Day 45 22.03.2018
My first of two days off in quick succession was spent with Dan touring a few sites to hopefully rack up a few of the species that she had not seen yet. Sadly we did not have much luck, Seifim Plain was almost deserted of birds, with the exception of two Scrub Warblers and a Mourning Wheatear. After that we headed to K20 where we got awesome views of a number of different waders, mainly common species but also a nice Greater Sand Plover. The Lesser Flamingo was still present, although not doing anything exciting.
As it then turned out the volunteers we’re trying for some night birds up north with the champions of the flyway groups. This was something I had wanted to do for a while so was pretty keen, although less so when I heard that none of the birds had been seen the previous night. However, we were in luck as our first stop for Nubian Nightjar came up trumps when we had a very nice individual hovering right above us, clear as day in the light of numerous torches. A Barn Owl was present in the same spot but we did not linger in order to prevent disturbance to the birds. Our other stop was for Desert Tawny Owl which was in one of the Wadis near the Dead Sea. Here we also struck gold. The bird responded to the tape numerous times before we spotted it on a cliff edge some distance away. It sat in the torchlight for a very short time before flying off into the darkness. A very pleasant evenings birding ,to say the least.
Seifim Plain: Scrub Warbler, Mourning Wheatear, Desert Lark, Short-toed Lark,
K20: Little Stint, Red-necked Phalarope, Dunlin, Greater Sand Plover, Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Spur-winged Plover, Black-winged Stilt, Redshank, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper, Slender-billed Gull, Black-headed Gull, Greater Flamingo, Lesser Flamingo, Grey Heron, Shoveler, Shelduck, Ruff, Short-toed Lark, Crested Lark, Laughing Dove, Collard Dove, Spectacled Bulbul, Blue-headed Wagtail, Black-headed Wagtail, White Wagtail,
Dead Sea Area: Long-legged Buzzard, Barn Owl, Desert Tawny Owl, Nubian Nightjar,