Trip Participants: James & Emma Packer; Andrew & Wendy Slade
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We decided we’d had enough of fake holiday representatives long ago. They can stick their welcome meetings (rip-off coach tour sales pitch) where the sun most certainly does not shine!
with a tourist charter simply because it was the cheapest and flew at
reasonable times from
We booked a
pre paid hire car through Easycar
that was picked up at the airport and drove straight to the fabulous Villa Kianos, owned and maintained by Theanan Seaview Villas.
We could not recommend these villas highly enough. Situated minutes from
Our Easycar was a Europcar Kia. It had 80,000+ miles on the clock and with a knackered gear box.
I’m used to Europcar providing nearly new
cars, but not so on
is (357) 26323927. This is a cheap
information service that seems to run on a non-profit basis. The number works from mobiles within
You can read about most of these in either Gosney (1995 check) or Stagg & Hearl (2001) but these books are now very out of date and don’t include a couple of sites that you will probably need to know how to find. The following is a bit of extra information that is generally not in these two books.
We only visited once. The place seemed full of birders’ who moaned about “how it used to be so much better than this … ”. This was enough for me to leave them to it. The site now has a fence around it, but you can still sneak in through the broken swing gate on the west side. Apparently this is tolerated, but it just didn’t feel right, my advice would be to find another site to visit.
Baths’ of Aphrodite
Hasn’t changed much from the site guides.
Asprokremnos Dam and Pools
Again, hasn’t changed much from the site guides. A generally disappointing area this year, with only one small pool that had any water. Considering the number of birds that were around this small pool, it is a shame that the site cannot be managed for conservation benefit. I guess we should be glad access is tolerated at all, and the site is not stuffed full of lime sticks and mist nets.
This is a site you will read about or hear mentioned. First things, it is not a park. It is an area of rocky hillside in the middle of nowhere. Directions are difficult, but try this: Turn off the main B6 road east of Paphos towards Agia Varvara. This road passes underneath the motorway. At this point clock the distance and drive exactly 3km north. There will be an unassuming dirt track on the right hand side. Take this and drive as far as you can. Eventually the road descends into a valley. At this point it looks dodgy to take a car further and you can see a large goat pen on the hillside opposite. This is the area where most birders find the specialties. Admittedly we didn’t, but that was our bad luck.
Paphos Sewage Works
From Acheleia take the road towards the coast that is just to the left of the large Keo sign. This road goes close to the airport and you can see the airport traffic tower on your left. Follow the road that bends sharply to the right. The sewage works are over the fence on your left. On the road down check out the bizarre hut with the grotesque plastic models hung outside. A scene straight from Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
This site is good for such a tiny visible patch of open water. It seems a shame that not more is done for conservation at this site, but I understand that the place has only just been stopped from being drained altogether. A couple of hides and some reed management could do wonders. It’s much the same as in the site guides.
Being honest, this whole place is a total dump. It does get good birds, but we didn’t find it an attractive place to go birding. Almost unchanged from the site guides.
Teal Anas crecca
One at the Asprokremmos Dam on the 8th.
Garganey Anas querquedula
Seven where seen at Phassouri Reedbeds on 6th. Passage birds included 20 north at
Shoveler Anas clypeata
There were seven at Phassouri Reedbed on 6th.
Pochard Aythya farina
One Phassouri Reedbed on the 6th
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca
There were eleven at Phassouri Reedbed on 6th.
Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula
A single at Phassouri reedbeds on the 6th.
Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis
2 at the Asprokremmos Dam on 5th and 5 at Phassouri Reedbeds on the 6th.
Scapoli’s Shearwater Caleonectris scapoli
One flew north past
Yelkouan Shearwater Puffinus yelkouan
Two singles north past
Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
9 flew north at
Night Heron Nyciticorax nyciticorax
There was one at the Asprokremmos Dam on the 5th and 8th with 3 there on the 11th. One flew in off the sea at Paphos Headland on 8th and two flew north at Lempa on 10th.
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides
One flew north at
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
The only sighting was of two at Phassouri Reedbed on 6th.
Little Egret Egretta garzeltta
A single was seen at the Baths of Aphrodites
on the 7th,and
six were at
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea
Passage noted on two days, with 40 north on the
7th, and 16 north on the 11th at
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber
There were 100 on
Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus
Singles were seen at
Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus
A single at
Common Buzzard Buteo buteo
A single at the Asprokremmos Dam on 5th.
Osprey Pandion haliaetus
Two flew north at
Lesser Kestrel Faloc naumanni
One flew north at
Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
Very common. You couldn’t look towards the sky without seeing at least one Kestrel.
Eleanora’s Falcon Falco eleonorae
One over the villa on 9th was an early migrant.
Peregrine Falco peregrinus
Three records: Singles
Chukar Alectoris chukar
Seen in ones and twos throughout our stay at various places.
Black Francolin Francolinus francolinus
Plenty of birds were heard calling, but generally difficult to see. Good
views were had at
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus
The only records were on the 6th, when we saw 30 at Phassouri reedbed, and 11 at
Stone Curlew Burhinus oedicnemus
One was seen flying north along the
Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius
Two were seen at Phassouri Reedbed on 6th.
Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus
5 Akitiri Salt
Spur-winged Plover Vanellus spinosus
Six at Paphos Sewage Works on the 8th and 11th.
Little Stint Calidris minuta
There was a single at Phassouri Reedbed on the 6th, and 25 at
Ruff Philomachus pugnax
12 Akitiri Salt
Snipe Gallinago gallinago
Eight were at Phassouri Reedbed on 6th.
One gave excellent views amongst the Common Snipe at Phassouri Reedbed on 6th.
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus
One Paphos Headland on the 8th.
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola
20 were at Phassouri reedbed on 6th.
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
One was at the Asprokremmos Dam on 5th.
Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis
Common around the
coast. 150 were seen on the colony at
Baltic Gull Larus fuscuc fuscus
3 Akitiri Salt
Black-headed Gull Larus ridbundus
3 Akitiri Salt
Slender-billed Gull Larus genei
Four flew north past
Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis
Two flew north past
Rock Dove Columba livia
Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur
Great Spotted Cuckoo Clamator glandarius
There were 2 at the Asprokremmos Dam on 5th;
1 Symiges Valley on 7th; and 1 at
Barn Owl Tyto alba
One in the evening of 4th near Pegia.
Scops Owl Otus scops
Always calling outside the villa at night, and a single calling at the Baths of Aphrodite’s on the 7th.
Little Owl Athene noctua
One at the Asprokremmos Dam on 5th.
Common Swift Apus apus
Seen in generally small numbers throughout our stay.
Alpine Swift Apus melba
2 were at the Asprokremmos Dam on 5th, 6 flew north over the villa on 8th, and a single at Paphos Headland on 10th.
Kingfisher Alcedo atthis
Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis
The female put in regular displays for us at Paphos Harbour/Headland on the 8th and 10th.
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus
Six flew north at the Bath of Aphrodites on the 7th.
European Bee-eater Merops aplaster
Roller Coracias garrulous
There were two at the Asprokremmos Dam on 5th; and one around the Villa on 9th.
Hoopoe Upupa epops
Seen regularly throughout, with one or two
at the Villa,
Wryneck Jynx torquilla
We saw three singles at the Villa, Avkas Gorge, and Agios Georios.
Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla
We saw several small flocks, the
largest of which were 14 at
Crested Lark Galerida cristata
Common throughout, often singing from
telegraph wires. The
biggest flock was 40 at
Sand Martin Riparia riparia
Swallow Hihrundo rustica
Very common. There was a small passage north on each
House Martin Delichon urbicum
Small numbers seen throughout our trip. 3 at Tomb of the Kings on 5th; 15 Cape Drepanum on 6th; 15 north, Cape Drepanum on 7th and 20 north, Coral Bay on 7th.
Red-rumped Swallow Cecrposis daurica
Seen regularly, especially at Cape Drepanum where there appeared to be a small passage of birds north, 50 on 7th, 20 on the 9th were the largest counts.
Blue-headed Wagtail Motacilla flava
Up to 50 daily at
Black-headed Wagtail Motacilla flava feldegg
Very common on the
coast. Recorded daily at
Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris
2, Coral Bay on 5th; 1, Cape Drepanum on 6th; 1, Akortiri Salt Lake on 6th; and 2, Cape Drepanum on 7th.
Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis
Small numbers on passage. 5 Arinita Park on 5th; 15, Cape Drepanum on 6th; 15 north, Cape Drepanum on 7th; 4 north, Coral Bay on 8th; 10+ north, Cape Drepanum on 9th.
Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus
Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos
Very common. Maximum counts
were at least 10 at
Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros
A male was at the Asprokremmos Dam on the 5th.
Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus
There was 1 around the villa on the
5th; 1 at The tomb of the kings on the 5th;
and 2 at
Whinchat Saxocola rubetra
on the coast, 2 at
Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina
Several singles were seen at
Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe
2 at Sea Caves on 4th. 1 at
Seen throughout our stay in small numbers, especially in rocky areas.
Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe hispanica
Small numbers were seen regularly around the coast. 1, Temple of the Kings on 5th; 1 at Cape Drepanum on 6th; 2 Phassouri Reedbed on 6th; 1 at Cape Drepanum on 7th; 7 at Coral Bay on 7th; 1 at Cape Drepanum on 10th and 1 at Paphos Headland on 10th.
Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius
There was a pair at
Cetti’s Warbler Cettia cetti
A male was at
Zitting Cisticola Cisticola juncidis
Small numbers were seen all along the coast.
River Warbler Locustella fluviatilis
A singing male was at
Savi’s Warlber Locustella luscinioides
Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus
There were 3 at
Great Reed Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler Hippolais pallida
Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
A very common bird with up to 50 at Coral bay on the 10th and at 1000 in the citrus groves at Avkas Gorge on the 10th.
Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca
Up to five were seen most
Eastern Orphean Warbler Sylvia crassirostris
Two singles were seen at the villa on the 7th and Coral Bay on the 10th.
Whitethroat Sylvia communis
We saw a total of 8 birds along the coast during our stay.
Spectacled Warbler Sylvia conspicillata
There was a male at
Rüppell’s Warbler Sylvia rueppelli
Seen on two dates, a pair were
around our villa at
Cyprus Warbler Sylvia melanothorax
A pair around the Villa was seen carrying food throughout our stay,
there was at least one male at
Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans
Three singles were seen at the villa (7th), Paphos Headland (8th) and Avkas Gorge (10th).
Sardinian Warbler Sylvia melanocephala
Very common around our Villa/Sea caves area and at
Wood Warbler Phyloscopus sibilatrix
One in the Avkas Gorge on the 10th.
Chiffchaff Phyloscopus collybita
Willow Warbler Phyloscopus trochilus
One in the Avkas Gorge on the 10th.
Collared Flycatcher Ficedula albicollis
There were two at
Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca
Singles were seen a
Semi-collared Flycatcher Ficedula semitorquata
A single male was seen in the
Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator
Seen regularly throughout our stay. 1, Arinita Park on 5th; 1, Coral Bay on 5th; 1 Cape Drepanum on 6th; 2, Phassouri Reedbeds on 6th; 1 Coral Bay on 7th and 3 Cape Drepanum on 9th.
Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus
The only sightings were of a pair at the Baths of Aphrodite’s and a male on the journey home from here on the 7th.
Hooded Crow Corvus cornix
A very common bird seen throughout our stay.
Spannish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis
There were flocks at both
Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs
One at the Aspro Dam on the 8th.
Serin Serinus serinus
One in the Symies valley on the 7th.
Greenfinch Carduelis chloris
Three were at the tomb of the kings on the 5th.
Linnet Carduelis cannabina
Two records: 5 at Asprokremmos Dam on 5th; and 2 at The tomb of the kings on 5th.
Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana
Cretzschmar’s Bunting Emberiza caesia
A few single were seen in dry rocky places. 1
Corn Bunting Miliaria calandra
Fairly common. 20 at Arinita Park on 5th; 9 at Cape Drepanum on 7th; 4 at Cape Drepanum on 8th; and 6 Cape Drepanum on 9th.