I visited Irkaya Farm the other day. It was fairly quiet which was a bit of a disappointment. The highlight was my first sighting of a Tawny Pipit this Autumn. There were several vehicles driving around inside down in one of the Wadi areas,. When I approached they sped off and made their exit at a place where the boundary fence had been pushed flat. As they doubled back and drove past me on the outside of the fence I could see that they had Falcons with them in their vehicles. Obviously they were out hunting. Not a good sign as I have heard that there are plans afoot to turn the farm into a Nature Reserve.
There is evidence that the Common Moorhens are breeding on one of the overnight storage dams
Another wave of Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters was present. Here one perches on the support wire of the centre pivot irrigation unit, using it as a mobile look-out point
A lovely sharp image of a Crested Lark against a OOF background.
One of the numerous Arabian Grey Shrikes that are present. The Turkestan and Daurian Shrikes from my last visit were not to be seen.
Other species included: Greater Short-toed Lark, Western Marsh Harrier, Lilith Owl, Corn Bunting, Barn Swallow, White Wagtail, Red Wattled Lapwing, Common Kestrel, Grey Heron, Common Sandpiper, Eurasian Hoopoe, Isabelline Wheatear, Kentish Plover, Namaqua Dove and the rest.