The birding interest was to pick up over the next few days. A visit to some ancient temples at Hagar Qim was interesting, particularly when I heard a call that I didn’t recognize. I looked up to see a warbler with a strikingly short, white-tipped tail, flying down into some bushes nearby. I recognized it as a Fan-Tailed Warbler, another lifer for me, and I enjoyed watching it sing from an exposed perch for some time.
Several others were then seen very well on the slopes above the sea cliffs, but the new highlight for the day was a pair of Blue Rock Thrush that were picked out at great distance in the heat haze. Another new species for me, and things were looking up.