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Strong winds brings large spring fall

Permalink 07:09:01, Categories: Observation by Howard  

The Shamal that kicked in on Friday afternoon with winds gusting over 25knots acted as a giant stopper for birds moving north. I went ringing with Brendan on Saturday mourning and we were amazed at the number of birds that had dropped down into our ringing site south of Al Jazair beach. Willow, Barred, Upchers & Reed Warblers, Whitethroat, Blackcaps, Redstarts, and Nightingales were crammed into the small area. Overhead Swallows House Martins and Bee-eaters continue however to pass as did larger birds like Rollers. The wind dropped considerably on Saturday night allowing birds to move on but come Sunday morning it had picked up again with Sunday a a public Holiday here we returned to pickup were we had left off. The early morning drive down proved very interesting as I counted in the last 4kms along the western shore road 17 Red-backed, 9 Lesser Grey and 3 Woodchat Shrikes plus 3 Rock Thrush Whinchats, Ortolan and Red-throated Buntings and a few yellow Wagtails plus a heap of warblers skitting between the desert vegetation. New birds now occupied the ringing site as we had no re-traps from the day before, it proved to be just as fruitful as the previous day.

Begging to be snapped this Rock Thrush one of the 3 at Al Jazair was amazing
Rock Thrush

Rock Thrush

Rock Thrush

hard to get close to the Shrikes proved unusually difficult to photograph
Lesser Grey Shrike

Lesser and Red-backed Shrikes

Red-backed Shrike
Red-backed Shrike

Red-backed Shrike

Woodchat Shrike
Woodchat Shrike



Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail


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