Cyprus 9-16 April 2001
Thomas Pettersson, Härnevigatan 3 A, SE-723 41 Västerås, Sweden
A family (me, my wife and our two daughters, 10 and 11 years old) vacation
with some birding. Hotel Ermitage in the eastern outskirts of Lemesos (Limassol)
on the south coast. A good starting-point for trips in the southern, south
western and central parts of the island.
We pre-booked a car, a “category C” Ford Fiesta 1.2 at Avis, but what was
delivered was a Daewoo Matiz! “Category E”, the representative said, because
it was equipped with air condition! The car was pathetic, the smallest I’ve
ever seen! If I have had time and energy I surely would have tried to have it
exchanged for a proper one! On the sixth day we got a flat tyre. The car was
certainly equipped with a spare wheel but with the tools supplied it was
impossible to loose the bolts. Three people tried and failed! It was of course
Easter Day and despite Avis 24-hour service no one came to help. Though they
promised to on the phone. So, the early morning trip our last day, and my last
chance on this trip to spot that Stone-curlew, was spoiled.
All cars in Cyprus have their steering-wheels on the right hand side, because
one drives on the left hand side of the road. The traffic is intense, speedy
and, I must say, hysterical. The otherwise so friendly and kind Cypriots become
lunatics behind the wheel! The motorways have high standard, but many of the
other roads, including main roads, are mediocre. Roadworks interrupt here and
Fine or fair weather all week. A couple of showers in the mornings of the 11th
and the 14th, also thunder the latter day. A south-west wind predominated all
week, more or less. Daily 20-23° C in the coastal areas, about 14° C in the
Troodos area. Sunrise about 6:30 a.m. and sunset about 7:00 p.m.
The language is Greek, but most people speak very good English.
Alström, Per, Peter Colston & Ian Lewington. 1992. En
fälthandbok över sällsynta fåglar i Europa. Domino Books. Jersey. ISBN
1-897583-00-1. This is the Swedish edition of a book, covering rare birds
in Europe, which also is published in English (1991). A valuable field guide
in case of any rarities.
Flint, Peter R. & Peter F. Stewart. 1992. The Birds of Cyprus.
B.O.U. Checklist No. 6 (Second Edition). British Ornithologist’s Union.
Tring. A useful and valuable comprehensive reference, but almost ten years
Gosney, Dave. 1996. Finding Birds in Cyprus. Gostours.
Sheffield. ISBN 1 898110 13 1. A rather thin booklet but the information
given seems reliable. Little used by me.
Hollom, P. A. D., R. F. Porter, S. Christensen & Ian Willis. 1988.
Birds of the Middle East and North Africa. T & AD Poyser Ltd. Calton. ISBN
0 85661 047 X. Not essential, but good anyway, although a little bit old
Oddie, Bill & Derek Moore. 1993. A Birdwatchers Guide to the Birds
of Cyprus. Suffolk Wildlife Trust. Ipswich. ISBN 0 901588 03 2. Almost
the same site descriptions as in Flint & Stewart. Not essential,
especially if you already have Stagg & Hearl.
Stagg, Arthur & Graham Hearl. 1998. A Birdwatching Guide to
Cyprus. Arlequin Press. Chelmsford. ISBN 1 900159 80 5. A very useful
and up-to-date guide. I visited more than a dozen sites with the use of this
guide, and it didn’t fool me once! Though there aren’t any descriptions of
how to get to Mandria (Paphos) nor Larnaka Sewage Works. The map recommended
in the book, ‘Road & Tourist Map of Cyprus’, which I saw in a shop in
Lemesos, didn’t impress me. See below!
Svensson, Lars, Peter J. Grant, Killian Mullarney & Dan
Zetterström. 1999. Fågelguiden. Europas och Medelhavsområdets fåglar i
fält. Albert Bonniers Förlag. Stockholm. ISBN 91-34-51038-9. A field
guide in Swedish, but I’m sure that there exists an English edition as well.
In short: this field guide is simply the best!
Took, J. M. E. 1992. Birds of Cyprus. A simple, concise and fully
illustrated guide. Char. J. Philippides & Son Ltd. Nicosia. ISBN
9963-577-12-1. Of limited value and not used by me.
Cyprus. Euro-Holiday Map. GeoCenter. Scale 1: 200 000. Year of print:
1994/95 (3rd edition). RV Reise -und Verkehrsverlag, Stuttgart, Germany. ISBN
3-575-16534-3. Out of date.
Cyprus. Holiday Map. Allianz. Marco Polo. Scale 1: 200 000. Year of print:
2000. Mairs Geographischer Verlag, Ostfildern, Germany. ISBN 3-89525-573-4.
This was the only map I used since it was the most up-to-date. It seemed
reliable but some minor roads/tracks are not shown.
Cyprus. Road Map. Scale: 1: 250 000. Year of print: unknown. Freytag &
Berndt, Vienna, Austria. Couldn’t find any ISBN! Of very limited use.
9th April (Monday). Arrived at Larnaka airport at 1:05 p.m. Transfer by
mini-bus with a very generous driver who told us about things we saw along the
way to Lemesos, some 70 km. Clear blue sky, light breeze from the south. No
particular birding, but seven common species noted from the balcony of the
10th April (Tuesday). The “car” was delivered at 8:30 a.m. This day was
mainly set aside for social activities and touristic things. A trip to Kolossi
castle, back to Lemesos via Akrotiri Salt Lake, Ladies Mile and Zakaki. While
my kids played with the cats at the cat sanctuary (a tip!) near Sylvana’s
Restaurant in Akrotiri I managed to do some birding. This place gives you a
rather good view of the lake and its southern shore. The sanctuary though have
plans to move to Phassouri in a near future. In the heat haze it was difficult
to see anything, but at least I saw that there was a lot of (several hundreds)
Greater Flamingos in the salt lake. I didn’t know by then, but this day was
the best day for waders at Ladies Mile during the whole week. It’s possible
to drive very close to most of the pools at Ladies Mile which gives you good
opportunities to watch the waders and other birds at a close range.
11th April (Wednesday). Early morning (6:30 a.m.) visit on my own to
Asprokremmos Dam Pools and a few other sites along the coast between Paphos
and Lemesos; Paphos airport, Mandria, Kouklia (between the highway and the
sea), Quarry Beach/Kensington Cliffs. A couple of showers at Asprokremmos. It
wasn’t that easy to see the birds in the pools, without disturbing them. I
scared at least two Purple Herons and a Little Crake. One possibility is to
use the car as a hide. The car is also useful when looking for migrants in the
bush nearby. Or to study the singing and breeding ones; e.g. Spectacled and
Cyprus Warbler. The calls of the Black Francolins were heard in the
surroundings, very characteristic. So were also the Marsh Frogs. A short trip
along a rough road towards Foinikas produced a Little Owl, roosting in a small
cave. Paphos Airport seemed well guarded and I felt uneasy using binoculars,
so I didn’t stay long. It was also difficult to look for larks along the way
because of the heavy traffic. Someone told me that Mandria should be a good
site for Stone-curlews, but in lack of further information I didn’t find any
good areas for birding. In fact I got lost in the village, trying to reach the
area between the village and the sea. Though rewarded with the one and only
Hoopoe of the week. I had better luck when I tried to find the area between
Kouklia and the sea, but the first part of the road was in a mess because of
road works. A reed-bed close to the sea seemed worth checking. Above Quarry
Beach there are good possibilities to view the Kensington Cliffs. Coming from
west, turn right at the very first sign for the Sanctuary of Apollo, don’t
go as far as the entrance. It was very windy this day and therefore it was
hard to scan the cliffs properly. Though I managed to find a possible
Peregrine’s nest with its inhabitants. In the afternoon together with my
family at the cat sanctuary again. During that visit I saw a Spoonbill and a
pair of Gadwall. I also took the time needed to roughly count the Flamingos -
some 1200. My family appreciated a flock of eight Bee-eaters nearby. On the
way back a bathe (just the kids!) at Ladies Mile Beach. While there a Northern
Gannet surprisingly flew by at a moderate distance!
12th April (Maundy Thursday). Early morning until 1:00 p.m. on my own, to
Akrotiri Salt Lake, Akrotiri Gravel Pits, Phassouri and Curium Beach. Good
sight in the early morning with better possibilities to identify and count the
birds in the lake. Among the ducks the Shovelers were predominant. A light
morph Eleonora’s Falcon was surprisingly early, as I’ve understood. At
Quarry Beach (I had to see those Peregrines again!) there were 12 Purple
Herons circling above, seemed that they just came in from the sea and didn’t
really know where to fly. I spent an hour in the bush close to the westernmost
military observatory tower, south of the salt lake. There were many
passerines, especially flycatchers. Of about 40 seen, half of them were
Collared Flycatchers, the rest Pied and Spotted. Some of the Collared were
even singing, but I heard no Pied Flycatchers singing. One of the male Pied
Flycatchers I saw, differed clearly from the others in having a
greyish-brownish plumage, perhaps indicating the F. h. sibirica
subspecies. Also Ladies Mile and Zakaki Marshes on the way back to Lemesos. A
Pallid Harrier was the most remarkable bird there besides two Marsh
Sandpipers. By the way, it’s remarkable how scarce gulls are here, compared
with e.g. Crete.
13th April (Good Friday). A family trip to Troodos, via Asprokremmos Dam (I
just had to show my family the Little Owl from the other day!), the wonderful
Diarizos Valley and Pano Platres. Seemed to be a good day for a trip, very
little traffic, because of the Good Friday, I presume. The valley was as
wonderful as we remembered it from our last visit, almost exactly four years
ago. We stopped at a couple of places and had good views of Rollers and a male
Black Francolin. When we approached the top of the valley, I instructed (not
as serious, as it might sound like!) my family to look for soaring raptors. Of
course I had Long-legged Buzzard in mind. No such, but two different Griffons
were spotted. Good anyway! We had a wonderful lunch in Pano Platres, where we
sat on a restaurants veranda. Above us flew Pallid Swifts all the time and
gave good views. In Troodos we parked where the Persephone trails starts. Coal
Tits of the endemic subspecies were literally all over the place, some
singing, some just calling. Very distinctive plumage. When I had walked for a
few minutes along the trail, I found out that the Short-toed Treecreeper were
numerous too. Although hard to get in sight - shy? Jays revealed themselves a
couple of times by their calls. No Crossbills during the visit, but one Wren.
Back to Lemesos via B8.
14th April (Easter Eve). Early morning on my own, from Curium Beach, of
course gazing for landed Stone-Curlews, via Phassouri and Akrotiri Gravel Pits
to Akrotiri Salt Lake. Not only birders prefer early mornings, fishermen also
do. They were posted along Curium Beach and therefore any migrants were
already flushed, I presume. Also Ladies Mile and Zakaki Marshes, four Marsh
Sandpipers today, on the way back to Lemesos. Also a detour to Quarry Beach
and a nice trip through an unexploited countryside in Avdimou Valley to
Melanda Beach. Pretty much passerines, especially on a newly ploughed field.
In a small olive grove there seemed to be one territory in each tree of a
flycatcher, Redstart, Wood Warbler and others. Except for one, where a Little
Owl was roosting. Not so many Barn Swallows, but one of them came twice at a
close range to me and showed to be of the subspecies H. r. transitiva -
underparts clearly reddish-brown! The Melanda Beach is protected since it’s
a breeding ground for turtles, but it’s allowed for bathing I think.
15th April (Easter Day). Early morning visit on my own to Asprokremmos Dam
Pools, Diarizos Valley up to Kedares and back, and Kouklia (same area as on 11
April). Tried desperately the Kouklia area once again for Stone-Curlews - no
luck! I scanned and walked the Diarizos riverbed and also along the beach. A
flock of Glossy Ibis, heading west, was a nice sight. Then I tried the upper
Diarizos Valley for Long-legged Buzzard, and eventually I had a wonderful
sight of one. It was mobbed by a Crow and because of that the bird manoeuvred
so I could see it very well, showing all parts of its plumage. Perhaps my most
impressive observation during the week! Also Ladies Mile on the way back.
Although the number of birds is low, it seems worth checking the pools every
day, perhaps even several times a day. At every occasion there were at least
some new birds and today e.g. Curlew Sandpiper.
16th April (Easter Monday). No birding because of a flat tyre, which couldn’t
be changed and Avis wasn’t able to help!
Annotated species list
I follow the systematic adopted by Josep del Hoyo, Andrew Elliot & Jordi Sargatal. 1992-2001. Handbook
of the Birds of the World. Vol. I - VI. Lynx Ediciones. Barcelona.
Stanley Cramp & C. M. Perrins. 1985-1994. Handbook of the Birds of
Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Vol. IV - IX. Oxford University
Northern Gannet /Havssula/ Sula b. bassana (Linnaeus 1758).
immature (4th year) heading south off Ladies Mile Beach in the afternoon 11/4.
Great Cormorant /Storskarv/ Phalacrocorax carbo (Linnaeus 1758).
1 immature (2nd year) flew south from Akrotiri Salt Lake in the afternoon
10/4. The most likely subspecies to occur in this area is Ph. c. sinensis
European Shag /Toppskarv/ Phalacrocorax aristotelis desmarestii
C. 20 at Kensington Cliffs 11/4; c. 5 there
Purple Heron /Purpurhäger/ Ardea p. purpurea Linnaeus 1766.
flushed at Asprokremmos Dam Pools 11/4; 12 circling above Kensington Cliffs
12/4; 11 circling above Asprokremmos Dam Wall 13/4; 1 at Asprokremmos Dam
Squacco Heron /Rallhäger/ Ardeola ralloides (Scopoli 1769).
at Asprokremmos Dam Pools 11/4; 1 at Akrotiri Salt Lake 12/4.
Glossy Ibis /Bronsibis/ Plegadis falcinellus (Linnaeus 1766).
25 heading west at Kouklia Beach 15/4, app. 8:00 a.m.
Eurasian Spoonbill /Skedstork/ Platalea l. leucorodia Linnaeus
1 at Akrotiri Salt Lake 11/4.
Greater Flamingo /Större Flamingo/ Phoenicopterus ruber roseus
Several hundreds at Akrotiri Salt Lake all week; only one count: c.
Gadwall /Snatterand/ Anas strepera Linnaeus 1758.
One pair, male
and female, at Akrotiri Salt Lake 11/4 and 12/4.
Northern Pintail /Stjärtand/ Anas a. acuta Linnaeus 1758.
all occasions at Akrotiri Salt Lake, but difficult to count; at least 50 12/4.
Northern Shoveler /Skedand/ Anas clypeata Linnaeus 1758.
all occasions at Akrotiri Salt Lake, but difficult to count; at least 100
Eurasian Griffon /Gåsgam/ Gyps f. fulvus (Hablizl 1783).
between Kidasi and Kedares 13/4.
Western Marsh Harrier /Brun kärrhök/ Circus ae. aeruginosus (Linnaeus
7 sightings involving possibly 8 different individuals: 1 female at
Asprokremmos Dam Pools 11/4; 1 male at Paphos Airport 11/4; 2 females at
Akrotiri Salt Lake 11/4; 1 female Phassouri Reed Beds 12/4; 1 male Curium
Beach 14/4; 1 female Akrotiri Salt Lake 14/4; 1 male at Nikoklela 15/4.
Pallid Harrier /Stäpphök/ Circus macrourus (S. G. Gmelin
1 2nd year Ladies Mile 12/4.
Long-legged Buzzard /Örnvråk/ Buteo r. rufinus (Cretzschmar
1 ad. (intermediate morph), mobbed by a Carrion Crow, in Diarizos
Valley between Kidasi and Kedares 15/4.
Common Kestrel /Tornfalk/ Falco t. tinnunculus Linnaeus 1758.
60 sightings during the week: 10/4: 1; 11/4 c. 20; 12/4: c. 10;
13/4: 3; 14/4: 5; 15/4: c. 20. Mating observed 15/4 at Asprokremmos Dam
Wall and Fasoula, respectively.
Eleonora’s Falcon /Eleonorafalk/ Falco eleonorae Gené 1839.
light morph at Akrotiri Salt Lake 12/4.
Peregrine Falcon /Pilgrimsfalk/ Falco peregrinus brookei Sharpe
Seen at every occasion at Quarry Beach, e.g. 2 ad. at nest 12/4.
Chukar /Berghöna/ Alectoris chukar cypriotes Hartert 1917.
uncommon in the south-west. I have notes (incomplete) from Asprokremmos Dam
Wall and Episkopi.
Black Francolin /Svart frankolin/ Francolinus f. francolinus (Linnaeus
Not uncommon in the south-west. I have notes (incomplete) from
Asprokremmos Dam Wall, Phassouri Reed Beds (2 singing 12/4), Diarizos Valley (c.
10 singing 13/4) and Melanda Beach (1 singing 14/4).
Little Crake /Mindre sumphöna/ Porzana parva (Scopoli 1769).
female at Asprokremmos Dam Pools 11/4 and 15/4.
Common Moorhen /Rörhöna/ Gallinula ch. chloropus (Linnaeus
3 at Asprokremmos Dam Pools 11/4 and 15/4.
Common Coot /Sothöna/ Fulica a. atra Linnaeus 1758.
Asprokremmos Dam Pools 11/4; 7 there 15/4.
Common Ringed Plover /Större strandpipare/ Charadrius hiaticula
1 at Ladies Mile 15/4. Probably Ch. h. tundrae (Lowe
1915) on size and plumage.
Little Ringed Plover /Mindre strandpipare/ Charadrius dubius
curonicus Gmelin 1789.
1+5 at Akrotiri Salt Lake 11/4; 1 at Akrotiri Salt
Lake 12/4; 10 at Ladies Mile 12/4; 3 at Ladies Mile 14/4; 7 at Ladies Mile
Kentish Plover /Svartbent strandpipare/ Charadrius a. alexandrinus
7 at Akrotiri Salt Lake 12/4; c. 15 at Ladies Mile 12/4; 2 at
Ladies Mile 14/4; 3 at Ladies Mile 15/4.
Black-tailed Godwit /Rödspov/ Limosa l. limosa (Linnaeus 1758).
1 in winter plumage Akrotiri Salt Lake 12/4.
Marsh Sandpiper /Dammsnäppa/ Tringa stagnatilis (Bechstein
2 at Ladies Mile 12/4; 2+2 at Ladies Mile 14/4.
Common Greenshank /Gluttsnäppa/ Tringa nebularia (Gunnerus
1 at Akrotiri Salt Lake 12/4; 1 at Asprokremmos Dam Pools 15/4.
Green Sandpiper /Skogssnäppa/ Tringa ochropus Linnaeus 1758.
at Akrotiri Salt Lake 12/4.
Wood Sandpiper /Grönbena/ Tringa glareola Linnaeus 1758.
Kouklia Beach 11/4; 2 at Akrotiri Salt Lake 12/4; 2 at Asprokremmos Dam Pools
Common Sandpiper /Drillsnäppa/ Actitis hypoleucos (Linnaeus
1 at Kouklia 11/4; 1 at Ladies Mile 12/4; 1 at Germasogeia Dam 14/4; 1
at Diarizos River Bed 15/4.
Little Stint /Småsnäppa/ Calidris minuta (Leisler 1812).
10 at Ladies Mile 10/4; c. 20 at Ladies Mile 12/4; 1 at Ladies Mile
Curlew Sandpiper /Spovsnäppa/ Calidris ferruginea (Pontoppidan
2 at Ladies Mile 15/4. Both of them were in winter plumage, one had
commenced moult to summer plumage.
Ruff /Brushane/ Philomachus pugnax (Linnaeus 1758).
200 at Ladies Mile 10/4; common (hundreds) at Akrotiri Salt Lake 11/4; c.
50 at Ladies Mile 12/4; c. 15 at Ladies Mile 14/4; c. 20 at Ladies Mile 15/4.
All males were in winter plumage, thus no “collars” seen.
Yellow-legged Gull /”Kaspisk trut”/ Larus cachinnans michahellis
J. F. Naumann 1840.
Seen in small numbers along the coast all days, and a
small party at Asprokremmos Dam 15/4.
Common Black-headed Gull /Skrattmås/ Larus ridibundus Linnaeus
1 at Curium Beach 12/4; 3 at Akrotiri Salt Lake 12/4.
Slender-billed Gull /Långnäbbad mås/ Larus genei Brème 1839.
C. 100 at Akrotiri Salt Lake 11/4; c. 10 there 12/4; c.
30 there 14/4.
Rock Dove /Klippduva/ Columba l. livia J. F. Gmelin 1789.
very common. Perhaps a few “true” Rock Doves were seen at Kensington
Common Woodpigeon /Ringduva/ Columba p. palumbus Linnaeus 1758.
Rather common throughout.
European Turtle Dove /Turturduva/ Streptopelia t. turtur (Linnaeus
1 at Melanda Beach 14/4.
Eurasian Collared-dove /Turkduva/ Streptopelia d. decaocto (Frivaldszky
Common in towns and villages.
Great Spotted Cuckoo /Skatgök/ Clamator glandarius (Linnaeus
1 at Akrotiri Salt Lake 14/4; 2 at Asprokremmos Dam Pools 15/4.
Common Cuckoo /Gök/ Cuculus c. canorus Linnaeus 1758.
morph) at Asprokremmos Dam 11/4.
Little Owl /Minervauggla/ Athene noctua lilith Hartert 1913.
roosting in a small cave just north-west of Asprokremmos Dam 11/4 and 13/4; 1
roosting in an olive tree at Melanda Beach 14/4.
Alpine Swift /Alpseglare/ Tachymarptis melba (Linnaeus 1758).
at Quarry Beach 11/4; 3 heading west at Kouklia Beach 15/4. The subspecies is
unknown, but could be either T. m. melba or T. m. tuneti (Tschusi
Common Swift /Tornseglare/ Apus a. apus (Linnaeus 1758).
A couple of notes: c. 50 at Asprokremmos Dam 11/4; a few at Akrotiri
Salt Lake 12/4;
Pallid Swift /Blek tornseglare/ Apus pallidus (Shelley 1870).
Common in Platres and Troodos 13/4. The subspecies should be A. p.
brehmorum Hartert 1901.
European Bee-eater /Biätare/ Merops apiaster Linnaeus
8 at Akrotiri Salt Lake 11/4; 12 there 12/4.
European Roller /Blåkråka/ Coracias g. garrulus Linnaeus 1758.
1 at Asprokremmos Dam Pools 11/4; 1 at Akrotiri Salt Lake 12/4; 2 in Diarizos
Valley near Fasoula 13/4; 1 at Melanda Beach 14/4; 2 at Asprokremmos Dam Pools
Eurasian Hoopoe /Härfågel/ Upupa e. epops Linnaeus 1758.
Crested Lark /Tofslärka/ Galerida cristata cypriaca Bianchi
Sand Martin /Backsvala/ Riparia r. riparia (Linnaeus 1758).
few seen at Akrotiri Salt Lake 12/4.
Barn Swallow /Ladusvala/ Hirundo r. rustica Linnaeus 1758.
in moderate numbers throughout the week. 1 of the subspecies H. r.
transitiva (Hartert 1910) at Melanda Beach 14/4.
Red-rumped Swallow /Rostgumpsvala/ Hirundo daurica rufula
1 heading north at Akrotiri Salt Lake 12/4; common in Diarizos
Common House Martin /Hussvala/ Delichon u. urbica (Linnaeus
Seen in moderate numbers throughout the week. Seemed to breed in
Tree Pipit /Trädpiplärka/ Anthus t. trivialis (Linnaeus 1758).
Heard and seen every day at most sites, in increasing numbers during the week.
Red-throated Pipit /Rödstrupig piplärka/ Anthus cervinus
1 at Kouklia Beach 11/4.
Yellow Wagtail /Gulärla/ Motacilla flava Linnaeus 1758.
at Akrotiri Salt Lake 12/4. M. f. flava: c. 50 at Avdimou
Valley 14/4. M. f. feldegg Michahelles 1830: 1 male at Akrotiri
Salt Lake 12/4; c. 5 at Avdimou Valley 14/4.
White Wagtail /Sädesärla/ Motacilla a. alba Linnaeus 1758.
few at Akrotiri Salt Lake 12/4; c. 10 at Avdimou Valley 14/4.
Winter Wren /Gärdsmyg/ Troglodytes troglodytes cypriotes (Bate
1 singing in Troodos 13/4.
Common Nightingale /Sydnäktergal/ Luscinia m. megarhynchos C.
L. Brehm 1831.
1 seen at Asprokremmos Dam Pools 11/4; 1 singing at Kedares
13/4; 1 singing at Kidasi 15/4.
Common Redstart /Rödstjärt/ Phoenicurus phoenicurus (Linnaeus
1 female at Melanda Beach 14/4. According to the call this specimen was
of the subspecies Ph. ph. phoenicurus.
Whinchat /Buskskvätta/ Saxicola rubetra (Linnaeus 1758).
Incomplete notes, but: 3 (2 males, 1 female) Akrotiri peninsula 11/4; c. 15 at
Avdimou Valley 14/4; 2 (male and female) at Asprokremmos Dam Pools 15/4.
Isabelline Wheatear /Isabellastenskvätta/ Oenanthe isabellina (Temminck
1 at Ladies Mile 12/4; 1 at Avdimou Valley 14/4.
Northern Wheatear /Stenskvätta/ Oenanthe oenanthe (Linnaeus
1 male at Akrotiri Gravel Pits 14/4. The subspecies is unknown, but
could be either Oe. oe. oenanthe or Oe. oe. libanotica (Hemprich
& Ehrenberg 1833).
Pied Wheatear /Nunnestenskvätta/ Oenanthe pleschanka cypriaca (Homeyer
Very common. By most (?) authors considered an own species: Oe.
Cetti’s Warbler /Cettisångare/ Cettia c. cetti (Temminck
Common, but I have notes only from Asprokremmos Dam Pools.
Zitting Cisticola /Grässångare/ Cisticola juncidis neurotica
Common. I have notes from Akrotiri Salt Lake (south
shore), Zakaki Marshes and Asprokremmos Dam Pools.
Sedge Warbler /Sävsångare/ Acrocephalus schoenobaenus (Linnaeus
1 (seen and heard singing) at Asprokremmos Dam Pools 15/4.
European Reed Warbler /Rörsångare/ Acrocephalus scirpaceus fuscus
(Hemprich & Ehrenberg 1833).
1 singing at Zakaki Marshes 12/4; 1 singing
at Kouklia Beach 15/4.
Great Reed Warbler /Trastsångare/ Acrocephalus a. arundinaceus
2 (one of them singing from time to time) at Asprokremmos Dam
Pools 15/4; 1 singing at Diarizos River Bed 15/4.
Olivaceous Warbler /Eksångare/ Hippolais pallida elaeica
Rather common, increased in numbers during the week. I
have notes from Asprokremmos Dam, Kouklia and Akrotiri Salt Lake.
Spectacled Warbler /Glasögonsångare/ Sylvia c. conspicillata
1 singing at Asprokremmos Dam Pools 11/4.
Cyprus Warbler /Cypernsångare/ Sylvia melanothorax Tristram
Orphean Warbler /Mästersångare/ Sylvia hortensis crassirostris
1 male singing at Asprokremmos Dam Pools 15/4.
Lesser Whitethroat /Ärtsångare/ Sylvia c. curruca (Linnaeus
5-10 at Akrotiri Salt Lake 12/4. No song heard.
Common Whitethroat /Törnsångare/ Sylvia c. communis Latham
1 at Melanda Beach 14/4. This specimen just called, not sung.
Blackcap /Svarthätta/ Sylvia a. atricapilla (Linnaeus 1758).
Incomplete notes, but: 2 (male and female) at Asprokremmos Dam Pools 11/4; c.
5 at Akrotiri Salt Lake 12/4; 1 female at Asprokremmos Dam Pools 15/4. No song
Bonelli’s Warbler /Bergsångare/ Phylloscopus bonelli orientalis
1 at Akrotiri Salt Lake 12/4. Song heard once.
Wood Warbler /Grönsångare/ Phylloscopus sibilatrix (Bechstein
2-3 at Akrotiri Salt Lake 12/4; 1 at Melanda Beach 14/4; 1 at
Asprokremmos Dam Pools 15/4. No song heard.
Spotted Flycatcher /Grå flugsnappare/ Muscicapa striata (Pallas
1 at Akrotiri Salt Lake 11/4; c. 10 at Akrotiri Salt Lake 12/4; at
least 3 at Melanda Beach 14/4; 2 at Asprokremmos Dam Pools 15/4. The
subspecies is unknown, but most probable M. s. striata. None were
seen in Troodos, where M. s. neumanni Poche 1904 is breeding.
Collared Flycatcher /Halsbandsflugsnappare/ Ficedula albicollis
C. 20 at Akrotiri Salt Lake, some singing, 12/4; 2
(male and female) at Melanda Beach 14/4. Song heard at several occasions.
Pied Flycatcher /Svartvit flugsnappare/ Ficedula h. hypoleuca
3 (2 males, 1 female) at Akrotiri Salt Lake 11/4; c. 10
at Akrotiri Salt Lake 12/4; at least 6 at Melanda Beach 14/4. 1 male at
Akrotiri Salt Lake 12/4 was grey-brownish, indicating the subspecies F. h.
sibirica (Khakhlov 1915). No song heard.
Coal Tit /Svartmes/ Parus ater cypriotes Dresser 1888.
Common in Troodos (Persephone trail) 13/4.
Great Tit /Talgoxe/ Parus major aphrodite Madárász
Not uncommon. 1 singing near Hotel Ermitage, Lemesos, 9/4.
Short-toed Treecreeper /Trädgårdsträdkrypare/ Certhia
brachydactyla dorotheae Hartert 1904.
Common in Troodos (Persephone
Woodchat Shrike /Rödhuvad törnskata/ Lanius senator Linnaeus
1 male at Melanda Beach 14/4; 1 male at Asprokremmos Dam Pools 15/4. The
subspecies is unknown, but could be either L. s. senator or L. s.
niloticus (Bonaparte 1853).
Eurasian Jay /Nötskrika/ Garrulus glandarius glaszneri
2+2 in Troodos (Persephone trail) 13/4.
Common Magpie /Skata/ Pica p. pica (Linnaeus 1758).
Western Jackdaw /Kaja/ Corvus monedula soemmerringii
Rather common along the coast.
Carrion Crow /Kråka/ Corvus corone pallescens Madarász
Commonly seen throughout.
House Sparrow /Gråsparv/ Passer domesticus biblicus
Very common throughout.
Spanish Sparrow /Spansk sparv/ Passer h. hispaniolensis (Temminck
For sure only seen at Akrotiri Salt Lake, near the western military
Common Chaffinch /Bofink/ Fringilla coelebs syriaca
1 singing in Phassouri 11/4. Common in Troodos 13/4.
European Serin /Gulhämpling/ Serinus serinus (Linnaeus 1766).
Common in Troodos 13/4.
European Greenfinch /Grönfink/ Carduelis chloris muehlei
Common. One note from Ladies Mile Beach 11/4.
European Goldfinch /Steglits/ Carduelis carduelis niedecki
Commonly seen throughout.
Common Linnet /Hämpling/ Carduelis cannabina (Linnaeus 1758).
Rather common. The subspecies is unknown, but could be either C. c.
cannabina or C. c. bella (C. L. Brehm 1845).
Ortolan Bunting /Ortolansparv/ Emberiza hortulana Linnaeus 1758.
1 male at Akrotiri Salt Lake (western military observatory tower)14/4.
Cretzschmar’s Bunting /Rostsparv/ Emberiza caesia Cretzschmar
1 male at Avdimou Valley 14/4.
Corn Bunting /Kornsparv/ Miliaria c. calandra (Linnaeus 1758).
singing in Phassouri 11/4; a few singing in Diarizos Valley 13/4; 1 at Melanda
A total of 102 bird species during the week. Of all the dips, my most
regrettable were Stone-curlew Burhinus oedicnemus saharae (Reichenow
1894) and Calandra Lark Melanocorypha c. calandra (Linnaeus 1766).
Common Tree Frog /Lövgroda/ Hyla arborea (Linnaeus 1758).
in Lemesos, near Hotel Ermitage most evenings.
Marsh Frog /Sjögroda/ Rana ridibunda Pallas 1771.
and heard in Asprokremmos Dam Pools 11/4 and 15/4, and in Germasogeia Dam
Wall Gecko /Murgecko/ Tarentola mauritanica (Linnaeus 1758).
at Kolossi 10/4. 1+1 at Diarizos Valley 13/4.
Eastern Hedgehog /Östlig igelkott/ Erinaceus concolor Martin
Only a few (c. 5) car-killed specimens seen.
Brown Hare /Fälthare/ Lepus europaeus Pallas 1778.
Asprokremmos Dam Pools 11/4.
In addition: bats of unknown species (gave a light brown impression) at Hotel
Ermitage, Lemesos, all evenings, and a lizard (small, greyish) at Germasogeia
Dam 14/4. Also a car-killed viper Vipera sp. at Germasogeia 14/4.
First of all to my family who patiently let me pursue my studies of the
avifauna. A great thank you to all who provided useful information prior my
trip, in particular Jeff Gordon, Paphos. Birdline Cyprus ( 270447), run by
Jeff, is an invaluable resource! Thanks also to all of you who bothered to put
together trip reports, useful to me in one way or another, and that you also
made them available to others on the internet.