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2020-01-25

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After the Christmas, New Year break its always nice to doodle around and see what has remained in situ through the winter - my first surprise was that the only Stonechat I could find - this Siberian a female at Adhari

Siberian Stonechat
Siberian Stonechat

Siberian Stonechat

and the next pleasant surprise was a Marsh tern at Alba Marsh
White-whinged Black Tern
White-winged Black Tern

White-winged Black Tern

White-winged Black Tern

I have to admit I was surprised to find the Marsh Harrier still in residence here too - no longer one, it is now one of a pair
Marsh Harrier
Marsh Harriers

Marsh Harriers

This Pintail Snipe was out in the open for once
Pintail Snipe

Pintail Snipe

Pintail Snipe

Marsh Sandpiper one of about a dozen at Alba Marsh
Marsh Sandpiper

GreenShank nice for comparison
GreenShank

out and about I came across some
Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Pied Wagtail
Pied Wagtail

Pied Wagtail

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Herons by the dozen
Grey Heron and a Western Reef
Reef and Grey Heron

Squacco Heron
Squacco Heron

Curlew
Curlew

And the every present Graceful Prinia
Graceful Prinia

Grey Fancolin
Grey Fancolin

Moorhen
Moorhen

and A displaying
Crested Lark
Crested Lark

Crested Lark

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2019-12-31

The New Year approaches

Permalink 17:11:31, Categories: Observation by Howard, Admin - Howard King  

Not a lot about really but from a single visit to Alba Marsh I did manage a few decent species images
Purple Gallinule


Gallinule

Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper

Marsh Harrier
Marsh Harrier

Clamourous Reed Warbler
Clamorous Reed Warbler

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Mallard
Mallard

Black-winged Stilt
Black-winged Stilt

Snipe
Snipe

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2019-11-24

Some nice birds in the garden

Permalink 05:59:39, Categories: Admin - Howard King  

No month passes without something interesting turning up in the garden, but being able to snap a picture is not always possible. However, this month the birds were exceptional in that a real rarity turned up - an Evermann's Redstart. Initially, I had thought it just a Common Redstart having just glimpsed one but it soon showed well enough for ID. It was a chance not to miss, so it was a case of sit and wait.


Evermann's Redstart
Evermann's Redstart

Evermanns Redstart

Common Redstart -
Redstart

A regular over the years but always nice to see
Masked Shrike
Masked Shrike

A regular around at the same time
Whitethroat
Whitethroat

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2019-05-31

May unforntaely had it limitation

Permalink 20:54:17, Categories: Admin - Howard King  

Unfortunately, Old Age caught up with me, by way of collapsed back vertebrae, 6 in total, and as a consequence, I haven't been able to move much further than a chair in front of a garden window since shortly after my talk on Hawar given in late March. Hopefully, it is a period of time that will end soon.

Interestingly even with this - the task turned up its own anomalies. The obs I had of the few migrants I clocked in and out, in terms of the time frame noted, didn't fit with the previous period recorded data. Several Species of whom I had thought would have long passed were recorded in the case of the Whitethroat in quite good numbers up until the end of the May whilst for a Female Blackcap, it remains a regular seen even today June 14th.

A most interesting obs for early May and a first for the Garden was the all too quick visit from a Wryneck -

Wryneck

A seasonal regular was a solitary Nightingale which stayed a week early in the month and then left as expected

Nightingale

The whitethroats on occasions 5 or 6 birds started being noted on the 5th and stayed up until the 29th - It had been a species I thought to pass almost completely by April end.

Whitethroat

Whitethroat

The last obs
Whitethroat

Blackcap were in the garden when I first put the camera up one remains a female mentioned above

Blackcap

Blackcap

This is her - my semi-resident Female and a real prize for any sporting chap passing
Blackcap

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2018-06-28

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On hold while provider upgrades and moves server

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