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Jordan Day 4 Aqaba Bird Observatory

5th March 2023

One of the 4 Oriental Honey Buzzard that I observed today at the sewage ponds

Just after 08.00, I was looking from the north over the sewage ponds and was keen to get to the large Eucalypti’s Trees on the east side to see how many Oriental Honey Buzzard were roosting. As I approached the trees, two dark phase birds flew off, shortly followed by the pale phase and it wasn’t long until I got onto the forth individual, also a dark phase. Ideal! It appeared empty with no birds in sight as I started my usual walk around the ponds. A scan to west and the swifts were already in. From the north to the south, counting in tens. 7-800 Pallid Swift and up to 50 Swift, 100 Sand and 5 House Martin and 40 Swallow. The wagtails were busy flycatching and there were at least 300 White Wagtail, 6 Black-headed Wagtail, 2 Meadow and Water Pipit. Throughout the morning, one of Oriental Honey Buzzard would show itself and distantly in the west, I got onto the Great Spotted Eagle.

There’s at least 4 Oriental Honey Buzzard roosting on the east side in the large Eucalypti’s Trees

New in were 2 Meadow Pipit

But from 4 yesterday to only 2 Water Pipit today

As expected the Black-headed Wagtail had increased to 6

And there were now 0ver 300 White Wagtail

After over an hours rest from the sun at the obs, I covered some of the scrub nearby and immediately got onto a singing Eastern Oblivious Warbler. Some 60 Chiffchaff were feeding mainly on the deck where there was also a single Bluethroat. It was still slightly unconfutable when I returned to the ponds but was well worth it when I was rewarded with some crippling flight views of an Osprey that arrived from the south to have a bath. No sign of the Marsh Harrier alday but the Long-legged Buzzard put in an Appearances. I decided to leave earlier and as I was leaving, there were a Siberian Stonechat, I kicked a Hoopoe, a high flying Kestrel moved through SE followed by 2 Armeinian and a single Baltic Gull arrived in from the south.

I was thinking when am I goin to see an Osprey after them in good numbers when I was in Egypt, three year ago at the beginning of March


This Baltic Gull was only my second after an adult in Egypt three year ago

Arabian Green Bee-eater

I went to the city and while getting my delicious fresh from the oven, potato bread, I went to see if the Masked Shrike was still present and it was two days after I discovered it. Also in the same area were 2 Red-throated Pipit and another Hoopoe.

The earlier arriving Masked Shrike from two days ago, was still present just off the main high street

Where there was also 2 Red-throated Pipit

And this very obliging Hoopoe

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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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