Weekly English Update: This week we celebrate the Passover- our journey from Egypt to Israel. The birds make this journey every year, a journey as fraught with danger as ours was. Unfortunately their journey only gets more dangerous once they pass through Israel and into the killing fields of Lebanon, Cyprus, Turkey, Greece and Georgia. While we have had excellent warbler migration this spring some species are only trickling through in tiny numbers. When those species are hunters favorites like Turtle Doves, Ortolan Buntings and Nightingales we fear the worst. Around the Eilat Bird Park there is a noticeable lull compared to last week but still ringing over 100 birds per day, the large majority being Blackcaps and Lesser Whitethroats. There were still some Subalpine and Rueppels Warblers around and even the occasional Bluethroat. The late passerines are still scarce though. Around lake Anita there were so many Little Crakes they needed a dual carriageway. It was also showing good numbers of Rails, Little Bitterns, Purple and Night Herons, waders and acrocephalus warblers. Raptor numbers were low all week but we had a nice passage over the park friday morning with a good array of eagles and buzzards. The salt ponds were also a bit low on wader numbers but 3 White-tailed Lapwings were seen, Collared Pratincoles are regulars and plenty of interesting birds arrive in the evening hours to spend the night. Flycatchers have been fewer than usual but Park Canada has had all three species this week, no adult males but they are still a fun bird. North Beach has a new Brown Booby but is still low on terns and now crowded by Passover holiday crowds. Next week we expect a total change as the early migrants disappear and the late migrants start pouring through. This is a fascinating time in Eilat, don’t miss it! Have a great holiday!
By Shachar Shalev