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



Whilst ringing at on 8 January I trapped a male 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 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 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.

 

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Jem Babbington

Jem Babbington

Jem Babbington is a keen birder and amateur photographer located in Dhahran, Eastern 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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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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