We’ve had a really nice weekend with a really good wave of migrants, the park was swamped, the pools packed and the fields filling up. The variety is also growing daily with more than 70 species counted in the park this morning and well over a hundred in the area. While during the week ringing numbers were quite low, Friday morning brought loads of passerines including huge numbers of shrikes, lots of Willow Warblers, Whitethroats
etc Sedge Warblers, Savi’s Warblers, Wrynecks, the first Thrush Nightingale, a Northern Wheatear ringed and the first Black-eared Wheatear plus a bonus couple of Common Rosefinch. Also around were a young Egyptian Vulture, some Collared Pratincoles, Citrine Wagtails, the first Tree Pipit, Red-rumped Swallows, Little Crakes….never a dull moment! Km20 has seen record numbers of Flamingo pouring in, 1940 counted midweek with over 1000 of them juveniles. Large numbers of waders continue to fill the ponds as are growing numbers of Garganey, Shovellers, Pintails, Glossy Ibis, Grey and Purple Herons, White-winged Terns, Yellow Wagtails and Sand Martins. I didn’t have time to go anywhere else but I’m sure it’s just getting better throughout the Arava- come join us, you won’t regret it!