This morning I went to have a look in the Nizzana region. It was fun because I had time for some enjoyable birding, compared to the hectic visits of the past two years where I went there mainly for survey work.
Weather was good after a very cold and wet week. Bird activity was slightly disappointing in a way. I did see all of the 'good' birds expected - MacQueen's Bustards (incl. three dancing males), Cream-coloured Coursers, Pin-tailed and Spotted Sandgrouse; but common breeding species, such as Desert Lark, Scrub Warbler, Sand Partridge etc. were rather few and quite silent. I was expecting the skies to be full with singing birds but the sky was half-empty. Further, migration was very slow and I had only a handful of migrant passerines - some Short-toed Larks, Northern Wheatear and this sexy Ruppel's Warbler:
The small number of migrants was especially depressing after reading all the news from Eilat where migration is already very strong. Thanks to Meidad for the coffee.
On the way back home checked the Lesser Kestrels breeding along the road on the Be'er Sheva bypass - great birds: