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Northern Cyprus
28 October - 1 November 1998

My first, brief visit to North Cyprus. Didn't do much birdwatching, since I was visiting the island with non-birding friends. We were based west of Girne (between Ye_iltepe and Alsancak), and spent most of the time along the north coast and in the northern slopes of the Be_parmak mountains. On the 30 October went to the easternmost end of the island (Karpaz peninsula/Zafer burnu), where I saw many migrants (pipits, wheatears, thrushes, etc).

Bird Species Seen:
Turkish names are given in parentheses

Shearwater species
Many (50+) far offshore west of Girne, 28 and 29 October. Not seen there after that date. The wind was strong from the NW on the 28 October. Either Cory's or Levantine Shearwater (boz yelkovan/yelkovan).

Cormorant
7 flying high in V-formation from east to west along the coastline, west of Girne, in the early morning of 30 October (karabatak).

Shag
1 seen west of Girne, 3 on a reef near Kaplica and 1 at Zafer burnu (tepeli karabatak).

Raptor species
2 soaring very far away above the Be_parmak mountains near Kaplica on 30 October.

Sparrowhawk
1 near Lapta (Be_parmak mountains) on 31 October (atmaca).

Kestrel
Common. Seen in several places along the north coast (e.g. 1 Küçükerenköy, 1 Kaplica, 4+ Lapta) (kerkenez).

Probable Peregrine Falcon
1 seen very high up, on top of the Be_parmak mountains above Lapta, on 31 October (gökdo_an).

Chukar
Seen in several places along the north coast. Big parties seen west of Kaplica, and near St. Philon (15+) (kinali keklik).

Black Francolin
2 males seen near the golden sand beach, east of Dipkarpaz (Karpaz peninsula) (turaç).

Only two waders seen flying by fast west of Dipkarpaz on 30 October. Not identified.

Small Larus sp
70+ seen flying low over the sea from east to west far offshore near Esentepe (East of Girne) on 30 October. Probably Black-headed or Slender-billed Gulls (karaba_ marti/ince gagali marti).

Yellow-legged Gull
Most of the 100+ gulls roosting off Zafer burnu were from this species. Gull roost too far away for positive ID of all gulls there (gümü_ marti).

Wood Pigeon
15+ near St. Philon, 1 near Ta_kent, 10+ near Karaman (tahtali).

Collared Dove
Not very common, seen only west of Girne (kumru).

Little Owl
1 between Dipkarpaz and Golden Sands beach, 1 heard near Ta_kent (kukumav).

Crested Lark
Seen in several places along the north coast, but not around Girne or further west. Still quite vocal at this time of the year (tepeli toygar).

Swallow
1 west of Girne on 31 October, 2 the next day nearby (kir kirlangici).

Meadow Pipit
10+ feeding on grass at Dipkarpaz football pitch. There was at least one other pipit species there, but no positive ID. Some Meadow Pipits also at Zafer burnu (çayir incirku_u).

White Wagtail
1 seen feeding on a beach near Kaplica, 1 at Zafer burnu (ak kuyruksallayan).

Robin
Seen and heard in several places on the north coast and in Ta_kent (kizilgerdan).

Black Redstart
Seen in several places on the north coast, from Kaplica to Zafer burnu, and in Ta_kent (kara kizilkuyruk).

Stonechat
Seen in several places on the north coast (ta_ku_u).

Common Wheatear
1 at Zafer burnu. 2 other wheatears were seen near St. Philon, but no identification (kuyrukkakan).

Song Thrush
3+ near St. Philon, a few more at Zafer burnu (öter ardiç).

Mistle Thrush
25 at Zafer burnu (ökse ardici).

Cetti's Warbler
1 near Karaman on 1 November (kami_ bülbülü).

Fan-tailed Warbler
2 seen near Kaplica (yelpazekuyruk).

Sardinian Warbler
1 male seen well in coastal scrub near Kaplica (maskeli ötle_en).

Blackcap
Song heard on 31 October at Lapta and on 1 November near Karaman (kara ba_li ötle_en).

Chiffchaff
Seen in several places on the north coast (çivgin).

Great Tit
Seen and heard in several places on the north coast. Also singing in Lefko_a (büyük ba_tankara).

Magpie
Common and widespread (saksa_an).

Jackdaw
Common and widespread. Seen in the centre of Lefko_a. 120+ above Ta_kent (küçük karga).

Hooded Crow
Common and widespread (le_ kargasi).

Starling
3 feeding on grass at Dipkarpaz football pitch (si_ircik).

House Sparrow
Common and widespread (serçe).

Chaffinch
Seen in several places on the north coast and in Ta_kent. 1 female dead on the road west of Dipkarpaz (ispinoz).

Serin
Some seen in a mixed finch flock west of Dipkarpaz. Also seen west of Girne (küçük iskete).

Greenfinch
Only 1 seen, on the north coast east of Girne (30 October) (florya).

Goldfinch
Seen in several places on the north coast and in Ta_kent (saka).

Linnet
20+ seen in a mixed finch flock (with serins, chaffinches and goldfinches) west of Dipkarpaz (ketenku_u).

José Tavares
Ankara, Turkey