Sunday, July 19, 2009

Olives and Eucalyptus

A view from the slopes of windsurfer hill north-eastish towards the small grove of olives and almonds. Dry stone walls divide the lower area into sections and a watercourse that flows only at times of heavy rains traverses the area from the south (right to left) between the grove and the hill and empties towards the cistern area via the eucalyptus grove.

Below: Various eucalyptus berries at different stages of development, all pics taken today from trees at look-out corner (above) and near the sapling field. (below)

Gazelle: Mother and young grazing near north valley watercourse out in the open. Small young.
Feral dogs: some barks heard.
Bee-eaters: Plenty calls heard of flock somewhere north gazelle field, several birds glimpsed
Hobbies: calls from woods somewhere north of central trail as it was getting dark

Collared doves, Eurasian Jays: some calls, activity
Graceful warblers: Quite vocal by valley road and look out corner area
Great tits: Some calls heard. Greenfinches: twitters and chaws around look out corner
Jackdaws: Flock of at least 100 returning from hill forage towards Pisgat Zeev at about sunset
Hooded crows, House sparrows: Laughing doves:
Stone curlews: some calls in the fields
Sunbirds: calls in the garden since before dawn.
Syrian woodpeckers: some calls in the pines
White spectacled Bulbuls:calls in the garden from about 5.15 a.m.

Weather: 17.5-30 degrees C. (63.5- 86 degrees F) Time of walk: ~6.45 p.m. 27 degrees C (80.6 degrees F),
humidity: ~50%, wind: WSW/W/NW ~5-9 knots

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