Shorebird migration hasn't really picked up at Ashdod, as my visit yesterday demonstrated. Also there was very little water in the ponds, but this will surely change soon. I had however a fair number of the common sandpipers (green, wood and common), plus this adult Marsh Sand moulting out of summer plumage:
Many Turtle Doves came in to drink:
After the ponds I drove down to the beach, where I saw Amir's adult Audouin's Gull that he had found on Saturday. It was very distant, sat on a buoy, but still a good bird (2-3 annualy in Israel).
Tomorrow I'm going up to Mt. Hermon for our annual ringing session. Looking forward to some great birding, ringing and weather!
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