Yesterday i joined Yosef Kiat for ringing yellow wagtails at the alfalfa fields in Zora'a valley. We didnt catch too many, though nice migrant birds around. The best ones were a couple of common Cuckoos and some Red footed falcons flying above the field.
Autumn is at its best around Beit Shean Valley. The fishponds are loaded with lots of waders, the fields have many migrating song birds such as yellow wagtails, cretzschmar's Buntings, willow warblers and more.The border fence with Jorden has 3 species of bee-eaters: little green, blue cheeked and European Bee eaters and also some desert finches. Above are the raptors: Honey Buzzards, Black kites, Herrier species and more.
It's an amazing time to spend some time in the Beit-Shean Valley and do some quality birding.
Some pictures taken by Avner Rinot while birding in the Valley:
Two days ago i joined Yosef Kiat, Rafi and ron for a morning ringing in Ein Salvadora. This is an amazing place in Judean desert with a small spring just under a big Salvadora which acts as an Oasis for many birds and animals in the area. There were the usuall desert birds such as : sinai rosefinch, striolated bunting, desert lark, scrub warbler etc., though not too many went dowm to the spring to drink. At the end of the morning we succeeded to catch some of them.
An amazing day was in the migration survey which take place along Eastern Israel, mainly over the rift valley area. About 30,000! Honey Buzzards were seen in 1 day. Now its definitely the time to look up to the sky and look for all the raptor's flocks out there.