As it was the weekend, I could take more time at the farm, although the temperature does ratchet up far quicker now by mid-morning. Nevertheless, when you have both Blue-cheeked and European Bee-eaters on arrival, it is already a good morning.
|Blue-cheeked Bee-eater (Merops persicus)|
|European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)|
In the palm plantation, a White-throated Robin was still present
|White-throated Robin (Irania gutturalis)|
Along the boundary fence, both male and female Common Redstart's as were seen yesterday
|Male Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus)|
|Female Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus)|
And a few more Spotted Flycatcher's seemed to have arrived overnight
|Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)|
My first Lesser Grey Shrike was seen sitting high on an overhead line
|Lesser Grey Shrike (Lanius minor)|
On the way to the marsh, I stopped in field that had 7 Whinchat's - all male, quite amazing!
|Male Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra)|
And quite a number of Willow Warblers feeding in the adjacent field which had recently been cut which makes the heat haze is really visible..
|Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus)|
I stopped at a small pool created by the pivot irrigation and enjoyed Red-throated Pipit coming for a bath
|Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus)|
And then spent quite some time with this Wood Sandpiper catching crickets in a shallow pool. In the time I was there, I saw it catch, soften and eat 5 of these crickets. It seemed to take some effort to swallow as you can see how it distends its neck in one of the images..
|Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)|
In the field adjacent to the small pool, a single Western Cattle Egret foraged directly under the sprinklers
|Western Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)|
Down at the marsh, the Red-wattled Lapwing saw me arrive and made itself heard
|Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus)|
Whilst a Black-tailed Godwit flushed from somewhere in the marsh as I got out my car - always a good sighting
|European Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa l. limosa)|