I've found it interesting while preparing my trip file (one of life's great pleasures) to see how I intend to "play" this visit. I have lots of time...but what to see and where to go on the Island? I have excellent contacts and superb online information...both on Sites and Species. Running through past March monthly sightings for the past 5 years I've built up a pretty good base of occurrences. I'm fairly familiar with the main sites although I'm sure I'll get lost and have access issues along the way. All good fun?
We're based in Paphos at the east end, which will allow me time to explore some less watched areas were I hope to "find my own"...especially before breakfast. I intend to check around the Hotel every morning.
Cyprus is superbly placed to receive migrants (you probably knew that!). This will be my first "proper" stab at birding the early part. Plenty to go at and always the chance of a surprise or five. Even some of the later arrivals have occurred in late March e.g. ELEANORA'S FALCON.
Going through my list again I had a bit of fun trying to narrow down species I'd prioritize as wanting to see during my visit (8th - 29th). Very difficult. Anyway below is my personal priority list for various reasons. There are many debatable omissions...
GREAT BLACK-HEADED GULL
LESSER SHORT-TOED LARK
BONELLI’S EAGLEELEONORA'S FALCON
CRAKES – Little, Spotted and Baillon’s
GREATER SAND PLOVER
EURASIAN SCOPS OWL
There we go then.
Temperatures should be between 17c and 20c, which is fine for me...and hopefully Louise! It will certainly be better than Holmpton! As stated before, I'm not a fan of excessive heat, especially when it's humid. No jungles for me! I'm at a stage in life now were I want great birding...and comfort. It's a holiday!!! This is a great way to shorten our Winter.
I will endeavour to post regularly during the trip, depending on the quality of the internet connection at our Hotel. I hope to give you something interesting to follow...