Saturday, May 24, 2008

Tree Tobacco, the 'mystery tree'

If anyone can I.D. this tree (found by central east valley ruins) I'd really appreciate it. Links and scientific name or at least genus name would be even more useful. Thanks and good luck!

An internet contact by the name of Verbonica contacted me today with the desired information- Tree Tobacco, Nicotiana glauca.

Weekend round up:
As usual on fridays we're too busy to get out but we did hear the usual garden birds (house sparrows, white spectacled bulbuls, sunbirds, laughing doves and hooded crows from farther off, as well as a call of a passing ring necked parakeet.

On Saturday (Shabbat) We headed down to the valley toward the end of the afternoon.
Today's temp range: ~14.5-24.5 degrees C, just below 20 degrees on our walk and falling. Humidity just over 50%, winds W to NW, about 10 kt.

At least two gazelle grazing in north west of gazelle field, possibly more over there obscured by the trees. Rock hyrax quite active and many alarm barks heard.

Plenty greenfinches twittering in the pines by the bunker rubble. Yet again (at least third day) I heard a chaffinch like song from somewhere in the eucalyptus grove. After we returned home I played a recording to husband (who is unfamiliar with the song) and he agreed it did sound like the bird we heard. He theorized that it may be a one-off thing, that the bird was injured or otherwise unable to return north and stayed behind. Then, when spring came its natural instinct to sing kicked in. He may be correct, or it and perhaps others may have stayed willingly (and perhaps even attempted to breed) . No way to tell at present unless we can locate others.

Hoopoe seen foraging over near the western edge of the charred ground on gazelle field, (but within the damaged ground, it would be interesting to know if that hoopoe was succeeding. Their bills are very sensitive and it probably had reason to probe there)

Turtle doves, collared doves, syrian woodpeckers, bee-eaters, stone curlews, graceful warblers all heard and some glimpsed. Eurasian jays about as usual, as were feral pigeons.

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