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A rare sight in Bahrain - BK

Permalink 10:49:16 am, Categories: Latest Obs recieved, How to get to site  

No I don't mean the grey hypocolius! I mean a group of bird watchers. Mike Watson brough a group of 6 bird watchers on a tour which included Bahrain. The target species were Mourning Wheatear, Egyptian Nightjar and of course the Grey Hypocolius. The first two were easy to get, the Jebel Al Durkan always has Mourning Wheatears and the experimental farm at Hamala produced 3-4 Egyptian nightjars. The Hypocolius was more problematic as we hadn't seen any since the spring and the roost site in Sar was destroyed over the summer.
The group were on the road at 5.30am with only one day to shake the hypocolius out of their hiding places. 'Start on the northern coast in the garden opposite the Delmon dog kennels and move west and south from there'. The first text was in at 7.05am '5 Hypocolius flew nw over area of gdns just w of entr to Delmon Dog kennels. Not yet relocated'. Then a second message with a sighting of 8 more. By the time I got there Howard had arrived and Abdulla followed shortly afterwards. The smiles were everywhere and the thumbs were up!


A rare sight in Bahrain

mike watson

Mike eyeing up a male hypocolius feeding in the palms

Mike captures the bird on camera



Good NEWS at last

Permalink 13:26:59, Categories: How to get to site  

We have a visiting group from Birdquest lead by Mike Watson with us this weekend and as expected Hypocolius was the main target species but with no sightings these year at all where to send them. As good luck favours the brave it was suggested they check out the last know location from last year in Barber but in the morning at first light - well fortune smiled and a healthy number of birds were found.
location 26°13'46.85"N 50°28'14.89"E

more details will follow as we intend to return this afternoon to see if the birds are using the area as a roost Well we returned this afternoon and I spent from 3-15 to 5-00 when it get dark watching the area no birds. So it would appear that this is no more than a feeding station but given the early hour the birds where seen it can not be that far from a roost.

When driving back along a busy Budaiya Highway close to Magaba fire station I was surprised to see a lone Hypocolius fly out of a palm in the middle of the road. Given that it was almost dark a roost must also still exist in this area as well - the search will continue!!!!


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