Archives for: September 2011

2011-09-28

Pied Wagtail from Russia

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After ringing almost 9,400 birds in Bahrain since 2006, a passerine recovery has finally emerged. I always knew it would be a good one! A Pied Wagtail ringed in the Chicken Farm last November has been recovered in the Russian Federation! I wouldn't mind but we have only ringed a couple of Pied Wagtails. It took 180 days from ringing to recovery and the distance is measured in a straight line at 3,608 Km. The bird was found dead!


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More migrants

Permalink 07:31:34 am, Categories: Bahrain Banding Project, additional photos  

I rang Abdulla yesterday afternoon and he was on his way to Durrat Al Bahrain site so I joined him. He already had the single net up when I got there and two bird bags hanging up with migrants inside. Once again the site delivered, this time 7 birds including 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Whitethroat and 1 Thrush Nightingale. These are the first autumn catches for Garden Warbler and Thrush Nightingale.


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Thrush Nightingale is probably more comon than Nightingale in Bahrain
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If you take a bird out of the net and ask 'What's this', it must be a garden Warbler!!
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This is the 2nd Chiffchaff this autumn. Still no Willows.
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And another Lesser Whitethroat!

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2011-09-25

New site still producing

Permalink 09:06:42 pm, Categories: Bahrain Banding Project, additional photos  

The ringing team went down to Durrat Al Bahrain site on Friday and once again a few nice birds were caught including another Orphean Warbler, a Spotted Flycatcher, an Isabelline Shrike and 2 Menetries Warblers.


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Both Menetries warblers were adult!
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Interesting white feathers on this juvenile Spotted Flycatcher
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Juvenile Isabelline Shrike. And nobody was hurt in the taking of this photograph!!
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2011-09-19

New site down south

Permalink 11:26:22 pm, Categories: Bahrain Banding Project, additional photos  

Abdulla discovered a new site with water and a few tamerisk trees down south near Ras Al Bar so we popped down this afternoon to see what was about. It is a small site with only a few birds at any one time but with no other trees or bushes within sight it is a real magnet for whatever is in the locality. Today we caught 6 birds, 2 orphean warblers, 1 juvenile barred warbler, 1 red-backed shrike, 1 lesser whitethroat and 1 olivaceous warbler. A nice variety for a couple of hours netting with just 1 18m net.


Adult male Orphean warbler

1st year Orphean warbler for comparison

Both birds together

1st year Barred warbler

1st year red-backed shrike

1st year Olivaceous warbler

1st year Lesser Whitethroat

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2011-09-05

Orphean Warbler

Permalink 11:01:32 pm, Categories: additional photos  

Abdulla discovered a new site with water and a few tamerisk trees down south near Ras Al Bar so we popped down for a look today and put up one 12 Meter net. We only got 4 birds but an Orphean Warbler was the star. The last birds ringed were in March 2008 in Badaan Farm so this is a special record. A new ringing species for Abdulla also!The four birds were 1 Orphean warbler, 1 Olivaceous warbler and 2 Whitethroat.



1st year Orphean warbler

1st year bird with primaries and secondaries in good condition

1st year Whitethroat

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