Saturday, 20 April 2013

11 April 2013 Cyprus Day 2

Out at dawn and drove to Cape Greco which was just a few minutes drive from our villa. Superb fine warm still morning and we parked at the military compound and worked the area around the Cape. After about 4 hours we returned to the villa for breakfast and then visited a number of local sites around Cape Greco including the Pine plantation and stubble fields. We re-visited the compound area in the afternoon and stayed until dusk. Birding highlight was the pair of Ruppell's Warbler and the male Cretzschmar's Bunting although the Spectacled Warblers were very educational and the Cyprus Wheatear were also excellent and a lifer for us.

Purple Heron 1
Kestrel 6
Chukar 8
Collared Dove
Swift 1
Hoopoe 2
Short-toed Lark 8
Crested Lark 50
Skylark 1
Swallow 30
House Martin 10
Tree Pipit 6
Whinchat 2
Northern Wheatear 20
Cyprus Wheatear 3
Fan-tailed Warbler 3
Spectacled Warbler 20
Subalpine Warbler 1
Rppell's Warbler 2 (male and female)
Common Whitethroat 3
Eastern Bonelli's Warbler 1 often calling for long periods.
Wood Warbler 2
Collared Flycatcher 3 males
Pied Flycatcher 1 male
Woodchat Shrike 1
Hooded Crow
House Sparrow
Spanish Sparrow 40
Ortolan Bunting 2
Cretzschmar's Bunting 1 male

Cape Greco - A limestone headland but hard on the feet

Doreen enjoying the warmth and sunshine

Two views looking back from Cape Greco 

The Natural Bridge near Cape Greco

Chukar just about the first bird we saw on the Cape.


Spectacled Warblers at Cape Greco




 Male Ruppell's Warbler at Cape Greco

Female Ruppell's Warbler at Cape Greco

Female Subalpine Warbler at Cape Greco

Female Ortolan Bunting at the Cape.

Adult Woodchat Shrike near the pine plantation.



Crested Lark near the pine plantation.

Eastern Bonelli's Warbler in the pines. It was constantly calling
making a single chip note.

Wood Warbler in the pines.

Clouded Yellow type butterfly

One for RKH to sort out for me??

Lizard guarding the toilet block in the pines

Male Collared Flycatcher had arrived at Cape Greco during
our afternoon visit. Three were seen today.

Doreen checking her Collared Flycatcher pictures.