One of the great things about the autumn migration is that the weather just gets better all the time and the variety of birds passing through gets larger nearly until the end. But this weeks’ star bird was a non-migrant who arrived in Eilat for the first time. Clamourous Reed Warblers inhabit many reedy reservoirs between the Hula to just south of the Dead Sea. Occassionally some of us think we hear them but we’d seen or caught one. On Friday that changed when a very mottly young bird arrived in the nets. Francis Argyle, our visting ringer, has ringed thousands of them in the north and would have tossed it out (like he did with Israel’s first Grasshopper Warbler!) but I was close and we all celebrated the small moment with a few photos. With the Succot holiday we got quite a bit of ringing in, not too many birds but a nice variety. The first Red-Breasted Flycatcher arrived, a Scops Owl and Eurasian Nightjar were popular, plenty of Redstarts, Shrikes, the first few Bluethroats, flocks of Spanish Sparrows, Willow Warblers and dwindling numbers of Reed Warblers. While the rest of the country is having a raptor festival we made do with a short visit from a few Lesser Spotted Eagles, Steppe Eagles, daily visits from Pallid Harriers, the odd Short-toed and Booted Eagles etc, one or two Red-footed Falcons, Peregrine Falcons and the last rounds of the Sooty Falcons before they head south. Yotvata has been busy with groups of Collared Pratincoles and a couple of Black-winged Pratincoles, the first Red-throated Pipits, Oriental Skylarks, Desert and Black-eared Wheatears, a Spotted Crake and a friendly Roller. Elsewhere quite an extraordinary record of a very late Upchers Warbler at Evrona found by Itai Shani, an Egyptian Nightjar found by Rei Segali and a Nubian Nightjar found by Yaniv Basher. Lots of fun and it’s not over yet! Have a great Succot!