Weekly English Update: It was a very dull week in the hot south with very few new birds around. So this morning I headed out to Ovda to visit some of the desert birds I haven’t seen in a while. The spring rains have left Ovda with plenty of green patches and lots to eat for the local birds. At 6am it was a wonderful 24C with a pleasant breeze. Small groups of Spotted Sandgrouse were moving around and a lone group of Crowned Sandgrouse landed nearby. Sand Partridge were everywhere and there were good numbers of White-crowned Wheatears, Mourning Wheatears but just a couple of Hooded Wheatears. Only small numbers of Trumpeter Finch and Scrub Warblers but Desert Larks are absolutely everywhere! It was a pretty fun morning! On the way back I passed through Yotvata – half the North Field is very green, loads of Namaqua Doves and will get plenty of migrants when they arrive. The south field is still dry but still has possibilities and the sewage ponds were sporting 5 White Storks, 5 Little Ringed Plovers and 5 Little Grebes plus the first Little Stints to return…..it will get interesting shortly. At the park a Sooty Falcon finally put in an appearence but the rails were staying deep in the reeds. KM20 was very quiet as was North Beach, just a couple of Pomerine and Arctic Skuas heading north and 3 Bridled Terns this evening. Not sure next week will be better but I hope so!