Friday 7 November 2014

Caspian Stonechat (update)

Adding some photos of one Darren and I ringed at Sde Boker a couple of days ago. Good clear id features.

Caspian Stonechat (Saxicola maura variegata). Found this bird on one of the Urim fields this morning. To me it looks good for 1st winter male Caspian Stonechat. Happy to hear other views.

Other good stuff at Urim: three Calandra larks (fly-by) two Eastern Imperial Eagles, one Peregrine, one Marsh and three Hen Harriers. Loads of Skylarks, Red-throated Pipits, Corn Buntings, Bluethroats etc.

A small passage of Booted Eagles along Nahal Besor. Nice!

Even nicer (for me) was a local mega - a Dunnock ringed by Darren Burns in Sde Boker. These are an uncommonish winter visitor to Israel but only in the north. To find one in the middle of the desert in southern Israel is quite extraordinary. Rarity is contextual!

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