David White and I spent a morning birding the Jahra area. Summer is on it's way and we now need to get up a lot earlier for good early morning light.
Passerine migrants were very thin on the ground today, with the majority now having passed through. There are still small numbers of waders present like; Little Stint, Curlew and Wood Sandpiper, Common Ringed Plover and the odd Ruff.
There are still signs of breeding with an adult Black-winged Stilt still sitting on her nest, but also with this juvenile Black-winged Stilt seen.
|Juvenile Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)|
|2nd breeding record of Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca) for this Spring|
The reed beds have numbers of Graceful Prinia's - so this population seems to be doing very well. 5-years back their numbers had dwindled after a particularly cold winter, so encouraging to see so many again.
|Graceful Prinia (Prinia gracilis)|
|Male Namaqua Dove (Oena capensis)|
|Female Eurasian Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus)|
|Recently released male Hypocolius (Hypocolius ampelinus)|
There were also numbers of White-eared Bulbuls in and around the reeds slowly adapting to their freedom.
|Recently released White-eared Bulbuls (Pycnonotus l. leucotis)|
|European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)|
|Male Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) with a few ticks|