The last of the Pallid Swifts have disappeared for the summer from outside the office window this week but Rollers Blue Cheeked Bee-eaters Sand Martins and even a yellow Wagtail have already been seen by Brendan. For my part I have added Cream Coloured Courser and a Isabelline Wheatear to the early returns. On the Shore Curlew Sandpiper and Little stint are now the most numerous wader but a few Terek Sandpipers Dunlin have been also seen along with an increase in numbers of Red and Greenshank, Whimbrel, Curlews and Godwits.
Cream Coloured Courser
Greater Sand Plover - they just luv the camera
It was my intention to concentrate on land birds today in both the gardens and fresh water margins. But having visited Adhari ditches,the chicken farm and a few green spots in between I ended up at Dumistan or Lawzi Lake with not many species recorded. The lake, our biggest body of brackish water and all that remains of an old long abandoned sandpit, was full of Terns; White-cheeked and Little, Reef Herons and Black-winged Stilts, a few Kentish Plovers, Little Egrets, a solitary Grey Heron and Little Grebes completed the picture. I was surprised as sat viewing the antics of the terns to see a pair of Slender-billed Gulls appear from the reed margins on the far side. Slender-billed are not that numerous in the summer unlike in winters when tens of thousands can be found. What was surprising about this pair were that one was obviously a juvenile whist the other an adult and the attentive behavior of the adult was suggestive of parent and offspring. Interesting to say the least as we do not have any accepted records for this species breeding here.
Dumistan Lawzi Lake
Slender-billed Gull the pair in question
breeding Collared Dove
Squacco Heron another species thought now to be breeding here
Kentish Plover chick
From the Chicken Farm
after our ringing trip to Jarim last weekend it was nice to get back to the Maharraq shore - the most numerous species seen were the Greater Sand Plovers, out numbering the Kentish Plover for once. Both species seem to have multiplied in numbers dramatically these last few weeks. Terns were in short supply with the breeding season still not yet complete but plenty of Reef Herons around and the odd other wader the numbers of species on the shore is beginning to build.
Greater Sand Plover
Lesser Crested Tern
Western Reef Heron
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