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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

Little Grebe
Up to three at Phassouri, and three at Asprokremnos Reservoir

Cory's Shearwater
Singles seen from Paphos on 6th and 10th; up to three on 5th, 8th, 9th and 11th.

Yelkouan Shearwater
A single close inshore from Paphos on 9th, four on 10th; nine on 11th.

Cormorant
Singles at Asprokremnos Reservoir on several dates; three flying over Phassouri on 7th.

Shag
Single at Quarry Beach on 7th.

Greater Flamingo
Up to 500 at Akrotiri Salt Lake on 7th and 10th; four flew east past Paphos Headland on 9th.

Night Heron
One at Asprokremnos Dam Pools on 9th-11th; one flew over Paphos Headland together with 15 Purple Herons on 8th.

Cattle Egret
Eight at Phassouri on 7th were gone by 10th.

Squacco Heron
An adult at Asprokremnos Dam Pools on 11th; a non-breeding plumaged bird on the reservoir at the same date.

Little Egret
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.

Egret sp.
Five flew north at Phassouri Beach on 7th.

Grey Heron
Small numbers at Phassouri Reed Beds, Asprokremnos Reservoir (2) and Mavrokloymbos Dam.

Purple Heron
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.

Glossy Ibis
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.

Mallard
Three at Akrotiri on 10th.

Pintail
Flocks of 30 or less at Phassouri, Paphos Headland, and Akrotiri. A female flushed on Paphos Headland on 10th.

Shoveler
About 10 at Akrotiri Salt Lake on 7th.

Garganey
Many large flocks past Paphos Headland and Phassouri Beach. At least 500 past here in 15 minutes on 7th.

Pallid Harrier
A female flew in off the sea at Paphos Headland on 12th.

Marsh Harrier
Over a wide area singles were seen on 6th, 7th, two on 9th, four on 10th and 11th, a single on 12th.

Harrier sp.
A ringtail above Evretou Dam on 6th evaded positive ID.

Goshawk
Two over the Paphos Forest on 10th (one male).

Common Buzzard
One at Akrotiri Salt Lake on 10th.

Griffon Vulture
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 Kestrel
Common throughout, especially around lowland arable areas.

Hobby
One at Asprokremnos Reservoir on 10th.

Black Francolin
Common between Akrotiri and Polis, especially in low and mid altitude arable and citrus growing areas.

Chukar
Common, especially in mid altitude maquis.

Quail
Common migrant flushed from many locations.

Baillon's Crake
A male at Asprokremnos Dam Pool on 9th and 10th, a pair here on 11th.

Little Crake
Two, Asprokremnos Dam Pools on 7th.

Spotted Crake
One, Asprokremnos Reservoir on 7th.

Water Rail
Single at Asprokremnos Dam Pools on 11th.

Moorhen
Present in small numbers at Evretou Dam, Asprokremnos Dam Pool, Phassouri Reed Beds and Mavrokloymbos Dam.

Coot
Noted only at Phassouri Reed Bed.

Stone Curlew
Four on Paphos Headland on 8th, one here on 12th; one at Asprokremnos River Bed on 9th.

Black-winged Stilt
About 15 at Asprokremnos Reservoir on 7th.

Little-ringed Plover
Two, Ladies Mile on 10th; one at Phassouri Gravel Pits on 7th.

Kentish Plover
Common at Akrotiri Salt Lake/Ladies Mile

Spur-winged Plover
Two at Phassouri Reed Beds on 7th, one with a damaged leg at the Gravel pits on 10th.

Lapwing
Pairs at Phassouri Reed Bed and Asprokremnos Reservoir.

Turnstone
A summer plumaged bird at Paphos Headland on 11th.

Ruff
Large numbers at Akrotiri Salt Lake and surrounding areas.

Curlew
Three at Phassouri Reed Bed on 7th, 11 here on 10th.

Whimbrel
Two at Phassouri Beach on 7th.

Black-tailed Godwit
A single bird with a badly broken leg at Phassouri Reed Bed on 7th-10th.

Greenshank
Five at Akrotiri Salt Lake on 7th, six here on 10th.

Wood Sandpiper
About 50 at Akrotiri Salt Lake and surrounding areas on 7th and 10th. One picked up exhausted at Phassouri Gravel Pits on 10th.

Great Snipe
One, Phassouri Reed Beds on 7th.

Common Snipe
Noted at Phassouri Reed Bed and Asprokremnos Reservoir on 7th; and Phassouri Gravel Pits on 10th.

Arctic Skua
A dark phase bird flew west past Kato Paphos on 5th.

Slender-billed Gull
Up to 100 at Akrotiri on 7th and 10th; flocks of less than 30 past Paphos on 6th and 9th.

Little Gull
A first winter at Akrotiri Salt Lake on 7th and 10th.

Black-headed Gull
Relatively scarce. Less than five at Akrotiri Salt Lake and Phassouri Reed Bed.

Audouin's Gull
Two first years off Paphos Headland on 6th.

Yellow-legged Gull
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.

Gull-billed Tern
Single off Paphos Headland on 8th, one in the harbour here on 12th.

Woodpigeon
Widespread, though in small numbers.

Collared Dove
Scarce, only occasional sightings of singles.

Turtle Dove
One, Kato Pahos on 6th; one at Paphos Headland on 12th.

Rock Dove
Five at Evretou Dam on 6th.

Cuckoo
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.

Barn Owl
A long dead road casualty near Paphos Airport on 11th.

Short-eared Owl
One flew in off the sea at Paphos on 9th.

Scops Owl
Five calling in the Xeropotamus Valley in the evening of 8th.

Little Owl
One at Asprokremnos Dam on 7th, 9th and 10th, with two here on 11th.

Alpine Swift
Fifteen or less at Phassouri, Quarry Beach, Asprokremnos Reservoir and pools, and Xeropotamus Valley.

Pallid Swift
About five at the Baths of Aphrodite on 6th.

Kingfisher
One on Paphos Headland on 6th, with eight on 8th; singles at Asprokremnos Dam Pools on 7th, 9th and 11th.

Blue-cheeked Beeater
One on the southern edge of Phassouri Reed Bed on 7th.

European Beeater
Four over Paphos Headland on 8th.

Beeater sp.
One flew over Paphos Headland on 8th.

Roller
A pair at the Mavrokloymbos Dam on 9th; a single at Pissouri on 10th; pair in the Xeropotamus Valley on 11th.

Hoopoe
18 seen, with one singing in the Paphos Forest on the 8th; at least six on Paphos Headland on 8th.

Wryneck
Singles at Ayios Georgios on 9th; Achelia on 9th and Phassouri Gravel Pits on 10th.

Skylark
A tired bird on Paphos Headland on 11th.

Crested Lark
Very common and widespread.

Short-toed Lark
Common along the coast, with several flocks of over 500 birds past Paphos Headland, peaking on numbers on the 8th.

Crag Martin
Small numbers in the Paphos Forest on the 8th.

Sand Martin
Singles over a wide area.

Red-rumped Swallow
Widespread in small numbers. More numerous in middle and high altitudes, with occasional migrants along the coast.

Swallow
Very common.

House Martin
Widespread, mainly around settlements in small numbers.

Water Pipit
One, Paphos Headland on 11th, was nearing summer plumage.

Tree Pipit
Common on Paphos Headland until 9th, when numbers were less than five from then on.

Meadow Pipit
One on Paphos Headland on 11th.

Red-throated Pipit
Singles at Kato Paphos on 6th, and Paphos Headland on 9th and 10th.

Tawny Pipit
Fairly widespread in small numbers along the coast from Polis-Akrotiri.

White Wagtail
Fairly widespread in small numbers

flava Wagtails
Common along the coast. The largest proportion of which were Blue-headed and Black-headed.

Wren
Heard only in the Paphos Forest on the 8th.

Robin
One at Kato Paphos on 6th.

Nightingale
Widespread and common along the coast, at least 12 at Paphos Headland on 9th, with many feeding out in the open on the beach.

Redstart
Singles at Evretou Dam, Paphos Airport and Paphos Headland.

Whinchat
One, Paphos Headland on 6th; two, Phassouri Reed Bed on 7th; one, Asprokremnos Reservoir on 11th.

Northern Wheatear
Fairly common, with several falls on Paphos Headland and along the coast.

Isabelline Wheatear
Two at Phassouri Gravel Pits on 7th, with singles at Asprokremnos River Bed on 9th and Paphos Headland on 9th and 12th.

Black-eared Wheatear
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.

Blackbird
Single at Baths of Aphrodite on 6th.

Fan-tailed Warbler
Fairly common and widespread.

Cetti’s Warbler
Common and widespread, even on high ground, and deep within the Paphos Forest.

Sedge Warbler
One or two most days at Paphos Headland

Reed Warbler
Singling at Phassouri Reed Bed on 7th and 10th.

Olivaceous Warbler
One at Mavrokloymbos Dam on 9th; one at Asprokremnos Pools on two dates, and a probable singing at Asprokremnos ruined village on 11th.

Subalpine Warbler
Two (male and female) at Kato Paphos on 5th; a female on Paphos Headland on 8th.

Spectacled Warbler
Up to three at Akrotiri on 7th, with one on 10th; singles at Asprokremnos Dam on 9th and Asprokremnos Reservoir on 11th.

Lesser Whitethroat
Common along the coast, with singles widespread.

Whitethroat
Singles at Paphos Headland on several dates.

Blackcap
Fairly common and widespread.

Ruppells Warbler
One male at Phassouri Gravel Pits on 7th.

Orphean Warbler
Single males at Paphos Headland on 8th and 10th. Two at Ayios Georgios on 9th (one female).

Cyprus Warbler
Common and widespread in low and mid altitude scrubby areas.

Wood Warbler
Singles in the ruined Asprokremnos Village on 7th, and Paphos Forest on 8th.

Willow Warbler
Singles on Paphos Headland on 6th, and two singing at the Asprokremnos ruined village on 11th.

Chiffchaff
One at Kato Paphos; three Paphos Headland; one, Baths of Aphrodites; one, Kato Paphos; all on 6th.

Pied Flycatcher
Up to three at the Baths of Aphrodites on 6th.

Collared Flycatcher
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.

Spotted Flycatcher
Singles on Paphos Headland, and at the Aspropkremnos ruined village on 7th.

Bearded Tit
One, Phassouri Reed Bed on 7th.

Great Tit
Singles, widespread.

Coal Tit
Common in the Paphos Forest and Troodos.

Short-toed Treecreeper
Five near Troodos on the 10th.

Woodchat Shrike
Singles near Polis on 6th; Asprokremnos Dam Pools on 9th; Phassouri Gravel Pits on 10th; Asprokremnos Reservoir and Paphos Airport on 11th.

Masked Shrike
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.

Jay
Several birds deep within the Paphos Forest and Troodos Mountains.

Magpie
Common and widespread. Usually with a Great Spotted Cuckoo not far away!

Jackdaw
Widespread.

Hooded Crow
Common and widespread.

House Sparrow
Very common and widespread; not always in close association with human habitation.

Spanish Sparrow
A large breeding colony at Kato Paphos (c20+ pairs) were the only sightings.

Chaffinch
Several noted over a large area, though usually on high ground.

Serin
Two pairs in the Paphos Forest on 8th; two pairs near Troodos village on 10th.

Greenfinch
Common and widespread.

Linnet
Fairly common and widespread.

Crossbill
Three near Troodos village on 10th.

Corn Bunting
Common around weedy arable fields.

Ortolan Bunting
Fairly widespread in small numbers, usually near the coast.

Cretzschmar’s Bunting
At least six, roosting, Peyia on 6th; others on Paphos Headland , Ayois Georgios, Asprokremnos Pool, Phassouri Gravel Pits and in the Paphos Forest.

Cockatiel sp.
One on Paphos Headland on 12th.