Saturday, November 10, 2018

Patch rosefinch

This morning I did my routine morning walk with Bamba (my dog) in my very local patch, wadi Ekron near my house. The autumn is coming to close here - at least for me, as tomorrow I'm going away for a couple of weeks. Weather was nice and there were birds around. While walking and birding I thought of the birds I found this autumn on patch, and of those that I really wanted to and did not, like Daurian Shrike, Siberian Stonechat and Common Rosefinch. I decided to give the rosefinch one last try and played music near a concentration of finches. No response. I walked on and birded without any dramas. While walking back, I heard that familiar call, and saw a finch flying towards me - Common Rosefinch! I was very keen to document it, but I did not carry my heavy camera system this morning. I shot off home, grabbed my camera and raced back to the spot. It took me a while to relocate the bird, but eventually it showed OK. Phew. Typically for this time of year it's in moult and not exactly attractive.

I seem to be having a good season for them - this is the third I have found. 

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