A retrapped and returning Red-spotted Bluethroat – Sabkhat Al Fasl

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Whilst ringing at Sabkhat Al Fasl on 8 January I trapped a male Red-spotted Bluethroat that we had previously trapped in January 2014. This bird had presumably been back to its breeding grounds in the far north and then returned to spend its winter in exactly the same small area of Sabkhat Al Fasl as where we originally trapped it showing it is site faithful for its wintering area.

Red-spotted Bluethroats are common winter visitors to the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia where they remain until March before heading off north to their breeding grounds.

This is the second bird we have retrapped the following winter and we are slowly building up a picture of their arrival and departure dates as well as site faithfulness.

Red-spotted Bluethroat
Red-spotted Bluethroat

 

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Jem Babbington

Jem Babbington

Jem Babbington is a keen birder and amateur photographer located in Dhahran, Eastern Saudi Arabia where he goes birding every day. Jem was born in England and is a serious local patch and local area birder who has been birding for almost forty years and has birded in more than fifty countries. Jem is learning to ring birds in Bahrain as a perfect way to learn more about the birds of the area. Saudi Arabia is a very much under-watched and under-recorded country.

Jem Babbington

Jem Babbington

Jem Babbington is a keen birder and amateur photographer located in Dhahran, Eastern Saudi Arabia where he goes birding every day. Jem was born in England and is a serious local patch and local area birder who has been birding for almost forty years and has birded in more than fifty countries. Jem is learning to ring birds in Bahrain as a perfect way to learn more about the birds of the area. Saudi Arabia is a very much under-watched and under-recorded country.

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M Leybra
M Leybra

Little beauty, thank you for photo & his story.

Anne Grice

Such wonders of nature, truly beautiful. Thanks for sharing. I hope he remains safe in his territory without human's disturbance..