I have had a poor record for the first 5-months of this year and haven't been able to get out very often. Spring had sprung and most of the migrants had passed through, but I managed to get out for a morning at the tail end of spring, so to speak.
I woke before my alarm went off and was soon heading north up the 80 and then west onto Iron Horse Road to Liyah Reserve and was at the southern gate just after sunrise.
The southern part of the reserve has a ring road with trees around an old quarry with deserted buildings. I chose the loop around the ring road to start, as it had the sun behind me. Thankfully there were still signs of migration and this was the last wave of migrants that were passing through.
The majority of species seen were Red-backed Shrikes and the males looking particularly smart in their breeding plumage and in the soft early morning light.
|Male Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio)|
|Female Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio)|
|Lesser Grey Shrike (Lanius minor)|
|European Roller (Coracias garrulus)|
|Marsh Warbler (Acrocephalus palustris)|
and surprisingly an Upcher's Warbler was also seen..
|Upcher's Warbler (Hippolais languida)|
|Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)|
|Juvenile Greater Hoopoe-Lark (Alaemon alaudipes)|
|Eurasian Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)|
|Desert White (Pontia glauconome)|
|Male Ortolan Bunting (Emberiza hortulana)|
There were quite a few Willow Warbler, this one appears to have pretty dark legs, but quite yellow feet, which is not unusual for birds of this species from Asia (thanks to Peter Kennerley)
|Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus)|
Nevertheless, some migrants and residents were still to be seen. The Ferruginous Ducks have had another fantastic breeding season
|Juvenile Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca) - the pride of JPR!|
|Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)|
|Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea)|
and a couple of Ruff
|Ruff (Philomachus pugnax)|
|European Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa l. limosa)|
and a Glossy Ibis, which in the right light, is actually quite impressive
|Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)|
|Female Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra)|