2016-06-20

getting hotter but strong winds bring sand

Permalink 20:22:30, Categories: Observation by Howard  

As each week passes we see a noticeable increase in daily temperatures, already some days have hit the 42c mark but we have been let of the hook this last week with persisting strong Al Bareh winds and widespread sandstorms which has kept of late temps down below 40c. It won't last of course humidity will steadily increase as well and soon we will be registering apparent temps in the 50c plus range. Then its time to take some leave.

Not much in fact very little to report from the gardens and desert spaces nothing worthy of note seen to report. On the shore its getting busy again as our first returns arrive back. The few summering waders - a few Curlew, Turnstone, Godwits, Green and Redshank, Ringed Plover - have been joined by Greater Sand Plover mostly adults and many showing still plenty of colour. Terns are as usual plentiful with Saunders's, little, White-cheeked, breeding locally occasionally joined by Lesser Crested which breed on offshore Islands. No Bridled Terns seen also an offshore breeder yet on the main Island but that will change towards the end of their season in late August beginning of September. Small flocks of Caspian Tern can also be found watched carefully by our locally breeding pairs who maintain their territorial vigilance in any quiet corner of the shoreline. They will breed from Late September early October. Western Reef Herons with their offspring are now also noticeable on the shore.

Curlew
Curlew

Curlew

Redshank
Redshank

Caspian Terns
Caspian Terns

Kentish Plover
Kentish Plover

Kentish Plover

Kentish Plover

Saunders's Tern
Saunders's Tern

Saunders Tern chick
Saunders's Tern Chick

Lesser Crested Tern
Lesser Crested Tern

Socotra Cormorant
Socotra Cormorant

White-cheeked Tern
White-cheeked Tern

Western Reef Heron
Western Reef Heron

Greater Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

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2016-05-21

Little to add to a slow month where are the birds

Permalink 15:05:31, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Have not had a great deal of time to bird this month, but then again the month has been really disappointing - where are the birds well at least certain species like Golden Oriole - the answer probably hunted to virtual extinction as far as we are concerned by rampant shooting in Saudi and Kuwait. Not a single Marsh, Garden or Savi's Warbler either when in the past they have been so numerous climate change or what something is affecting the normal flow. I can only hope for a more productive return later in the year.

Roller ONE OF ONE SEEN
Roller

Spotted Flycatcher one species that was more numerous than in other years this one in my Garden
Spotted Flycatcher

Willow Warbler numbers steady
Willow Warbler

Red-backed Shrike a long stayer this one has been at Hamalah nearly a month GOOD NUMBERS too probably since it passes late after the hunting season has largely finished due to the heat - there is minimal hunting of birds in Bahrain Kestrels and a few casual birds only make the pet shops - still pushing for this to be stopped
Red-backed Shrike

Socotra Cormorants plenty of action though from resident birds at sea
Socotra Cormorants

Socotra Cormorants

Socotra Cormorants

Out on the fish traps plenty of action to watch thankfully
Water birds

some late birds passing were a solitary Kestrel
Kestrel

and a Swallow
Swallow

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2016-05-07

May already migration slows only late birds left

Permalink 00:53:02, Categories: Observation by Howard  

May and things have definitely gone quieter species are still passing but numbers are much reduced


Red-backed Shrike
Red-backed Shrike

Red-backed Shrike

Lesser Grey Shrike
Lesser Grey Shrike

Lesser Grey Shrike

Clamorous Reed Warbler as noisy as ever
Clamorous Reed Warbler

Great Reed Warbler
Great Reed Warbler

Great White Egret
Great White Egret

Hoopoe one of resident breeding birds
Hoopoe

House Sparrow one of the thousands seen on a daily basis
House Sparrow

Indian House Crow
Indian House Crow

Kentish Plover Chick one of many seen
Kentish Plover Chick

Little Bittern
Little Bittern

Little Grebe Chick
Little Grebe
the tending parent
Little Grebe

Moorhen feeding chick
Moorhen and chick

Black-crowned Night Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron

Male Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush
Male Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush

Female Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush
Male Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush

Rufous Bush Chat
Rufous Bush Chat

Feral breeding Sacred Ibis
Sacred Ibis

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Spotted Flycatcher

White-throat
White-throat

Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler

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2016-04-29

Strange weather dull and overcast but quiet

Permalink 00:04:35, Categories: Observation by Howard  

when the weather is unexpected cooler one hopes for a busy day but sadly nothing unexpected was found still happy with what I got


Rufous Bushchat looks like it could be a record breeding year for Bushchats they are everywhere
Rufous Bushchat

Great Grey Shrike a juvenile wearing sticky seed for a head band
Great Grey Shrike

Lesser Grey Shrike still fairly numerous
Lesser Grey Shrike

Lesser Grey Shrike

Whinchat
Whinchat

Juvenile Palm Dove
Palm Dove

Waders big decrease in numbers
Waders

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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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