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still relatively quiet

Permalink 08:14:01, Categories: Observation by Howard  

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.

Barred Warbler
Barred Warbler

Barred Warbler

Barred Warbler

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
Spanish Sparrow

Red-vented Bulbul - from my garden
Red-vented Bulbul

Desert Wheatear
Desert Wheatear

Isabelline Shrikes two individuals current have been wintering at Hamalah we think the barring indicates that this is female rather than a juvenile
Isabelline Shrikes

isabelline Shrike

Corn Bunting
Corn Bunting

Stonechat male
Stonechat male

Small Skylark
Small Skylark


Ring-necked or Rose-ringed Parakeet
Ring-necked  or Rose-ringed Parakeet

Great Grey Shrike one day I will get a close up but this individual is very flighty
Great Grey Shrike

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
Great White Egret

Dunlin the most numerous wader currently on the shore

Grey Plover - no change in plumage yet
Grey Plover

Greater Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover

Kentish Plover
Kentish Plover

Marsh Sandpiper
Marsh Sandpiper

Broad-billed Sandpiper
Broad-billed Sandpiper


Terek Sandpiper
Terek Sandpiper


Western Reef Heron
Western Reef Heron

Socotra Cormorant here a juvenile
Socotra Cormorant



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