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CYPRUS TRIP REPORT

8th to 21st April 1995

A short report for a non-birdwatching (more a family holiday) visit to Cyprus between 8th and 21st April 1995.

We stayed in Protaras, at the eastern end of the island. Most of the food places are on the west or middle of the south bit. We visited an extensive area, including a stay in the Troodos for two nights at a family run hotel I can heartily recommend.

Systematic List

Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis
1, Kensington Cliffs at Phasouri area on 18/04/1995.

Little Egret Egretta garzetta
7 at Phasouri area on 14/04/1995.
c.20 at Phasouri area on 18/04/1995.
1 at Protaras Area on 19/04/1995.

Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
1 at Phasouri area on 14/04/1995.

Purple Heron Ardea purpurea
2 at Phasouri area on 18/04/1995.

Cattle Egret Bulbulcus ibis
1 at Ahkna Dam on 11/04/1995.

Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides
4 at Phasouri area on 18/04/1995.
1, Paralimni lake at Protaras Area on 19/04/1995.

Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
1 at Protaras Area on 08/04/1995.

Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
c.50 at Phasouri area on 14/04/1995.
c.30 at Phasouri area on 18/04/1995.

Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber
c.250 at Larnaka Salt Lake from 10/04/1995 until 18/04/1995.

Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
1 at Ahkna Dam on 11/04/1995.
2 at Larnaka Salt Lake on 10/04/1995.

Garganey Anas querquedula
6 at Phasouri area on 18/04/1995.

Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus
1 at Phasouri area on 18/04/1995.
1 at Protaras Area on 20/04/1995.

Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus
1 female at Protaras Area from 11/04/1995 until 20/04/1995.

Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus
Female 1 at Troodos Area on 17/04/1995.

Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni
1 male at Protaras Area on 15/04/1995.

Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
Common, seen throughout the island. 2 pairs at Cape Grecko from 08/04/1995 until 19/04/1995.

Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae
1 at Phasouri area on 14/04/1995.
1 at Protaras Area on 21/04/1995.

Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
2, in prime breeding territory at Cape Grecko, Protaras Area on 11/04/1995.

Chukar Alectoris chukar
Common, 2 at Ahkna Dam on 19/04/1995.
Very common around Cape Grecko, up to 30 birds from 11/04/1995 until 20/04/1995.

Quail Coturnix coturnix
2 at Protaras Area from 10/04/1995 until 11/04/1995.

Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
1 at Ahkna Dam on 19/04/1995.

Coot Fulica atra
c.40 at Ahkna Dam on 11/04/1995.

Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus
18 at Ahkna Dam on 11/04/1995.
1 at Ahkna Dam on 19/04/1995.
12 in Phasouri area on 14/04/1995.
10 in Phasouri area on 18/04/1995.

Pratincoles spp Glareola spp
1, probably Black-winged - just flew through at Ahkna Dam on 11/04/1995.

Collared Pratincole Gareola pratincola
2 at Phasouri area on 14/04/1995.
3 at Phasouri area on 18/04/1995.

Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius
1 at Ahkna Dam on 11/04/1995.
1 at Protaras Area on 19/04/1995.

Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus
Common at Larnaka Salt Lake on 10/04/1995.

Spur-winged Lapwing Vanellus spinosus
4 at Ahkna Dam on 11/04/1995.
1 at Phasouri area on 14/04/1995.
2 at Phasouri area on 18/04/1995.
1, on nest in Protaras Area on 19/04/1995.

Great Snipe Gallinago media
2 at Phasouri area on 18/04/1995.

Redshank Tringa totanus
1 at Larnaka Salt Lake on 10/04/1995.

Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis
6 at Ahkna Dam on 11/04/1995.
2 at Ahkna Dam on 19/04/1995.
6 at Larnaka Salt Lake on 10/04/1995.
Very common in Phasouri area on 14/04/1995.
1 at Protaras Area on 19/04/1995.

Greenshank Tringa nebularia
1 at Ahkna Dam on 11/04/1995.
4 at Larnaka Salt Lake on 10/04/1995.
1 at Phasouri area on 14/04/1995.
3 at Protaras Area on 19/04/1995.

Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus
3 at Ahkna Dam on 11/04/1995.
4 at Phasouri area on 14/04/1995.

Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola
1 at Phasouri area on 14/04/1995.
Common in Phasouri area on 18/04/1995.

Common Sandpiper Tringa hypoleucos
Scarce, seen in ones and twos at various coastal/water sites from 08/04/1995 until 19/04/1995.

Little Stint Calidris minuta
11 at Ahkna Dam on 19/04/1995.
7 at Phasouri area on 14/04/1995.

Dunlin Calidris alpina
c.100 at Larnaka Salt Lake on 10/04/1995.

Ruff Philomachus pugnax
49 at Larnaka Salt Lake on 10/04/1995.
Very common at Phasouri area on 14/04/1995.
Very common at Phasouri area on 18/04/1995.

Audouin's Gull Larus audouinii
3 at Larnaka Salt Lake on 10/04/1995.
6 at Protaras Area on 09/04/1995.

Yellow-legged Gull Larus cachinnans [argentatus]
Scarce, occasionally seen off the coast. Max 8 at Konnos Bay 09/04/1995 at Protaras Area from 08/04/1995 until 18/04/1995.

Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus graellsii
2 at Protaras Area from 08/04/1995 until 09/04/1995.

Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus
2 at Larnaka Salt Lake on 10/04/1995.

Slender-billed Gull Larus genei
3 at Larnaka Salt Lake on 18/04/1995.
20 at Protaras Area on 11/04/1995.

Common Tern Sterna hirundo
2 at Protaras Area on 10/04/1995.
6 at Protaras Area on 11/04/1995.

Wood Pigeon Columba palumbus
1 at Larnaka Salt Lake on 10/04/1995.

Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur
Scarce, odd ones seen some days on migration at Protaras Area from 11/04/1995 until 21/04/1995.
Common in Troodos Area from 16/04/1995 until 17/04/1995.

Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto
Common, parties of up to 6 seen on migration from 11/04/1995 until 21/04/1995.

Great Spotted Cuckoo Clamator glandarius
1, near Lefkara at Cyprus on 18/04/1995.

Cuckoo Cuculus canorus
1 at Troodos Area on 17/04/1995.

Scops Owl Otus scops
5 heard, still not seen one though I was right under one calling and responding to me - how frustrating! I still think the call is best described as similar to a submarine sonar echo, in Troodos Area from 16/04/1995 until 17/04/1995.

Alpine Swift Tachymarptis melba
4, Kensington Cliffs in Phasouri area on 18/04/1995.

Swift Apus apus
6 at Protaras Area on 10/04/1995.
Very common at Troodos Area from 16/04/1995 until 17/04/1995.

Kingfisher Alcedo atthis
2, fishing in sea around Green Bay in Protaras Area from 08/04/1995 until 10/04/1995.

Roller Coracias garrulus
3, near Lefkara at Cyprus on 18/04/1995.
1 at Phasouri area on 14/04/1995.

Hoopoe Upupa epops
2 at Protaras Area on 08/04/1995.
Common at Troodos Area from 16/04/1995 until 17/04/1995.

Wryneck Jynx torquilla
4 at Protaras Area from 08/04/1995 until 15/04/1995.

Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla [cinerea]
9, all in one migrating flock at Green Bay. at Protaras Area on 09/04/1995.

Crested Lark Galerida cristata
Very common at Cyprus from 08/04/1995 until 21/04/1995.

Sand Martin Riparia riparia
c.30 at Phasouri area on 18/04/1995.
1 at Protaras Area on 10/04/1995.

Swallow Hirundo rustica
Common througout the stay, influxes towards the end of the stay from 08/04/1995 until 21/04/1995.

Red-rumped Swallow Hirundo daurica
Scarce, a few parties seen on migration, max. 6 at Protaras Area from 11/04/1995 until 20/04/1995.
Common at Troodos Area from 16/04/1995 until 17/04/1995.

House Martin Delichon urbica
1 at Protaras Area on 09/04/1995.
Very common in Troodos Area from 16/04/1995 until 17/04/1995.

Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris
Scarce, seen in ones and twos daily at Protaras Area from 08/04/1995 until 21/04/1995.

Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis
Common at Protaras Area from 10/04/1995 until 21/04/1995.

White Wagtail Motacilla alba
Scarce in Cyprus from 08/04/1995 until 21/04/1995.

Yellow Wagtail [Ssp] Motacilla flava
Common, large influx of allsorts of ssp on 18/4. Flocks of 40+ passing through Phasouri. Flock 40 - 50 Cape Grecko 19/4 included Ashy, Grey, Black, Blue-headed and Sykes. Truly amazing!

Blue-headed Wagtail Motacilla flava flava
Common in Cyprus from 08/04/1995 until 21/04/1995.

Black-headed Wagtail Motacilla flava feldegg
Common in Cyprus from 08/04/1995 until 21/04/1995.

Grey-headed Wagtail Motacilla flava thunbergi
Scarce in Cyprus from 18/04/1995 until 21/04/1995.

Wren Troglodytes troglodytes troglodytes
Troodos Area from 16/04/1995 until 17/04/1995.

Thrush Nightingale Luscinia luscinia
1 at Protaras Area on 08/04/1995.

Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos
Common, seen on migration and in suitable breeding habitat all over the island from 08/04/1995 until 21/04/1995.

Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus
1 at Protaras Area on 11/04/1995.
1 at Protaras Area on 20/04/1995.

Whinchat Saxicola rubetra
Common coastal migrant, peak of 5 at Cape Grecko on 19/4 where noted from 08/04/1995 until 21/04/1995.

Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe
Common, largest concentration on 8/4 with lots in the Protaras area from 08/04/1995 until 21/04/1995.

Cyprus Pied Wheatear Oenanthe cypriaca [pleschanka]
Very common, especially around rocky coasts and everywhere in the Troodos area from 08/04/1995 until 21/04/1995.

Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe hispanica
Common, maximum of 10 on 8/4. Seen regularly throughout stay at coastal sites from 08/04/1995 until 20/04/1995.

Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina
1 at Protaras Area on 08/04/1995.
1 at Protaras Area on 11/04/1995.

Rock Thrush Monticola saxatilis
Male at Protaras Area on 21/04/1995.

Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius
1 at Protaras Area on 08/04/1995.
1 at Protaras Area on 20/04/1995.

Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus
Larnaka Salt Lake on 10/04/1995.

Cetti's Warbler Cettia cetti
Common in Troodos Area from 16/04/1995 until 17/04/1995.

Fan-tailed Warbler Cisticola juncidis
Common from 08/04/1995 until 21/04/1995.
Phasouri area on 18/04/1995.

Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
1 at Protaras Area on 08/04/1995.

Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus
1 at Protaras Area on 21/04/1995.

Great Reed Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus
Phasouri area on 18/04/1995.

Olivaceous Warbler Hippolais pallida
Common at Protaras Area from 19/04/1995 until 21/04/1995.
2 at Troodos Area from 16/04/1995 until 17/04/1995.

Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
Common, seen everywhere. Big influx on 21/4 and noted from 11/04/1995 until 21/04/1995.

Common Whitethroat Sylvia communis
Common, nowhere near as numerous as Lesser Whitethroat but stil regular from 08/04/1995 until 21/04/1995.

Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca
Very common, commonest warbler migrant from 08/04/1995 until 21/04/1995.
c.30 at Protaras Area on 08/04/1995.

Rüppell's Warbler Sylvia rueppelli
2 males at Protaras Area from 10/04/1995 until 11/04/1995.

Cyprus Warbler Sylvia melanothorax [melanocephala]
Common, mainly Cape Grecko and in the Troodos are from 11/04/1995 until 20/04/1995.

Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans
2 at Protaras Area on 09/04/1995.
1 at Protaras Area on 19/04/1995.

Spectacled Warbler Sylvia conspicillata
Common, numerous pairs in the Cape Grecko area of Protaras Area on 11/04/1995.

Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus
1 at Protaras Area on 08/04/1995.
1 at Protaras Area on 11/04/1995.

Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita
1 at Protaras Area on 19/04/1995.

Wood Warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix
2 at Protaras Area on 19/04/1995.
1 at Troodos Area on 18/04/1995.

Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca
1 at Protaras Area on 15/04/1995.
2 at Protaras Area on 20/04/1995.
2 at Protaras Area on 21/04/1995.
1 in Troodos Area from 16/04/1995 until 17/04/1995.

Collared Flycatcher Ficedula albicollis
Male 1 at Protaras Area on 21/04/1995.

Coal Tit Parus ater
Very common, endemic race. Much darker, browner back, black on head and throat covers a greater expanse.
One seen nesting underground in the roots of the tree/side of bank in Troodos Area from 16/04/1995 until 17/04/1995.

Great Tit Parus major
Very common in Troodos Area from 16/04/1995 until 17/04/1995.

Short-toed Treecreeper Certhia brachydactyla
Common, endemic race in Troodos Area from 16/04/1995 until 17/04/1995.

Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus
Male 1 at Protaras Area on 20/04/1995.

Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio [cristatus]
2 at Protaras Area on 21/04/1995.

Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator
Common, max 6 on 20/4 and seen daily in Protaras Area from 11/04/1995 until 21/04/1995.

Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus
Common, one 8/4, influx 15/4 onwards. Present in breeding habitat in Troodos at this time and seen from 08/04/1995 until 21/04/1995.

Jay Garrulus glandarius
Common, endemic race in Troodos Area from 16/04/1995 until 17/04/1995.

Jackdaw Corvus monedula
Common around the British bases of Dhekalia and Episkopi from 11/04/1995 until 21/04/1995.

Hooded Crow Corvus corone cornix
Very common from 10/04/1995 until 21/04/1995.

House Sparrow Passer domesticus
Very common everywhere you went and in big flocks from 08/04/1995 until 21/04/1995.

Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis [domesticus]
Nesting colony at Trazis Hotel in Protaras Area on 20/04/1995.
1 at Troodos Area on 18/04/1995.

Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs
Common in Troodos Area from 16/04/1995 until 17/04/1995.

Serin Serinus serinus
Very common in Troodos Area from 16/04/1995 until 17/04/1995.

Greenfinch Carduelis chloris
Common from 08/04/1995 until 21/04/1995.

Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis
Common, family party with 5 juveniles at Grren Bay on 21/4 and noted from 08/04/1995 until 21/04/1995.

Crossbill Loxia curvirostra
10, endemic race, in Troodos Area on 16/04/1995.

Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana
Common, max 12 at Cape Grecko 19/4 in Protaras Area from 12/04/1995 until 20/04/1995.

Cretzschmar's Bunting Emberiza caesia
Common, migrants on rocky coastline. Normally mixed flocks with Ortolan. Max 6 in Protaras Area from 08/04/1995 until 15/04/1995.
3 at Troodos Area on 17/04/1995.

Corn Bunting Miliaria calandra
3 in Protaras Area from 08/04/1995 until 11/04/1995.

David Bickerton