Not the worst dip in the world and I certainly suffered less than a few people this week, with a casual fog-free run over the farms this morning with Mark. The reason it was fog-free with that it was blowing a hoolie from the north west, which would have been great news in Donegal in August but eventually became a bit of a drag by about 1000 am over here. We had an ok mix of birds, including a flyover Black-throated Thrush right at the start and a good count of 23 Bimacs on the goat farm, plus the usual array of regulars, with Mipit and a few Pin-tailed Snipes maybe the most notable. There also was a really perplexing, cold and grey 'golden' plover in the cowpens that took up a lot of our time and we are still working on - worth a look if you are over.
The birds at Hamraniyah took some finding, being scattered and thin in general but we rounded up 3 Buff-bellied Pipits, two giving brill close up looks and a nice European Golden Plover.
We then finished at Ras al Khor (unexpectedly poor, few eagles but Shikra and Shelduck) and then Warsan (unexpectedly good; nice selection of ducks, including Garganey and two Eastern Greylags - only about the 11th record I've had in the UAE of this fine goose).
Over and out
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