Saturday, July 31, 2010

Ashdod - hot and humid

Ringed this morning at my site in Ashdod. Not too many migrants around but 5 Common Kingfishers ceratinly added colour and flavour to the morning. One was adult which is unusual - about 95% of the Common Kingfishers that reach Israel are young. Adults are easily aged by an arrested primary moult.
A quick look at the Ashdod ponds was quite productive but I was too hot and sticky to get my camera out. All I wanted was to close the car windows and let the aircon chill me down a bit. Anyway, shorebird numbers are growing slowly; 'highlights' were 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Temmick's Stint, 1 Curlew Sand and 3 Marsh Sands. Still waiting...

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