17-9-2005

The weather was good again though there was a lot more wind. In the morning we went to the Evretou Dam, about 10 km south of Polis. The dam is easily found by driving south from Polis to Paphos and just before leaving Polis taking a left turn, following the signs to Steni and from there the dam is signposted. The higher winds might be good for birding, because over the Evretou Dam the skies were filled with swallows, including Barn (thousands),Red-RumpedHouse MartinSand Martin and two species of Swift: Common Swift (one bird, the only of the trip) and Alpine Swift. Also present around the dam were Cyprus WheatearCyprus WarblerCorn Bunting and a Masked Shrike chasing a Red-backed Shrike
After that we went to a monastery in Panagia by following the road east from Stroumpi. Wren and Serin were present in the forest near the monastery. A Montagu’s Harrier and several flocks of Honey-buzzards were passing. European Bee-eaters were virtually everywhere.
In the afternoon I put up the scope on our balcony and scanned the sea for seabirds and with success: at least one Scopoli’s Shearwater and about 3 Levantine Shearwaters flew far off shore.
This day was different from the previous days in terms of weather (more wind) and birds (more birds, especially swallows, bee-eaters and Honey-buzzards). Probably there is a relation here. The south-western wind might force birds lower than normal making them easier to see. So apparently a bit of a depression – weatherwise – might be good for birding on Cyprus.