Category: Admin - Howard King

2015-02-14

Bad weather and only a few migrants birds

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The last few weeks we have expienced extended periods of high winds and bad visibilty due to dust. Add to this a shortage of new migrant species passing, birding in generally has been low key. A few Pied Wheatear where noted this weekend along with a lot more Chiffchaffs indicating that this situation should change soon. I spent a considerable ammount of time looking for a ringed Flamingo on Tubli Bay after Abdulla Kabi our local ringer spotted one at the sewage outfall at Tubli. Needless to say by the time I got there it had diasappeared amongst the thousand currently resident.

Desert Warbler one of my favourite species wintering species this one was found at Buhair
Desert Warbler

Bluethroat
Bluethroat

Bluethroat

Isabelline Shrike just one of many
Isabelline Shrike

Skylark
Skylark

Spanish Sparrow
Spanish Sparrow

Corn Bunting
Corn Bunting

Water Pipit
Water Pipit

Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit

Snipe
Snipe

Great Grey Shrike
Great Grey Shrike

Desert Wheatear
Desert Wheatear

Clamourous Reed Warbler
Clamourous Reed Warbler

Slender-billed Gull
Slender-billed Gull

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Redshank
Redshank

Curlew
Curlew

Grey Plover
Grey Plover

Ring Plover
Ring Plover

Western Reef Heron
Western Reef Heron

Oyster Catchers
Oyster Catchers

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2014-12-30

At home in UK return in January

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Not enjoying the cold weather and lack of birds

cold and still frosty

HOME

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2014-08-19

ON HOLIDAY

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back later this month

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2014-02-23

another quiet day

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Saturday and another trip to the gardens raised hopes that the migration is about to start for real. A Wryneck and the first Woodchat Shrike of the season are good indicators the return cannot be far away. Checking the Hypocolius roost area in Jasra for stragglers first thing in the morning also proved quite fruitful. Not many birds remain from the large wintering flock but over twenty birds were noted but flew on from the morning roost by 7-30.


Wryneck
Wryneck

Grey Hypocolius
Hypocolius

Hypocolius

Hypocolius

Isabelline Shrike numbers are beginning to increase as migrants join our wintering birds
Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Woodchat Shrike a distant shot of the seasons first
Woodchat Shrike

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2013-11-19

Positively identified as Crested Honey Buzzard

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Observation incorrectly reported as Honey Buzzard on September 13 this year 2013

The positive Identification as a Crested Honey Buzzard has to be credited to Doug Radford and Dick Forsman

to them my thanks
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From: Radford, Doug
Sent: Mon 04/11/2013 10:05 PM
To: howardk at hawar-islands.com
Subject: crested honey-buzzard photo

Dear Howard,

I was browsing your photos (having been drawn to your website by the request for information about the colour-ringed Caspian tern on the btoringers forum) and spotted the one you have labelled as a honey-buzzard posted on 13th September. Having recently had occasion to look more closely at the differences between European and crested HBs, I thought your photo was the latter so I sent a link to Dick Forsman. Dick was very helpful when I was preparing a note about my CHB in Cyprus, and he has confirmed my i.d. (see below). I hope you are happy with this.

Yours sincerely,

Doug Radford
Site Manager


Now Identified as a Crested Honey Buzzard

Honey Buzzard

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Fowlmere Nature Reserve

From: Dick Forsman [mail dick at dickforsman.com]
Sent: Mon 04/11/2013 6:08 PM
To: Radford, Doug
Subject: Re: CHB note

Hi Doug,

Thanks for sending me the write-up of your CHB record - I did not have it from before!

Thanks also for the link to the Bahrain bird, which indeed is a 2nd cy female CHB, just as you thought yourself. It seems CHBs are in fact more common in Arabia than European HBs contradicting older records, when they were all thought to be European.

best regards,

Dick

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