B is for Beautiful Bee-eaters

Not the best images, but I just wanted to announce their arrival – which for me marks the official start of springtime! 🙂 The European Bee-eater, Merops apiaster, flies through Egypt on spring and fall migration. I love waiting for these birds every spring and then alerting my father in Italy, who starts to keep an eye out for his first sighting of the beautiful bee-eaters, usually a few weeks later. The birds in the photos were spotted in Nuweiba, South Sinai yesterday afternoon and I also spotted one in Dahab later in the day. The bee-eaters are more abundant in Cairo so keep your eyes peeled – and listen for their distinctive trill!