Post details: The hot weather continues possibly affecting migration

2016-10-29

The hot weather continues possibly affecting migration

Permalink 15:53:22, Categories: Observation by Howard  

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.

Hypocolius
Hypocolius

Hypocolius

Hypocolius

Hypocolius

Hypocolius

Clamorous Reed Warbler now a resident breeding species
Clamorous Reed Warbler

Clamorous Reed Warbler

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater a steady passage but overall small in comparison to other years
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

Bee-eater a disappointing show
Bee-eater

1st year Citrine Wagtail fast becoming a rarity
Citrine Wagtail

Curlew despite the hundreds around our shores only now has the one become two at Hamalah
Curlew

Curlew

Isabelline Shrike a species bucking the trend - good numbers this year here 3 of the 5 at Hamalah
Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Wheatear reasonable numbers
Isabelline Wheatear

Stonechat just beginning to arrive in any real numbers
Stonechat

White Wagtail just the odd one or two normally we have hundreds
White Wagtail

Woodchat Shrike
Woodchat Shrike

Pied Wheatear
Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper

Cattle Egrets now a substantial breeding species
Cattle Egrets

Little Grebe like many resident breeding species it has been a good year
Little Grebe

No shortage on the shore thankfully of our regular species other than Spoonbills and Marsh Sandpiper - Back-headed Gull - one of thousands
Black-headed Gull

Gull-billed Tern
Gull-billed Tern

Mallard an unusual sight to behold at Hamalah - a fodder farm
Mallard

Mallard

Common Mynah an escaped species reaching almost plague proportions in some areas
Common Mynah

Namaqua Dove
Namaqua Dove

Temmink's Stint
Temmink's Stint

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