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Up to now I have kept my records in the form of journals but hope to record on here details of my varied birding sessions, from the mundane patch stuff to the far flung trips I am sometimes lucky enough to get to make.

I will add pics and maps and all sorts once I work out how so please excuse early fumblings. As I mentioned in my hello message I am an Irishman who lived and birded in the UK. A recent contract took me to Saudi Arabia where birding is practiced by a dedicated few but the diversity is breathtaking. Blogs will be mainly from KSA for the moment but try to bird everywhere I go :)
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First Confirmed Evidence of Barn Swallows Breeding In Central Saudi Arabia

Posted Saturday 28th February 2015 at 17:14 by brackenb
On February 14th during a walk around a local patch at Al Hayer, 20km south of Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) I visited a site where mud nests similar to those used by Swallows were seen.
On entry into the building I noted that most of the old nests had been destroyed but there was some evidence of them being rebuilt and three appeared to be in use. I waited around and within a short time these were occupied by sitting birds with regular visits from their partners. Repair work was also noted on some of the damaged nests.

I returned the following weekend Feb 21st) and in total there were 6 nests in use or ready for use and I was able to get access to one and got some shaky images of eggs. I attach a few photos on my main blog

as I can't get them to fit in this blog, feel free to take a look.

I have sent this evidence to the appropriate authorities and to their knowledge ths is the first difinitive evidence of Barn Swallow Breeding in the area. I will write up a formal report later in the season once I have gathered further info relating to egg numbers, success rate, etc.
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