Ragu a birdwatcher from Buraydah has been sending me quite a few photographs of birds seen in his area in recent weeks. Some of these are from the winter months and others are from the spring migration. Interestingly he appears to have wintering Masked Shrikes in his area of northern Saudi Arabia just as we have a small number in the Eastern Province each winter. This species is meant to be a passage migrant but its status appears to have changed recently to an uncommon passage migrant and scarce winter visitor to the northern half of the Kingdom at least. Other birds seen in the winter were Little Egrets. Birds seen during the start of migration (or possibly wintering birds) were Common Chiffchaffs and Common Sandpiper with migrants including Eurasian Blackcap and Woodchat Shrike. I have not seen Eurasian Blackcap yet this year in the Eastern Province but Woodchat Shrikes have been seen on a few occasions.