Archives for: 2012

2012-12-15

Hypocolius tagging

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With so many Hypocolius around this year Abdulla has been out chasing them - so far he has ringed 26 making a substantial increase in number of the species thus far ringed


Hypocolius
Hypocolius
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Hypocolius
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Hypocolius

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2012-11-08

Abdulla takes aver Ringing Project

Permalink 06:53:01, Categories: Bahrain Banding Project  

With the departure of Brendan back to Ireland Abdulla has taken over the ringing project.


Abdulla

2012-10-30

Ringed Gull Recovery - PVPS

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Ring recovery PVPS
Ring recovery

30th October 2012 Found on beach at Busaiteen, Muharraq Island, Bahrain at 08:50 local time (+3Hrs GMT) at location 26°15'47.92"N 50°35'17.82"E

Looking like a 2plus Heuglini Gull however was ringed in a colony of Caspian Gulls at Selitba lake, Penza oblast, Russia, ringed as a chick in 2011


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Grzegorz Neubauer
Ornithological Station
Museum and Institute of Zoology PAS
Nadwislanska 108, 80-680 Gdansk, Poland
e-mail: grechuta@miiz.waw.pl
http://gneubauer.republika.pl/

rings: MOSKWA C-525106, plastic yellow PVSP
species: Larus cachinnans group
age: nestling
date: 18.06.2011
place: Selitba Lake, Penza oblast, Russia, central point of the lake: 53°10'11.04"N, 46°50'9.84"E
Ringer: Larisa Plusnina et al.
This is the first recovery of this individual, and the third we got from this colony. Previous were from Israel and Poland.
The bird being ringed as a Chick - a rather big one at that
Gull chick

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2012-10-28

Marsh Harrier Ringed

Permalink 08:37:53, Categories: Bahrain Banding Project  

Abdulla and I were at Hamalah experimental farm I was watching the birds, he was ringing Swallows using a tape lure on one occassion as he went to recovery some birds from the net up popped this Marsh Harrier attracted to the area by the tape lure. In no time at all we had baited a trap caught, ringed and released the individual; a first for the ringing project which with the departure of Brendan back to Ireland is now continued by Abdulla.


Marsh Harrier
marsh harrier

marsh harrier

marsh harrier

marsh harrier

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marsh harrier

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2012-10-09

Another Tern Recovery

Permalink 10:37:08, Categories: Bahrain Banding Project  

Professor B Kavanagh

05 October 2012

Dear Brendan

Here are the details of a recovery of one of your birds.

Species: Lesser Crested Tern Sterna bengalensis Scheme: GBT Ring no: DE64753

Ringing details
Age: 1 Sex: unknown Sex meth: - P.ringed: - P.alive: - Condition: -
Colour marks added: - Metal marks added: - Act1: - Act2: -

Ringing date: 22-Jun-2012
Reg code: --- Place code: SJARIM Site name: Al Jarim Island South, near Bahrain, Bahrain & Qatar
County code: AZ00 Grid ref: ------ Co-ords: 26deg 23min N 50deg 28min E
Hab1: J1 Hab2: --

Biometrics: Wing: -- mm. Weight: -- g. Time: --hrs

Remarks:

Ringer: B Kavanagh, 4736
Finding details
Ring not verified Age: - Sex: - Sex meth: -
Colour marks added: - Metal marks added: - Act1: - Act2:

Finding date: 10-Sep-2012
Reg code: --- Place code: --- Site name: Gholvad, Maharshtra, Maharashtra, India
County code: INBO Grid ref: Co-ords: 20deg 5min N 72deg 43min E
Hab1: -- Hab2:

Biometrics: Wing: -- mm. Weight: -- g. Time: --hrs

Finding condition: 1:01 Movement: WA
Dead Bird Found
Remarks: On tideline

Duration: 80 days Distance: 2376 km Direction: 108deg (ESE)
Finder: Divyesh Desai, 401702, India, e: joamondev@gmail.com

Reference 25092012WEB

BTO, The Nunnery, Thetford, Norfolk IP24 2PU. Tel 01842 750050 e: recoveries@bto.org w: www.bto.org/ringing
Registered Charity No 216652 (England & Wales, SC039193 (Scotland) Registered in England and Wales No 357284

2012-07-19

Tern Ringing on Al Jarim

Permalink 06:28:37, Categories: Bahrain Banding Project  

Summer Tern Ringing on Al Jarim


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2012-05-20

Summer ringing

Permalink 10:35:17 pm, Categories: Bahrain Banding Project, additional photos  

The migration season ended with a bang going from feast to famine overnight. We now turn our attention to summer breeding species including terns, Kentish Plovers and Bushchats. What a surprise I got yesterday when I went to the Refinery Wadi and saw a pair of breeding Little Ringed Plovers with two chicks! I immediately alerted Howard and arranged to return with Abdulla in the afternoon to ring the chicks. This is a first breeding record for Little Ringed Plover in Bahrain and it was really nice to ring the two chicks to boot.



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Adult Little Ringed Plover at Refinery Wadi
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Littel Ringed Plover chick before ringing
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Two chicks in the hand after ringing
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We also caught a nightjar west of Alba in the trees Abdulla has been ringing at for the past year.
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This bird was oiled around the head and chest so we cleaned it up before release
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A recently hatched Grey Francolin was also caught next to the net. It was far to small to ring but made a nice photograph
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2012-04-29

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.


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Spotted Crake
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Isabelline Shrikes are coming through on mass at the moment.

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2012-04-19

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.


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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.
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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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2012-03-17

a few birds from the western shore

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Menetreis Warbler
Menetreis Warbler

Redstart
Redstart

Reed Warbler
Reed Warbler

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2012-03-10

Orphean Warblers are coming

Permalink 08:24:50 pm, Categories: Bahrain Banding Project, additional photos  

The migration is early this year and we are catching good numbers of chiffchaffs with the odd other species including menetries, Savi's and Eastern Orphean warblers.


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Eastern Orphean Warbler
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Northern wheatear

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2012-03-05

Migration is early this year

Permalink 09:32:23 pm, Categories: Bahrain Banding Project, additional photos  

This time last year we were waiting patiently for the migration to begin. This year on the other hand the first trickle of birds started in February. At the moment we have wheatears a plenty with northern, Isabelline and some desert wheatears passing through. Our winter visitors are still here though and the Alba Marsh has been netting some interesting retraps including a female clamorous reedwarbler with a well developed broodpatch. One of the more interesting retraps last weekend was a white spotted bluethroat which was first ringed in early January. If we had caught the bird for the first time last week we would have assumed it was an early migrant but considering it was ringed in early January we now know it was a winter visitor to Bahrain. The current belief is that these are passage migrants and very rare in the gulf but our ringing has turned that on its head. Regular ringing at Alba Marsh is revealing some interesting data.
Other notable birds ringed included a black redstart. Photographs are thanks to Howard and Jem.


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Male Bluethroat (cyanecula race)

Yellow wagtail (feldegg race)
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Black redstart

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Northern wheatear

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2012-02-07

First migrants arriving

Permalink 09:21:14 pm, Categories: Bahrain Banding Project, additional photos  

The first trickle of migration has just begun to appear with the drop in the winds. Shrikes, hoopoes and pipits are showing and the first migrant chiffchaffs are calling. We trapped two shrikes at Alifarm on Saturday.


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Woodchat shrike

Southern Grey shrike
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2012-01-25

Buff-bellied Pipit

Permalink 02:55:51 pm, Categories: Bahrain Banding Project, additional photos  

When myself and Jem were ringing at Alba Marsh on Friday last we caught an unusual pipit. It looked superficially like a meadow pipit but since it was caught over water we decided to put an A2 (hard metal) ring on it as we do with water pipits. Jem photographed it after he finished processing it. Neither of us paid much attention to the bird at the time. On returning to Saudi and further examining the photographs Jem emailed me some of the photographs for an opinion. I compared the morphological measurements with the meadow (45 birds) and Tree pipit (8 birds) data from Bahrain. It was clearly too big for meadow and only fitted tree pipit in some measurements. It left us in some doubt or further confused. Jem then looked at alternatives and took out the Pipits and Wagtails Guide. In addition he put the photographs up on a website to see what other birders thought. Buff-bellied Pipit came out of the ether!! Pipit experts and web photographs plus the morphological data all point to this species. If it is accepted it will be a first record for Bahrain and a new species for the ringing programme.
These are some photographs of the bird in question.


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2012-01-16

Another interesting retrap

Permalink 08:54:23 pm, Categories: Bahrain Banding Project, additional photos  

Myself and Abdulla went ringing the weekend before last at the chicken farm. There were good numbers of water pipits and we got 20 birds at dusk. Two were ringed and when I read the ring on the first bird it turned out to have been ringed by Abdulla last month when I was on holidays. We expected the second bird to have a similar story and when we read the second ring it ended in 19 and the first bird ended in 18. However I read the whole number and there was another digit out of place. The ring was from a different string. The first bird was ring number 2609918 and the second bird was 2609819. It was from my string and was ringed two years earlier on 13th November 2009!! Needless to say we both read it 3 or 4 times. Another small piece in a big puzzle. The bird had returned to the same farm and was caught roosting only 200 meters from where it was first caught two winters earlier. We wondered where it was in the interim, where did it breed, where was it born?? There is so much to learn about the birds in the gulf. With so little research in any of the gulf states it is difficult to put the pieces together. Every bit helps.


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This is a photograph of the bird in question.

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