Friday, August 22, 2014

All I needed..!

After this long uneasy summer all I needed was another migration season. Although some early migrants were seen in the end of June already it was not "it". Now, I'm happy to present you the first post of autumn migration for 2014:

The migrants are here! Not only along salty edged of some salt-ponds, not just along the shoreline, not only a single glimpse at a disappearing bird deep in the bush… Despite the temperatures outside we were already able to set some nets and make some short ringing sessions (before it gets really hot, around 9:30am).
The most common birds in the ringings are still local, such as White spectacled Bulbuls Pycnonotus xanthopygos בולבול , House Sparrow Passer domesticus דרור הבית and some still very young&cute Graceful Prinia Prinia gracilis פשוש.

From the migrants section some nice species were already noted:
Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus קנית קטנה
Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus קנית קטנה
Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus קנית קטנה
Marsh Warbler Acrocephalus palustris  קנית ביצות
Savi's Warbler Locustella luscinioides חרגולן זמירי
Eastern Orphean Warbler Sylvia crassirostris סבכי חורש
Common Whitethroat Sylvia communis סבכי קוצים
First Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus עלווית אפורה

First Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus עלווית אפורה
And even one Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus חנקן נובי

Around there are few more nice birds, reluctant to get rings:
Two Lesser Grey Shrikes Lanius minor  חנקן שחור מצח
Lesser Grey Shrikes Lanius minor  חנקן שחור מצח
A few Red-backed Shrikes Lanius collurio חנקן אדום גב
Ten (probably same birds seen every day) European Bee eaters Merops apiaster שרקרק מצוי
Rock Martins Hirundo fuligula/ obsoleta סנונית מדבר

We are all eager to see what will bring the next day, what will we see around in a week or two… Not to talk about later on..!

On the first of September we will start ringing daily.. Keep following!

Yael Lehnardt

Head Ringer & Guide, IBRCE

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