Monday, 30 April 2012

Golden Oriole and Red-backed Shrike

Over the weekend I saw at least two Golden Orioles on the kibbutz. At Sde Boker though, there had apparently been up to 12 in one Mulberry tree. Meidad Goren and I drove over this morning to see if they were still there. The tree in question was literally hopping with Blackcaps but no GOs. After a minute or so we saw a couple flying around. This male showed beautifully in a nearby tree-top. Cracking!

Back at work I saw my first Red-backed Shrike of the season. Another cracking male.

Lots of Nightingales around,
 and Thrush Nightingales.

Back to Nir Oz - plenty of Bee-eaters, various hirundines and swifts moving through as well as a single Roller.

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