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Alba Marsh continues to produce birds

Permalink 09:32:46 pm, Categories: Bahrain Banding Project, additional photos  

We have continued to ring most weekends at Alba Marsh and some interesting birds keep turning up. The best bird to date was a retrap of a clamorous reed warbler ringed in Qatar (90 km away) and breeding in the marsh. The best new species however was a spotted crake ringed by myself just recently.


Spotted Crake


Isabelline Shrikes are coming through on mass at the moment.



Busy time for migration

Permalink 10:58:42 am, Categories: Bahrain Banding Project, additional photos  

I have been away and also very busy since my return but Abdulla has been ringing almost daily. His favourite spot is a tiny copse of bushes in the desert west of Alba which seems to be a magnet for migrants. The area is no more than quarter of an acre with about 10 trees each no more than 10 feet tall. The centre has a perfect net ride for a 60 foot net. He rings me each day with the latest catch numbers. This tiny site has yielded over 300 birds over the past two spring seasons! Below are two shots of interesting catches.


This double of White-throated robins was interesting, the male on the left being totally washed out compared to the one on the right. This year has been a great season for White-throated robins. We have caught 11 over the past few weeks.

A hand full of Scops Owls is a sight to see and a challenge to hold! Three in one evening must be a record!


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