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CYPRUS

Friday 18th April - Wednesday 23rd April 2008

Simon Harrap

Although relatively brief, our visit to Cyprus easily achieved its principal goal of finding the two breeding endemics, Cyprus Wheatear and Cyprus Warbler, but then, how could we fail? In the space of four and a half days birding, despite migration being at a complete stop, with painfully few migrants in evidence, we went on to record 112 species. These included breeding goodies such as Ferruginous Duck, Long-legged Buzzard, Eleonora’s Falcon, Black Francolin, Great Spotted Cuckoo, European Scops Owl, Pallid Swift, Masked Shrike and Cretzschmar’s Bunting, as well as migrants such as Spur-winged Lapwing, Greater Sand Plover, ‘Baltic Gull’, Red-throated Pipit, Black-headed Wagtail and Collared Flycatcher and, on a memorable afternoon, Spotted, Little and Baillon’s Crake in the space of just an hour.