Happiness comes in little parcels….and generally at the end of a long day when you are ready to throw in the towel. It was a pretty quiet weekend bird-wise and I had this long list of great birds I was sure we were going to find. Friday I didn’t get the camera out of it’s case though it was perfectly pleasant with some Steppe Eagles coming over, Cranes in small groups, a nice variety of regular migrants in the nets and a pair of Black-necked Grebes on lake Anita. This mornings ringing was pretty ordinary with Reed Warblers being the only willing occupants. But there was a very interesting Stonechat of an eastern variety, some nice features for Stejneger and others more Maura…only the DNA will tell. Afterwards I set off with Jani to find the missing birds. KM19 was packed with regular winterers and looks promising, Km 20 was regulars only except for some Cranes pretending to be Flamingos. The Yotvata north field had a nice range of Wheatears, Red-throated Pipits, Short-toed Larks etc and looks good for the near future. Then it was up to Ovda to look for the Thick-billed Larks found the day before by Itai. We wandered around a lot, plenty of birds but no Thick-bills….Jani went chasing a Wild Asian Ass and I went to get the car we left km’s back. When I picked him up I intended to head for home but thought maybe we’ll check the last bit of road at a slow cruise. We stopped for about the 50th time by an Isabelline Wheatear but this one one had a bright red head!!?? We looked at each other and then back at the bird….and it still had a red head and also a rusty rump…. . Moesta??!! We jumped out to get some tail photos, walking up and down for half an hour with Jani cursing his camera but he got the job done. This is the first Red-rumped Wheatear seen here since 1989! when they bred in the Negev…5th record for Israel. Now that is a bird you can be very happy with….and still we couldn’t resist a quick look at Naot Smadar junction for yellow-browed warblers….Have a great week, just like me!