Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Ashdod rarities and minorities

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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