26 Apr 2015

A good catch on a windy day – Sabkhat Al Fasl

Ringing at the weekend provided a good catch of birds, particularly taking into account the relatively strong wind that was blowing. We set all our nets before first light and were rewarded for our persistence with 42 birds of 13 species caught that included the following:
1 Bluethroat L. s. magna
1 European Bee-eater
4 Indian (Clamorous) Reed Warblers
15 Caspian Reed Warblers
5 Sedge Warblers
1 Common Blackcap
4 Willow Warblers
1 Eurasian Wryneck
5 Tree Pipits
1 Barn Swallow
1 Turkestan Shrike
2 Great Reed Warblers
1 Common Redstart

Most birds, totaling 19, were caught on the first net round just after first light and showed the value of putting the nets up early. We then caught steadily until around lunchtime when the wind became too strong and we had to take all the nets down. We now have set places for our nets and are subsequently catching more birds each trip as we have, hopefully, identified the best locations for them. The weather has not been good for ringing this year with unusually strong winds preventing setting nets on quite a few days already this year. Soon the temperatures will be getting too hot to ring as well so ringing will stop for the summer by the end of next month.
Barn Swallow
Barn Swallow
Barn Swallow
Barn Swallow
Common Blackcap
Common Blackcap - male 
Great Reed Warbler
Great Reed Warbler 
Indian (Clamorous) Reed Warbler
Indian (Clamorous) Reed Warbler
Sedge Warbler
Sedge Warbler
Turkestan Shrike
Turkestan Shrike
Turkestan Shrike
Turkestan Shrike
Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler

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