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Jordan Day 11 Aqaba Bird Observatory

12th March 2023

This Peregrine Falcon, paused briefly flying north, as it had it’s eyes on the Garganey that turned up this morning

In the first hour of birding the basins, there were 4 patch ticks. On the far east pond, 6 Garganey were new in and it was while observing them that at the far west basin, I could see a Caspian Tern. By the time I rushed down to where the tern was, it was flying out south. Instead I had to make do with the White-winged Black Tern that’s been around for a few days now. The third site record, would you believe, were 2 Moorhen! From the south, 4 Garganey arrived and settled down with the 6 birds already present. Then all hell broke loose! I heard the alarm from a House Crow behind me and turned around to see a large falcon hot on it’s tail. They were both distant but I changed from my bins to my camera as the Peregrine Falcon started flying in my direction. Suddenly it turned and stooped towards the east pond at great speed and put the ducks up very briefly before they all returned back on the water. The falcon flew off north and was the forth and last patch tick of the day. Otherwise, everything had more or less cleared out with less numbers of Swift, 300, hirundines, 400 and White Wagtail numbered 40. Waders were also way down. 3 Ruff, 2 Little-ringed Plover, 3 Redshank, 1 Marsh and 1 Common Sandpiper, still 9 Little Stint and now 2 Greenshank.

4 of the 10 Garganey escaping from the Lanner Falcon

Record shot of the Caspian Tern flying out south

Peregrine Falcon with Garganey on the menu but left north after being unsuccessful

There were only 4 Black-headed Wagtail

And 40 White Wagtail

Later morning, I had a look around the obs building where there were at least 12 Spanish Sparrow. Nearby there were 7 Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler, 10 Lesser Whitethroat, 25 Chiffchaff and a single Bluethroat and after a Marsh Harrier moved out north, I left earlier than usual as my belly was rumberling.

Out of the 7 Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler, this was the only shot that I got of one of them as the others choose to feed high up in the canopy

Next to the obs building are a handful of Spanish Sparrow

I ended the day for an hour at the seafront allotments and like the obs, a lot of species from yesterday, had moved on and it appeared nothin new had arrived. 4 Red-throated Pipit, 2 Whitethroat, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 3 Hoopoe and a single Barred Warbler. The latter species could easily be the bird from two days ago. No sign of the male Masked Shrike at the east end but the long staying individual was still showing off at the west end.

There were up to 4 Red-throated Pipit

The long staying Masked Shrike was still present showing at very close range at the west end seafront allotments

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For years, Tory activists have been taking over influential positions within the BBC and this has led to incredibly biased political news reporting. But the rot seemed to be contained within the news team for many years. An important but small part of the overall corporation. But the rot seems to have spread, affecting two different departments within the space of 48 hours last week.

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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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