It has been a quiet week as one would expect but there is still some late migrants, some stragglers who don’t want to move on and plenty of breeding going on in every quiet corner. Of special interest are the Nubian Nightjars found at Yotvata by Itai Shani, who are surely breeding at this date. I’ve been searching for them in the Eilat area with no luck to date but their comeback seems to be in swing. The Water Rails at Anita Lake are also strong suspects for breeding, possibly to be only the second record for this species breeding in Israel. The area is filling up with Namaqua Doves and Rufous-tailed Bushrobins busily building nests alongside the locals. 3 pairs of Little Bitterns are breeding on Lake Anita and quite a few Reed Warblers are too. A pair of Spoonbills on the lake have shown plenty of affection for the place and each other but no sign of nesting. Among the stragglers are an Ortolan Bunting at the park, a Collared Pratincole at KM 20, a couple of Black Storks, 3 Pintails and a Garganey. Eastern Olivaceous Warblers, a couple of Upchers Warblers, Masked Shrikes and Red-necked Phalaropes continue to pass through as one would expect with a few Blackcaps and Garden Warblers amongst them. But we are missing virtually all the waders and no Marsh Tern to be found anywhere….quite unusual. North Beach has been terribly quiet but it is great just sitting on the beach with great weather, great view and the occassional Lesser Crested Tern, White-cheeked Tern, Common and Little Terns still plying the placid waters. This may not be a great time to come to Eilat but if you find yourself here you will still enjoy it! Have a great week!