Tuesday 23 April 2013

Great Reed Warbler

Went to Ha Besor again this morning - the sounds of rustling reed beds and running water are all too rare around here so it is always a pleasure visit this wadi. No crakes this time but plenty of other migrants around. Still a lot of Collared Flycatchers going through (or staying and fattening up), Spotted Flycatchers, masses of Blackcaps, Lesser Whitethroats and Nightingales (both sorts). It seems to have been an excellent year for Collareds and Nightingales. The reed beds were very noisy with Clamorous Reed Warblers and a few Great Reed Warblers (below)

as well as the usual Reed and Cetti's (below).

It was starting to get hot and very insecty so I headed home via the HaBesor - Park Eshkol track. Great to see Roller back for the summer - wonderfully exotic birds,

and a few Woodchat Shrike.

Once again HaBesor did not disappoint.

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