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First Confirmed Evidence of Barn Swallows Breeding In Central Saudi Arabia

Posted Saturday 28th February 2015 at 16:14 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...
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Manzanares river entering Jarama river II

Posted Friday 27th February 2015 at 08:58 by Moncho
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After crossing to the right side of Manzanares river at Casa Eulogio I walked under the cliffs and finally I crossed back into the river at Corral stream. The first bird I saw in the river was this female Shoveler with a seaweed in its beak. Note the green speculum.
A teal escaped when I reached the river but this male pochard was more quiet.
There were lots of sparrows in a bush beside the river. I was overflown by a kite. I saw a abandoned penduline tit...
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The Moggs Creek miracle; A Hooded Plover story.

Posted Thursday 26th February 2015 at 19:43 by Rick and Elis
A pair of Hooded Plovers at Moggs Creek were tending their eggs and were very close to their hatching date. Tragically one of them, bearing the leg flag HE, went missing. Its decapitated body was found the day after hatching and the volunteers that were monitoring the beach suspect that it was killed by a fox....http://www.waderquest.org/2015/02/th...ed-plover.html
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Manzanares river entering Jarama river I

Posted Friday 20th February 2015 at 08:07 by Moncho
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After leaving the sun of the day December 30, 2014 I started on the left bank of the Manzanares from Km 19 of the AIII Highway to Casa Eulogio. Some morning starlings were in the branches. At that time also storks waked up. A heron had already taken positions in the river to begin its fishing in a small river ford. It was next to fifteen teals and 7 mallards.
On the poplars 70 doves had not yet left their roosts.
Continuing along the river a couple teals,...
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Great northern loons and albino oystercatcher in Corrubedo

Posted Sunday 15th February 2015 at 08:05 by Moncho
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Upon reaching the beach I saw a group of oystercatchers accompanied by some curlew and one turnstone flying towards the rocks
I started to do a count on the rocks left to right.
Bringing the final count was 39 oystercatchers, 33 seagulls 7 whimbrels, perhaps a curlew, eight bar-tailed godwits, 6godwits, 3 turnstone, and one plover.
I came back two days later at December 27, and thanks to a fellow who had good binoculars I spotted two great northern...
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