Archives for: May 2011


Breeding Turtle Doves

Permalink 12:26:24 pm, Categories: Bahrain Banding Project, additional photos  

Abdulla and I took our first trip of the year to the valley with the breeding turtle doves. We counted 14 nests and ringed 7 chicks. Most nests still have eggs as we are at the beginning of the season. They breed right into July at this site. Below are shots of the habitat and the ringing operation.

Abdulla ringing the chicks

Turtle dove chick

Turtle dove nesting habitat

Two turtle doves waiting to be ringed



Migration nearing an end

Permalink 09:53:25 pm, Categories: Bahrain Banding Project, additional photos  

With the migration drawing to a close we are now concentrating on ringing breeding birds. While things were quieter than ever before this year, we did manage to get out a few times nontheless. First up is a nice Golden Oriole trapped at Ali farm. We also managed to confirm breeding of Clamorous Reed Warbler with two females displaying brood patches. And a nice nest of four eggs of Black-winged Stilt. Both the latter were from the reedbed at East Alba.

Golden Oriole Male

In the hand

Oriole tail pattern

Oriole underwing

Two Clamorous Reed Warblers

Clamorous Reed Warbler brood patch

Nest of Black-winged Stilt at Alba Marsh
nest black-winged stilt


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