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.
Citrine Wagtail one of many at Alba
Cattle Egret - at Buri - the extensive vegetable gardens have yet to recover from the cold snap and were devoid of many species
Pallid and Montagu's Harrier still being recorded at the Experimental Farm Hamalah - have been present some time
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.
Gt Grey Shrike
Desert Wheatear one of several but Isabelline numbers have increased indicating a return of migrants
Quail one of many seen
Rock formation in the desert about the only thing of interest seen
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