Another long weekend has passed with lots of birding, quality birds and great weather. It’s that wonderful time of year where we have migration and desert birds arriving plus the perfect weather to enjoy both. While we had some late birds like the Barred Warbler and the Broad-billed Sandpiper, we also had some wintering birds arriving and a steady flow of migrants. At the park we had another very smart Daurian Shrike, a Common Rosefinch, growing numbers of Bluethroats, a couple of Eurasian Nightjars and a good variety warblers, shrikes and locals. Yotvata was fairly empty after the north field was ploughed but hopefully it will return to action with some watering. In comparison Ovda is wonderful, bouncing with birds the whole length of the valley. A nice group of Temminck’s Horned Larks has arrived, Bar-tailed Larks, Hoopoe Larks wandering the open areas, Cream-coloured Coursers, Crowned and Spotted Sandgrouse, 6 species of Wheatears, Shrikes, Pipits and huge numbers of beatles that will keep many birds happy. The ponds are full and the puddle near the park gate is racking up a very respectable species list, well worth checking in the late evening. Quite a lot of birders have been enjoying the great season here, maybe it’s time to join them!