Massive migration last night with as a result many birds around. The Heligoland traps worked amazing with trap 7 being the star trap, every round we had at least 30-40 birds in the trap. In the early morning Bram and Chris had a Levant Sparrowhawk escaping from a mistnet. I still haven’t seen one though..
The end result is 901 new and 60 recaptures. So a total of 955 birds today! One of the best days ever here at Eilat! Amazing….!
The Blackcaps was our main bulk species but we also had lots of good variety. Many Ortolan Buntings, a Hoopoe, quite a few Masked Shrikes, Rufous-tailed Bush Robins, a Bee-eater, a Pied Flycatcher, 2 Barred Warblers and the most interesting bird was a probable hybrid Collared x Pied Flycatcher!
Yesterday we had over 500 birds with a nice Little Crake caught in our toilet!
Next to massive passerine migration, raptors were exploding as well. A few thousand Steppe Buzzards passed through, as well as a good number of Steppe Eagles, Lesser-spotted Eagles, 2 Imperial Eagles, 1 Bonelli’s Eagle and the first Honey Buzzard of the season.
And just now Bram and Yuval brought a nice Scops Owl back from the traps. Nice dessert for the day!
Common Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)
Yes, Great Reed Warblers (Acrocephalus arundinaceus) bigger than Little Crakes (Porzana parva)
Barred Warbler (Sylvia nisoria), adult female
Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca), male
Probable hybrid Collared (Ficedula albicollis) x Pied Flycatcher
Masked Shrike (Lanius nubicus), adult male