Signs of Spring



It is mid January already and there are many signs of Spring which will soon arrive.
Steppe Eagles are already on the move -singlesare seen daily and like each year, Iwonder where are they heading so early when everything is still frozen up north?
Asian Desert and Spectacled Warblers are found in many corners of the Arava and up in the air there are constant calls and shrills of Pallid Swiftson migration while at least 3 Great Spotted Cuckoo’s were seen both in Eilat and around Samar.

Two different Steppe Shrikes were photographed over the last week around the Arava, I wonder if they represent earlymovements?!

Steppe Shrike

Last Thursday I had a free hour around Samar and i went to check if the is still present. While I could not locate it, I had a greatopportunity to study the differences ofWater and Buff-bellied Pipits at Samar turf fields with no less than 3 of the later present among roughly 100WaterPipits.

Today, Yaniv found the Little Owl again at the same spot…

Little Owl

Itai Shanni

Itai Shanni

is the coordinator of the Eilat Birding Blog, which is jointly written by the Israeli Ornithological Centre (IOC) and the International Birding and Research Centre Eilat (IBRCE). Itai is working to promote bird and wildlife conservation throughout this area. As an Israeli A licensed ringer, he also gives support for the IBRCE staff when needed. Itai has also developed a real passion for Odonata watching and spends many hot hours chasing also Dragonflies and Damselflies.

Itai Shanni

Itai Shanni

Itai Shanni is the coordinator of the Eilat Birding Blog, which is jointly written by the Israeli Ornithological Centre (IOC) and the International Birding and Research Centre Eilat (IBRCE). Itai is working to promote bird and wildlife conservation throughout this area. As an Israeli A licensed ringer, he also gives support for the IBRCE staff when needed. Itai has also developed a real passion for Odonata watching and spends many hot hours chasing also Dragonflies and Damselflies.

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