Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Northern tour

Two days of tour leading up in the North produced some good birds but no images as I was too busy.
On October 3rd at Ma'agan Michael we had two Bar-tailed Godwits (one of them was ringed), two Citrine Wagtails, one Gull-billed Tern and many other birds. A sunset visit to the Agmon was stunning as always - 1200 pelicans came in to roost together with a few hundred cranes, and many thousands of Barn Swallows and Yellow Wagtails roosted together in a nearby reedbed.
October 4th: we started off early at the Agmon again for some pleasent pre-breakfast birding. Highlights were flyover Richard's Pipit and Black-winged Pratincole; other good birds were two Greater Spotted Eagles and a few Penduline Tits. Local specialities seen well were Black Francolins and Clamorous Reed Warbler. We had a light raptor take-off, with a few Short-toed, Lesser Spotted and Booted Eagles.
An afternoon visit to the Bet She'an Valley was very birdy with lots of stuff around. Highlights were about 100 Tawny Pipits in one field, among them were another two Richard's Pipits, and another Greater Spotted Eagle.

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