12 Mar 2013

A few good birds – Dhahran Hills

Migration is continuing and a few more birds have been passing through the last few days. Migrants have included Red-rumped Swallow, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Sand Martin, a good number of Pallid Swifts, Red-throated Pipit, Eurasian Hoopoe, small flocks of Black-headed Wagtails, large numbers of White Wagtails, Turkestan Shrike, Daurian Shrike, two Woodchat Shrikes and a Song Thrush. The Great Crested Grebe has returned to the percolation pond after being missing for a few weeks, but the only other birds seen there are Common Moorhen, Eurasian Coots and Little Grebes. There are still plenty of Greater Cormorants, 59 Western Cattle Egrets and a single Little Egret. A fly over Common Redshank and several Kentish Plover on the football fields were new birds in as were a Little Ringed Plover, Common Snipe and a Grey Wagtail in the wet ditch. The percolation pond has an area of low reeds and one evening there was a Baillon’s Crake and a Little Crake close together feeding out in the open for some minutes in the late evening. Two Savi’s Warblers were singing from different corners of the pond.
Black-headed Wagtail - feldegg
White Wagtail
Woodchat Shrike
Common Snipe
Common Snipe
Common Snipe


5 comments:

  1. Jem - - the series 'Wild Arabia', a 3-parter, has just finished on BBC2.

    A nice insight into the region, particularly part 3 in Dhofar. I don't know what your access is but here is the BBC iplayer link below......

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/search?q=Wild%20Arabia

    Laurie -

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  2. Laurie,

    Thanks very much for the link. It says it will only play in the UK and not here in Saudi Arabia? but when I am next home in the UK I will check the programs out.

    Cheers
    Jem

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  3. I thought as much, i sent the same link to BirdingRob. You might find it on YouTube or, as you say, on catch-up, when you get back.........

    First Sand Martins and LRP in the MIdlands and a couple of Hoopoes on Scilly with Wheatears starting to appear at South and Western coastal sites.

    Laurie -

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  4. Here are YT links for Ep 2 and 3, the only Ep 1 i can find has not been encoded correctly.

    That's if 'The Kingdom' allows YT access........

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIHR1frgzRA

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_rlmzh3CQc

    Laurie -

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  5. These work - will have a look when i have time.

    Thanks for taking the time to post the additional link - much appreciated

    Cheers
    Jem

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