Category: Bahrain Banding Project

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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2011-11-22

Kestrel

Permalink 08:55:32 pm, Categories: Bahrain Banding Project, additional photos  

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

Permalink 08:40:07 am, Categories: Bahrain Banding Project, additional photos  

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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