2014-04-13

Migration pattern not following the book

Permalink 22:09:40, Categories: Observation by Howard  

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
Little Bittern

Little Bittern

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
Egrets and Herons

Moorhen are thriving - numbers seem to increase every year
Moorhen

Another breeding species on the up - Squacco Heron
Squacco Heron

Temmincks Stint a solitary bird seen
Temmicks Stint

Common Sandpiper smaller numbers than usual
Common Sandpiper

Tree Pipit good numbers and staying for much longer
Tree Pipit

Willow Warbler a steady flow
Willow Warbler

Willow Warbler

Yellow Wagtail good numbers two weeks back then - only the occasional bird
Yellow Wagtail

Wyneck they continue to be seen
Wyneck

Woodchat Shrike only the forth this year
Woodchat Shrike

Isabelline Shrike so many I have lost count
Isabelline Shrike

Upcher Warbler one seen
Upcher Warbler

Sparrow Hawk
Sparrow Hawk

Rufous Bushchat started arriving two weeks ago now everywhere
Rufous BushChat

Rock Thrush turning up everywhere - here at Hamalah
Rock Thrush

Red-throated Pipit One species that has bucked the trend and remained numerous
Red-throated Pipit

Red-throated Pipit

Pied Wheatear good numbers but still down
Pied Wheatear

Northern Wheatear a few and then only at Hamalah
Northern Wheatear

Ortolan Bunting starting to arrive hopeful signs
Ortolan Bunting

Black Redstart a few both male and female
Black Redstart

Marsh Harrier one distant sighting
Marsh Harrier

Barred Warbler just one so far
Barred Warbler

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2014-03-15

HOTTING UP

Permalink 15:22:49, Categories: Observation by Howard  

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.


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

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

Great-grey Shrike
Great-grey Shrike

Hoopoe
Hoopoe

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Kestrel
Kestrel

Pied Wheatear female
Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Rock Thrush
Rock Thrush

Water Pipit
Water Pipit

Woodchat Shrike
Woodchat Shrike

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2014-03-01

Migration oncourse birds starting to arrive

Permalink 01:25:06, Categories: Observation by Howard  

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.

Rock Thrush
Rock Thrush

Rock Thrush

Rock Thrush

Pied Wheatear
Pied Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Redtailed Wheatear
Redtailed Wheatear

Hoopoe
Hoopoe

Stonechat
Stonechat

Chiffchaff anly fleeting glances - Lesser White-throat and Orphean Warbler were also seen
Chiffchaff

Reem Gazelle
Reem Gazelle

Desert Hyacinth
Desert Hyacinth

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2014-02-23

another quiet day

Permalink 21:21:26, Categories: Admin - Howard King  

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.


Wryneck
Wryneck

Grey Hypocolius
Hypocolius

Hypocolius

Hypocolius

Isabelline Shrike numbers are beginning to increase as migrants join our wintering birds
Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Woodchat Shrike a distant shot of the seasons first
Woodchat Shrike

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2014-02-22

Few but good birds

Permalink 00:18:12, Categories: Observation by Howard  

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.

Caspian Plover
Caspian Plover

Caspian Plover

Blue Rock Thrush
Blue Rock Thrush

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear

Stonechat
Stonechat

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