I visited the local patch yesterday after a break of two weeks. I managed to record 30 species which is a good haul as far as my lists for this location go. Amongst these were a Grey Plover last seen here in December 2013 and a Common Snipe last seen here in week 8 of this year. Wheatear numbers were up as well as some White Wagtails were to be seen
One of two Common Snipe seen today
Of the several Garganey that arrived a few weeks ago, this one was the only one seen today. It was a bit more obliging and allowed me to get this nice sharp image
Only one Eurasian Hoopoe was seen. I presume the others have all moved on
The resident Mallard type drake was having a lovely time making a splash in the pond
A 1st year Pied Wheatear
A portrait of a Grey Francolin, one of the resident species
Other species included: Arabian Grey Shrike, Daurian Shrike, Indian Silverbill, Dunlin (approx. 50), Yellow Wagtail, Red-vented Bulbul, White-eared Bulbul, Western Cattle Egret, Little Grebe, Masked Shrike, Isabelline Wheatear, Black-winged Stilt, Common Sandpiper, Common Redshank, Ortolan Bunting, Ruff, Crested Lark, Eurasian Curlew and the rest.