Birding in Cyprus

This week has been lovely. I’ve had gorgeous company in the form of my Mum and my friend Beth. The weather has been quite mixed here in Cyprus. Sunny days have a nip in the air now and it seems that if it isn’t sunny then it’s torrential rain! Either way, I still love it here. Nothing quite like living on an island.

I took Mum and Beth on a couple of bird based adventures this week. The first day was at Haspolat water treatment plant. This is a sewage works, and yes, it’s smelly, but it’s full of insects and so full of birds! We took our time driving along the various tracks, partly because it was very muddy and slippery, and partly because we needed to spot the skulking birds. It turned out to be one of the best birding days I’ve had here in a long time. I saw my first ever Little crake and first ever Water pipit. I was so chuffed! There was a really nice variety of species around. Bluethroat are always lovely to see and there were three juvenile Pelicans. They look ginormous next to everything else and sort of prehistoric. We did a good count of everything. Mum was in charge of notes and Beth was chief spotter. I was in charge of the identification. We made a fab team.

The second bird adventure day took us to Famagusta wetlands. I always like these days because there is a chain of wetlands, all offering something different. We went to Silver Beach, Glapsides, Gulseren and Ayluga. The first two were really good for song birds. There were a few warblers dotted about like Spectacled warbler and Sardinian warbler. There’s also lots of gorgeous Stonechats around now which is always nice to see. The males are very impressive. We also saw a nice flock of Goldfinch, their bubbling calls always make me smile. Gulseren was full of Flamingos. Beautiful, pink, jolly looking birds. In between all these were lots of Shoveler, Teal and Black winged stilt. It’s hard to believe that all of these birds are found in a wetland that is right behind a super busy street in the city centre. Paradise can lurk behind any corner it seems! Ayluga was my favourite site of the day. We got there in time for dusk and got to see hundreds of Cattle egret coming to roost, as well as plenty of Cormorant and Grey heron. Gorgeous! As well as the birding we also visited the old town of Famagusta to have a glance at the ghost city. It was quite eerie.

It’s been a lovely week. It’s always nice to spend time with family and get lots of hugs and cups of tea.

That’s all for now.


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