|Whinchat Saxicola rubetra|
|Sanderling Calidris alba|
|Terek Sanderling Xenus cinereus|
As well as a good number of Little Egret there was a score or more of Grey Heron and also maybe a dozen or more Hooded Crows feeding on the beach. Out at sea we picked up a Great Crested Grebe and then started checking out the many Yellow-legged Gulls. Also nearby, on the sheltered inland pools were a number of Black-headed Gull with a handful of Mediterranean and a few Slender-billed Gulls.
|Immature Slender-billed Gull Larus genei|
|Curlew Numenius Arquata|
|Sparrowhawk Accipiter nicus|
|Distant Levant Sparrowhawk Accipiter brevipes|
|Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina|
Still the Black Kites and Sparrowhawk drifted past at relatively low level whilst we recorded another Isabelline Wheatear and a pair of Grey Wagtail on the track in front of the car. Near the shore a short pier held a number off resting gulls along with a few Cormorant. More Bee-eaters overhead and, we thought, a trio of Feral Pigeons to finish the visit to this, second, site and the day. But it was not to be. Jimshaw broke the journey south of Poti on the return drive to take a detour across the grass at the back of a beach close to some dense bushes. hardly had we raised and we had a Red-backed Shrike posing on top and round the corner a pair of Hooded Crows. The it was a male Black Redstart on the outskirts of Batumi and on driving up to the top entrance to the Botanical Garden in residues for Friday morning's visit we had a small flock of Chaffinches foraging at the roadside.
|Grey Wagtail Montacilla cinerea|
|Now sort out these gulls and terns!|
Mallard, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Little Egret, Heron, Honey Buzzard, Osprey, Black Kite, Sparrowhawk, Levante Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, Avocet, Ringed Plover, Sanderling, Curlew Sandpiper, Dunlin, Curlew, Common Sandpiper, Terek Sandpiper, Turnstone, Mediterranean Gull, Black-headed Gull, Slender-billed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Common Tern, Sandwich Tern, Little Tern, White-winged Black Tern, Feral Pigeon, Bee-eater, Wood Lark, Sand Martin, Barn Swallow, Meadow Pipit, Isabelline Wheatear, Grey Wagtail, White Wagtail, Black Redstart, Whinchat, Red-backed Shrike, Hooded Crow, House Sparrow, Chaffinch.
|Curlew Sandpiper Caladris ferruginea|
|Turnstone Arenaria interpres|
|One of thousands of Black Kite Milvus migrans passing through during the morning|
|Hooded Crows Corvus cornix on the prowl|
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