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Cyprus Weekly

Birding highlights for week ending 22 Jul 12

If you’re planning a trip to Cyprus perhaps this will help you to decide when is the best time to visit to maximise birding opportunities? I will also add Dragonfly and Butterfly information for those that are interested.

Wader migration has picked up although passerine movement is still slow.

A juv Masked Shrike was seen at Akhna Dam, along with a male Cuckoo (rare for Autumn) and at least 10 Hoopoes.

Evidence of breeding Spotted Flycatchers was noted at Troodos with a juv begging to be fed. Also noteworthy was a Grey Wagtail at Platres Trout Farm, either a breeding bird (not yet proven on the Island or a very early winter visitor)

Waders have really started to move this week with a large influx of Little Stints with a couple Temminck’s, 2 Marsh Sandpipers at Oroklini Marsh and a Curlew Sandpiper at Spiro’s Pool – Larnaca. Ruff numbers have been noted in the low 20s with Wood, Green and Common Sandpipers remaining fairly common at all wetland sites. 3 Greater Sand Plover continue to loaf on the rocks at Ayia Thekla a traditional site for them. Highlight of the week were 1 increasing to 3 (2 Adults and 1 juv) Collared Pratincoles at Akhna Dam – not too shabby and not as numerous in the autumn as spring.

5 White-winged Black Terns (all adults), 2 at Oroklini, 2 at Spiro’s Pool and 1 at Akhna Dam with an adult Whiskered Tern also at Akhna Dam. Oroklini Marsh continues to hold at least 30 Little Terns including many juveniles. 2 Little Gulls at Larnaca Sewage Works (smelling a bit serious in the heat) with a lone female Shoveller.

The singleton Squacco Heron remains at Akhna Dam and the Night Heron roost has grown. The Stone Curlews have stopped calling and Little Owl activity has reduced at Ayios Nikolaos (camp area).

For more info please contact me.

Mark Easterbrook

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