Thursday, 25 April 2013

15th April, 2013 Cyprus Day 6

A heavy noisy thunderstorm during the night, but dry by dawn and first did our early morning walk around the tip of Cape Greco. We then moved onto the Cave beach area and the pines. After a late breakfast we decided to visit Okorina marsh and then onto the hide at Larnaca Sewage Farm  Spiros Pool and the salt lake area. It had now become very windy, so we departed back for our evening visit to the stubble field and Cape Greco.

Looking towards the viewpoint from the Cave Headland.

David at the Cave Headland.

The Cave Headland near Cape Greco

Perhaps I won't walk to the tip.

Little Grebe 5
Cattle Egret 5
Little Egret 25
Grey Heron 1
Purple Heron 12
Greater Flamingo 25
Teal 10
Mallard 15
Pintail 2
Shoveler 10
Red-crested Pochard 6
Common Buzzard 1
Kestrel 4
Peregrine 1
Chukar 12
Black Francolin 1 adult male
Quail 1
Black-winged Stilt 70
Little Ringed Plover 1
Kentish Plover 15
Spur-winged Plover 30
Little Stint 15
Ruff 4
Common Snipe 4
Black-tailed Godwit 2
Spotted Redshank 1
Marsh Sandpiper 2
Greenshank 1
Green Sandpiper 3
Wood Sandpiper 15
Common Sandpiper 4
Little Gull 1
Black-headed Gull 2
Audouin's Gull 1
Yellow-legged Gull 12
Little Tern 1
Woodpigeon 1
Collared Dove
Turtle Dove 2
Nightjar 1
Swift 20
Roller 2
Hoopoe 1
Short-toed Lark 6
Crested Lark 40
Swallow 100
House Martin 25
Tawny Pipit 2
Flava Wagtail 1
White Wagtail 4
Nightingale 1
Whinchat 2
Northern Wheatear 15
Cyprus Wheatear 1
Eastern Black-eared Wheatear 3
Rock Thrush 2 females
Fan-tailed Warbler 1
Reed Warbler 10
Spectacled Warbler 10
Lesser Whitethroat 2
Collared Flycatcher 1
Woodchat Shrike 2
Hooded Crow 6
House Sparrow
Ortolan Bunting 2
Corn Bunting 1



Two Short-toed Larks arrived in off the sea during the early 
morning at Cape Greco and joined two other birds. 
They spent around 10 minutes before suddenly flying up, 
calling and then departed.

A single Cattle Egret arrived in off the sea during the early morning 
and landed briefly on the compound fence. Rather unusual as it was 
flying with its neck outstretched, rather than the usual hunched
 up appearance.

Adult Audouin's Gull patrolling the Cave Headland.

The first female Rock Thrush near the pines.

Pair of Red-crested Pochards at Okorina marsh.

Reed Warbler at Okorina marsh.

Black-tailed Godwit at Okorina marsh

Black-winged Stilts at Okorina marsh

Ruff at Larnaca Sewage Farm.


Two Marsh Sandpipers at Larnaca Sewage Farm.

View of Larnaca Salt Lake

Crested Lark at Larnaca Salt Lake.

Black Frankcolin crossing a salt lake at Larnaca.

Flamingos roosting on a salt lake at Larnaca.

Little Stints feeding on Orokina Marsh.

 Our second female Rock Thrush for the day was found behind
the stubble field this evening and was a richer coloured bird.


Adult male Ortolan Bunting in the scrub behind the stubble field.