Post details: A good weekend at desert wetspots and in the gardens

2015-01-17

A good weekend at desert wetspots and in the gardens

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After last weeks cold snap the weekend weather although foggy at the start on both Friday and Saturday was much much seasonal - warm with a fresh breeze. With a low morning tide I spent the weekend in checking on our winter visitors having been away for Christmas and New Year in and around my favourite gardens and the wet spots in the south.

Buhair provided some interesting observations but given the size of the site it proved as always difficult to get close to many species seen. I was surprised by the number of Warblers noted - Chiffchaff Great Reed most likely Clamouraous Desert Warblers plus several unidentified species were seen. Serveral Snipe, Green Sand Piper and Citrine Wagtails along with at least two Marsh Harriers made the visit interesting. On the ponds as expected huge numbers of Black-winged Stilt, Blackheaded Gulls, Egrets and Herons with Moorhen, Little Grebe and a solitary Coot but no marsh or little tern seen hunting. The Rocky areas produced few Wheatears, a couple of Isabelline and a single Desert where the only ones observed.

In the desert areas under the eastern rim rock at the various green spots used for waste water disposal large numbers of small waders where seen but nothing exceptional.

The Gardens at Buri Hamalah and along the nothern fringe produced no surprises and remained generally quiet however it is always nice to see close up many of our wintering species. I failed to get a single picture of the many Bluethroats or meadow pipits seen. The Number of Corn bunting has dramatically increased since before Christmas as has the number of Skylarks including Small or Oriental.

Little Grebe
Little Grebe

Moorhen
Moorhen

Little Stint
Little Stint

Kentish Plover
Kentish Plover

Green Sand Piper
Green Sand Piper

Snipe
Snipe

Coot
Coot

Citrine Wagtail
Citrine Wagtail

Black-winged Stilt
Black-winged Stilt

Great White Egret
Great White Egret

Fancy Pigeon - one of many now to be seen around the desert
Fancy Pigeon

Desert Hyacinth
Desert Hyacinth

many bushes and shrubs now in bloosom
in flower

in flower

Marsh Harrier
Marsh Harrier

Marsh Harrier

Desert Wheatear
Desert Wheatear

From the gardens
Stonechat
Stonechat

Stonechat

Stonechat

Water Pipit
Water Pipit

Corn Bunting
Corn Bunting

Spanish Sparrow
Spanish Sparrow

Graceful Warbler
Graceful Warbler

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear

Kestrel
Kestrel

Pallid Harrier
Pallid Harrier

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