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Waiting for migrants

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Ringing is always slow in January and February but last weekend saw the first migrants is numbers. Hundreds of barn and red-rumped swallows, a few house martins and sand martins. We caught 23 birds on Tuesday (Prophet Mohammed's birthday) including 4 pallid swifts, three barn swallows, one red-rumped swallow, a chiffchaff, a pied wheatear, a rock thrush, several water pipits and isabelline and desert wheatears.
Hoopoes were present in many places and over 100 ducks were at the race course lake (mallard, teal, shoveller, wigeon, pochard, pintail and black-necked grebes were counted).

Shoveler male


another skylark

Turnstone photographed by Rebecca


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