Either someone has wiped out entire species of migrant populations or the continuing hot weather and global warming is having a distinct detrimental effect on the migration pattern we are experiencing here this year. Or are there other factors having an effect. There remains a distinct shortage of small stuff - mostly warblers and pipits even wagtails but alarmingly for instance no Oriels and only a few Rollers and thrush species have been noted. Both myself and friends who photograph birds in passing on a regular basis have recorded the same to the point that we are asking "where have our birds gone". Normally I am away for August but this year I wasn't so under recording or lack of obs time is not a factor. Someone suggested that this was not the effect of global warming alone but due to the fact that to our north we have large war zones through which our birds have to pass and people were hunting birds out of necessity birds for food or as in the case for Saudi and Kuwait hunting them just for fun to the point few are making it through.
In a normal year the Hypocolius arrive from around the 15th of October this year it was this weekend two weeks late. They are a species I monitor very closely - when here they can be easily found very early any mornings as they do congregate in know areas. They do however remain at this time of day difficult to photograph the rising sun can be difficult to get around.
Clamorous Reed Warbler now a resident breeding species
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater a steady passage but overall small in comparison to other years
Bee-eater a disappointing show
1st year Citrine Wagtail fast becoming a rarity
Curlew despite the hundreds around our shores only now has the one become two at Hamalah
Isabelline Shrike a species bucking the trend - good numbers this year here 3 of the 5 at Hamalah
Isabelline Wheatear reasonable numbers
Stonechat just beginning to arrive in any real numbers
White Wagtail just the odd one or two normally we have hundreds
Cattle Egrets now a substantial breeding species
Little Grebe like many resident breeding species it has been a good year
No shortage on the shore thankfully of our regular species other than Spoonbills and Marsh Sandpiper - Back-headed Gull - one of thousands
Mallard an unusual sight to behold at Hamalah - a fodder farm
Common Mynah an escaped species reaching almost plague proportions in some areas
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