Sunday, August 28, 2011

Back to black

Finished my move to the new house. Nice to see some migrants in the garden - Eastern Orpheans, Masked Shrike, Spotted Fly, Yellow Wags etc.
Yesterday went ringing at Ashdod after a long time. This meant lots of vegetation cutting for the net rides. While setting the nets up in the dark we heard some Red-rumped Swallows calling from the reeds, and we caught a few as they left the roost. It was a fine morning with good migration. Most impressive were 20 (!) Common Kingfishers, my best ever catch at this site. A good represntation of warblers included Marsh, Savi's, Great Reed, Sedge among the commoner species. Four species of shrike were present (Masked, Lesser Grey, red-backed and Woodchat) but none got caught.

Savi's Warbler

Red-rumped Swallow - 1cy
Common Kingfisher - suspended primary moult of adult

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