As I said, migration is getting underway, but still is quite slow. I did see kettle of over 200 Black Storks that took off from their overnight spot in Jordan at around 7 a.m. At Qa es-Sa’eddin (Km 76) I had large flocks of Short-toed Larks, Northern Wheatears, a few Black-eared Wheatears and Isabelline Wheatears. Still, this is far less than usual.
At the Lotan date plantation, I had four Arabian Babblers, the individuals that are always there. Always nice to see how sociable they are. I had one come up very close to the car, investigating what I was doing.
Arabian Babbler checking me out
Going down to the northern circular field at Yotvata, I was reduced to photographing a large flock of Spanish Sparrows making intricate patterns in the sky, for want of other migrants. The Marsh Harrier that is always here was present, too. The southern field had been harvested, so I was expecting to see all kinds of migrants around. But, alas, no luck. Pretty much the only birds around were Crested Larks and Collared Doves.
Spanish Sparrows in the Castor seed field, northern circular field
At Yotvata sewage I hooked up with Jonathan Meyrav and Itai Shani, who were guiding in the framework of the birdwatching festival. We had a cracking Woodchat Shrike posing very well for everyone, as well as a beema Yellow Wagtail. Aside from that there were three Indian Silverbills, and a Rueppell’s Warbler. Behind the sewage there were some Green Sandpipers and Redshanks, nothing really exciting.
The Black Bush Robin was still at the Neot Smadar Constructed Wetlands, but in the bushes behind the site. It would pop out of the bushes for a second, and then remain inside for a long time. It was impossible to photograph it.