I know there is probably a downside of rubbish tips too but am not going to argue the pros and cons of land and water pollution here. I will only report on the bird life!
Last Saturday afternoon I visited a small tip near Gamines Sebkhet (saltmarsh). This was a short stop towards dusk on a diverted way back to Benghazi having visited Wadi Al Bab.
The tip had some surface water so it had all the ingredients for some decent birding.
Little Owl , Gamines tip
My prize sighting was a little owl. I used to see them regularly in Tripolitania and I knew that the guide books say they are in Cyrenaica but this was my first sighting since coming here in May. I often see them on the corners of buildings so seeing one on a rock in a tip took me by surprise.
hoopoe, Gamines tip
Hoopoe are a more normal observation for me around tips. I wonder if anyone else in other countries has noticed they like this habitat? Sure enough there were obviously a few at Gamines.
Sardinian warbler, Gamines tip
In the way of some Libyan tips the land is not cleared and bushes often pop up in places. This one housed a Sardinian warbler. This bird is more common in Libya in winter than in summer. I suspect this isn't a breeding site.
cattle egret, gamines tip
As I wrote at the beginning cattle egret are very happy with this habitat and I saw four here.
Spanish sparrow roam during the winter months. I haven't seen many in the northern part of Cyrenaica until the past two or three weeks. The bushes here held a flock.
Finally once again I found white wagtail in numbers. Is there any habitat in Libya in winter other than pure desert they don't like?