Yesterday the 14th of July Brendan and I visited one of Bahrain's huge development projects in the south of the country looking for birds - any birds - only a few pigeons doves and sparrows were seen other than a few White-cheeked terns a Reef Heron and a Socotra Cormorant plus this Hobby a most unusual July record which made the trip worth while - sadly it was seen at dusk and the light was fading fast.
Some of the dozen or so White-cheeked Terns seen around the site - considering the numbers than we normally see in coastal areas not many by any standard in fact disappointing.
A family group of Cattle Egrets - two adults plus Juv were seen at Badaan Farm 11th July 2008 - following on from a previous breeding record in Al Areen last year this is the second breeding record
A distant record image was obtain - AJ got a much closer shot of the youngster see his page for that
we have now ringed 14 Spanish Sparrows including (see under ringing) numerous juvenile birds -
Considering it is barely a year since we saw our second country record for this species - it is remarkable how quickly they have carved out a niche and obtained a substantial breeding population.
A quiet morning at Badaan Farm produced some interesting birds on this Yankee Doodle day - seen besides the usual residents WERE - On arrival at 06.00hrs (early starts are essential these days) 3 Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters on the wires - they didn't stay long but I did managed to get a record shot from a distance of one.
a small flock of 28 swallows including some juveniles
and a single ssp fledegg Yellow Wagtail
Besides this we saw Namaqua Doves, some silverbills, a Single Curlew, Kentish Plover including some chicks, dozens of Rufous Bushchats, Olivaceous and Prinia Warblers, Palm and Collared Doves, House and Spanish Sparrows, Common Mynas, Indian House Crows, a few Cattle Egrets and Reef Herons, White Cheeked Terns, Crested Larks, White-cheeked Bulbuls, Grey Francolin and one of our regular escapee's - a Red Bishop
A Bushchat growing its tail back
Indian Silver Bill
Blue Cheeked Bee-eater
Indian Mongoose - will steal a bird out of your hand if you offer it
We are becoming a little frustrated at the weather here this year - not the heat we have learned to live with that - its the dust storms. One after the other there seems no end to them this year. Yesterday and again today visibility has been reduced to next to nothing by dust haze - my car the morning had more than a fine dust covering; had I had a bucket and spade I could have made a reasonably sized sandcastle. Maybe by this weekend I will have some decent images and some good observations to report currently I can't see the shore let alone any birds on it.
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