Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Spring fun

Yesterday morning I worked in Wadi Bet Arif, very close to Ben Gurion airport. I had a productive morning - lovey spring atmosphere with flowers, beautiful weather, good breeding activity and fine migration. Among the priority breeding species, Long-billed Pipit was most prominent - it's song was a continuous soundtrack of my walk. One of my favourite breeding birds; quality.

I managed to read the ring of this one - ringed by Yosef in 2016.

Other priority species, summer migrants, were present still in low densities:

Woodchat Shrike, singing softly

Blonde Eastern Black-eared Wheatear

After 08:00, typically, Sylvias woke up and showed in fair numbers and decent diversity. Star was Rueppell's Warbler - I had four including two males that were super showy. Smashing birds.

Lovely site - so close to the populated center of the country, yet such quality habitat, mammals and birds.

Mountain Gazelles

Looking west towards the Big Smoke - Tel Aviv in the distance

eBird checklist here.

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