03 June 2020

Lockdown - Day 44

Week 17; 24 April 2020 - Pivot Fields

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)

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