Short overhead migration report, March 31, 2010

Overhead migration above Lotan in the last few days has been impressive. In general there are days where there is a lot going on, and others where searching the skies yields very little. The past few days have yielded a good selection. The most common raptors coming overhead are the Steppe Buzzard (Buteo buteo Vulpinus) and the Common Buzzard. They have been coming over by the thousands. In addition, there are hundreds of Black Kites, accompanied by similar numbers of Black Storks, who seem to want to migrate together. In among that group there were a few White Storks, one Egyptian Vulture and a few Lesser Spotted Eagles. Off on its own there was a Booted Eagle and a Golden Eagle . Also obviously migrating during the day are Barn Swallows, Red-rumped Swallows, Common Swifts and a few Alpine Swifts. On the rare bird front, a Black Bush-robin was seen at the Neot Smadar sewage ponds, sitting on the fence and also in the shrubs just north of the ponds.

David Schoneveld

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