Saturday, August 23, 2008

Interesting observations

Saturday late afternoon: 20-28 degrees C today, winds westerly 10-16 kt.

Three dark falcons over windsurfer hill, quite high, up and down. Hobbies most probably. One of them dive bombed a hooded crow! We don't remember seeing this behaviour from falcons before. We saw at least two separate attacks, not sure if by same individual. Presence of three birds does indicate successful breeding season, if one is young from this year.

Heard ring necked parakeet from inside some time early afternoon. At about 6.30 p.m. three parakeets flying together over the neighbourhood, calling. A little later one flew very fast towards Pisgat Zeev.

great tit calls from pines. Plenty calls & sightings of Eurasian jays, calls of Syrian woodpeckers, hoopoe, by trail, sunbird in the garden, squeak alarm call, heard in eucalyptus along dry stream trail too lately, graceful warbler heard. Collared doves, feral pigeons, laughing doves all in expected places, house sparrows in garden but still relatively few compared to earlier in the season

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