You know the drill by now, a day off before means Low Mountain was once again my destination for the day. For the most part it was a fairly good day, once the raptors got moving late morning. I had around 3000 Steppe Buzzards, a good count for Low Mountain, with a few more birds mixed in; the usual Black Kite, Egyptian Vulture, Long-legged Buzzard etc. A double figure count of Booted Eagles was a surprise, especially given that they were all pale phase birds, with only one dark phase in the mix. Perhaps the highlight of the day was watching two male Sand Partridges have a fight, by thrusting their tails into each other’s faces so that they couldn’t be bitten.
Low Mountain: Booted Eagle, Steppe Eagle, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Egyptian Vulture, Long-legged Buzzard, Steppe Buzzard, Pallid Harrier, Marsh Harrier, Trumpeter Finch, Striolated Bunting, House Sparrow, Laughing Dove, Collard Dove, Spectacled Bulbul, Tristrams Starling,
Day 55 01.02.2018
High Mountain was once again the destination of choice, which meant hopefully an increase in the number of birds passing. It was a good day overall with just short of 20000 birds in total, including around 16000 Steppe Buzzards and an awesome 2500 Black Kites. Without doubt the highlight was a stunning Crested Honey Buzzard, the fourth I’ve found during my time here, which flew over low but into the sun. A stunning young Greater Spotted Eagle was also nice, as it was flying against the mountain below us revealing the beautiful plumage that gives the species its name. The variety of other species was much the same, although Hobby was a trip tick, when one flew low past us.
-Crested Honey Buzzard
High Mountain: Steppe Eagle, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Greater Spotted Eagle, Booted Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Pallid Harrier, Marsh Harrier, Steppe Buzzard, Long-legged Buzzard, Crested Honey Buzzard, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Hobby, Black Kite, Desert Lark, Hooded Wheatear,
Day 56 02.04.2018
After the late push the previous evening I was hopeful that today would be the day when tens of thousands of birds would stream past the mountains in the migration event that had been promised. Sadly it did not transpire as such despite an early start by the birds. We still managed a respectable 15000 birds, mostly buzzards, but with the usual nice variety. Today was particularly good for eagles. Of late the number of eagles had dropped off and double figures in a day were unusual. We managed 40 Steppe Eagles as well as Greater Spotted Eagle and Lesser Spotted Eagle, many of them straight overhead allowing us to really study the birds.
-Greater Spotted Eagle
High Mountain: Steppe Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Greater Spotted Eagle, Booted Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Pallid Harrier, Marsh Harrier, Steppe Buzzard, Long-legged Buzzard, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Black Kite, Desert Lark, Hooded Wheatear,