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
Red-backed Shrike a slow passage
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler the first of our summer breeders
Whinchat still passing
Turtle Dove resident
Lutea - Yellow Wagtail still a huge variety
Red-throated Pipit remains very common across a variety of habitats
Spotted Flycatcher one of many
A quick trip to Hawar on Saturday to check arrivals only brought out a resident Osprey
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.
Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush
A lot about these last two weekend spent time on the shore and working some of our garden and wetland sites
Yellow Wagtail leucocephala
yellow Wagtail bemma
Yellow Wagtail fledegg
Yellow Wagtail lutea
Yellow Wagtail flava
Greater Short-toed Lark
Lesser Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover
Lesser Sand plover with Curlew Sandpiper
Dunlin in flight
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
Corn Bunting still a few around
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.
Rufous Tailed Rock Thrush
Yellow Wagtail - Fledegg
Yellow Wagtail - Flava - dombrowski ?
Isabelline Shrike - such variety
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