went to monitor the birds in the beaver enclosure at Sculthorpe Moor today and for the first time in a few months were joined by DKH. Numbers were a little better than our last session there, bolstered by a few more Chiffchaff and, strangely, four Treecreeper. At this time of year 17 isn't too bad considering there were no tits, Dunnocks or Wrens captured, probably a reflection of the number of residents already sitting on eggs.

We processed our first Willow Warblers for the year today.

5M Reed Bunting

Observations included male Cuckoo, 2 Little Egret, Barn Owl, Buzzard, Red Kite and 2 Little Ringed Plover.

Total: 11 (6)

Robin - 0 (1)
Blackcap - 1
Chiffchaff - 5 (3)
Willow Warbler - 2
Reed Bunting - 1
Treecreeper - 2 (2)

Saturday 22 April 2023

Deepdale Farm - 22nd April 2023

 The spring continues to drag its heels with another windy, much windier than forecast, and cold morning. 

Despite getting up at 05:30 am and having the nets up in good time we only caught 8 birds, of which only three were unringed. We did get the first Blackcaps of the year, one of which was presumably intending to travel on with a fat score of two. The migration is progressing much slower than last year due to the weather conditions.

5M Blackcap

5F Blackcap

5F Goldcrest

Total: 4 (4)

Wren - 0 (1)
Blackcap - 2
Chiffchaff - 0 (1)
Goldcrest - 1 (1)
Great Tit - 1 (1)

Sunday 16 April 2023

Deepdale Farm - 16th April 2023

 A drop in wind speed gave an opportunity to monitor this elevated coastal site. It was a disappointing result with only 10 birds processed, of which 6 were new.  Comparing the numbers to the same date last year when we processed 37 birds seems to support our general impression that things are progressing a little more slowly than last year.

LEB852, age 5 Chiffchaff back for its first breeding season

5M Goldcrest

6M Chaffinch male, one of three of the species caught

Total: 6 (4)

Robin - 0 (2)
Chiffchaff - 2 (1)
Goldcrest - 1
Long-tailed Tit - 0 (1)
Chaffinch - 3

Thursday 13 April 2023

Sculthorpe Moor - 13th April 2023

 Ringing has not been possible for a couple of days now, due to weather systems linked to Storm Noa that has been battering the south coast. We decided to go to Sculthorpe Moor and spend some time checking for any colour ringed Lapwing on the scrape. There now appear to be three pairs of nesting Lapwing with none of them carrying darvics. A pair of Redshank and two pairs of  Little Ringed Plover were also seen.

 Available space is at a premium with high water levels and interest from gulls, something new for 2023. We noted that a high proportion of Black-headed gulls present were hatched last year. There were also Lesser Black-backed gulls and Herring gulls showing interest. If the large gulls do nest, life will be difficult for the waders trying to raise broods. 

A couple of pairs of Greylag have already started to nest, and from the activity observed on the scrape there will be further breeding attempts from other pairs. 

We saw a Lesser Redpoll with a metal ring. The 'A' may indicate that
it's one of four we've done here this winter but is insufficient for a firm record.

Sunday 9 April 2023

Sculthorpe Moor - 9th April 2023

 We caught the first summer migrant for the site this year, this Chiffchaff is the first of five captured and so keen it didn't even wait until the net was fully set.


All other captures were of resident species although there were definitely Blackcap singing in the woodland. Amongst the residents caught was a male Linnet, the first we've caught here.

5M Linnet

There was much activity on the scrape with Redshank, Little Ringed Plover (5), Lapwing, Oystercatcher, Shelduck, Egyptian Goose, Mute Swan, Great White Egret, Black-headed Gulls and Lesser Black-backed Gulls all present when we arrived at 6am. It looks as though there are gulls intending to nest this year, and that will be deleterious to the nesting waders.

Total: 14 (4)

Wren - 1 (1)
Dunnock - 0 (1)
Chiffchaff - 5
Long-tailed Tit - 3 (1)
Coal Tit - 1
Great Tit - 2 (1)
Bullfinch - 1
Linnet - 1

Friday 7 April 2023

Cyprus - 22nd March - 6th April 2023

 So we finally got the Cyprus visit originally planned for 2020! We arrived in Larnaca quite late on the 21st, stayed at the Lebay Beach Hotel ( very good). 

Day 1

We were out just after 6am for a look at Oroklini before breakfast, the water level was high and the mosquitos were out in abundance. The Flamingos were wading in deep water, no chance of seeing any colour rings. The lake held the usual collection of waterfowl including Ferruginous Duck, Gargany, Shoveler, Teal, Gadwall, Pintail, Red crested Pochard and also a Widgeon.

Passerines in the Tamarisks surrounding the water included several Chiffchaff, Lesser Whitethroat, Cetti's Warbler and Bluethroat.

Bluethroat, red-spotted form

At Larnaca Salt Lake the water level did not deter 6 Gull-billed Tern, 2 Avocet, Spur-winged Plovers, Black-winged Stilts, some shanks both Red and Green, Ruff, Marsh Sandpiper amongst others. We saw Laughing Dove for the second time that day and noted that these birds have colonised sites some distance from the handful where they could be found in 2019.

With the Tekke of Hala Sultan in the background we watched Slender-billed Gulls pick mosquito larvae from the surface of the lake.

Some Slender-billed Gulls looked a bit scruffy in main body moult, 
but this one's quite smart with a hint of a pink hue on the throat and chest.

Then on to the sewage works where there were no Black-necked Grebes at all. A flock of wagtails consisted of mainly Black-headed Yellow Wagtails, but there were some others too, including a Citrine Wagtail.

Record shot, Citrine Wagtail

Amongst the expected gulls also Little and Mediterranean, with Lesser Whitethroat and Ruppell's Warbler in the bushes. Moving on towards the sewage works Hoopoe and Wryneck were both seen. Then when checking the beach for Kentish Plover we also found a Greater Sand Plover. There were obviously quite a few arrivals that evening as there was even a Blue Rock Thrush on the wall around the army camp.

It was then time to head west towards Mandria where we would base for the majority of the trip. As we drove, reports of a Black-bellied Sandgrouse came through on Whatsapp.

Day 2

Up at 6:15am and out before 7am we decided to take a tour around Mandria to see which fields looked to hold birds and to refamiliarize ourselves with the tracks (some might no longer be passable and we do not have much clearance with the hire car). Met Gary Elton and Colin Richardson looking for the sandgrouse that had been reported as being flushed from the sandpit by dog walkers earlier. We all decided to scout the surrounding fields so split up and not long afterwards a message came through and the bird was relocated about two minutes away from where we were watching Redstart, White Wagtails and Water Pipit.

Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Mandria fields

A quick stop for a breakfast croissant and coffee and off to Ayia Varvara to check out the state of the tanks. There was plenty of water although tracks were less passable than our last visit and we walked around looking for damsel and dragonflies as well as birds.

Sea Lavender

Crown Daisies

Winter Damselfly (the only damselfly 
to overwinter in its adult form)

One of three Tree Pipits that passed through

Spotted Crake

Lesser Emperor pair

Then on to Anarita. We were disappointed to see that there are areas being cleared for housing development or businesses with new preparation for more roads, while the existing tracks were the worse for wear in some places.

Female Stonechat


Black-eared Wheatear

Pafos Blue, Anarita

Eastern Dappled White, Anarita

Wild Garlic

Irises, only some 20cm tall


Then back to Mandria for the end of the day. Wheatears were arriving, being seen in the sandpit at first then on the ploughed fields. There were also Chiffchaffs, Redstarts, a Black Francolin and a Black Redstart that I couldn't photograph due to an awkward wheatear that we decided eventually was Cyprus Pied Wheatear.

Male Northern Wheatear (1st year from the brown feathers 
in the wings)

Northern male

Female Redstart

Male Redstart

Field Poppy

Cyprus Pied Wheatear

Day 3

A trip over to Limassol for Zakaki, Ladies mile and the gravel pits. First stop was spectacularly disappointing with a fence erected along the water's edge where we have seen Bluethroat, Mustached Warbler and many other birds. Now I guess you just have to look at the pictures. The casino in the background is no enhancement to the view either and the cleared viewing area is just too sterile. Saw Woodpigeon, Snipe, Coot, Moorhen and Reed Warbler. The signage says this is now Lake Makri, a makeover that is not an improvement.

Next on to Ladies Mile where there seemed to be some attempts at blocking some of the tracks across to the mast area. The only birds on the water were Little Stint, Kentish Plover and Little Egret.

Crossing the bay Bishop's Pool would have been the next stop, but it is now locked - something that must have happened in the four years since our last visit. It used to be great for migrating herons and egrets, also Ferruginous Ducks. What a shame.

We needed a coffee after all that disappointment, really not worth coming to these areas again, so on to Phassouri where the area was surrounded with scaffolding poles about 6 years ago. The high water levels have worked wonders on the grassy areas, looks very promising.

View from the tower hide

Seen from the road were


Spur-winged Plover

Glossy Ibis

Great White Egret



It's a shame they didn't use a couple of those fence panels at
 Zakaki here instead.

White-faced Wagtail Dukhunensis

Water Pipit - one of six

Also Great Spotted Cuckoo, Marsh Harrier, Citrine Wagtail, Yellow Wagtails, Wood Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Spoonbill, Ruff and Cattle Egret.

Well that was an improvement on the day so next to the gravel pits. 

Agios Georgios

The garden provided shelter as the wind got up and birds seen included Eastern Bonelli's Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Redstart, Greenfinch and a Collared Flycatcher.

Eastern Bonelli's Warbler

Female Ruppell's Warbler

We'd seen well into double figures of this species by the end of the day, also more Hoopoes and plenty of Wheatears of various species as the end of the day neared.

Eastern Black-eared Wheatear

Eastern Stonechat

Day 4

Today we joined up with Gary Elton. Starting at Pafos headland, we spent three and a half hours there and saw a constant stream of migrant birds. Highlights were Masked Shrike (3), Woodchat Shrike (3),Hoopoe (12 including a group of 6), Tawny Pipit, Black Redstart (2) Stone Curlew (3), Purple Heron, Redstart, Eastern Black-eared Wheatear, Northern Wheatear, Cyprus Wheatear, Eastern Subalpine Warbler, Corn Bunting, Ruppell's Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Great Spotted Cuckoo.

Record shot Tawny Pipit


Woodchat Shrike

Crown Daisies and lighthouse

The next stop was Ayia Varvara. A look around the tanks turned up a new species for the trip, and the calling Little Owl gave away its chosen hide out. We also got another look at the Spotted Crake. 

Field Poppy

Jack Snipe

Marsh Frog

We finished the day off with a last look at Mandria. Here there were wagtails and wheatears dropping in as was expected. We also found the Collared Pratincole that has been reported from the morning.

Record shot Collared Pratincole

A quiet corner of the site turned up Ruppell's Warbler, Eastern Subalpine Warbler, Blackcap and Chiffchaff next to a citrus grove, while the weedy margins around some fields threw up another interesting Stonechat.

Siberian Stonechat

Then, for good measure, we finished up with the Black-bellied Sandgrouse again, feeding happily and unbothered by we few birders watching from a respectful distance.

Black-bellied Sandgrouse

Day 5

We started in the direction of Cape Dreparnum, stopping at Dam Mavrokolymbus on the way. There were good species to be seen with 5 Cyprus Warbler, Bonelli's Eagle and Little Owl the highlights.

A Little Owl to kick off the walk at the dam.

Pafos Blue male

Bonelli's Eagle

Cyprus Warbler

A nice walk at Cape Dreparum, Mediterranean Shag  seen on the island, also a Cretzschmar's Bunting.

Pygmy Skipper

Record shot Cretzschmar's Bunting
Then on to Anarita Park in the hopes of finding Spectacled Warbler. We didn't but there were other birds to see.

Corn Bunting

Little Owl staying close to home.

We ended the day at Ayia Varvara where we tried the tanks and found Citrine Wagtail, Baillon's Crake, Little Crake, Little Egret, a few waders and hirundines including Red-rumped Swallow and our first Sand Martin.

    Little Ringed Plover

Little Egret

3rd and closest Citrine Wagtail of the trip

Baillon's Crake

Day 6

Just Chris and me again and we started at Kensington Cliffs. We couldn't find any birds on the cliffs, from either our usual stop or the new viewing hide.

The location of the new hide is a long way from where the Griffon Vultures 
nest and roost. It's a beautiful spot with long drops that deserve the utmost respect.

Unusual design for vulture watching. Just watch your head.

We only saw one bird, already aloft and gaining height rapidly, so no photos unfortunately.

The next stop was a new one to us, the M1 pools. The name is a joke, a road was constructed by the Brits to connect Episkopi garrison and RAF Akrotiri and avoiding the town in between. These are tanks, disused for a long while, that are filled in order to conserve water from running straight to the sea to encourage filtration to the massive underground aquifer that is located beneath, are now in use and looking good for waterbirds.

A large flock of Egrets were feasting on the many Red-veined Darters
that have hatched from the pools.

Many Red-veined Darters are snapped up before attaining adult
colours, but here is a mature adult male.

M1 pools

Lesser Fiery Copper

On then to Akrotiri Marsh. The species present had not changed a great deal since our last visit. Indeed, there were still (probably the same) two Spoonbill and two Black-tailed Godwit and Wood Sandpipers with all the usual ducks, however the Glossy Ibis numbers had definitely increased as had the Ruff. A Spotted Redshank had not been seen on the 24th.

Spotted Redshank

Wood Sandpiper
Moving on to the gravel pits it was extremely quiet, only a few migrants were seen.

Zitting Cisticola

Orchids of the Serapias family

Even the Agios Georgios held little in the garden. Two Redstart and 5 Greenfinch were seen with a couple of Ruppell's Warblers in nearby bushes and 5 Great White Egret overhead.

Male Redstart

Agios Georgios, a Limassol stone built basilica of the 16th century 

Lantana flower

Great Spotted Cuckoo, one of two seen as we left the gravel pits.

Day 7

There was a generally quiet sense to the day today. We revisited Ayia Varvara for another look at the crakes. 

Baillon's and Little crake, female Ayia Varvara

The Citrine Wagtail was still there and with better light
my photo is better than before.

Next we shot inland to Episkopi hoping to see whether Siskin were still about at the picnic site.

Almonds in the environmental centre garden

A walk down to the river didn't turn up many birds, but there were some interesting insects.

Agios Ilarion

Lang's short-tailed Blue

Winter Damselfly male

Then the picnic site had no birds other than Jackdaws, but there were Eastern Festoons.

Eastern Festoon

Then on to Anarita, still quiet with a few wheatears drifting in and still no sign of the Spectacled Warblers.

Eastern Black-eared Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear

Eastern Black-eared Wheatear - a bird with various plumage morphs

Finishing off, after dinner at Mandria. We found two pairs of Stone Curlew on the fields and a couple of Short-toed Larks on the ploughed field with some wheatears at the end of the day. Other than Swallows and White Wagtails it was very sedate, although we did reconnect with this bird that seems so relaxed now that it walked right passed the car.

Black-bellied Sandgrouse, still at Mandria

Looking westwards this evening

Day 8

Strong winds today made birding difficult. Maximum strength of 53km per hour. We started at the M1 pools where the hirundines were dashing about at speed and the wagtails and a few waders were keeping low.


Watching, despite the wind

There was a brief shower just before we departed for Bishop's Pool, but the wind was too strong from the west to leave any hope that the rain might force birds down. At the pool there is a new system that involves parking at the monastery, called St Nicholas of the cats. Here there is a cat food dispenser.

But we had come to see the pool, extremely full and with just Coots, Moorhen, Mallard, Little Grebe and two Ferruginous Duck on the very far side of the pool.

Bishop's Pool

Flowering Acacia tree at the water's edge

Akrotiri was next on the agenda, the church garden holding just a Collared Flycatcher, Redstart with anything else keeping low and out of the gale. We spent some time at the beach where the sea was very rough indeed.

    The rough conditions kept most bird activity at bay. We did find 6 Baltic Gulls on the beach, and a distant bird may have been an Arctic Skua claimed earlier in the morning but it was too 
distant for us to call.

The wreck just along the coast took a hammering.

So then we drove through the gravel pits and saw practically nothing. At the rabbit hutch pools some   Ruff were present, but the marsh itself had nothing new since our last visit.


Last of all we dropped in at Asprokremnos forest where there has been a report of a semi-collared Flycatcher. It was difficult to see in the windy conditions but eventually we saw enough to confirm the ID, but no chance of a photo. Gary' arrived with his group and some lucky clients got a brief glimpse.

Day 9

Another windy day. Although the wind was less strong than the day before it still made birding difficult. We started at the headland and found most small birds were sheltering on the leeward side of vegetation.

 Spur-winged Plover was the only bird seen in the open ruins.
We don't recall ever having seen one here in the past.

Lesser Whitethroat

Male Ruppell's Warbler

Some warblers made use of the thick green bushes that provided some respite from the wind. An Eastern Subalpine Warbler was seen but not photographed.

Male and female Cretzschmar's Buntings, 2 of 5 seen

Two Tawny Pipit dropped in but left shortly afterwards. There were four Hoopoe foraging around the pathed areas.


One of the Hooded Crows had a beak deformity.

The deformity doesn't seem to affect ability to feed.

The standard beak shape.

Fledged Sardinian young

Vagrant Emperor

There was barely a wheatear to be found and no  shrikes at all. However, there was a Collared Flycatcher and a Wryneck over to the left hand side of the site, close to the fence newly replaced and near the bus station.

After that we took a drive to Achelia where we have ringed in the past. It is all very different now with extremely thick beds of reeds and no route for vehicles along the beach.

The sea was still choppy.

Timi is a lot dryer now so we took a turn around the whole side. Still no birds, except a Stone Curlew. There was also a rapidly vanishing Black Whipsnake.

The beach shelter is designed more for heat or rain than wind.

A final turn around Agia Varvara found the tanks much fuller with water. The Citrine Wagtail had been moved off but we relocated it in a ploughed field next to where some flower pots had been emptied. Also in the field were some Lesser Short-toed Larks and White Wagtails. A Semi-collared Flycatcher was found just before we reached the last set of tanks.

Semi-collared Flycatcher

The orchard where we found it also had Wryneck, Cretzschmar's Bunting and Great Spotted Cuckoo. Hirundine numbers were up with several Red-rumped Swallows as well as swifts, swallows and House martins.

Day 10

We started off at the headland, took some time out to look at past ringing sites (both totally unworkable now), scouted Mandria and Anarita. The only new bird for the trip was Pallid Swift at Paphos headland.

Sardinian Warbler


Eastern Subalpine Warbler

Field poppies, Sea lavender and Crown daisies

Eastern Orphean Warbler located by subsong

My nature art and the glistening sea at Kouklia

Little Owl, Anarita
Day 11

A break from the routine today. We haven't seen Finsch's Wheatear this trip, and there are reports of one still being at Cape Greko, also not one but two rarities at at Paralimni. Having rejected a trip there for Didric Cuckoo a female Menetries Warbler is confirmed at the same site. So, on the balance of probabilities we should get something for the long trip.

We started at Greko where the number of migrants in the bushes was a nice change. We heard Thrush Nightingale, had three Blue Rock Thrush and Ruppell's, Eastern Subalpine Warbler and Spectacled and Cyprus Warblers.

Two Cyprus Warbler males agitated about something they don't want in their bush.

Male Finsch's Wheatear

Eastern Subalpine Warbler

Spectacled Warbler

Male Blue Rock Thrush

The cape is beautiful with the azure water and limestone rocky shore.

Remains of ancient inhabitants of the underwater world are in evidence in some spots.

A natural bridge

There is a selection of wildflowers, some familiar and others less so.

Laughing Dove, a story of successful colonisation - such a difference from our trip in 2019. 
Now they are found almost everywhere. Sam Jones , ex ringing trainee of the group we trained
with is completing a PhD at Nicosia - he has heard that hunters have been releasing these doves
as a quarry species.

Then a look at the lake, mostly Black-winged Stilts, Coots, Ducks and Flamingos then on to the shabby half built housing estate for the two rarities. Chris and I were two of only three people to see the Menetries Warbler and after much waiting and looking we also saw the Didric Cuckoo, but neither stayed long enough to be photographed.

Day 12

Still no obvious influx of migrants so started the day at Pafos headland. Most of the birds present were unexceptional. We did however, happen across a group of people watching the Yellow-browed Warbler, saw the bird and also heard it. It didn't match Yellow-browed and for us was more consistent with Hume's leaf Warbler. We have seen, heard and indeed handled many of this species in Mongolia. We will await the decision of the committee in Cyprus.

This bird called like a Humes and for us was not correct for Yellow-browed Warbler but the decision may not concur with our thoughts.

Black Redstart

Ruppell's Warbler

Lesser Whitethroat

Swallowtail Butterfly

White Wagtail

The afternoon was spent at Mavrokolymbos dam, devoid of birds except some Cyprus Wheatears and a Blue Rock Thrush seen as we left.

A quick run to Asprokremnos dam and we were able to relocate the Red-backed Shrike that had been reported earlier.

Red-backed Shrike, a young male

Day 13

A run to Akrotiri with the wind turning easterly. M1 pools held lots of egrets, glossy ibis and some Purple Heron. We even found a male Little Crake but passerines were sadly lacking. We did hear Great Reed Warbler again.
Purple Heron

Cattle Egrets are still enjoying eating the darters. 
We found many discarded wings in the foliage.

Then at Ladies Mile there were more waders than last time. We found the Curlew Sandpiper amongst Little Stints. Also Kentish Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Black-winged Stilts and Flamingos.

Adult and juvenile Flamingos.

Many more hives than there used to be opposite St. Nicholas of the cats,
wouldn't fancy trying ringing there now. No gaps and too many bees.

At Akrotiri Marsh we went first to the tower hide. Pratincole was heard but not seen. We did find what we thought were some Scarlet Darters.

Scarlet Darter

A look at the Church turned up Chiffchaffs, Collared Flycatcher, Lesser Whitethroats and not much more. There was a smattering of wheatears in the pits with a single Tamarisk bush holding Ruppell's Warbler, Eastern Bonelli's, Lesser Whitethroat and Wryneck. Bee-eaters went over high but could not be seen.

The marsh hadn't changed much since the last check, still 3 Spoonbills, the Spotted Redshank, Ruff, Marsh Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper and the Glossy Ibis. 

We finished up at Mandria where a Mourning Wheatear had been reported.

Distant Mourning Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear

High Def shot of sun going down at Mandria

Day 14

Positively the worst morning walk at Pafos headland this trip. There had been a real clear out and the list consisted of a handful of wheatears, a Redstart and one Lesser Whitethroat. So, next to Agia Varvara where we did at least see the Baillon's Crake and a female Little Crake but being so lacking in passerines (just a Redstart and a Spanish Sparrow) we turned our thoughts to insects and recorded Winter Damselfly, Scarlett Darter, Red-veined Darter and Lesser Emperor.

Scarlet Darter

Winter Damselfly

We tried a site we had been given for Scops Owl by a restaurant, but there was wedding in progress and after a brief look at the tree we left, before being asked to leave, and they chained off the entrance. So, no Scops Owls for us this trip.

Finally at Mandria, the wheatears from the night before had moved on and a few wagtails and wheatears were drifting. There were also a very few larks and pipits. Passerines were again conspicuous by their absence and we only had a Woodchat Shrike to look at from the bushes, trees and reeds as everything else was in the lark corner field.

Woodchat fresh in off the sea

One of two Short-toed Larks

Red-throated Pipit

Blue-headed Wagtail.

**This evening news came through that the Hume's Warbler has been confirmed as such - so we were correct.**

Day 15

Time to leave the flat we've been renting for a fortnight and head back towards Larnaca. We stopped in at Kiti Dam, fields around Kiti, Spiros Pools and the Larnaka sewage works, then Oroklini after dinner.

European Bee-eaters at a potential nest site

It didn't have the air of a passerine day, but finding approximately 14 Bee-eaters meant that we didn't finish this trip without any sightings.

By midday the wind had got very strong. We managed to see Calandra Lark, but views were distant. The water levels on the salt lake and Oroklini lake were high and there weren't that many waders to be found. We did see out first Curlew of the trip at the sewage works where there was also a couple of Ruddy Shelducks.

Marsh Frog, Kiti dam

Flamingos at Spiros Pools

Black-winged Stilt female and Ruff on Larnaca Salt Lake

Cattle Egrets at Oroklini.

A juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron and Bittern were rather more difficult to photograph.

If you look hard enough you just may spot the Bittern

Day 16

So, just like that it's the end of our spring stay in Cyprus. We had a few hours before the flight, but it was very windy and whipped around Oroklini, Spiro's Pools and Larnaca's sewage works. There had been a few birds in and we got Wood Warbler and Pied Flycatcher for the trip.

Pied Flycatchers in the sewage works garden

Again couldn't get a shot of the Collared Flycatcher or Wood Warbler, and of course a bird we would have liked to have seen, a Bar-tailed Lark was located at Cape Greco when we had no time before the flight. Still an enjoyable couple of weeks with some species that had not been anticipated.