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Bad weather continues but birds improve

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Woodchat Shrike

Woodchat Shrike

Sociable Plover Vanellus gregarius one the rarer species in the world often stops off here on its way back north to breeding grounds probably in Kazakhstan and south-central Russia
Sociable Plover

Sociable Plover

Sociable Plover
Interesting feed back
Jim Lawrence
Thanks very much Howard - your record/and a picture now incorporated in my update post here It is very exciting to see the birds now on the move again and colleagues in Iraq have already picked up on your report and are readying themselves to conduct surveys there. I'd be very interested to hear any more news of So La's passing through Bahrain as and when you make a discovery! Very best regards Jim
The Amazing Journey

Northern Wheatear
Northern Wheatear
Interesting Feed back
Norman Deans van Swelm via to [MEBirdNet] Cross-hemisphere migration of Wheatears

By now most of you will have learned of the fascinating results of a gelocator study on Alaskan breeding Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe overflying northern Asia to spend the winter in E.Africa as well as Canadian breeding Greenland Wheatear Oenanthe (o.) leucorhoa crossing the Atlantic in order to spend the winter in W.Africa. Little is known about the Siberian/Alaskan birds yet they must have a comparable adaptation as the Greenland birds (i.e. long wings, large size) to cover the enormous distance to and from Africa. Portenko named the Siberian birds O.o.oenantoides but this name was ignored later by other authors. Nothing has been published on colour differences when compared to the small breeding birds of W.Europe nominate O.o.oenanthe and no pictures have to my knowledge been published. What pleasure it is to see Howard King's picture recently taken in Bahrain which surely shows an adult male O.o.oenanthoides in fresh breeding plumage:

Interesting to say the least - Brendan will try and trap and ring the bird - watch this space but please note Brendan uses BTO rings (uk) might confuse a few if the bird is ever recovered


Great Greay Shrike
Great Greay Shrike

Pallid Harrier
Pallid Harrier

Pallid Harrier

Black Redstart
Black Redstart



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