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Old Monday 8th May 2017, 09:44   #51
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I was in the Paphos Archaeology Park on Thursday and saw a smallish Bunting with a green head sitting in the top of a small cypress on the track between the visitor centre and the Agora. I am stumped. The body was grey-brown and rather unremarkable and the bill was small. The head was light green and I couldn't make out much in the way of markings in the strong light. It sat in the cypress for a few minutes but it dropped down and I lost it. No photographs. If it's what I suspect it is then isn't that rather rare for Cyprus?

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Old Monday 8th May 2017, 10:25   #52
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We've had good numbers of bee-eaters every day. They were flying in off at Aphrodite's Birthplace yesterday and they were in the air, on wires and on the ground at the dam.

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Good to know David....will hire a "jam jar" next time.

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Cinerous was the bird in question I believe Nick.

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Old Monday 8th May 2017, 16:24   #53
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Went to Kensington Cliffs this afternoon, Eleanora's Falcons and Alpine Swifts really easy at the site described in Gosney with Peregrine seen too. Then back to Asprokemmos Dam where a wrong turn produced a Roller being mobbed by a Magpie at the foot of the Diarizos Valley. We then corrected and got another Eleanora's at the Dam and quite a few Chukars at the quarry at the eastern end of the Dam. We had narrowly avoided running one over in the Sovereign Base too. We heard bee-eater at the Dam but this was the first time we'd failed to see them.

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Went to Kensington Cliffs this afternoon, Eleanora's Falcons and Alpine Swifts really easy at the site described in Gosney with Peregrine seen too. Then back to Asprokemmos Dam where a wrong turn produced a Roller being mobbed by a Magpie at the foot of the Diarizos Valley. We then corrected and got another Eleanora's at the Dam and quite a few Chukars at the quarry at the eastern end of the Dam. We had narrowly avoided running no one over in the Sovereign Base too. We heard bee-eater at the Dam but this was the first time we'd failed to see them.

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Yes!...Eleanora's and Roller, two more species I need for the Island, will have to "get out more" next time I'm in Paphos.
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Bee-eaters started appearing on the 14th April over here. I assume it would be roughly similar in Cyprus.
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Went to Kensington Cliffs this afternoon, Eleanora's Falcons and Alpine Swifts really easy at the site described in Gosney with Peregrine seen too. Then back to Asprokemmos Dam where a wrong turn produced a Roller being mobbed by a Magpie at the foot of the Diarizos Valley. We then corrected and got another Eleanora's at the Dam and quite a few Chukars at the quarry at the eastern end of the Dam. We had narrowly avoided running one over in the Sovereign Base too. We heard bee-eater at the Dam but this was the first time we'd failed to see them.

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Just to let you know David, there was a Cinereous Bunting seen & photographed 30 March on Paphos Headland!


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Just to let you know David, there was a Cinereous Bunting seen & photographed 30 March on Paphos Headland!


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Thanks. I assume the one I saw was a different bird.

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So do I but it does confirm that CBs have been in the area and that your sighting was almost certainly one of them!


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Last day with the car. There's a male Red-footed Falcon hanging about on wires between Paphos and Achleia, we've seen it today and yesterday, while a Lesser Kestrel was seen near Kouklia. It was really hot today, 30C, and we saw another Eleanora's Falcon at Asprokemmos Dam as well as a European Roller there. We also saw a roadkill Roller near Nata, sadly. Home tomorrow.

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We also saw a roadkill Roller near Nata, sadly.

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A tragic end to a species that I've yet to see in Cyprus, definitely getting a car next time!

And hopefully it will be perched on a wire...for me to framefill.
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A tragic end to a species that I've yet to see in Cyprus, definitely getting a car next time!

And hopefully it will be perched on a wire...for me to framefill.
I nearly misinterpreted your reasoning for wanting a car next time there Ken 😏
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I nearly misinterpreted your reasoning for wanting a car next time there Ken 😏
Yes, I'm going in a "Roller" Richard....would seem the appropriate conveyance for that tick.
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