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An interesting weekend

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Signs of life by way of an increase in the number of winter visitors was noted this last week-end. Nothing outstanding or rather special was seen however but one got the sense that spring was not far away, was on the way.

At Buhair valley between Isa Town and Riffa the flooded valley has become the temporay refuge for a large number of Black-winged Stilt -
Black-winged Stilt

Several Gardens contain a good number of Corn Buntings often heard they can be difficult to see
Corn Bunting

Isabelline Shrike - Wintering numbers are down on previous years but still the most comonly seen shrike species
Isabelline Shrike

Marsh Harrier - coming out of the sun one of several wintering this year
Marsh Harrier

Steppe Buzzard - one of two seen this one trailing some form of string tether from being caught previously which sadly, if it gets caught on a branch or fence wire could easily result in the bird becoming tangled and dying a lingering death
Steppe Buzzard

Wood Sandpiper one of several seem at Buhair valley
Wood Sandpiper

Whimbrel - a very common long term visitor of wetlands and coastal margins



Lesser Creasted Tern - less numerous outside their summer breeding season good numbers remain through the winter
Lesser Creasted Tern

Flamingo - a youngster one of many seen among the large wintering flocks

Great White Egret - a species that can popup almost any time of the year
Great White Egret


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