18 June 2018

Great winter birding

Week 51; 22 December 2017 - JPR and Jahra Farm

Christmas and the end of the year is rushing toward us and this is the penultimate survey of the year.

At the big tower, Common Chiffchaff's are now here in numbers

Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita)

But, looking carefully through the multitudes, we were able to pick out Mountain Chiffchaff

Caucasian Mountain Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus lorenzii)

And also found Indian Reed Warbler

Indian Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus s. brunnescens)

Surveying the big pool from the tower, we added Continental Great Cormorant

Continental Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sinensis)

A small flock of Mallards

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

And the Pied Kingfisher seen last week (if it is still the same bird)

Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis)

In the desert area, Greater Spotted's were roosting in the dead trees

Greater Spotted Eagle (Aquila clanga)

In the same open area, Daurian Shrikes were on the lookout for prey from the tops of the sabkha bushes

Daurian Shrike (Lanius isabellinus)

Today we had European Stonechat

Female European Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola)

On the way to the beach, the sunlight caught on this intricate spider's web

The intricacies of a Spider Web

At the smaller shallow pool, a lone Greater Flamingo stood out like the proverbial sore thumb

Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus)

Dwarfing the Marsh Sandpiper feeding nearby

Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis)

A female Pallid Harrier came in low from the beach, flushing everything in it's path

Female Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus)

On the way to the beach, the White-tailed Lapwing's were in their 'usual' spot

White-tailed Lapwing (Vanellus leucurus)

After our survey, we made a detour and had a walk around Jahra Farms, seeing Bank Myna's as we stopped the car at the farm

Bank Myna (Acridotheres ginginianus)

In the fields we found Meadow Pipit

Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis)

And the normally very skittish Song Thrush

Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos)

By now, it was time for our compulsory McDonald's breakfast stop on the way home

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