After dropping my son at school, I had an hour for a quick stroll around Green Island just off the Corniche. It was a fine Spring morning and great to hear the resident birds in song.
It was the usual mix of Eurasian Collared Doves
|Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)|
|Laughing Dove (Spilopelia senegalensis)|
|White-eared Bulbul (Pycnonotus l. leucotis)|
|Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer)|
|Male Ruppells Weaver (Ploceus galbula)|
|Female Ruppells Weaver (Ploceus galbula)|
Now, where should I build this final nest (hopefully) to keep her quiet once and for all?
The only migrants seen were this Lesser Whitethroat
|Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia curruca)|
|Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica)|
|Common Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) in breeding plumage|
There was also some interesting interaction between a Great Cormorant that had picked up a dead fish and was swishing it about to get the excess water off, when it suddenly slipped out of it's beak. Quick as a flash, this Gull (not sure of the ID) was onto the free meal and was away before the Cormorant could react and it really had me smiling.
|Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) with breakfast|
|Oops, I dropped it....|
|Don't worry, I've got it|
|Thanks, see ya!|