After a forced absence due to a lack of photos to display online down to a problem with my camera we still have continued to bird, recording often little more than a trickle rather than a flood. Many Species arrivals were not as expected, some we haven't seen while others have occurred in larger numbers only to disappear almost immediately. Yellow wagtails for instant normally come in waves, sub species by sub species but this year they appeared two weeks ago and have not been seen since. Spotted Flycatchers are normally numerous yet this year I have seen only one. Rock Thrush are annually hard to find but this year I had eight on the Jebel Dakan all in one spot. Shrikes other than Isabelline are scarce, Wheatear definitely fewer in number as is the case with Bee-eaters. So overall its been a strange few weeks.
Missed with no camera was a great observation of Red Wattled Plover at Hamalah seen close up - on the 5th
Little Bittern at least three pairs in residence at Adhari
Egrets and Herons - continue to thrive with at least two Great White and a same number of Purple Herons to be found just at Adhari ditches and pools
Moorhen are thriving - numbers seem to increase every year
Another breeding species on the up - Squacco Heron
Temmincks Stint a solitary bird seen
Common Sandpiper smaller numbers than usual
Tree Pipit good numbers and staying for much longer
Willow Warbler a steady flow
Yellow Wagtail good numbers two weeks back then - only the occasional bird
Wyneck they continue to be seen
Woodchat Shrike only the forth this year
Isabelline Shrike so many I have lost count
Upcher Warbler one seen
Rufous Bushchat started arriving two weeks ago now everywhere
Rock Thrush turning up everywhere - here at Hamalah
Red-throated Pipit One species that has bucked the trend and remained numerous
Pied Wheatear good numbers but still down
Northern Wheatear a few and then only at Hamalah
Ortolan Bunting starting to arrive hopeful signs
Black Redstart a few both male and female
Marsh Harrier one distant sighting
Barred Warbler just one so far
The spring migration has been slow to start but things are definately hotting up as is the weather, provided the dust storm moves quickly on. Last week-end saw little change but today there were a lot more species around but Birds remain difficult to approach. As they fatten up hopefully that will change.
Pied Wheatear female
St Davids Day weekend; the wind made observations difficult, with the small stuff hard to get to grips with but the desert was full of Wheatears and Isballine Shrikes with colour supplied by some Rock Thrush.
Chiffchaff anly fleeting glances - Lesser White-throat and Orphean Warbler were also seen
Saturday and another trip to the gardens raised hopes that the migration is about to start for real. A Wryneck and the first Woodchat Shrike of the season are good indicators the return cannot be far away. Checking the Hypocolius roost area in Jasra for stragglers first thing in the morning also proved quite fruitful. Not many birds remain from the large wintering flock but over twenty birds were noted but flew on from the morning roost by 7-30.
Isabelline Shrike numbers are beginning to increase as migrants join our wintering birds
Woodchat Shrike a distant shot of the seasons first
Over all a disappointing day with few species recorded although initially before getting anywhere special I found a Blue Rock thrush along side the main Highway. The farm areas around Jasra and Hamalah and the lake at Dumistan produced nothing new so as a last resort I tried Buri. After an initial unfruitful tour of quite an expansive area a rather attractive Stonechat caught my attention but no sooner had I stopped to line up for a photo luck smiled for there on the track was a Caspian Plover - so tame I was able to spend the next few hours happily snapping away as it wandered in and out of the vegetation and even into full frame view in the camera.
Blue Rock Thrush
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