What a week!! It doesn’t get any better than this! Israel’s second ever Long Billed Dowitcher spent the week here and brought in birders from all over the country….but even this mega was upstaged by the annual Levant Sparrowhawk migration. Thursday morning I drove to work and dropped in at Yotvata. The trees were literally dripping with Levant Sparrowhawks, everywhere you looked groups of hawks were staring back at you…and it was the same all the way down the Arava. Thursday evening I got lucky again when I arrived at North Beach and a mega group of some 5500 Levant Sparrowhawks were kettling before gliding in towards the date palms. The next morning at the Eilat Bird Sanctuary the same birds were coming over in groups of 100s to 500s, non-stop for over 3 hours….it was quite incredible, just a magical constant flow of hawks interspersed with Honey Buzzards. It’s no wonder the passerines were nowhere to be seen except for an equal flow of swallows, martins and bee-eaters. And if that wasn’t enough the influx of birders turned up a stunning White-throated Robin at Yotvata who was very popular with the photographers. There was also a Terek Sandpiper at KM20, the first Rose-coloured Starlings, Black-winged Pratincoles, Red-necked Phalaropes, Broad-billed Sandpipers and then a stunning Caspian Plover male at KM20 this evening. I also had a nice moment Tuesday evening when two Long-tailed Skuas came low over the station providing two volunteers, Chen and Aylon there first look at this bird. Up in the mountains two Bateleur juveniles were reported, which would be top-20 sightings for Israel if accepted. Eleonoras Falcons were seen in two different sites and I had the first Olive-tree Warbler here this spring. North Beach has been good with both Pomerine and Arctic Skuas, a couple of Sooty Shearwaters, plenty of terns and also raptors late in the day. Passerine numbers have been low but waders are coming through in good numbers and the White-winged Terns will shortly arrive en masse as will the Honey Buzzards….barely 10 000 a day at the moment! It’s been a fantastic week and next week will be too…join me here for the fun!