I was on a mission to look for butterflies in the early morning, so was at the Ranch just after sunrise when butterflies are a little less active in the cooler temperatures.
I initially avoided the Alfalfa fields and searched in other habitat types, but eventually only found butterflies associating with the Syrian Mesquite shrubs.
Here I found a single Asian Grass Blue, which seemed unusual as they are most commonly found in the Alfalfa fields
|Asian Grass Blue (Zizeeria karsandra karsandra)|
I was pleased to see that a few Lederer's Cupid were still present
|Lederer's Cupid (Chilades galba)|
as was a single worn Mediterranean Pierrot
|Mediterranean Pierrot (Tarucus rosaceus)|
Other invertebrates included another Wasp sp
and a Dragonfly sp, whose ID's I still need to confirm
Whilst walking the farm, I disturbed a Little Crake in some thick habitat and that was a surprise. But, on migration you need to be prepared to find migrants in unusual places
|Little Crake (Porzana parva)|
I had a look at the Alfalfa fields, finding a Moth sp for which I have no literature to ID the species
I headed down the ridge to Jahra Pools where I also caught up with Neil. I found a distant Black-winged Kite roosting on the boundary fence. It is no longer considered for a rarity report, but still a good bird to find.
|Distant Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus vociferus)|
The first Isabelline Wheatears of this autumn had arrived
|Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina)|
Along the coast, Caspian Terns were patrolling the shoreline
|Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)|
And a few 1st year Collared Pratincole's were roosting amongst the mixed shorebirds.
|1st year Collared Pratincole (Glareola pratincola)|
The number of Broad-billed Sandpipers had diminished, but also good to see a few Lesser Sand Plovers in breeding plumage
|Lesser Sand Plover (Charadrius atrifrons) and Broad-billed Sandpiper (Limicola falcinellus)|
Kentish Plover were quite numerous
|Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus)|
Around the pools both White-winged and Whiskered Terns were seen
|Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida)|
As well as a few more Lesser Emperor's
|Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope)|
Again, the rising summer temperature kept the birding outing capped to mid-morning before it was time to retreat to a cooler place.