How often in your life does a rarity come knocking on your window to wake you up? That is what happened to Rei Segali in Ketura as a Kurdish Wheatear came to visit Sunday morning. At the same time a Short-eared Owl dropped in to visit Frank Moffatt at the Lotan pool and an Olive-backed Pipit decided to visit the nets at the IBRCE. That is quite a start for any week so this weekend I headed out for a Wheatear Weekend! It didn’t get off to a good start as the Eilat Triathlon blocked off the Arava all Friday morning. A quick walk round Park Holland turned up a probable Common RedstartXBlack Redstart hybrid, didn’t manage any pictures. Without too many options open I headed off to Ovda. Didn’t do much more than the Kissui Hol reserve. Lots of Asian Desert Warblers, 1-2 Spectacled Warblers, the Red-rumped Wheatear eventually arrived to check out some holes and a high-speed chase was needed to bring back a Finnish birder who had been looking for her all morning. The Wheatear count was 7, with Mourning, White-crowned, Basalt, Desert, Isabelline and Blackstarts also present. This morning I headed out with my crew (Le’a and Susi) and picked up Klil Shachar by chance at the IBRCE. KM19 is really nice in the morning, lots of waterfowl, a couple of Black-necked Grebes, Pochards and a Striolated Bunting. Yotvata had nothing new and Lotan was quiet but a nice Black Redstart Ochruros 1Cy male played nicely. On the way back we did the obligatory Kurdish Wheatear at Ketura and then dropped in to see the Basalt Wheatear on the entrance road to Amrams Columns. The roadside was bouncing with Asian Desert Warblers and two of them were fighting for the honor of following the Basalt Wheatear around! In Ovda I also saw a Asian Desert Warbler get in the middle of a fight between a Blackstart and a Mourning Wheatear and eventually left with the Mourning Wheatear. We also added the Hooded and Northern Wheatears to our total but missed the Finsch’s Wheatear, we can settle for 10 Wheatear species! Have a good winter…..or come to Eilat and have a great winter!