Cyprus: April 5th-12th 1995
James Packer, Brian Gibbs, Pay Mayer, Roger Musgrove We stayed in a small, but perfectly acceptable self-catering apartment in Kato Paphos. We hired a four-wheel drive vehicle for the whole time. A hire car is essential, and a 4x4 is advisable, particularly for the more adventurous birders.
Great Crested Grebe
Ones and twos at Akrotiri and Asprokremnos Reservoir
Up to three at Phassouri, and three at Asprokremnos Reservoir
Singles seen from Paphos on 6th and 10th; up to three on 5th, 8th, 9th and 11th.
A single close inshore from Paphos on 9th, four on 10th; nine on 11th.
Singles at Asprokremnos Reservoir on several dates; three flying over Phassouri on 7th.
Single at Quarry Beach on 7th.
Up to 500 at Akrotiri Salt Lake on 7th and 10th; four flew east past Paphos Headland on 9th.
One at Asprokremnos Dam Pools on 9th-11th; one flew over Paphos Headland together with 15 Purple Herons on 8th.
Eight at Phassouri on 7th were gone by 10th.
An adult at Asprokremnos Dam Pools on 11th; a non-breeding plumaged bird on the reservoir at the same date.
Small flocks noted at Asprokremnos Reservoir, Phassouri Reed Beds, Baths of Aphrodite, Mavrokloymbos Dam. A heavily oiled bird was at Asprokremnos Reservoir on 11th.
Great White Egret
One flew west over Paphos on 9th.
Five flew north at Phassouri Beach on 7th.
Small numbers at Phassouri Reed Beds, Asprokremnos Reservoir (2) and Mavrokloymbos Dam.
Two resting on Paphos Headland on 6th, with 15 over here on 8th, and 23 flew west on 12th; 15 roosted at Asprokremnos Reservoir on 10th. Others at Phassouri Reed Beds and Akrotiri Salt Lake.
51 at Phassouri Reed Beds on 7th, 30 here on 10th; two at Asprokremnos Reservoir on 7th, with 47 flying to roost here on 10th.
Three at Akrotiri on 10th.
Flocks of 30 or less at Phassouri, Paphos Headland, and Akrotiri. A female flushed on Paphos Headland on 10th.
About 10 at Akrotiri Salt Lake on 7th.
Many large flocks past Paphos Headland and Phassouri Beach. At least 500 past here in 15 minutes on 7th.
A female flew in off the sea at Paphos Headland on 12th.
Over a wide area singles were seen on 6th, 7th, two on 9th, four on 10th and 11th, a single on 12th.
A ringtail above Evretou Dam on 6th evaded positive ID.
Two over the Paphos Forest on 10th (one male).
One at Akrotiri Salt Lake on 10th.
Five at Quarry Beach on 7th, one at Asprokremnos Reservoir on 11th, and four in the Xeropotamus Valley on 11th, including a pair at a nest.
Common throughout, especially around lowland arable areas.
One at Asprokremnos Reservoir on 10th.
Common between Akrotiri and Polis, especially in low and mid altitude arable and citrus growing areas.
Common, especially in mid altitude maquis.
Common migrant flushed from many locations.
A male at Asprokremnos Dam Pool on 9th and 10th, a pair here on 11th.
Two, Asprokremnos Dam Pools on 7th.
One, Asprokremnos Reservoir on 7th.
Single at Asprokremnos Dam Pools on 11th.
Present in small numbers at Evretou Dam, Asprokremnos Dam Pool, Phassouri Reed Beds and Mavrokloymbos Dam.
Noted only at Phassouri Reed Bed.
Four on Paphos Headland on 8th, one here on 12th; one at Asprokremnos River Bed on 9th.
About 15 at Asprokremnos Reservoir on 7th.
Two, Ladies Mile on 10th; one at Phassouri Gravel Pits on 7th.
Common at Akrotiri Salt Lake/Ladies Mile
Two at Phassouri Reed Beds on 7th, one with a damaged leg at the Gravel pits on 10th.
Pairs at Phassouri Reed Bed and Asprokremnos Reservoir.
A summer plumaged bird at Paphos Headland on 11th.
Large numbers at Akrotiri Salt Lake and surrounding areas.
Three at Phassouri Reed Bed on 7th, 11 here on 10th.
Two at Phassouri Beach on 7th.
A single bird with a badly broken leg at Phassouri Reed Bed on 7th-10th.
Five at Akrotiri Salt Lake on 7th, six here on 10th.
About 50 at Akrotiri Salt Lake and surrounding areas on 7th and 10th. One picked up exhausted at Phassouri Gravel Pits on 10th.
One, Phassouri Reed Beds on 7th.
Noted at Phassouri Reed Bed and Asprokremnos Reservoir on 7th; and Phassouri Gravel Pits on 10th.
A dark phase bird flew west past Kato Paphos on 5th.
Up to 100 at Akrotiri on 7th and 10th; flocks of less than 30 past Paphos on 6th and 9th.
A first winter at Akrotiri Salt Lake on 7th and 10th.
Relatively scarce. Less than five at Akrotiri Salt Lake and Phassouri Reed Bed.
Two first years off Paphos Headland on 6th.
Widespread, though in small numbers along the coast. One caught and drowned a small wader offshore from Paphos on 8th.
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Birds of the race L. f. fuscus seen daily off Paphos.
Single off Paphos Headland on 8th, one in the harbour here on 12th.
Widespread, though in small numbers.
Scarce, only occasional sightings of singles.
One, Kato Pahos on 6th; one at Paphos Headland on 12th.
Five at Evretou Dam on 6th.
Singles at Kathikas on 6th, Akrotiri Salt Lake on 7th, and in the Xeropotamus Valley on 11th.
Great Spotted Cuckoo
18 birds seen altogether, with eight in the Xeropotamus Valley on 11th being the highest count.
A long dead road casualty near Paphos Airport on 11th.
One flew in off the sea at Paphos on 9th.
Five calling in the Xeropotamus Valley in the evening of 8th.
One at Asprokremnos Dam on 7th, 9th and 10th, with two here on 11th.
Fifteen or less at Phassouri, Quarry Beach, Asprokremnos Reservoir and pools, and Xeropotamus Valley.
About five at the Baths of Aphrodite on 6th.
One on Paphos Headland on 6th, with eight on 8th; singles at Asprokremnos Dam Pools on 7th, 9th and 11th.
One on the southern edge of Phassouri Reed Bed on 7th.
Four over Paphos Headland on 8th.
One flew over Paphos Headland on 8th.
A pair at the Mavrokloymbos Dam on 9th; a single at Pissouri on 10th; pair in the Xeropotamus Valley on 11th.
18 seen, with one singing in the Paphos Forest on the 8th; at least six on Paphos Headland on 8th.
Singles at Ayios Georgios on 9th; Achelia on 9th and Phassouri Gravel Pits on 10th.
A tired bird on Paphos Headland on 11th.
Very common and widespread.
Common along the coast, with several flocks of over 500 birds past Paphos Headland, peaking on numbers on the 8th.
Small numbers in the Paphos Forest on the 8th.
Singles over a wide area.
Widespread in small numbers. More numerous in middle and high altitudes, with occasional migrants along the coast.
Widespread, mainly around settlements in small numbers.
One, Paphos Headland on 11th, was nearing summer plumage.
Common on Paphos Headland until 9th, when numbers were less than five from then on.
One on Paphos Headland on 11th.
Singles at Kato Paphos on 6th, and Paphos Headland on 9th and 10th.
Fairly widespread in small numbers along the coast from Polis-Akrotiri.
Fairly widespread in small numbers
Common along the coast. The largest proportion of which were Blue-headed and Black-headed.
Heard only in the Paphos Forest on the 8th.
One at Kato Paphos on 6th.
Widespread and common along the coast, at least 12 at Paphos Headland on 9th, with many feeding out in the open on the beach.
Singles at Evretou Dam, Paphos Airport and Paphos Headland.
One, Paphos Headland on 6th; two, Phassouri Reed Bed on 7th; one, Asprokremnos Reservoir on 11th.
Fairly common, with several falls on Paphos Headland and along the coast.
Two at Phassouri Gravel Pits on 7th, with singles at Asprokremnos River Bed on 9th and Paphos Headland on 9th and 12th.
Female near Baths of Aphrodites on 6th, male at Evretou Dam on same date; three males and one female at the Asprokremnos River Bed on 9th; two, Paphos Headland on 9th and 12th.
Cyprus Pied Wheatear
Common and widespread, especially on higher ground.
Blue Rock Thrush
A pair at Peyia on 6th; a male in the ruined village at Asprokremnos on 7th; a female on Paphos Headland on 9th.
Single at Baths of Aphrodite on 6th.
Fairly common and widespread.
Common and widespread, even on high ground, and deep within the Paphos Forest.
One or two most days at Paphos Headland
Singling at Phassouri Reed Bed on 7th and 10th.
One at Mavrokloymbos Dam on 9th; one at Asprokremnos Pools on two dates, and a probable singing at Asprokremnos ruined village on 11th.
Two (male and female) at Kato Paphos on 5th; a female on Paphos Headland on 8th.
Up to three at Akrotiri on 7th, with one on 10th; singles at Asprokremnos Dam on 9th and Asprokremnos Reservoir on 11th.
Common along the coast, with singles widespread.
Singles at Paphos Headland on several dates.
Fairly common and widespread.
One male at Phassouri Gravel Pits on 7th.
Single males at Paphos Headland on 8th and 10th. Two at Ayios Georgios on 9th (one female).
Common and widespread in low and mid altitude scrubby areas.
Singles in the ruined Asprokremnos Village on 7th, and Paphos Forest on 8th.
Singles on Paphos Headland on 6th, and two singing at the Asprokremnos ruined village on 11th.
One at Kato Paphos; three Paphos Headland; one, Baths of Aphrodites; one, Kato Paphos; all on 6th.
Up to three at the Baths of Aphrodites on 6th.
Four, north of Yoilou on 6th; at least five, Baths of Aphrodites on 6th; two at the deserted forest station in the Paphos Forest on 8th; one, Asprokremnos village on 7th.
Singles on Paphos Headland, and at the Aspropkremnos ruined village on 7th.
One, Phassouri Reed Bed on 7th.
Common in the Paphos Forest and Troodos.
Five near Troodos on the 10th.
Singles near Polis on 6th; Asprokremnos Dam Pools on 9th; Phassouri Gravel Pits on 10th; Asprokremnos Reservoir and Paphos Airport on 11th.
Migrant females at Paphos Headland on 8th-9th; territorial birds in the Paphos Forest on 8th (3 pairs, plus six other males); one male in the Xeropotamus Valley on 11th.
Several birds deep within the Paphos Forest and Troodos Mountains.
Common and widespread. Usually with a Great Spotted Cuckoo not far away!
Common and widespread.
Very common and widespread; not always in close association with human habitation.
A large breeding colony at Kato Paphos (c20+ pairs) were the only sightings.
Several noted over a large area, though usually on high ground.
Two pairs in the Paphos Forest on 8th; two pairs near Troodos village on 10th.
Common and widespread.
Fairly common and widespread.
Three near Troodos village on 10th.
Common around weedy arable fields.
Fairly widespread in small numbers, usually near the coast.
At least six, roosting, Peyia on 6th; others on Paphos Headland , Ayois Georgios, Asprokremnos Pool, Phassouri Gravel Pits and in the Paphos Forest.
One on Paphos Headland on 12th.