Thursday, May 5, 2011

Good shorebirding at Ashdod

Had some time this morning before a meeting at Ashdod for a quick visit to the Ashdod ponds. Only one pond was muddy, so all the birds were concentrated in that pond. There were lots of birds there (250 Little Stints, 100 Ringed Plovers and other bits and pieces); I worked very hard but could not find anything more exciting than a summer-plumaged Curlew Sand, and several Temminck's Stints.

Curlew Sandpiper

Temminck's Stint
Great Spotted Cuckoos are very active and noisy now. I suppose the first youngs should be out in a week or two. This adult was pretty close but in terrible light conditions and on this ugly fence - pity.

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