It was hard to believe that the temperature dropped over 12 degrees from the day before when I boarded a boat to explore the lagoons and islands of the Sea City project.
Not much was to be seen on the lagoons and beaches when Spring temps were at 7 degrees at 7:30 in the morning, even the birds were taken by surprise with this sudden cold snap. Great Cormorant numbers seem to be diminishing week by week, but a Slender-billed Gull flew by the boat.
|Slender-billed Gull (Chroicocephalus genei)|
|Mauryan Grey (Lanius lahotra pallidirostris) or Southern Grey (Lanius meridionalis)|
|Turkestan Shrike (Lanius phoenicuroides)|
|Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator)|
|Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita)|
|Male Ménétriés’s Warbler (Sylvia mystacea)|
|Female Ménétriés’s Warbler (Sylvia mystacea)|
|Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus)|
In the desert area with a bit of surface water, I found two Little Ringed Plovers amongst some Little Stints and an Wood Sandpiper
|Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius)|
Bird numbers and abundance will certainly be increasing daily as the weather and prevailing wind provides ideal conditions for the returning migrants