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2012-02-06

Storm dies away and leaves a few nice birds behind

Permalink 19:40:20, Categories: Observation by Howard  

We have just returned to cooler weather after a Shamal that blew up a sandstorm. The wind seemed to make several dramatic changes during the last few days before setting into the NE. Missing from the shores now are thousands of waders a consequence of the colder than usual winter weather. I haven't seen for instance a Kentish Plover for a week - many seem to have upped sticks and left for warmer climes to our south.

But one blessing has been an upsurge in unusual species - Last Week Brendan and Abdulla had a Black-winged Kite a first for Bahrain (see) yesterday it was my luck to chance on Red-Wattled Plover our 6th record plus identify positively a Montagu's Harrier our 7th record.


Red-wattled Plover found at the Marsh at Ras Jubour South Alba
Red-wattled Plover
The bird was put to flight by a circling very large and very dark raptor - which sadly was never identified.

Citrine Wagtail one of many at Alba
Citrine Wagtail

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Cattle Egret - at Buri - the extensive vegetable gardens have yet to recover from the cold snap and were devoid of many species
Cattle Egret

Pallid and Montagu's Harrier still being recorded at the Experimental Farm Hamalah - have been present some time
Montagu's Harrier

Montagu's Harrier

Oriental or Small Skylark - the farm was providing shelter for a larger than normal number which buried themselves into the vegetation on each passing of the Harrier.
Oriental or Small Skylark

Gt Grey Shrike
Gt Grey Shrike

Crested Lark
Crested Lark

Water Pipit
Water Pipit

Desert Wheatear one of several but Isabelline numbers have increased indicating a return of migrants
Desert Wheatear

Quail one of many seen
Quail

Quail

Rock formation in the desert about the only thing of interest seen
Jebel

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