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Birds in my garden Feb 14th 2007

Permalink 06:55:59, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Although I live in the middle of Manama I have recorded over eighty species from my Garden (I count fly over as well), the garden is fortunately large, I maintain it in a state of clean chaos; that is heavily overgrown and unkempt, it has a great mix of native fruiting trees and once I repair the leeking pond permanent water.
Common Myna
Common Myna Acridotheres tristis In the UK you have chickens to wake you - in the morning here its Myna's particularily as nesting season is now in full swing for many of our local garden Birds.

Rose-ringed Parakeet
Rose-ringed Parakeet Psittacula krameri

White-cheeked Bulbul Pycnonotus leucogenys and Red-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus cafer happily co-exist, the Red-vented nests in a nearby lamp post while the Whitecheeked of which I have at least 3 pairs nests in my thick hedges and shrubs.



Day Twitch

Permalink 07:03:18 pm, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Andy you did miss out Lapwing which we saw at Hamalah thus day total was 83

Here is the list of 82 birds that we saw. 05/02/2007

Andy shell
now back in kuwait

1. Little Grebe
2. Black-necked Grebe
3. Great Cormorant
4. Socotra Cormorant
5. Black-crowned Night Heron
6. Cattle Egret
7. Western Reef-Heron
8. Little Egret
9. Grey Heron
10. Purple Heron
11. Greater Flamingo
12. Wigeon
13. Gadwall
14. Teal
15. Pintail
16. Northern Shoveler
17. Red-crested Pochard
18. Pochard
19. Gray Francolin
20. Moorhen
21. Coot
22. Oystercatcher
23. Black-winged Stilt
24. Kentish Plover
25. Greater Sandplover
26. Grey Plover
27. Sanderling
28. Little Stint
29. Temminick’s Stint
30. Curlew Sandpiper
31. Dunlin
32. Pintail Snipe
33. Snipe
34. Bar-tailed Godwit
35. Curlew
36. Redshank
37. Marsh Sandpiper
38. Greenshank
39. Green Sandpiper
40. Wood Sandpiper
41. Ruddy Turnstone
42. Great-Black-headed Gull
43. Slender-billed Gull
44. Lesser Black-backed Gull
45. Yellow-legged Gull
46. Heuglin’s Gull
47. Armenian Gull
48. Gull-billed Tern
49. Caspian Tern
50. Lesser Crested Tern
51. Sandwich Tern
52. Little Tern
53. White-winged Black Tern
54. Collared-Dove
55. Palm Dove
56. Pallied Swift
57. Desert Lark
58. Crested Lark
59. Sky Lark
60. Oriental Sky-Lark
61. Barn Swallow
62. Richard’s Pipit
63. Tawny Pipit
64. Red-throated Pipit
65. Water Pipit
66. White Wagtail
67. Hypocolius
68. White-Cheeked Bulbul
69. Isabelline Wheatear
70. Desert Wheatear
71. Red-tailed Wheatear
72. Mourning Whatear
73. Song Thrush
74. Graceful Warbler
75. Desert Warbler
76. Lesser Whitethroat
77. Chiffchaff
78. Isabelline Shrike
79. Woodchat Shrike
80. Indian House Crow
81. Common Myna
82. House Sparrow



Field observations Jan 6 th to Feb 6 th 2007

Permalink 10:15:45, Categories: Observation by Howard  

I am in the process of cataloguing all species kept in collections in Bahrain particularily those that have resulted in escapes and feral breeding species in the past -

The following is however a list of species recorded in the field over the last 4 weeks

Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis
Black- necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
Socotra Cormorant Phalacrocorax nigrogularis
Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus
Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
Western Reef Heron Egretta gularis
Little Egret Egretta garzetta
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber
Wigeon Anas penelope
Gadwall Anas strepera
Teal Anas crecca
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Pintail Anas acuta
Shoveler Anas clypeata
Pochard Aythya ferina
Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus
Osprey Pandion haliaetus
Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
Chukar Alectoris chukar
Gray Francolin Francolinus pondicerianus
Quail Coturnix coturnix
Water Rail Rallus aquaticus
Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
Coot Fulica atra
Houbara Bustard Chlamydotis undulata
Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus
Stone Curlew Burhinus oedicnemus
Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius
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
Lapwing Vanellus vanellus
Sanderling Calidris alba
Little Stint Calidris minuta
Temminck's Stint Calidris temminckii
Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea
Dunlin Calidris alpina
Broad-billed Sandpiper Limicola falcinellus
Ruff Philomachus pugnax
Pintail Snipe Gallinago stenura
Snipe Gallinago gallinago
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus
Curlew Numenius arquata
Redshank Tringa totanus
Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis
Greenshank Tringa nebularia
Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola
Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
Great Black-headed Gull Larus ichthyaetus
Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus
Slender-billed Gull Larus genei
Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus
Yellow-legged Gull Larus cachinnans barabensis
Heuglin's Gull Larus heuglini taimyrrensis
Armenian Gull Larus armenicus
Gull-billed Tern Sterna nilotica
Caspian Tern Sterna caspia
Lesser Crested Tern Sterna bengalensis
Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis
Common Tern Sterna hirundo
Saunders's Little Tern Sterna saundersi
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybridus
White-winged Black Tern Chlidonias leucopterus
Rock Pigeon Columba livia
Stock Pigeon Columba oenas
Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto
Palm Dove Streptopelia senegalensis
Namaqua Dove Oena capensis
Alexandrine Parakeet Psittacula eupatria
Rose-ringed Parakeet Psittacula krameri
Barn Owl Tyto alba
Pallid Swift Apus pallidus
Kingfisher Alcedo atthis
Desert Lark Ammomanes deserti
Hoopoe Lark Alaemon alaudipes
Lesser Short-toed Lark Calandrella rufescens
Crested Lark Galerida cristata
Sky Lark Alauda arvensis
Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula
Swallow Hirundo rustica
Richard's Pipit Anthus richardi
Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris
Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis
Red throated Pipit Anthus cervinus
Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta
Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola
Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
Pied Wagtail Motacilla alba
Hypocolius Hypocolius ampelinus
White-cheeked Bulbul Pycnonotus leucogenys
Red-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus cafer
Bluethroat Luscinia svecica
Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus
Whinchat Saxicola rubetra
Stonechat Saxicola rubicola
Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina
Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe
Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti
Red tailed Wheatear Oenanthe xanthoprymna
Mourning Wheatear Oenanthe lugens
Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius
Song Thrush Turdus philomelos
Graceful Prinia Prinia gracilis
Desert Warbler Sylvia nana
Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca
Small (Desert) Whitethroat Sylvia minula
Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita
Isabelline Shrike Lanius isabellinus
Great (Southern & Steppe) Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor
Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator
Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus
Indian House Crow Corvus splendens
Starling Sturnus vulgaris
Common Myna Acridotheres tristis
House Sparrow Passer domesticus
Red Avadavat Amandava amandava
Indian Silverbill Euodice



Friday - out and about with AJ

Permalink 11:41:02, Categories: Observation by Howard  

A muddy day spent chasing the gaps in the cloud accompanied by Ben Martin from Chicago whom we managed to pair up with three Hypocolius at the BDF wadi ALL ably chauffeured by AJ. He lent me these pics as I forgot to recharge my batteries.
blackwinged stilt
Synchronised Black-winged Stilts in flight

water pipit

Water Pipit in full moult.



Rain, overcast and bad light yet again

Permalink 07:07:46 am, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Weekends for Saudi are Thursday/Friday - here in Bahrain Friday/Saturday - confused; so are we. But what it means is that AJ often comes over on thursday and if I'm not committed we spend the day looking for photographic opportunities, which was the case yesterday. What we didn't expect however was a dull, overcast day with further rain, especially as we have already had more than our usual share for the winter but this is exactly what we had this thursday. Finding our wintering species was not the problem but getting close enough to maximise the light was a real problem. Wait until he gets closer then we can fly to the rock over there behind him
AJ lent me his 200mm vibration compensated lens so while he was closing down on the birds I snapped this distant shot - Red-tailed & Mourning Wheatear with Blue Rock Thrush on the Jebel Dukhan. The Mourning's and Blue Rock Thrush soon moved of but the Redtailed Wheatear held his ground to enable AJ to get a shot in (see his pages on his next update)

Night Herons
Having already spotted a flock of 23 Night Herons the evening before close to Asry Shipyards; they were in reeds surrounding a pool of brackish water left behind amonst the reclamation areas for the new port. we finished our day in the gloom trying to get some shots of the birds moving off to feed in the late afternoon.

Night Herons
Before flying off the coast some of the Night Herons joined the Black-winged Stilts, Gulls and Marsh Sandpiers out in the pool.

Before being totally defeated by the failing light we did find some Warblers - This one, you will have to take my word for it, was a Lesser Whitethroat.


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