02 February 2013

Mr and Mrs Rüppell's I presume

Week 05, 01 February 2013 - Green Island (Click to enlarge image)

I had a spare hour before I needed to attend a meeting, so had a brief walk around Green Island on a gloomy and rather drizzly morning.

There were no dates left on the date palms, so no Hypocolius were seen, although the weather may have also played a role.

I did however find the 'resident' Rüppell's Weavers that have been at this site for almost 2-year now; first the female

Female Rüppell's Weaver (Ploceus galbula)
and right behind her, the male

Male Rüppell's Weaver (Ploceus galbula)
The trees were quite barren, so I was able to count the nests the male has made that were still hanging abandoned in the trees - 15 all together. What is interesting, is that it seems it is just this pair present on Green Island - so not sure if fledged juveniles have dispersed or if they have been unsuccessful in breeding?

3 of the 15 Rüppell's Weaver (Ploceus galbula) nests
Also seen was a single Spanish Sparrow

Male Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis)
and this rather dark form or just plain dirty Eurasian Collared Dove

Grubby Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)


  1. I'm quite amazed for the ability to identify all these birds with such an ease :)

    The Green Island is the same Green Island accessed via Arabian Gulf road?

  2. That first shot of the FemRW reminds me of pictures of the 'vagrant' Yellow form of the House Finch that appeared in England a while ago...

    Laurie -