I spent a few hours at Mutla'a just after sunrise and it was a pleasant morning out, but not too many migrants to be seen. This is partly due to the loss of some habitat to make way for date palms, but it is still a good site due to its location at the top of the ridge.
I had a quick drive around the farm, finding Sand Martin's foraging in the sky over the house
|Sand Martin (Riparia riparia)|
I then parked and worked an area where there was some ground water and quite a lot of activity in the surrounding habitat and this proved fruitful. A Common Rosefinch was the bird of the morning.
|Common Rosefinch (Carpodacus erythrinus)|
However the supporting cast of passerines kept the interest going - Barred Warbler at this time of year can be quite tricky
|Barred Warbler (Sylvia nisoria)|
Both Common Whitethroat
|Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis)|
and Lesser Whitethroat were present
|Central Asian Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia c. halimodendri)|
A couple of Eastern Olivaceous Warbler were attracted by the water
|Eastern Olivaceous Warbler (Iduna pallida)|
As was this Indian Reed Warbler.
|Indian Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus s. brunnescens)|
As the temperature rose, so the activity slowed down and around 10am called it a morning.