On a normal work day, no car, I don’t see a ray of sunshine. Thursday: work day with car- started at Yotvata north field: mini raptor festival, Lanner Falcon, 2 Merlins, Pallid Harrier, Hen Harrier, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Sparrowhawks and Kestrels. On the menu- Desert Finch, Skylarks, Red-throated Pipits, Lapwings, Starlings, Desert Wheatears and an Isabelline Wheatear. KM76 had loads of Desert Wheatears, Bluethroats, Black Redstarts, Linnets, Tawny Pipits, Eastern Stonechats, Spotted Sandgrouse…plenty going on despite being bone dry. Wadi Ya’alon had a Cyprus Warbler and a Mistle Thrush (quite rare this far south). Stopped at Kibbutz Ketura for the Hume’s Leaf Warbler, Km20 good numbers of regulars and KM19 had 120 Pelicans and an Imperial Eagle. North Beach is still sporting a Brown Booby and I even managed to pop into work for a quick coffee. Friday morning I went deep into Hiyyon to see what’s happening off the beaten track….a quick answer not much, Desert Wheatears, a couple of Hoopoe Larks and a pair of Macqueens Bustards. All the birds were right next to the road. Apart from the Red-rumped couple, 12 Thick-billed Larks were strolling around, Asian Desert Warblers, a couple of Spectacled Warblers, regular Wheatears, Trumpeter Finch etc. This morning a full crew made the way up to Ovda which is still bouncing with birds. We pushed our way through the hundreds of Temminck’s Larks, a cloud of Trumpeter Finch, endless wheatears, Larks, Pipits etc to get to the Red-rumped Wheatear and Basalt Wheatear. They seem to be competing for attention, bounding up to us and posing on every little rock and bush available. Also around were a Thick-billed Lark, Asian Desert Warbler, a Merlin and even some Cranes. Birding here has become so easy even northerners can do it…. . That said we did find a certain Shai wandering round KM94 for hours without finding anything. Happily the situation was rectified quickly and he could return to his Red-Wattled Siksak with a big smile. You just can’t beat birding here! Have a great week!