Without a doubt the number of migrants passing through is dropping rapidly but there were still plenty of quality birds to be enjoyed here. It was the week of the River Warbler which we don’t see too often here. Five River Warblers were ringed in Eilat this week and a couple of other birds spotted, all part of a wave of these birds being seen throughout Israel. Monday four Oystercatchers dropped in to Km 20 and the ponds remained popular all week with a Pacific Golden Plover in summer plummage dropping in on Thursday. There were still Broad-billed Sandpipers, a variety of waders, terns, 3 Hoopoe Larks, a Curlew and the occasional Honey Buzzard dropping in. At the park a White-throated Robin was seen and a Red-breasted Flycatcher ringed, a Great Bittern struggled in and then moved on to KM19, another Eleonoras Falcon came in late evening and a constant flow of Swifts, Swallows and Martins kept the skies busy. There were a number of Red-backed and Lesser Grey Shrikes this week while small numbers of Blackcaps, Eastern Olivaceous Warblers, Masked Shrikes and Spotted Flycatchers continue to move through. There was a big dust storm on Thursday that made North Beach difficult but this morning the skies and air were crystal clear. Arctic, Pomerine and Long-tailed Skuas continue to move through in good numbers, Sooty Shearwaters are also seen daily including a group of six birds and the first Lesser Crested Terns also arrived. It’s been an interesting week and who knows, maybe next week we’ll also squeeze out some interesting birds!!