01 June 2018

Migrants in summer

Week 29; 21 July 2017 - Jahra Farm and Jahra Pools Reserve

Decided to play tennis this morning, so visited Jahra in the late afternoon with Dave Sivyer even though it was still brutally hot. Had a walk around Jahra Farm first where surprisingly there were a few passerine migrants - late leavers or didn't leave at all? A Red-backed Shrike was seen in the fields

Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio)
And in cover and shade, a Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin 

Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin (Cercotrichas galactotes)
Along with a Eurasian Golden Oriole

Eurasian Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus)
At JPR, the now resident and breeding Ferruginous Duck was seen on the main pool

Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca)
As was a Caspian Tern doing a Skimmer impersonation

Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)

Barn Swallows are also summer breeders at JPR

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Sitting high in the observation tower, it was a little pleasant with a breeze and being in the shade watching Squacco Heron's fly by. These are probably breeding at JPR

Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)

A drive around the reserve produced a stunning male Little Bittern

Male Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus)
And a Black-headed Wagtail - this images shows that even from less than 5m it is impossible to focus with the evaporation coming off the edge of the pool

Black-headed Wagtail (Motacilla f. feldegg)

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