Well we have been back a week, spring is clearly trying to muscle winter out of the way although last night’s minus 12 suggests spring needs to work out more. Our return home was not without the final drama of the car not starting at the airport, flat battery, one last thing in a trip which had more problems that I can remember but alls well that ends well, we are not dead. One thing you do notice about being out of Egypt is the peace, no howling racket that is the call to prayers who knows how many times a day, I’d of thought if it was that important to pray you would hardly need reminding in such an aurally invasive way. I say the same about church bells too!

The garden feeders had been destroyed by Racoons I suspect, I put them back up and they were covered in Common Redpolls inside five minutes, another ten and the first Red-winged Blackbirds and Common Grackles arrived to feast, back to normal.

On the tab above you will see that I have posted the Egypt trip report, comments are welcome as always and I am always happy to offer any advice I can for travellers following our footsteps. I wandered through the Egypt photos again and pulled out a few more shots to share, see below.

I nipped out locally yesterday morning but there was not too much happening, the pits were very quiet but a Bald Eagle was nice to watch at St-Clet. The forecast is for the temps to rise, all plus from Tuesday and so the fields around St-Clet will thaw and there will be a tiny window of observation while ducks pass through.  Any local readers might want to review the anotated pits checklist, I’m sure that there are records for the site Idon’t know about and I would be happy to hear about them.

Green Bee-eater, a background noise to all Egyptian birding.

Speaking of background noise, you just know that this is Mr noisy, now called Spur-winged Lapwing.

Another view of the Green Bee-eater.

All action Pied Kingfisher.

Senegal knock-knee by the looks of it.

A better look at a Common Bulbul.

Almost a Red-spotted Bluethroat.

Forever known to us as Abdul the bulbul

Not a great show of a White-crowned Wheatear, blame the noisy Germans who flushed it be being immortalized properley.

Brown-necked Raven with a lovely piece of entrail.

Black Kite waiting, always waiting.


A taste of Egypt

We were in Egypt for a week based on the Nile at Crocodile Island Luxor, now known as King`s Island so as not to scare the tourists! We should have been in the middle of the spring migration rush north but there was little evidence of that the first couple of days. Below a few shots from day 1, more updates as I process the images.

Pied Kingfisher, common and very  entertaining.

Little Green Bee-eater, a fantastic little bird, quite abundant.

Purple Heron, half a dozen seen daily.

A male Nile Valley Sunbird, it lives up to its name.

Cattle Egret, the commonest small  heron.

Bluethroat of the white spotted form, unfortunately it has not read the script re wearing its blue throat.