Archives for: November 2011

2011-11-22

Kestrel

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We dropped into Ali farm on Monday evening and Abdulla spotted a kestrel on one of the sprinklers. He caught it within 30 minutes and we duely ringed her.


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A juvenile female kestrel.
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2011-11-16

Pipits are here for the winter

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With the passage migration virtually over we are now turning our attention towards winter visitors. This weekend we set up nets and tape lures for pipits both in the Chicken farm and Ali farm. It is early days and the birds are still not settled on specific roost sites but we did manage to catch over 20 birds including water pipit, tree pipit (which came to the call) and tawny pipit.


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Tree pipit which came to tree pipit call as suggested by Dave Andrews, a visiting ringer from UK.
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Note the ring on this Isabelline Wheatear!.

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2011-11-07

The lull before the storm

Permalink 08:01:19 pm, Categories: Bahrain Banding Project, additional photos  

The wind was slack on Friday afternoon so myself and Abdulla put up a few nets for swallows. In addition to 13 swallows we caught 4 water pipits, a prinia, a wheatear (in a trap), a pied wagtail and a wydah. We still haven't worked out the exact roosting location for the pipits but we are gradually homing in.


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Juvenile male wydah
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Juvenile pied wagtail. Probably from northern Russia!!
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Water Pipit
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Graceful Prinia.
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