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2018-03-31

Good movement seen on the shore

Permalink 22:06:55, Categories: Observation by Howard  

March is that time of the year when the number of waders on the shore numerically starts to peak while in the gardens and desert areas its time to spend quality time looking out for the chance of a real rarity - luckily this month certainly lived up to expectations on both counts.

But to start with a reality check -

Early in the month young Ali better know on twitter as shaggy @sahggy1991 contacted me to inform me that a real rarity - a Black-winged Kite had turned up for sale in a village pet shop - together we contrived the means to acquire the bird and when done to pass it on to our friends at Tails Veterinary surgery to be chipped and checked out for subsequent re-release back to the wild. A wild single Black-winged kite had been observed across northern Bahrain from mid January through February our second or third record was this the same bird well that was hard to tell from the data presented but it certainly was a youngster and in beautiful condition. It appeared fortunately not to have been in captivity very long. For me this was a first - What a beauty - was love at first sight - I was amazed at just how small and elegant the species is and although friendly it made it known, it wanted out. Thus after its medical and a few days in isolation, well fed to ensure a successful transition back to the wild the bird was successfully released one evening in an extensive area of gardens along the west coast. Should it ever be recaptured being chipped will enable us to prove without doubt that it is indeed a wild bird and undertake a successful prosecution in the courts here.


Black-winged Kite
Black-winged Kite

Black-winged Kite

The Kite apart - the month also turned up another real rarity a male Finsch's Wheatear in Buri

Finsch's Wheatear
Finsch's Wheatear

Finsch's Wheatear

Finsch's Wheatear

Finsch's Wheatear

Finsch's Wheatear

Finsch's Wheatear

Finsch's Wheatear

Finsch's Wheatear

Finsch's Wheatear

Finsch's Wheatear

Fortunately during the period I also saw several Black-eared Wheatear always useful for making comparisons between the two species for identification but also was interesting in feeding behavior observed

Black-eared Wheatear
Black-eared Wheatear

Black-eared Wheatear

Black-eared Wheatear

As epected on a large scale Pied Wheatear always dominate the early return of wheatear by numbers alone they seem to turn up everywhere - all ages both male and female

Pied Wheatear
Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Northern Wheatear never fail to impress at this time either as the first birds through are generally bigger and more colorful than later ones

Northern Wheatear
Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear

Desert Wheatear just one of many still around
Desert Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear still numerous
Isabelline Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear

Another scarcity was the Mistle Thrush seen at Buri in the same general location as the Finsch's Wheatear but it was never as obliging
Mistle Thrush
Mistle Thrush

Mistle Thrush

A big surprise however was the White-tailed Plover that turned up at Hamalah over grass
White-tailed Plover
White-tailed Plover

White-tailed Plover

White-tailed Plover

White-tailed Plover

Woodchat Shrike good numbers this year
Woodchat Shrike

Woodchat Shrike

Woodchat Shrike

Woodchat Shrike

Cinereous Bunting two birds seen keeping company with the more frequently seen Ortolan Bunting
Cinereous bunting

Cinereous Bunting

Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit

Collared Dove one of the many
Collared Dove

Barn Owl a pair at their nest site at the Bahrain Fort
Barn Owl

Barn Owl

Barn Owl

Bluethroat
Bluethroat

Bluethroat

Bluethroat

Bluethroat

Bluethroat

Bee-eater large passage mostly late evening with few seen down on the deck for good photography
Bee-eater

Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff

Lesser Whitethroat
Lesser Whitethroat

Lesser Whitethroat

Lesser Whitethroat

Lesser Whitethroat

Redstart
Redstart

Redstart

Redstart

Redstart

Redstart

Leucistic Sparrow
Leucistic Sparrow

Marsh Harrier
Marsh Harrier

Marsh Harrier

Desert Warbler a common wintering species
Desert Warbler

Glossy Ibis - 4 of the 12 wintering around Askar Marsh area
Glossy Ibis

Now a resident breeder in my garden in Manama - one of my pair of Graceful Prinia
Graceful Prinia

Grey Francolin now also regular in my garden
Grey Francolin

Great Grey Shrike
Great Grey Shrike

Great Grey Shrike

Great Grey Shrike

Great Grey Shrike

Hoopoe a now well established breeding species
Hoopoe

Hoopoe

Hoopoe

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Yellow Wagtail Fledegg
Yellow Wagtail Fledegg

Yellow Wagtail Fledegg

Yellow Wagtail Fledegg

White Wagtail one of the thousands wintering
White Wagtail

Crested Lark - remarkably resilient a locally breeding species of town and country
Crested Lark

Water Pipit just one of the many
Water Pipit

Tawny Pipit always a regular across agricultural areas and all desert fringes
Tawny Pipit

Isabelline Shrike - Durian
Isabelline Shrike

Striated Heron at the northern Tubli outfall must now be regarded as a scarce but resident breeder
Striated Heron

Striated Heron

Wood Sandpiper - wintering numbers this year have been better than in previous winters
Wood Sandpiper

Wood Sandpiper

Green Sandpiper good numbers wintering too
Green Sandpiper

Common Sandpiper a regular often in considerable numbers
Common Sandpiper

Marsh Sandpiper one of several wintering at Askar
Marsh Sandpiper

Little Ringed Plover just the one at Askar
Little Ringed Plover

Little Ringed Plover

Pin-tailed Snipe at last one out in the open
Pin-tailed Snipe

Pin-tailed Snipe

Snipe
Snipe

Snipe

Cattle Egret coming into breeding plumage
Cattle Egret

Black Headed Gulls at Hafeera quarry site around the watering hole just one frame of a few of the tens of thousands at the location daily
Black Headed Gulls

Red-wattled Plover at Hafeera pool a potential breeding site
Red-wattled Plover

Kentish Plover chick
Kentish Plover chick

Kentish Plover chick

Kentish Plover chick

Kentish Plover chick

Kentish Plover chick

Kentish Plover - Dad provides shade and sanctuary
Kentish Plover
Dad
Kentish Plover
Mum
Kentish Plover

Rock Thrush
Rock Thrush

Rock Thrush

Rock Thrush

Rock Thrush

Rufous Bushchat
Rufous Bushchat

Rufous Bushchat

Just a hungry House Sparrow
Sparrow

Ruff
Ruff

Ruff

Ruff

Ruff

Curlew
Curlew

Curlew

Curlew

Purple Gallinule A breeding resident at Askar
Purple Gallinule

Redshank at Askar
Redshank

Greenshank at Askar
Greenshank

Grey heron at Askar
Grey Heron

Namaqua Dove at Hafeera having moved south to breed
Namaqua Dove

around Muharraq shore
Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover

Bart-tailed Godwit
Bart-tailed Godwit

Broad-billed Sandpiper
Broad-billed Sandpiper

Mixed small waders
Mixed small waders

Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper

Dunlin
Dunlin

Dunlin

Dunlin

Flamingo
Flamingo

Greater Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover

Lesser Sand Plover
Lesser Sand Plover

Lesser Sand Plover

Lesser Sand Plover

Little Stint
Little Stint

Little Tern
Little Tern

Sanderling in among the Sand Plover
Sanderling

Terek Sandpiper
Terek Sandpiper

Turnstone
Turnstone

Turnstone

Waders
Waders

Waders

Waders

Waders

Waders

Waders

Waders

Waders

Waders

Waders

Waders

Waders

Waders

Grey Plover
Grey Plover

Grey Plover

Grey Plover

Grey Plover

Grey Plover

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