Eilat’s excellent autumn continued this week with growing numbers of European birders taking advantage of the cheap flights to Eilat and excellent birds that are waiting for them in every corner. The week started with a Little Bunting at the park, a skulky bird that was heard more than seen. Still a good year for this bird in Israel with a number ringed and others seen. I’m fairly sure some more Little Buntings are in the Arava fields. A Yellow-browed Warbler has finally turned up at the Naot Smadar Cafe while a Hume’s Leaf Warbler has been heard and now seen at the Ketura swimming pool. Monday I had a Black-bellied Sandgrouse at the Elifaz Reservoir, a bird rarely seen in the southern Arava. Two different Isabelline Shrikes were seen in the park along with a very friendly Red-breasted Flycatcher welcoming all visitors at the front gate. Not so friendly was a Menetries Warbler that stuck to a very bushy area on the west side of the park but we still got some nice views of him Friday. Today Aviv found a not unexpected 2nd Basalt Wheatear for the season at Amram’s Pillars possibly also a returnee as he is very close to the spot a Basalt Wheatear wintered last year. It was a good week for raptors too, Lanner Falcons reported at Yotveta, KM 19 and the park, an Imperial Eagle at Yotveta, Bonelli’s Eagle, Greater Spotted Eagle, many Steppe Eagles, Lesser Spotted Eagles, Pallid and Hen Harriers plus all the regulars. Ovda continues to provide excellent birding with all the rarities and good larks still there. KM76 is very birdy and well worth checking along with the fields north of Lotan and some of the wadis north of KM82. There are lots of wintering birds moving in plus the overshoots- Bramblings,Hawfinch etc that have gone a little further than they wanted. Finally the Brown Booby is back at North Beach along with a Little Gull that roosted at the Park ponds with the many big gulls. It’s such a great time to be birding, don’t miss it!