21 Jan 2016

Winter ringing – Sabkhat Al Fasl

Whilst ringing at Sabkhat Al Fasl on 8 January I trapped and ringed a good number of birds of various different species considering it is the middle of winter. Species trapped included Jack Snipe, Spanish Sparrow, Indian Reed Warbler, Common Chiffchaff, Red-spotted Bluethroat, Common Kingfisher, Graceful Prinia and Little Bittern. A couple of species that are normally seen in good numbers around the ringing site but rarely get caught, Water Pipit and White Wagtail, were only seen in ones and twos. Winter is, as would be expected, the quietest time for ringing with fewer species and less numbers of each trapped and ringed that at any other time of year (we do not ring in the summer as the temperatures are too high and it would be dangerous for the birds).
Common Kingfisher
Common Kingfisher
Common Kingfisher
Common Kingfisher
Bluethroat
Bluethroat
Graceful Prinia
Indian Reed Warbler
Indian Reed Warbler
Indian Reed Warbler
Indian Reed Warbler
Little Bittern
Little Bitterns
Little Bittern
Little Bittern

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