29 March 2020

Lockdown - Day 13

Week 12; 24 March 2020 - Abdullah Al Salem

I was fortunate to spend a few hours in the gorgeous 'Purple Sunbird' garden. Sadly the Sunbird's seem to be long gone, but this dense urban garden has the potential to attract other birds, including spring migrants.

The Bottlebrush Tree's were in full flower and these are absolute magnets for both Blackcap's

Male Eurasian Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)

and Lesser Whitethroat's

Central Asian Lesser Whitethroat (Curruca a. hallimodendri)

I had heard a Great Reed Warbler calling when I arrived and after some time, it did show itself resplendent in it's summer plumage

Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus)

However, this Barred Warbler was way more skulky and took some patience get clear images of it as it came down to forage on some strategically placed dates

Barred Warbler (Sylvia nisoria)

A Grey Wagtail also put in an appearance, but not for any photographs. Only last week I had seen Mammoth Wasp at the Pivot Fields and here they were again in this garden

Mammoth Wasp (Megascolia maculata flavifrons)

A Mediterranean Pierrot was a new addition to the garden list

Mediterranean Pierrot (Tarucus rosacea)

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