Yesterday morning I worked in Wadi Bet Arif, very close to Ben Gurion airport. I had a productive morning – lovey spring atmosphere with flowers, beautiful weather, good breeding activity and fine migration.
Among the priority breeding species, Long-billed Pipit was most prominent – it’s song was a continuous soundtrack of my walk.
One of my favourite breeding birds; quality.
I managed to read the ring of this one – ringed by Yosef in 2016.
Other priority species, summer migrants, were present still in low densities:
Woodchat Shrike, singing softly
Blonde Eastern Black-eared Wheatear
After 08:00, typically, Sylvias woke up and showed in fair numbers and decent diversity. Star was Rueppell’s Warbler – I had four including two males that were super showy. Smashing birds.
Lovely site – so close to the populated center of the country, yet such quality habitat, mammals and birds.
Looking west towards the Big Smoke – Tel Aviv in the distance