Goodbye flip-flops, hello pumpkin spice lattes! Wait; what? This doesn’t feel quite right. Why can’t I get my autumn mood on? Could it be because my skin is still overreacting and messing with my SPF? Maybe it’s because I still feel the inescapable need to be at the beach and do… absolutely nothing. Or perhaps it’s the fact that there’s probably no such thing as a real Cyprus autumn. And even if there is, it only lasts for as long as an autumn leaf can stay attached on a tree (exactly, not that long). Personal rant aside, there is nevertheless something very autumnal going on these days in Cyprus, all over Cyprus in fact. Autumn migration, the return to the wintering grounds. Ahem, technically speaking, return (autumn) bird migration through Cyprus begins in late June, but let’s pretend you didn’t read that and move on.
Cyprus’ location on one of the major migration routes between Europe and Africa makes this “little rock” a key stop-off point for hundreds of thousands of birds in autumn (and spring). Now it’s that time when no matter where you are, there will be something interesting fluttering about to marvel at. If you want to go where the magic really happens however, then the coasts is where it’s at. Why there? With Cyprus being an island, coasts are the first point of land that migratory birds meet as they come in after flying for hours over the Mediterranean sea, and also the last point from where they set off. For some birds, such as waders and wildfowl, coastlines also act as a leading line, helping them find their way more easily. It is therefore no wonder that the island’s migration ‘bottlenecks’, the areas where most migratory birds congregate, are coastal.