The last few days I have had the opportunity to look around here on Lotan and in our area for what the migration is doing. There definitely more and varied birds around, with an influx of Red-backed Shrikes and now, Woodchat Shrikes. As reported earlier we also had Masked Shrikes around.
On Lotan, we have several Red-backed Shrikes, all female, that are passing through. In addition, we also have variety of Wheatears around. I am showing you two pictures here of the same bird that I photographed two days ago. From the front it looks like a Black-eared Wheatear, but the mantle and greater coverts suggest that it may be something else. I am including both pictures here for you to have a look at… The absence of continuous black from the head to the coverts will exclude Pied, Cyprus or desert Wheatear, so there isn’t much left except the Black-eared Wheatear, probably a juvenile.
Further afield, the Yellow Wagtail migration is increasing steadily, as well as Northern Wheatear and Isabelline Wheatear, which were present at the Yotvata sewage and the northern circular field.
Going further south, I visited the Km 20 salt ponds. There were similar birds, as reported earlier, but it seems that there has been an influx of juvenile Greater Flamingos. There are definitely more around, compared to two weeks ago. The three White Pelicans that have been there since the end of August are still around, alternating between this spot and the Eilat sewage works, where there are lots of carp in the water.
On the way back to Lotan, I drove along the eastern side of the Hai-Bar Nature Reserve, and saw one Hooded Wheatear and one Woodchat Shrike on the perimeter fence.
Good birding! David