22-29 May. Back to Tuscany via Bologna. The area around Lucie's house is verdant at present. There are golden orioles singing in the woods. Three honey buzzards, including a pale male, circled low over the house mid-week, with a hobby present too. A peregrine flew over Lucignano.
Around Lucie's and Monterchi
Lucignano, where we had one of the best meals ever, at Il Goccino
4-11 May: Cyprus. A holiday with my daughters, cut short because of a hospitalisation event. Still, I managed an excellent day's birding with Jane Stylianou. It was the latest in spring that I have been to Cyprus, and many of the typical April migrants (yellow wagtails, pipits, wheatears etc.) had moved on. The countryside was alive with bee-eaters however, and the sight of about 40 red-footed falcons in Anarita Park was memorable. A highlight was seeing Cyprus's first Amur falcon, a new bird for me. Other new birds seen on the day trip were long-legged buzzard and black-headed bunting.
The Amur falcon. Apart from the striking underwing, other notable differences from the red-footed falcons were the darker colour, and the extensive red around the eye.
Red-footed falcons - first-summer male and female.
Lesser kestrel - first-summer male.
Peregrines at Petra tou Romiou.
Laughing dove at Kouklia
Bird list. Abbreviations: ES - Ezousas Soakway; PSW - Paphos Sewage Works; ; AP - Anarita Park; PR -Petra tou Romiou
Woodland near Kannaviou Dam - Cretzschmar’s bunting and masked shrike here.
Near Kathikas, where black-headed buntings were singing in the olive groves, and a long-legged buzzard soared overhead.
Black francolin - heard around PSW.
Chukar. 2 PSW 8th.
Black-crowned night heron. 1 ES 5th.
Squacco heron - 10, ES and PSW 5th.
Cattle egret. Up to 4 (5th), PSW.
Little egret. Two, Paphos, 10th.
Purple heron. ES 5th, Kannaviou Dam 7th.
Glossy ibis. Maximum 3, PSW, 5th.
Marsh harrier. AP, 7th.
LONG-LEGGED BUZZARD. 3 on trip, 7th, including one at AP.
Bonelli's eagle. 2 over AP, 7th.
Osprey - I high over PSW, 8th.
Lesser kestrel. ca. 4 AP, 7th.
Common kestrel. Widespread.
Red-footed falcon. ca. 40, AP, 7th.
AMUR FALCON. Adult male, AP, 7th.
Eleanora's falcon. 2, PR, 7th.
Peregrine. Female and 2 juveniles, PR, 7th.
Yellow-legged gull. Widespread along coast.
Common tern? Paphos harbour, afternoon of 6 May. I didn't have binoculars, but identified by another birder.
Turtle dove. Scattered records, including up to 2 ES.
Laughing dove. 2, Kouklia, 7th.
Great spotted cuckoo. ca.6, AP, 7th, some chasing their hosts, the magpie.
Little owl. 2 AP, 7th.
Alpine swift. 1 PR, 7th.
European bee-eater. Common - heard migrating over our hotel at night, ca. 40 ES 5th, 100+ on trip, 7th.
European roller. 2+ on trip, including a displaying male AP, 7th. One PSW 8th.
Sand martin. PSW.
Red-rumped swallow. 2 AP 7th.
Cyprus wheatear. ca. 5 on trip, 7th, including 2 at AP.
Reed warbler. Singing male, ES, 8th.
Eastern olivaceous warbler.
Cyprus warbler. Singing male, AP, 7th.
Spotted flycatcher. 1 Agia Varvara 7th.
Coal tit. Several singing in woodland near Kannaviou Dam, 7th.
Golden oriole. male, ES 5th.
Masked shrike. 2 woodland near Kannaviou Dam, 7th, one carrying food.
Eurasian jay. 1 woodland near Kannaviou Dam, 7th.
Common chaffinch. Heard, woodland near Kannaviou Dam, 7th.
European serin. Woodland near Kannaviou Dam, 7th.
Cretzschmar’s bunting. 2 singing males, woodland near Kannaviou Dam, 7th.
BLACK-HEADED BUNTING. 2 singing males, near Kathikas.
Corn bunting. Several on trip, 7th.