Lost for words.
Just back from nearly 9 days in and around Eilat, Israel. In what was declared one of the best springs for many years. I hoped to see a few a few key things. Even on an optimistic day the birds and the Israeli birders surpassed all expectations (more to come on both). Here’s a little taste. All 3 species/bird taxa below were seen on everyday in good numbers. In fact all 3 were seen in the areas in front of the hotel we stayed at.
adult male Ehrenberg’s Redstart ‘samamisicus’. Israel, March 2012. Saw loads, all plumage types and recorded a bunch of calls.. One of the first birds seen was a 2nd cal year male giving the more distinctive of their calls.
Steppe Buzzard, Eilat mountains, Israel, March 2012. Saw in the 10’s of 1000’s of these in all plumage types.
This individual lived outside the hotel all week. It was a suitable introduction for Neil Glenn and myself to the ID challenges of this group of chats. It’s a female. But which species?
it’s a female wotsits…