Friday, December 6, 2013

Sandgrouse monitoring

This morning I took part in the Sandgrouse monitoring project organized by IOC / NPA. I counted at Nizzana sewage ponds. Arrived early, before the sandgrouse, and birded for about an hour. Didn't see anything special but it was so good to be out birding again after too long without porper birding. Still I had 1 Ferruginous Duck and 4-5 Moustached Warblers.

Eurasian Sparrowhawk at first sunlight

Pretty low numbers of sandgrouse came in to drink later on. I guess it's the result of heavy rain in the area a few weeks ago, and cold temperatures, which means the birds probably couldn't bother flying long distances to drink. I had only 33 Black-bellied Sandgrouse - that's it.

A third of the total number of sandgrouse I had this morning:

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