This image of a Whitethroat was taken a while ago, but there has been some discussion as to its identity. I am only posting it now that it has been verified as a Desert Whitethroat. Neil Morris had found the bird in some thorn trees and called me in to have a look. Together we managed to relocate it and capture some images of this rarity. Here is my best effort. This obviously is a lifer for me. Thanks to Neil for the great spot.
Today a few migrants were on offer .
A Tawny Pipit. I found this bird walking around on the ground picking off insects, which is what one would expect. It then hopped up onto this bush, which apparently is not typical behaviour for this species.
This Eurasian Hoopoe was also busy walking around digging for larvae with its beak. Unfortunately it was a bit overcast so its colours are not being shown off at their best.
This female Common Redstart was chased off by a shrike but she was not to be intimidated and returned to the same spot a few minutes later.
Followed by a couple of usual suspects.
I found this rather tatty looking female Pallid Harrier resting up in the middle of this thorn tree.
And this Isabelline Wheatear quietly going about its business.