Hawar - life on the Island is slowly getting back to normal after the suspension of the ferryboats - a consequence of the Dhow Disaster.
Unaffected by this human disaster the summer breeding population of birds moving in on the Islands to breed continues to grow, White-cheeked and Lesser Crested Terns dominate around the outer Islands with the shallows filling with Western Reef Herons. Ospreys both adult and juvenile are still prominent after their winter breeding but the first Sooty Falcons pairs can be seen around all the islands often harassing the Ospreys.
On the land Hoopoe, Desert, and Crested Larks dominate the few remaining green fringes of the islands - Hawar is slowly drying up as over the last few years rain has been, in increasing small supply. In terms of migrant species a few Swallows, Spotted Flycatchers and Willow warblers are all that remain as the spring season concludes.
On Friday 5th May Juhani Kyyrö and Myself were out in the gardens around the Bahrain Fort when we encountered a female Koel Eudynamys scolopacea - We followed it around the gardens for a full five minutes before losing it entirely. This is the second time I have seen a Koel in Bahrain the last time was October 1997 - I have asked several local collectors if they have any in their collections but as far as I can ascertain no one has ever had one in a collection.
I would be interested to here others thoughts on the origin of this bird as they do occurred in Oman Iran and the UAE.
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