19 August 2018

Migration expectation continues

Week 09; 03 March 2018 - Mutla'a Ranch, Jahra Farm and Jahra Pools

I had an early start to get to Mutla'a Ranch north of the Jal Al Zour escarpment. This time, I parked and walked as the early morning temps were quite pleasant and bearable. Still a little early for the numbers of spring migrants to arrive, so a first Woodchat Shrike was encouraging.

Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator)

In the same area, Hypocolius have been roosting in the dead trees that were cut down in the farm and I managed to get onto a small flock before they went vertical - I'm pretty happy with these two images

Male Hypocolius (Hypocolius ampelinus)

There was very little else, but the early spring desert flowers

Desert flower

had attracted some resident butterflies; mostly Mediterranean Pierrot's

Male and Female Mediterranean Pierrot (Tarucus rosaceus)

Male Mediterranean Pierrot (Tarucus rosaceus)

Female Mediterranean Pierrot (Tarucus rosaceus)

Walking to the car a Eurasian Sparrowhawk blitzed by in front of me - it was only testament to the Canon's AI server that I managed to fire off a quick shot

Female Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus)

I then headed down to Jahra Farm where a few Pallid Swift were feeding above the farm

Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus)

Common Myna's are quite common in this area

Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)

But a recent introduction is Jungle Myna - we will have to see what is the longevity of this species in the coming years (as White-vented are also still present in small numbers)

Jungle Myna (Acridotheres fuscus)

A White-throated Kingfisher came by at speed across the farm

White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)

Whilst Small Cabbage Whites were numerous in the fields

Small Cabbage White (Artogeia rapae iranica)

A Brown Playboy was seen briefly

Brown Playboy (Deudorix antalus)

Across the freeway in Jahra Pools, the resident Graceful Prinia's were displaying and quite vocal around the reserve

Displaying Graceful Prinia (Prinia gracilis)

A Greater Spotted Eagle was seen overhead, but soon they should all be gone until late autumn

Greater Spotted Eagle (Aquila clanga)

On the way to the beach, I had a female Siberian Stonechat lurking in the reeds

Female Siberian Stonechat (Saxicola m. hemprichii)

Whilst on the beach, numbers of Great Black-headed Gulls were roosting on the beach amongst the Slender-billed

Great Black-headed Gull (Leucophaeus ichthyaetus)

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