Saturday, November 15, 2008

Saturday brief report

Gazelles: 1 adult male spotted behind (east of) the pistaccio orchard, making its way south towards the east field/cypress copse

Bird of the day was what sounded like a white breasted (Smyrna) kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis calling loudly in the middle of the woods not long after sunset, by the watercourse not far south of central trail, though we didn't get a glimpse of it.

House sparrows:around houses as usual
Hooded crows: passing over, also quite a few around hoodie hill
Jackdaws: flock of something over 100 birds flying from our neighbourhood (from west) towards hoodie hill ~4.30 pm
Eurasian Jays: some calls in the pine woods
Feral pigeons: about tops of buildings as usual.
Blackbirds: song ~ 5 p.m in the pine woods

Sunbirds: 1.15 p.m. full song and visible in the Bauhinia outside my window on friday. We waited on saturday for him to show up, see if he'd do it again on schedule. He didn't but five minutes later we heard one not far off doing his squeaky toy alarm call.
Graceful warblers:some strident calls
Syrian woodpeckers: some calls
white spectacled Bulbuls: various calls by the neighbourhood and also in the pistaccio orchard
Great tits:seen by the road

fox glimpsed at about 10.30 p.m .crossing valley road and heading into the pines. eyes looked back, reflected orange of nearest lights, must have been foraging on the bank, not far from the lowest buildings.

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