Les has told me that he has noticed a lot of hoopoe in the area having seen none in the summer. It seems that hoopoe is only a wintering bird in the Sirt area whereas in north western and north eastern Libya it is resident.
Libya is quite complicated because it also has passage hoopoe as well which travel through in the spring and autumn. At these times it can be seen almost anywhere in the country.
wintering hoopoe at Sirt by Les Edwards
Black redstart is a common wintering bird all across the northern coast and quite a way inland. Unlike at its summer habitats its not that fussy about its terrain either.
black redstart at Sirt by Les Edwards
Stonechat has a similar but slightly wider winter distribution than black redstart. Les has confirmed it winters in Sirt.
stonechat at Sirt by Les Edwards
Thanks again to Les for his contribution to this blog and once again I would like to ask anyone who has anything useful to say or show to input too!. The readership of the blog is continually growing thanks in no small part to these special contributions.