zondag 6 maart 2011

26th of February: ringing and good birding at Yotvata

This morning it seemed that there had been relatively good migration of (Caspian) Reed Warbler and Lesser Whitethroats.
The results:

Reed Warbler6-
Sedge Warbler5-
Savi's warbler21
Lesser Whitethroat71
Sard. Warbler14
Graceful Prinia1-
Spectacled Bulbul3-
Laughing Dove11
House Sparrow34

In the afternoon we (Tammo, Fabian, Teun, Bram and Roni) went birding at Yotvata. We see a good variety of pipits, wheatears, larks and wagtails etc:
 Isabelline Wheatear
Mourning Wheatear
Short-toed Lark
Water Pipit
Red-throated Pipit
Yellow wagtail 'feldegg'

At Yotvata circular fields I had another long-awaited lifer: Siberian Stonechat. We then drove south of Yotvata where we had a skulky singing Arabian Warbler in some Acacian shrub. Here I managed to get some reasonable shots of Scrub Warblers as well:
We ended the day at KM19 where we had 3 beautiful Lichtenstein's Sandgrouses dropping in around dusk! 2 males and 1 female showed themselves with under good light conditions. Definitively one of my personal highlights of the trip. Here we had a hunting Barbary Falcon as well.

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