Well I can official announce that the return migration has well and truely started. Last weekend my only new species to photograph was a Woodchat Shrike picture (included here) this week saw the return of more Warbler species (some captured on the camera) with Menetries, Orphean, Reed, more Barred, Lesser Whitethroat, and Chiffchaff plus a Pied Wheatear so won't be long before we see even more.
Menetries Warbler - a really lucky shot at distance deep in a bush
Isabelline Shrike so tame now I can almost strroke her by hand
Stonechat this one at Adhari his colour indicates he will move north soon.
This one from those wintering a Hamalah
Desert Wheatear one of many that has been wintering
Bluethroat for some reason the White spotted ones are hard to get close to but this onee has been around all winter
From the garden
Palm Doves with a sparrow all interested in the same thing
After last weeks heavy rain it was good to get again, the rain makes sticky ground off road, the slightest detour and its get a tow truck.
I spent a good length of time investigating warblers, they represent the first signs that the migration has started but all to no avail that was until Saturday afternoon when in my own garden a Barred Warbler suddenly turned up.
Hoopoe -a pair have been in residence all winter at Hamalah Experimental Farm -
on Saturday Abdulla noticed one carry food into a hole in an adjacent house wall indicating that
after a long absence (1978) Hoopoe are again breeding here in Bahrain
Spanish Sparrow - a flock of around 200 can now be found at Hamalah they have displaced House Sparrows as the most numerous species here
Red-vented Bulbul - from my garden
Isabelline Shrikes two individuals current have been wintering at Hamalah we think the barring indicates that this is female rather than a juvenile
Ring-necked or Rose-ringed Parakeet
Great Grey Shrike one day I will get a close up but this individual is very flighty
Curlew although there are hundred on the shore only few are found on farmland feeding
Out and about
a Great White Egret remains at Alba marsh
Dunlin the most numerous wader currently on the shore
Grey Plover - no change in plumage yet
Greater Sand Plover
Western Reef Heron
Socotra Cormorant here a juvenile
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