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Egypt Maritim Jolie Golf Course Day 13

11th March 2020

I would of preferred a cracking male instead of this grotty Citrine Wagtail on the golf course

For the first time while I’ve been in the Sinai region, I didn’t see the sun. Instead it was overcast skies throughout and it was not until early afternoon that I made it to Peace Park Botanical Gardens. Almost all species of note were in singles including Wyneck, Black-headed Wagtail, Siberian and European Stonechat, Tawny and Red-throated Pipit, plus 2 Isabeline and 4 Northern Wheatear, 5 Lesser Whitethroat and Chiffchaff and 7 Bluethroat. There were a few Swallows moving through but after an hour I decided to leave.

Part of the botanical gardens

This Wryneck was the best I could in only getting a record shot

Black-headed Wagtail

Red-throated Pipit

Tawny Pipit

European Stonechat

Siberian Stonechat

There were up to 7 Bluethroat in the park

Also 5 lesser Whitethroat

I left the botanical gardens and drove two minute down road to the golf course. It wasn’t until I got to the SE end corner that it really came alive with birds after seeing 2 Isabeline and 2 Northern Wheatear and 17 Tawny Pipit on the way there. There must of been a flock of over 60 Black-headed Wagtail and a scan through them produced 2 Grey-headed, 2 Blue-headed, some hybrids? And a single Citrine wagtail. While trying to get a pic of the latter species, I could hear what I heard every day while I was in Gambia last month.. 4 Blue-cheeked Bee-eater flew low across the fairway from the NE and out SE. Half an hour later returning to the car, another 10 of the latter species in from SW high overhead in the dull sky and out NW.

A grotty looking Citrine wagtail was feeding with the 60 Black-headed Wagtail

There were 2 Grey-headed wagtail

Black-headed Wagtail

And what is this cracking wagtail?

There were up to 17 Tawny Pipit

I wasn’t expecting to see 4 Blue-cheeked Bee-eater moving through

Hoopoe are all over the shop, here and at the gardens

Author: Kris Webb 10

I love to throw sticks at trees! I also can’t get enough of music! I also blog about my observations on Scilly and wherever I go around the world and what’s sometimes on my mind. I’ve visited over 30 countries and some more times than once. I’ve worked and volunteered in Nepal, USA, Peru, Gambia, Costa Rica, 3x Australia, and refugee camps in Palestine The profile image is one I took while in Palestine of a brave Israeli holding high the Palestinian flag in front of the Israeli Offensive Forces during protests in Belin

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