woensdag 4 april 2012

And April continues

I wrote in my previous blog post that the first Rufous Bush-Robins had arrived but none had been caught so far. Well at the moment, we ringed three of them already, excellent! Two birds were pretty grayish like the southeastern subspecies but we also had one looking more like the southwestern one (which I consider to be prettier).
I couldn't choose between the two photos so I decided just to post them both!

Yesterday was a good day again with 384 new birds ringed, including a nice swallow catch of almost 100 swallows. We had a few days without any Red-rumped Swallows ringed in the evening but yesterday we had a decent number of them, with about 20-30 ringed.

After the ringing we did some necessary shopping in the city and Chris and I had a walk from Eilat, to the North Beach and from the North Beach we walked back to the IBRCE, jumping over salty streams, great adventure haha! We looked for Striated Heron on the North Beach but didn’t find any. I did see a female Desert Wheatear.

Today was a bit slower again with not much special. We had a Rufous Bush Robin, 2 Yellow Wagtails, a Woodchat Shrike and 2 Masked Shrikes.

Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava)

With the temperature rising now we’ve seen more snakes the last few days, with 2 Saw-scaled Vipers and 1 Schokari Sand Racer in the park. Our ‘house’ Spiny Mice have become more tame, probably due to the warmer weather and are now cleaning our microwave and toaster every evening!
 Saw-scaled Viper
Schokari Sand Racer
Spiny Mouse

This afternoon we will probably do some raptor catching and in the evening we will do swallow ringing ofcourse!

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