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Mitzpe Ramon, 17/OCT/05
Avner Cohen

On the 17th of October, I traveled down to Mitzpe-Ramon in the Negev. The sewage belonging to one of the army bases in the area has long been a known stop-over for the many migrants along that route.
Being a small wooded area in the middle of the desert makes it easier to locate the birds.

I arrived at dawn on a search for Red-breasted Flycatchers. The place was teeming with birds - White and Yellow Wagtails, Willow Warblers, Bonelli's Warblers, Red-backed Shrikes and Redstarts from both the phoenicurus and samamisicus sub-species. Yoav Perlman and Gal Abdu were also birding in the area, and soon enough, a single Red-breasted Flycatcher was located.

I enjoyed good views of the bird, and while waiting for it to settle down so that I could take some pictures, Yoav called and pointed on very tame Oriental Skylark, perching on a small bush .
Little Owl Oriental Skylark Oriental Skylark Oriental Skylark Mourning Wheatear Blackstart Arabian Babbler

Spur-winged Lapwing
(Vanellus spinosus) Ma'agan Michael, Apr.06

(Alcedo atthis) Ma'agan Michael, Aug.04

White-crowned Wheatear
(Oenanthe leucopyga) Mitzpe Ramon, Nov.05
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