The Hypocolius had by mid month largely abandoned their morning roost at Jasra - or as has happened in previous years when Saudi and other Gulf states have had heavy late winter rain have they abandoned their regular habits and gone fly about time will tell.
for the last few weeks the Hypocolius have been easy to find each morning in the thorns opposite Hamalah/Jasra water plant
Today Abdulla went out with his nets and ringed 15 birds a tremendous solo effort pictures to follow
From the 14th of October I expect to be able to update people with a report on this years return - numbers and roost location being used
I arrived at the Jasra site this morning before 6am hoping to get there before any hypocolius dropped in. To my surprise the place was full of birds. This year they appear to be using the site as a roost, as opposed to a drop in centre like last year. By 8am, Howard and Abdulla arrived and I had counted over 80 birds leaving the area going due northwest. Subsequently another 30 - 40 birds pupped out of the acacia trees.
I got a few poor shots through the wire!
Only two seen at Jasra this week-end - we now suspect the birds are currently roosting next to a vip garden where there is a large pool of water
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