Archives for: February 2011


Just a trickle but more migrants are turning up

Permalink 07:59:27, Categories: Observation by Howard  

winter visitors and residents still make up the list of most birds seen but one gets a sense of expectation as more migrants start to turn up

Little Ringed Plover
Little Ringed Plover

Little Ringed Plover


Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Citrine Wagtail - two this weekend as Askar
Citrine Wagtail

Citrine Wagtail

joining thhe few Grey Wagtails that have wintered here
Grey Wagtail

Great White Egret two seen; one Tubli one Askar marsh
Great White Egret

Great White Egret

Showing off its Yellow feet a Western Reef Heron
Western Reef Heron

Black-winged Stilt
Black-winged Stilt

Kentish Plover
Kentish Plover

Lesser Kestrel
Lesser Kestrel

Marsh Harrier - the same one as seen at Hamalah A'Ali and Adhari seen here at Askar
Marsh Harrier



Still have some rain around

Permalink 07:59:11, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Its been a damp start to the year - good for the wildlife if you can get near to it - the topsoil tuns to mud in many places makeing access difficult.

The Graceful Warblers seem to be enjoying the weather anyhow - as noisy and busy as ever
Graceful Warbler

Graceful Warbler

there seems to be a hugh increase in Crested Larks also this year as they prepare to breed in the next few months
Crested Lark

Collared Dove common over farmland still but not as numerous as in the past in some areas seem to have been displaced
Collared Dove

White-cheeked Bulbul seem to be holding there own
White-cheeked Bulbul

Indian House Crow blamed by many for the decline of some species - but under threat now themselves from persecution
Indian House Crow

Indian House Crow

Spanish Sparrow as a recent colonizer it is doing well and a pleasant addition to our breeding list
Spanish Sparrow

Squacco Herons are now a full time resident - breeding is more difficult to prove
Squacco Heron

Namaqua Dove - common in semi desert areas close to farmland they can be rather ellusive
Namaqua Dove

A very successfull breeding species the Western Reef Heron
Western Reef Heron

This bird from last years breeding season has yet too decide if it will turn out white or dark grey/blue
Western Reef Heron

of wintering migrants we have a large numbers of Song Thrush at the moment last week Brendan counted 136 at a single roost in Jasra
Song Thrush

Skylark number are good as well this year and flocks seem to hold more Oriental than usual

A regular but scarce winter visitor Redstart

probably more numerous this year than others Isabelline Wheratear are very prominent and photogenic visitors
Isabelline Wheratear

Isabelline Shrike the most obvious of wintering shrikes unlike the few Masked which are extremly hard to find
Isabelline Shrike

Common Sandpiper seen through out the year it wonldn't surprise me if they actual breed here
Common Sandpiper

Walk through any patch of overgrown farm land and you are guarenteed to see Bluethroat everywhere getting a decent picture is the hard thing


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