The migration this year is amazing the desert areas of Bahrain are alive with Red-throated Robins and thousands of Wheatears. Warblers can be found skitting from bush to bush and in the gardens Pipits and wagtails are moving in - in large numbers.
Abdulla has been ringing wheatears Redthroated robins by the handful this year see the ringing pages (later) for those images I spend the day Friday checking out the desert areas looking for the unusual - I was lucky I found a flock of Pale Rock Saprrows south of the Jebel heard some Trumpter finches which I failed to locate and counted hundreds of both Northern and Pied Wheatears. I saw Orphean, Menetries and Lesser Whitethroats aplenty but could not get near enough in my two wheel drive rent a wreck to photograph.
Pale Rock Sparrow
Rufous Bushchat the first return for this local summer breeding species
Emerald Starling an escaped exotic cage bird
Plenty of our miniture Dino's around
the Daub Lizard
The bird of the week has to be the Great Spotted Cookoo Abdulla saw close to the F1 track last Saturday for me the Caspian plver was nice to see managed a few middling photos despit it being on the sunny side. Found the male Little Bittern while stalking my boggey bird the kingfisher at Adhari pleased with the results
Little Bittern at Adhari
Pied Wheatear female
Northern Wheatear females now joing the males that arrived several weeks back
Probable Black-eared Wheatear
Isabelline shrike - phoenicuroides
Despite the strong wind and occassional dust this weekend proved to be far better than I had hoped. Warblers Pipits Wagtails and Wheatear continue to arrive but from a photographic standpoint remained largely unapproachable. Nervous is the best way to describe them.
On Friday I started in the ditches behind Adhari park at around 7am then I moved to Jasra, Hamalah finishing at Buri. The first bird seen was a Redrumped swallow followed by an old friend who we will call the forever disappearing Kingfisher, He will be gone before I manage a decent photo. One ditch in particular was full of birds and many species. However I missed many but did get some interesting shots of those deeper in the ditch and vegetation. Hamalah and Buri were disappointing in number of birds seen but Wheatears were plentiful. Jasra was interesting for the pair of Hoopoe I found at a hole in a wooden hut. This is suggestive of breeding once proven it will be our second record for the species this year. Abdulla visited the location on Sunday and witnessed the birds copulating looking interesting!!
And then we have this Tawny Pipit the wrong colour compared to all our other wintering birds so am currently puzzled why this Tawny Pipit is this colour
Not the easiest weekend birding wind and dust made it hard to find many warblers except at a distance as they kept their heads down. In the end I ended up at the Jebel chasing the odd wheatear and a whole load of Blue Rock Thrush.
Red Tailed Wheatear
the ever present Desert Lark
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