Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Trrrrrrrr... Trrrrrrrr...

In October, every 'eared' WP birder must be listening out to this call:

This morning before a meeting had a quick look at a small grove near Mashabe Sade in the C Negev, which is a favourite site for Red-breasted Flycatcher. And sure enough, just as I drove in I heard the first bird calling. Eventually I had four different birds in this small grove. There's a nice wave of them going through the C Negev these days with other sites holding even larger numbers. 
They're such nice birds - I really love their classic silhouette with the tail pumped up and wings pointing down:

It became very windy (actually sand-storm) so they were hard to photograph; only one of them was very very obliging - alas always in the shade.

Red-breasted Flycatcher - 1cy 

Apart for that not much else - perhaps because of the wind: some Redstarts, Spotted Flys, shrikes, a couple of Chiffchaffs, Tree Pipits and that's it.

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