My first post for 10,000 Birds is up… Don’t get your flyways crossed. Here’s a taste:
What corner of the globe is Cyprus tucked away in? I’m sure a lot of people don’t know. Well, for the uninitiated, Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean, in the far northeastern corner by Turkey and Lebanon. And the culture is very much under the influence of Mediterranean and Near Eastern cultures — for centuries is literally has been at the maritime crossroads of those two worlds.
Cyprus is a crossroads for birds too. Of the more than 380 species with a confirmed record of being seen in Cyprus, roughly two-thirds are migrants. And British ornithologists Peter Flint and Peter Stewart
reported in their surveys (published in 1983 and 1992) the estimate that 250 million birds migrate through Cyprus each year. Sure that sounds like a lot, but I’d hazard a guess that if we ask the experts, we’d find that there are flyways that experience greater passages. For instance, a significantly greater number of White Storks appear to pass over Israel and Lebanon than pass over Cyprus, suggesting that more go the long way ’round.