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Migration continues to be interrupted by Sand Storms

Permalink 16:07:24, Categories: Observation by Howard  

This year finding migrants has been reduced to chance, Sandstorms and bad weather have interrupted our normal patterns - so many species are missing or have not seen while others have proved to be unusually common and wide spread like Pratincoles. Many Warbler species simply have not been seen, possible moving in and out between weather events whereas they would normally hang around for a few weeks. Pied in the spring are normally our most numerous Wheatear numbers this year are way down with Northern being the most commonly observed. Observations of a single Roller and Rock Thrush are typical, last year we were overwhelmed. For some species it might be early days yet but already its the middle of April and my over all list is a little bare.

Black Redstart - few and far between
Black Redstart

Redstart mre numerous this year

Collared Pratincole common - largest flock was of 15 at Buri


Northern Wheatear
Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear

Ortolan Bunting smaller number than in previous years
Ortolan Bunting

Red-throated Pipit good numbers in a variety of locations
Red-throated Pipit

Red-throated Pipit

Tree Pipit only this one seen
Tree Pipit

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

Masked Shrike scarce
Masked Shrike

Masked Shrike

Uperchers Warbler seen but elusive
Uperchers Warbler

Uperchers Warbler

Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler

Willow Warbler

Willow Warbler

Willow Warbler

Pied Wheatear fewer observed
Pied Wheatear

Martin fewer seen

Swallow as common as ever

Marsh Harriers and Pallid continue to move through
Marsh Harriers

Isabelline Wheatear numbers remain stable
Isabelline Wheatear

Graceful Warbler a chirpy resident

Namaqua Dove breeding resident numbers still increasing
Namaqua Dove



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