After having some problems to find decent accomodation from Ma'agan Micha'el area we finally got a nice room from a beach hotel (can't remember the name) some 20km North from the gull-pools. Unfortunately Saturday morning was almost stormy and the wind direction was still in the East... so we changed our sea-watching plans and drove to Tel-Aviv instead.
Helteistä puistoa risteiltiin ympäriinsä reilut kolme tuntia. Kotsurintamalla pelkkiä mainoja (n.150)... Gomia hylsyhän siitä siis kehkeytyi.
Our target was a Vinous-breasted Starling in Park HaYarkon, Northern Tel-Aviv. It was supposed to be a piece of cake... Problems started immediately when we arrived - nobody knew how the bird was supposed to look like :D Needles to say we are not too serious with category C stuff.
We spent some three hours walking around the huge park. Long-legged Buzzards were circling in the sky and kept us entertained for a while as did surprisingly tame Hoopoes.
Egyptian Geese were in every pool. Cat E in Israel at least by Finnish rules
Vasta Suomessa valkeni, ettei puistokeikka ollut pinnaton; 41 munkkiarattia olikin yllättäin pinnakelpoinen havis! Hansuista ei sen sijaan ollut listan kasvattajiksi, eikä liioin määrittämättä jääneistä kotsun kokoisista kaijoista.
This dark individual left us confused - a Egyptian Goose variant or some more exotic species?
So we didn't find the Starlings, only some 200 Common Mynas. Monk Parakeet was very common and we saw also four smaller Parrots. Just when we had landed in Helsinki airport i heard that Monk Parakeet was tickable species - a lifer - hooray! ;)
Viikon visiitin saldoksi kehkeytyi varsin mukavat 90630 yksilöä 178:sta lajista. Kiitokset Jändelle järjestelyistä, Timolle ja Fränälle retkiseurasta!