Firstly I would like to apologise to all those birders who have been down to Ovda in the last couple of weeks and now face another trip south. I had planned to go north this weekend ending with a pelagic on the Mediterranean. But the pelagic was cancelled and I got parent duty again today. Yesterday we ringed over a hundred birds at the IBRCE and then I took our Swedish volunteer Stefan to Ovda to see the best birding spot around. The Basalt Wheatear sang for us beautifully, very similiar to a Pied Wheatear song. Temmincks Larks mobbed us, Cream-coursers were strolling around and the Red-rumped Wheatear put on a show. Plenty of other birds around too, very cool spot these days. Some Finns saw 50 Thick-billed Larks, Bar-tailed larks, Hoopoe Larks etc. This morning we also ringed over 100 birds and a suspected Pied Wheatear was seen near the park. Afterwards I took Stefan again to check out KM76, KM83 and maybe if we have time KM94. KM 76 was fairly quiet with a few Wheatears, Stonechats, Tawny Pipits etc. Then we missed the turn to a little wadi I wanted to check. So we jumped to KM94 for a quick check of the spot a Basalt Wheatear was found 2 years ago. There were Wheatears around and then Stefan spotted a Macqueens Bustard. We walked after it for a bit and then it gave us the slip. In it’s place was an unusual looking Wheatear with a greyish-black back. He was very,very shy and hard to get a good look at. After 20 minutes of carefully folllowing him a red-headed Wheatear jumped up beside him. Even at a distance there was doubt this was a second Red-rumped Wheatear! For some reason I still didn’t put two and two together and we watched the pair continuing to keep their distance….and then I had to slap myself…it was so obvious that this second bird was a male Red-rumped Wheatear and this really was a pair!!! Unbelievable!! 28 years without a Red-rumped Wheatear and suddenly we have a bird in Ovda and a pair in Hemda! And then again this pair may have bred here for all we know and the bird in Ovda may be the offspring! It’s all happening here! Don’t miss the action!