26 June 2011

Late Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

There were a few late migrants about today (25/06/2011) with the following seen:-
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater - 2
Barn Swallow - 1
European Turtle Dove - 1

The European Turtle Dove may be breeding in the area although I have seen no evidence, just the late date of this and a couple of previous sightings. They breed in Bhahrain and the Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Arabia says they are a common migrant and widespread breeding species (Jennings 2010).