Thursday I went on my monitoring and had great time with many birds. Most interesting were the many Sylvia Warblers that are here in full already. Most wonderful are the Ruppelle's & Cyprus Warblers which are all around, singing their heart out and the first Eastern Orphean and Lesser Whitethroats are also seen regularly as well as Balkan Warblers and the first Cretzschmar's Buntings and Sedge Warblers.
Big groups of Short-toed Larks mixed with few Lesser Short-toed are seen around Yotveta and among them also few Bimaculated Larks but all keeping distance and allow only a bad record shot so far. Yesterday after noon I was joined by Shachar with his supper lens and managed to add also a Temminck's Lark in this party and also few hundreds of White & (Black-headed) Yellow Wagtails and a single Citrine as well.
|Greater Short-toed Lark|
|Bimaculated Lark flying away|
|(Black-headed) Yellow Wagtail|
Over all it seems that there is also a good movement of Vagrant Emperor but we should still see if this is going to grow into a real wave...
Spanish Imperial Eagle, Black Wheatear, Red-legged Partridge and many more Iberian peninsula specials are great, but there is nothing like getting back to your local patch and enjoy a real migration period.
|Spanish Imperial Eagle|