Wednesday 11 October 2017

Some migration, finally

Had a productive morning at the smallest puddle at Besor. Lots of migrants with good numbers of some species. Didn't see anything that was out of the ordinary but when these birds are unaccountably not around one misses them. All the birds below were feeding/drinking around a puddle barely larger than a (big) dining table.
Bluethroats (a fine red-spotted one that sat in mostly in the shade)

 Clamorous Reed Warblers (not migrants)

 and a Great Reed Warbler to compare

Sedge Warblers and Reed Warblers

Lots of Lesser Whitethroats,

and all the Willow Warblers that seem to have been missing over the last few weeks - so many today.

A very pretty Jack Snipe came to the water's edge to feed.
Ubiquitous Kingfishers,
 Masked Shrike,
 still a few Red-backed Shrikes around as well,
 and Whinchats.
Wierdly, I didn't see any Blackcaps.

On to the bigger puddle for a single Black Stork,
 Snipe and a Dunlin
and a couple of Spotted Redshanks swimming and feeding.
Red-rumped Swallow - I never get tired of them.

Quiet as usual on the Nir Oz fields except for a trio of Monk Parrots - a spill-over from a neighbouring population somewhere.
The longish staying Lesser Grey Shrike is still around.

And finally, winter has arrived with the first White Wagtails!

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