Archives for: April 2008


Permalink 09:27:04 pm, Categories: Observation by Howard  

The weather has become suddenly hot and so has the migration through our neck of the woods. A busy week watching to see whats passing some things are still hard to find like Warblers but otherwise numbers are good for some species. Ortalan Bunting, Wheatears, Shrikes, Pratincoles, Nightingale, White-throated Robins, Red-Pipits Throated Pipits, Rollers Lesser Kestrel Bee-eaters, Swallows, are more numerous this year than in previous. Out numbering all must be the Yellow Wagtails they are everywhere you look and withy a good variety of ssp

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

Spotted Flycatcher - always plenty of these fellows around
Spotted Flycatcher

Spotted Flycatcher

Spotted Flycatcher

Spotted Flycatcher

Collared Pratincole

Eight surround a splash pool from the irrigation system - IN TOTAL 11 were seen today

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Ortolan Bunting
Ortolan Bunting

Ortolan Bunting

Palm Dove -it was there - a common local breeding species
Palm Dove

Red-backed Shrike - too far away really and in the wrong place to the sun
Red-backed Shrike

The rear end of a Roller



horrible day

Permalink 08:37:28 pm, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Have been in the UK for a few weeks - after I had return my house was burgled - the bast---ds stole my laptop some camera kit my satellite decorder plus a host of other things but the worst was the fact that they stripped the house of its copper water pipe leaving me with a flood. To make matters worse today the first day that I could get out since returning yet another dust storm blew up cutting vis down to around 500 mts. Anyhow birds continue to pass -these last few weeks its been Buntings Ortolan and Cinereous, Martins, Swallows, Pale Rock Sparrows, and Beeeaters all in large numbers and a whole host of other goodies like Lesser Kestrel, Cuckoos, Scops Owls, Pratincoles,Hoopoe, and Rollers. Besides a flurry of Wheatears and Warblers plus the return of the locally breeding Olivaceous - singing their heads off.
Not a good day the light was yuck for photography as you can see from these two images below


lesser kestrel


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