2016-04-23

Seems like summer already

Permalink 19:31:51, Categories: Admin - Howard King  

even though we keep having some unseasonable days weather wise it is quickly going quiet as temperature warm up

Lesser Grey Shrike a few around
Lesser Grey Shrike

Red-backed Shrike a slow passage
Red-backed Shrike

Red-backed Shrike

Eastern Olivaceous Warbler the first of our summer breeders
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler

Whinchat still passing
Whinchat

Turtle Dove resident
Turtle Dove

Lutea - Yellow Wagtail still a huge variety
Lutea - Yellow Wagtail

Red-throated Pipit remains very common across a variety of habitats
Red-throated Pipit

Red-throated Pipit

Spotted Flycatcher one of many
Spotted Flycatcher

A quick trip to Hawar on Saturday to check arrivals only brought out a resident Osprey
Osprey

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2016-04-17

wild and windy weather

Permalink 20:03:25, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Heavy thunderstorms and lightning Thursday evening, tempered the weekends expectations however disappointing Friday was Saturday more than made up for that with some excellent birding. Excess water in parts of the south restricted movement along some of the desert tracks so it proved impossible to fully check the south and east of the Island. One unusual observation was the massive number of Isabelline Shrikes that had moved in on our wintering birds habitat; where we had observed 2 or 3 wintering sometimes over a dozen birds this weekend occupied the same space, an amazing site.

Species of the weekend has to be the White-throated Robins 4 were seen at Buri alone.
White-throated Robin

White-throated Robin

Whinchat
Whinchat

Whinchat

Redstart
Redstart

Redstart

Redstart

Ortolan Bunting
Ortolan Bunting

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Kestrel
Kestrel

Lesser Kestrel
Lesser Kestrel

Red-throated Pipit
Red-throated Pipit

Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush
Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush

Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler

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2016-04-02

Busy weekend despite weather

Permalink 22:09:22, Categories: Observation by Howard  

A lot about these last two weekend spent time on the shore and working some of our garden and wetland sites

Night Heron
Night Heron

Black-winged Stilt
Black-winged Stilt

common Sandpiper
common Sandpiper

Northern Wheatear
Northern Wheatear

Pratincole
Pratincole

Squacco Heron
Squacco Heron

Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Spotted Flycatcher

Spotted Flycatcher

Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler

Willow Warbler

Willow Warbler

Willow Warbler

Willow Warbler

Woodchat Shrike
Woodchat Shrike

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Yellow Wagtail leucocephala
leucocephala

yellow Wagtail bemma
Bemma

Yellow Wagtail fledegg
fledegg

Yellow Wagtail lutea
Lutea

Yellow Wagtail flava
flava

Wryneck
Wryneck

Red-throated Pipit
Red-throated Pipit

Redstart
Redstart

Grey Francolin
Grey Fancolin

Greater Short-toed Lark
Greater Short-toed Lark

Rufous Bushchat
Rufous Bushchat

Broad-billed Sandpiper
Broad-billed Sandpiper

Lesser Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Little Stint
Little Stint

Grey Plover
Grey Plover

Green Shank
Green Shank

Lesser Sand plover with Curlew Sandpiper
Lesser Sand plover and Curlew Sandpiper

Dunlin in flight
Dunlin in flight

Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper

Bartailed Godwits
Bartailed  Godwits

Gull-billed Terns
Gull-billed Terns

Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover

Turnstone
Turnstone

Whimbrel
Whimbrel

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2016-03-27

the Weather - certainly has changed

Permalink 14:08:01, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Migration continues to be slow but the weather hasn't helped with strong winds and heavy rain showers that are forecast to continue into next month.

Common Sandpiper always easy to find and photograph
Common Sandpiper

Corn Bunting still a few around
Corn Bunting

Little Bittern
Little Bittern

Northern Wheatear
Northern Wheatear

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2016-03-19

A pleasant weekend of migrants

Permalink 14:43:26, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Having been out of action for two months it was nice to get back to my usual Bahrain weekend routine of birds birds and yet more birds. Managed to photograph most of the migrant species seen other than some elusive Chiffchaff but the best surprise was the number of Grey Hypocolius still around at Jasra - I counted over a hundred at first light around 6am on Friday morning.


Hypocolius
Hypocolius

Hypocolius

Hypocolius

Desert Warbler
Desert Warbler

Pied Wheatear
Pied Wheatear

Rufous Tailed Rock Thrush
Rufous Tailed Rock Thrush

Siberian Stonechat
Stonechat

Woodchat Shrike
Woodchat shrike

Woodchat shrike

Yellow Wagtail - Fledegg
Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail - Flava - dombrowski ?
Yellow Wagtail

White Wagtail
White Wagtail

Isabelline Shrike - such variety
Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear

Eastern Nightingale
Nightingale

Nightingale

Nightingale

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