Off Banding at Dumistan (See Projects) Interesting species observed today - Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Blackcap, Grasshopper Warbler, Redstart, Isabelline Shrike, Whitethroat, Song Thrush, Rufous Bushchat, Swift, Pallid Swift, Bee-eater and Swallow. However Willow Warblers continue to dominate - a single thorn tree in my garden held over 10. I have many such trees. Most of the problematic wheatears have now moved on, so ID people you can relax for a bit.
Last Hypocolius of the season was 21st April at Diplomatic Wadi
100 plus Hypocolius 2 Swift 2 White-throated Robin (m), Willow Warbler Saar Roost
March 2006 Birds in the Bush recorded this month in Bahrain
Collared Dove, Palm Dove, Namaqua Dove, Ring-necked Parakeet, Alexandrinee Parakeet, Barn Owl, Short-eared owl, Nightjar, Swift, Kingfisher, Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Wryneck, Desert Lark, Hoopoe Lark, Short-toed Lark, Lesser Short-toed Lark, Small Skylark, Skylark, Crested Lark, Sand Martin House Martin, Swallow, Richard Pipit, Tawny Pipit, Red-throated Pipit, Meadow Pipit, Tree Pipit, Water Pipit, Yellow Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Citrine Wagtail,Red-vented Bulbul, White-cheeked Bulbul, Grey Hypocolius, Bluethroat, Redstart, Whinchat, Wheatear, Isaballine Wheatear, Pied Wheatear, Black-eared Wheatear, Desert Wheatear, Rock Thrush, Blue Rock Thrush, Graceful Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Marsh Warbler, Clamorous Reed Warbler, Desert Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Ophean Warbler, Meteries's Warbler, Chiffcaff, Willow Warbler, Isabelline Shrike, Red-backed Shrike, Great Grey Shrike, WoodChat Shrike, House Crow, Mynah, House Sparrow, Indian SilverBill, Corn Bunting.
March 2006 - Birds on the shore and of Wetter Places in Bahrain this month.
Little Grebe, Socotra Cormorant, Cormorant, Little Bittern, Night Heron, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Western Reef Heron, Purple Heron, Grey Heron, Stork, Flamingo, Gadwall, Garganey, Mallard, Pintail, Shoveller,Pochard, Tufted Duck, Pallid Harrier, Sparrow Hawk, Osprey, Honet Buzzard, Lesser Kestrel, Kestrel, Saker Falcon?, Grey Frrancolin, Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Black-winged Stilt, Stone Curlew, Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Lesser Sand Plover, Greater Sand Plover, Grey Plover, Little Stint, Temminck's Stint, Dunlin, Curlew Sandpiper, Jack Snipe, Snipe, Pintail Snipe, Bar-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Curlew, Redshank, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Terek Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Turnstone, Black Headed Gull, Slender-billed Gull, Yellow Legged Gull various??. Gull-billed Tern, Caspian Tern, Lesser Crested Tern, Sandwich Tern, Common Tern, Saunder's Tern,
April 1st a bad day - haunted by the sad loss of 58 lives on board the floating restaurant that had sunk in Bahrain Harbour the night before - an accident that should never have happened - Having seen the boat myself a few weeks previously at the Marina while enroute to Hawar - I for one would never had got on the thing - having sailed most of my life, the conversion had turned what is normally a very safe boat into a top heavy floating disaster (click here to view graphic) - Sadly only sixteen people who turned up that night had the sense to say "no way" and left before it sailed - we all know what happened to the others. Incidentally Bahrain has very strict rules regarding pleasure boats - The Owner, the Tour operator and the Captain, ALL knew before hand that the coastguard had rejected a seagoing certificate for the boat and issued only permission for it to be used as a floating resturant pending insurance and fire safety certification. Facts obviously not mentioned prior to sailing despite discussions on safety between the Owner, the Tour operator, the Captain with the trip organiser moments before sailing.
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