Weekly English Update: This week started hot, damn hot! People were melting in the street! But interestingly at the same time we had 3 days of good southerly winds pushing seabirds up the gulf. We had Long-tailed, Pomerine and Arctic Skuas, at least 5 Bridled Terns, Lesser Crested Terns, big numbers of White-cheeked Terns and many Common Terns and White-eyed Gulls. Hopes were high for Thursday’s pelagic to the sea border between Israel, Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Unfortunately the wind swung around to a very unhelpful westerly and some of the birds had disappeared back down the gulf. It was still a fun morning with a Cory’s Shearwater coming in close, 5 Bridled Terns and a fantastic swordfish leaping out of the water on a number of occasions. This morning I tried Taba and the new Katza beach beside the Dolphin reef. Nothing special but really good numbers of terns and gulls, both good alternatives to North Beach. The bird park is very quiet but the young Namaqua Doves are out and about, some waders are arriving and the Rails are still strutting about. KM20 is showing the first signs of autumn migration with some more Pintails and Shovellers arriving, more Redshanks and Greenshanks, some Green Sandpipers, 2 Common Sandpipers, a Little Ringed Plover and a strange Dunlin in perfect winter plummage!!?? He also looks (to me) a little longer billed and taller than the regular subspecies…? K19 also has some new residents including 2 more Great Egrets, ducks and waders. While there are no great expectations for the coming week you just never know! Have a cool week!