16 October 2011

A'Ali Farm - Bahrain

On Friday I went ringing with Abdulla at A'Ali Farm and whilst ringing we managed a bit fo birding at the site. It is a government run garden / farm and has supurb cover for birds including grassy areas and tall trees. There were plenty of migrants about including 10 Daurian Shrike, one Steppe Grey Shrike, three Isabelline Wheatear, six Pied Wheatear, one Desert Wheatear, one Eurpoean Roller, two Common Kestrel and a Long-legged Buzzard. Long-legged Buzzard is not a common bird in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia although they do breed here and it is also not common in Bahrain although at least one bird has been in the A'Ali area for the last two winters and Abdulla caught and ringed one last year at the same site.
Daurian Shrike (first year)