He showed me the temporary entrance to Jarziz farm yesterday afternoon. This farm is much smaller than of old. Most of it is making way for a huge youth complex.
Nevertheless one very large pivot field remains and two fallow fields are adjacent to it.
The pivot field was in the process of being cut while we were there. Indeed white winged black tern and cattle egret were following the cutting machine round.
female chestnut-bellied sandgrouse
At the edge of the field was had close contact with several black-bellied sandgrouse.
black-bellied sandgrouse walking away
Near-by were both tawny pipit and Richard's pipit.
singing bush lark
There were also three types of wheatear: northern wheatear, desert wheatear and Isabelline wheatear.
second view of northern wheatear
Birds of prey were in evidence. At least six kestrel were present over the field. Two marsh harrier, one Montagu's harrier and one pallid harrier appeared at times.
This area added considerably to the diversity of the farm and will probably be a good place to see passage migrants.
Ruppell's weaver, graceful prinia, white spectacled bulbul and common myna were only seen here on the farm. There were also laughing dove and collared dove.
second view of Ruppell's weaver
Cattle egret were perched at the top of the holding tank.
On the banks of the tank were a squacco heron and a grey heron.
more cattle egret