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Species Observed So far this Month

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GREBES: Podicipedidae,
Little Grebe, Tachybaptus ruficollis

CORMORANTS: Phalacrocoracidae,
Socotra Cormorant, Phalacrocorax nigrogularis

HERONS & EGRETS: Ardeidae,
Little Bittern, Ixobrychus minutus
Black-crowned Night-Heron, Nycticorax nycticorax
Striated Heron, Butorides striata
Cattle Egret, Bubulcus ibis
Western Reef-Heron, Egretta gularis
Little Egret, Egretta garzetta
Grey Heron, Ardea cinerea
Purple Heron, Ardea purpurea

FLAMINGOS: Phoenicopteridae,
Greater Flamingo, Phoenicopterus ruber

WATERFOWL: Anatidae,
Teal, Anas crecca
Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos
Pintail, Anas acuta
Garganey, Anas querquedula
Shoveler, Anas clypeata

HAWKS & EAGLES: Accipitridae,
Honey-buzzard, Pernis apivorus
Marsh-Harrier, Circus aeruginosus
Sparrowhawk, Accipiter nisus

OSPREY: Pandionidae,
Osprey, Pandion haliaetus

FALCONS: Falconidae,
Kestrel, Falco tinnunculus
Sooty Falcon, Falco concolor

Gray Francolin, Francolinus pondicerianus

RAILS: Rallidae,
Water Rail, Rallus aquaticus
Moorhen, Gallinula chloropus

OYSTERCATCHERS: Haematopodidae,
Oystercatcher, Haematopus ostralegus

STILTS & AVOCETS:Recurvirostridae,
Black-winged Stilt, Himantopus himantopus

Collared Pratincole, Glareola pratincola

PLOVERS: Charadriidae,
Ringed Plover, Charadrius hiaticula
Kentish Plover, Charadrius alexandrinus
Lesser Sandplover, Charadrius mongolus
Greater Sandplover, Charadrius leschenaultii
Pacific Golden-Plover, Pluvialis fulva
Grey Plover, Pluvialis squatarola

SANDPIPERS & ALLIES: Scolopacidae,

Little Stint, Calidris minuta
Temminck's Stint, Calidris temminckii
Curlew Sandpiper, Calidris ferruginea
Dunlin, Calidris alpina
Ruff, Philomachus pugnax

Snipe, Gallinago gallinago

Black-tailed Godwit, Limosa limosa
Bar-tailed Godwit, Limosa lapponica
Whimbrel, Numenius phaeopus
Curlew, Numenius arquata
Spotted Redshank, Tringa erythropus
Redshank, Tringa totanus
Marsh Sandpiper, Tringa stagnatilis
Greenshank, Tringa nebularia
Green Sandpiper, Tringa ochropus
Wood Sandpiper, Tringa glareola span>
Terek Sandpiper, Xenus cinereus
Common Sandpiper, Actitis hypoleucos
Ruddy Turnstone, Arenaria interpres

GULLS: Laridae,
Black-headed Gull, Larus ridibundus
Slender-billed Gull, Larus genei
Yellow-legged Gull, Larus cachinnans - barabensis
Heuglin's Gull, Larus heuglini

TERNS: Sternidae,
Gull-billed Tern, Sterna nilotica
Caspian Tern, Sterna caspia
Lesser Crested Tern, Sterna bengalensis
White-cheeked Tern, Sterna repressa
Bridled Tern, Sterna anaethetus
Saunders's Little Tern, Sterna saundersi

PIGEONS & DOVES: Columbidae,
Rock Pigeon, Columba livia
Stock Pigeon, Columba oenas
Turtle Dove, Streptopelia turtur
Collared-Dove, Streptopelia decaocto
Palm Dove, Streptopelia senegalensis
Namaqua Dove, Oena capensis

PARROTTS: Psittacidae,
Alexandrine Parakeet, Psittacula eupatria
Rose-ringed Parakeet, Psittacula krameri

OWLS: Tytonidae,
Barn Owl, Tyto alba

OWLS: Strigidae,
Short-eared Owl, Asio flammeus

NIGHTJARS: Caprimulgidae,
Nightjar, Caprimulgus europaeus
Egyptian Nightjar, Caprimulgus aegyptius

BEE-EATERS: Meropidae,
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Merops persicus
European Bee-eater, Merops apiaster

ROLLERS: Coraciidae,
European Roller, Coracias garrulus

HOOPOES: Upupidae,
Hoopoe, Upupa epops

LARKS: Alaudidae,
Desert Lark, Ammomanes deserti
Hoopoe-Lark, Alaemon alaudipes
Short-toed Lark, Calandrella brachydactyla
Crested Lark, Galerida cristata
Sky Lark, Alauda arvensis
Oriental Skylark, Alauda gulgula

SWALLOWS & MARTINS: Hirundinidae,
Sand Martin, Riparia riparia
Swallow, Hirundo rustica
Red-rumped Swallow, Cecropis daurica
House-Martin, Delichon urbica

PIPITS & WAGTAILS: Motacillidae,
Richard's Pipit, Anthus richardi
Tawny Pipit, Anthus campestris
Tree Pipit, Anthus trivialis
Meadow Pipit, Anthus pratensis ?
Red-throated Pipit, Anthus cervinus
Yellow Wagtail, Motacilla flava
Citrine Wagtail, Motacilla citreola

BULBULS: Pycnonotidae,
White-cheeked Bulbul, Pycnonotus leucogenys
Red-vented Bulbul, Pycnonotus cafer

Rufous Bush Chat, Cercotrichas galactotes
Whinchat, Saxicola rubetra
Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina
Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe
Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka
Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti
WARBLERS: Sylviidae

Graceful Prinia Prinia gracilis

Great Reed-Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus

Olivaceous Warbler Hippolais pallida

FLYCATCHERS: Muscicapidae
Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata

ORIOLES: Oriolidae
Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus

SHRIKES: Laniidae
Isabelline Shrike Lanius isabellinus
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio
Lesser Gray Shrike Lanius minor
Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator

CROWS: Corvidae
Indian House Crow Corvus splendens

STARLINGS: Sturnidae
Starling Sturnus vulgaris1
Common Myna Acridotheres tristis

SPARROWS: Passeridae
House Sparrow Passer domesticus

WAXBILLS: Estrildidae
Indian Silverbill Euodice

FINCHES: Fringillidae
Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus

BUNTINGS: Emberizidae
Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana



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Week ending 16 September 2006

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The return migration is steadily building, with all three of us back from our summer breaks ugh, Baadan Farm continues to be one of the best locations to view the return with Brendon and Juhani in the first few weeks of early September increasing variously their Bahrain tally with Striated Heron Butorides striata, Purple Heron Ardea purpurea, Sacred Ibis Threskiornis aethiopicus, Marsh-Harrier Circus aeruginosus, Osprey Pandion haliaetus, Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola, Pacific Golden-Plover Pluvialis fulva, Bridled Tern Sterna anaethetus, Egyptian Nightjar Caprimulgus aegyptius, European Roller Coracias garrulus, Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula, Starling Sturnus vulgaris, and Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus.


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