Archives for: January 2007


Only a single Bird

Permalink 07:05:19 am, Categories: Bahrain Banding Project  

Yesterdays ringing session at the Hypocolius roosts netted none of the Hypocolius seen however one Chiffchaff and a House Sparrow (recovery)did obligue us by dropping into the nets.Chiffchaff



Mixed Bag

Permalink 18:08:02, Categories: Bahrain Banding Project  

A mixed bag of eight birds, with eight species ringed today - again at the Diplomatic Wadi behind Riffa Airbase, with Bill Jones from Kent assisting Brendan with the ringing.
Species for the day are Bluethroat, Chiffchaff, Isabelline Shrike, Indian Silverbill, Palm Dove, Collared Dove, Little Stint.

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike


Palm  Dove
Palm Dove


Wadi Pond
The small pond has been turned into a small lake.



Permalink 06:07:03 pm, Categories: Bahrain Banding Project  

A cold and blustery day but enjoyable all the same that gave us two new species on our ringing list - Little Stint Calidris minuta (5) and Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola (1) along with another Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus (1) Too view a selection of the days photographs follow links in the rightside margin
The final count for birds ringed in Bahrain from August 2005 to the end of December 2006, can be viewed by Clicking Here

Little Stint

Little Stint

Little Stint
Little Stint Calidris minuta

Wood Sandpiper

Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola

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Ringing Returns

Permalink 10:23:38 am, Categories: Bahrain Banding Project  

The final count for birds ringed in Bahrain from August 2005 to the end of December 2006, (Exactly 700 birds processed that’s precision for you!) can be viewed by CLICKING HERE



Permalink 02:38:24 pm, Categories: Bahrain Banding Project  

The recent heavy rains has turned the small pond at the old stone quarry behind Riffa airbase, affectionately called the Diplomatic Wadi by us here, into a small lake. We had picked this site for our weekend morning session as we expected to find it full of waders and wintering passerines. On our arrival at 6.25am many Teal, Black-necked Stilts, small flocks of mixed waders and Moorhen darted for cover into the now isolated and inaccessible reed bed at the back of the lake under the old rock face. We set up our nets across the area to the north of the small lake amongst the smaller ponds and grassy patches. We were unfortunately soon joined by a flock of goats and a pair of Sparrowhawks that supplemented a Kestrel that was already watching us trying to divert his breakfast into our nets. Having committed ourselves to the site we settled down to await the birds return which had since disappeared due mainly to the hunting activities of the Sparrowhawks. The site remained largely inactive until around 9am when five or six Willow Warblers put in an appearance in the thorns nearby. The waders did not start moving around until 9.30am when a Green Sandpiper obliged us by becoming our first catch of 2007. We decided to take it out of the nets straight away managing in the process to flush two Redshanks and two Water Pipits into our other nets. This bag of five birds proved to be our total catch for what was otherwise a very quiet day.
For additional photography click here

Green Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus

First Redshank Tringa totanus

The second Redshank Tringa totanus

Water Pipits
The pair of Water Pipits Anthus spinoletta note the difference in the appearance of each bird.
In the pictures of the tails, heads and wings below the top bird is always on the left.

Water Pipits tails

Water Pipits Wings

Water Pipits

Brendan - hard at work ringing
Brendan at play

Camera Nikon D70 lens 18-70mm



Permalink 10:38:42 am, Categories: additional photos  

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