It takes a little longer for autumn migrants to reach us here in the south of the country but we are back in business with all our birding sites sporting good numbers of migrants. At the bird sanctuary we are seeing good numbers of Eastern Olivaceous Warblers, Reed Warblers, a single Upchers Warbler and a Whitethroat alongside many waders and groups of White Storks swirling lazily in the breeze. Yotvata fields are still fairly empty but there was a group of Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters there and the sewage pond was bouncing with waders including 2 Temmincks Stints, 5 Ferruginous Ducks and a Lesser Grey Shrike. Samar sewage also had plenty of waders but the Elifaz reservoir was empty except for a group of Bar-tailed Larks and a Hoopoe Lark hunting bugs on the southern edge. There were also Hooded and White-Crowned Wheatears there along with another lesser Grey Shrike. The numbers at Km20 vary daily with the waves of migrants, 7 Temmincks Stints today and the first Black-tailed Godwit yesterday plus an evening visit from a Sooty Falcon. North Beach has been very slow except for Tuesday when Re’a Shaish arrived bringing with him a cooler southerly breeze. We saw 12 Skuas that evening including two Long-tailed Skuas plus good numbers of White-cheeked Terns and a lone Lesser Crested Tern. It may still be hot but it is worth a few hours of birding! Have a good week!