It was an unseasonably slow week in Eilat this week. Passerine numbers dropped steadily all week and the late migrants like Garden Warblers, Golden Orioles and Barred Warblers were conspicious by their absence. The raptor situation was no better with only small numbers of Honey Buzzards and Levant Sparrowhawks arriving. The weather was getting hotter and interest was waning with only KM 20 providing a few new birds with Curlew Sandpipers, Black-winged Pratincoles, Broad-billed Sandpipers etc. On Friday a Caspian Plover was reported there so after a short ringing session and in 40C heat, I dragged my 6yo daughter for a quick look around the pools to find the plover. She was not pleased….so we turned to speed mode in our search. I’d only gone a few metres when I see a very odd looking Godwit. So I snapped a few photos and I’ll look at later….then a Richard’s Pipit flew over the car, some Larks landed beside, Black-winged Pratincole came over, quite a few Broad-billed Sandpipers….there was only one thing to do. I headed home to drop off my daughter then headed back for a better look. The Finnish group that arrived as I left had by then found the Long-billed Dowitcher, only the second record for Israel….not a bad pick-me-up after a slow week! North Beach also produced a very early Bridled Tern, perhaps a sign for Red Sea vagrants arriving shortly?? Whatever happens it’s going to be hot with many, many birds and I’m guessing a few more megas are waiting to arrive. Don’t miss it!