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Jordan Day 10 Aqaba Bird Observatory

11th March 2023

The long staying Masked Shrike was still at the west end allotments of Aqaba and a few minutes later, just down road on the east end, was this corking male was new in

This morning at the obs started off very quiet with almost a clear out. Swifts and hirundines were well down in numbers with 700 and 500 respectively. The majority of the latter were Red-rumped Swallow with 300 birds followed by Swallow. A flock of 24 Green Sandpiper flew out NW when I arrived but waders were absent except the odd shank, stint and sandpiper. From 200 two days ago to only 50 white wagtail. associated with the wagtails were 2 Citrine, 5 Black-headed and a single Blue-headed Wagtail and 3 Water and a single Red-throated Pipit. As it was almost dead on the basins, I went and had a sleep in the shade near to the obs. Two hours had passed and i woke up to the sound of Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler in the acacias. Altogether in the area there were 4 Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler, 25 Chiffchaff, 10 Lesser Whitethroat and a single Bluethroat.

Black-headed Wagtail

Blue-headed Wagtail

Water Pipit

I returned to the basin, not really thinkin nothings changed and 5 Marsh Sandpiper dropped in from the south. In the couple hours that I had been away, species that were new in included, 2 Wood Sandpiper, 9 Little stint, 9 Ruff, 8 Redshank, 5 Little-ringed Plover and a single Black-winged Stilt. Non of these waders were here earlier. well I don’t think so anyways. At 14.00, I was ready to leave when I finally got a patch tick in the form of a Booted Eagle. Otherwise, raptors were also in short supply compared to the last few days. 2 Marsh Harrier, 15 Steppe Buzzard, 3 Steppe Eagle, 2 Sparrowhawk and one of the Oriental Honey Buzzard.

A patch tick was this Booted Eagle

A few Vagrant Emperor knocking around

Late afternoon, I arrived at the allotments to find that everything had cleared out except for the odd Eestern Boneill’s Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat and Whitethroat. However, the Masked Shrike was back in the west allotments and when I reached the east side, there was a this crackin male Masked Shrike. Also in the same area was a different Eastern Redstart and Red-throated Pipit from yesterday.

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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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