Archives for: October 2015

2015-10-31

Hot weather affecting migration and birds at risk

Permalink 16:19:40, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Without a doubt land birds have been seriously affected by the hotter than usual temperatures in Bahrain this year with observation of the numbers of migrant species declining dramatically. The variety has gone - warblers are almost totally lacking, as are many lark and pipit species. Thrush Rollers and Oriels and many shrikes species either missing entirely from the record or only briefly glimpsed. With heavy rains and more irrigated areas in parts of Arabia making for larger green patches there and given the decreasing green spaces and open water here - are species changing their routes ignoring Bahrain - the lack of variety and numbers certainly makes me wonder. Even those that make it here now run the risk of being trapped the fate of many Wheatears and Kestrels or shot if you are a duck and water birds despite legislation banning hunting. A complete lack of environmental enforcement is to blame on this count - little point passing laws and having great legislation without application. This year I have seen an increase of trapping from Maharraq to the southern desert. It has to stop as does the rampant destruction of water courses, the grubbing up of thorn and other native trees plus the continual dumping of building waste on every bit of open ground. Is anybody actually managing the environment is a question I ask myself continuously every time I go out. Take a look at the litter now already visible around Sakir camping grounds to answer that question.

To start with a Pied Kingfisher in the ditches behind Adhari Park - an area that environmentally needs minimal improvement yet is earmarked for so-called accessibility preplanning - a prelude to development if you ask me - its time planners and those green finger consultants started going out and actually observing what is there in the way of endangered species - terrapins, frogs, fish, birds etc. they might then reconsider the nature of their so called improvement plans.


Pied Kingfisher
Pied Kingfisher

So back to what I did see thankfully we still have the shore and waders despite the best efforts of developers and planners to destroy much of the intertidal zone with new reclaimation however thanks to settlement time some good habitat still exists which compensated in a small way.
Extreme high tides this week brought a lot of waders to the shore

Broad-billed Sandpiper
Broad-billed Sandpiper

Broad-billed Sandpiper

In with curlew Sandpipers
Broad-billed Sandpiper

Common Sandpiper taking up wintering quarters
Common Sandpiper

Curlew hundred in several flocks seen
Curlew

Dunlin thousand the most numerous wader
Dunlin

Ringed Plover
Ringed plover

mixed waders
waders

waders

waders

waders

waders

White-winged Tern
White-winged Tern

Greenshank
Greenshank

Terek Sandpipers
Terek Sandpipers

Redshank
Redshank

Redshank

Baltic/heuglins Gull
Baltic Gull

Grey Plover
Grey Plover

Juvenile Flamingo
Juvenile Flamingo

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2015-10-25

A long weekend

Permalink 22:07:49, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Species count is beginning to increase as winter regulars begin to be recored however many passage migrant species normally seen during this period have either pass us by entirely or failed to turn up, have not been seen at all. For instance there is a distinct shortage of Warblers and larks.

Kingfisher
Kingfisher

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater this one with a deformed beak struggles with a grasshopper
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

European Bee-eater
Bee-eater

Bee-eater

Bee-eater

Black-crowned Night Heron - a barely fledged juenile
Black-crowned Night Heron

Chiffchaff still only a few seen
Chiffchaff

Desert Wheatear
Desert Wheatear

Grey Francolin
Grey Francolin

Great White Egret
Great White Egret

Hypocolius
Hypocolius

Hypocolius

Hypocolius

Hypocolius

Hypocolius

Indian House Crow
Indian House Crow

isabelline Shrike
isabelline Shrike

Indian Silver-bill
Indian Silver-bill

Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear

Kentish Plover
Kentish Plover

Kestrel
Kestrel

Marsh Harrier

Marsh Harrier

Marsh Harrier

Osprey
Osprey

Osprey

Masked Shrike
Masked Shrike

Namaqua Dove
Namaqua Dove

Pied Wheatear
Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Tawny Pipit
Tawny Pipit

Spanish Sparrow
Spanish Sparrow

Squacco Heron
Squacco Heron

Stonechat
Stonechat

Stonechat

Stonechat

Tree Pipit
Tree Pipit

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Moongoose
Moongoose

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2015-10-10

Slow but intersting passage

Permalink 18:41:24, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Still slow - but think the higher than normal temperature might be holding birds back - this weekend saw a lot more pied wheatears but only a single Desert while in contrast Duck numbers seem to be up especially at Tubli

Desert Warbler
Desert Warbler

Desert Wheatear
Desert Wheatear

large flocks of Slender-billed Gulls all around northern shores
Slender-billed Gulls

Slender-billed Gull
Slender-billed Gull

Greater Sand Plover now moving into drab winter plumage
Greater Sand Plover

Lesser Sand Plover
Lesser Sand Plover

Gull-billed Tern in scattered small flocks
Gull-billed Tern

Lesser Crested Tern now moving onshore after breeding
Lesser Crested Tern

Hoppoe
Hoppoe

Pied Wheatear
Pied Wheatear

Sand Martin unusal to find one having a sand bath
Sand Martin

Barn Swallow
Barn Swallow

Sacred Ibis a ferral breeding species
Sacred Ibis

Shoveller - large numbers at Tubli along with smaller numbers Mallard Teal Garganey Pintails
Shoveller

Shoveller

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2015-10-02

Still hot and humid

Permalink 21:38:35, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Back after a trip over seas it proved to still be hot humid and relatively quiet


Bee-eater steady passage
Bee-eater

Bee-eater

Great Grey Shrike one of several seen
Great Grey Shrike

Indian Silver Bill numbers growing again after disappearing to breed
Indian Silver Bill

Isabelline Shrike one of many that will over winter
Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Wheatear good numbers many will stay in situ for the winter
Isabelline Wheatear

Pied Wheatear good numbers seen
Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear
Pied Wheatear

Collared Pratincole three juveniles seen
Collared Pratincole

Collared Pratincole

Spotted Flycatcher a single bird
Spotted Flycatcher

Yellow Wagtail only a few so far
Yellow Wagtail

Namaqua Dove spreading out again after breeding
Namaqua Dove

Creasted Lark
Creasted Lark

White-cheeked Bulbul
White-cheeked Bulbul

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