2015-04-11

Migration continues to be interrupted by Sand Storms

Permalink 16:07:24, Categories: Observation by Howard  

This year finding migrants has been reduced to chance, Sandstorms and bad weather have interrupted our normal patterns - so many species are missing or have not seen while others have proved to be unusually common and wide spread like Pratincoles. Many Warbler species simply have not been seen, possible moving in and out between weather events whereas they would normally hang around for a few weeks. Pied in the spring are normally our most numerous Wheatear numbers this year are way down with Northern being the most commonly observed. Observations of a single Roller and Rock Thrush are typical, last year we were overwhelmed. For some species it might be early days yet but already its the middle of April and my over all list is a little bare.

Black Redstart - few and far between
Black Redstart

Redstart mre numerous this year
Redstart

Collared Pratincole common - largest flock was of 15 at Buri
Pratincole

Pratincole

Northern Wheatear
Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear

Ortolan Bunting smaller number than in previous years
Ortolan Bunting

Red-throated Pipit good numbers in a variety of locations
Red-throated Pipit

Red-throated Pipit

Tree Pipit only this one seen
Tree Pipit

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

Masked Shrike scarce
Masked Shrike

Masked Shrike

Uperchers Warbler seen but elusive
Uperchers Warbler

Uperchers Warbler

Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler

Willow Warbler

Willow Warbler

Willow Warbler

Pied Wheatear fewer observed
Pied Wheatear

Martin fewer seen
Martin

Swallow as common as ever
Swallow

Marsh Harriers and Pallid continue to move through
Marsh Harriers

Isabelline Wheatear numbers remain stable
Isabelline Wheatear

Graceful Warbler a chirpy resident
Prinia

Namaqua Dove breeding resident numbers still increasing
Namaqua Dove

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2015-03-28

Excellent photographic opportunities

Permalink 15:11:14, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Despite wind and further rain showers the last few weeks have proved a bonaza for photographic opportunities to get to grips with some of Bahrains rarer migrant species. Top this up with a good mix of more regular passage migrants there have been some good birding opportunities.

Cinereous Bunting
Cinereous Bunting

Cinereous Bunting

Cinereous Bunting

Wryneck
Wryneck

Wryneck

Wryneck

Wryneck

Wryneck

White-throated Robin
White-throated Robin

White-throated Robin

Rufous Bushchat
Rufous Bushchat

Redstart
Redstart

Redstart

Ortolan Bunting
Ortolan Bunting

Ortolan Bunting

Ortolan Bunting

Pied Wheatear
Pied Wheatear

Lesser Short-toed Lark
Lesser Short-toed Lark

Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Hoopoe
Hoopoe

Great Grey Shrike
Great Grey Shrike

Citrine Wagtail
Citrine Wagtail

European Bee-eater
European Bee-eater

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2015-03-21

Weather turns nasty but migration contuinues slowly

Permalink 17:23:34, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Typical sight on the shore line as waders gather before moving on


Curlew, Whimbel and Bar-tailed Godwits
Curlews and friends

Bar-tailed, lesser Sandplover, Little Stint and Dunlin
mixed waders

Broad-billed Sandpiper and Dunlin along with Sandplover and Curlew Sandpiper at the back
Broad-billed Sandpiper

Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper

Dunlin
Dunlin

Flamingo
Flamingo

Bar-tailed Godwits with a Grey Plover and a Reef Heron in the background
Godwits

Greyplover

Grey Plover

Greyplover

Saunders's Tern
Saunders's Tern

Slender-billed Gull
Slender-billed Gull

Turnstone
Turnstone

Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper

Lesser Crested Terns fronted by a Caspian Tern
Lesser Crested Terns

Redshank
Redshank

Caspian Tern
Caspian Tern

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2015-03-07

Better weather brings more migrant species

Permalink 20:04:29, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Better weather this weekend brought a lot more species - most obvious were again Wheatear species, Woodchat Shrikes, Yellow Wagtails and Willow Warblers with Ruff, Wood Sandpipers and Glossy Ibis in good numbers around watering holes.

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Woodchat Shrike
Woodchat Shrike

Woodchat Shrike

Woodchat Shrike

Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear

Northern Wheatear
Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear

Siberian Stonechat
Siberian Stonechat

Stonechat
Stonechat

White Wagtail
White Wagtail

Lesser Short-toed lark
Lesser Short-toed Lark

Kestrel
Kestrel

Starling
Starling

Water Pipit
Water Pipit

Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler

Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

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2015-02-28

Migration and spring begins to kick in

Permalink 15:31:24, Categories: Observation by Howard  

The weather has improved the cold starts and blustery winds have died away and at last new species are beginning to turn up as the migration season starts to get into full swing. Although seen Warblers, thrushes and larks remain illusive in front of the camera.

Probably the last photo opportunity before they move out for Bluethroat proves to be the best

Bluethroat
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Pied Wheatear good numbers in all locations
Pied Wheatear

Blackeared wheatear
Blackeared Wheatear

Blackeared Wheatear

Northern Wheatear
Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear

Stonechat
Stonechat

Tawny Pipits
Tawny Pipits

Blue Rock Thrush
Blue Rock Thrush

Black Kite just passed on through
Black Kite

Pallid Harrier along with Marsh still wintering
Pallid Harrier

Great Grey Shrike
Great Grey Shrike

Hoopoe
Hoopoe

Woodchat Shrike
Woodchat Shrike

Woodchat Shrike

Woodchat Shrike

Starling
Starling

Red Rumped Swallow
Red Rumped Swallow

Black winged Stilt
Black winged Stilt

Squacco Heron
Squacco Heron

Flamingo
Flamingo

Little Stint
Little Stint

Temminks's Stint
Temminks's Stint

Yellow-billed Stork wildbird? it has no ring
Yellow-billed stork

Yellow-billed stork

Ruff
Ruff

Greenshank passes by
Green shank

Wood Sandpiper - ringed
Wood Sandpiper

Snipe
Snipe

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