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    Sila - Friday 17th February 2017

    Sila was very good value today, despite the awful weather. There appeared to have been a lot of rain in the night as the place was waterlogged but it was great to see a few early migrants.

    Gadwall (Anas strepera) 1
    Garganey (Anas querquedula) 1
    Common Teal (Anas crecca) 2
    Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) 1
    Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) 1
    Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1
    Crested Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus) 1
    Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) 3
    Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus) 4
    Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus) 1
    Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata) 1
    Slender-billed Gull (Chroicocephalus genei) 200
    Common Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) 1
    Namaqua Dove (Oena capensis) 1
    Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus) 5
    Hoopoe (Upupa epops) 120
    Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) 1
    Daurian Shrike (Lanius isabellinus isabellinus) 2
    Southern Grey Shrike (Lanius meridionalis) 3
    Steppe Shrike (Lanius meridionalis pallidirostris) 1
    Grey Hypocolius (Hypocolius ampelinus) 20
    Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 8
    Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica) 12
    Northern House Martin (Delichon urbicum) 2
    Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) 95
    Clamorous Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus stentoreus) 1
    Desert Whitethroat (Sylvia minula) 3
    Menetries's Warbler (Sylvia mystacea) 2
    Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica) 1
    Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva) 2
    Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros) 5
    Common Rock Thrush (Monticola saxatilis) 2
    Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius) 2
    European Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola) 2
    Siberian Stonechat (Saxicola maurus) 4
    Caspian Stonechat (Saxicola maurus hemprichii) 1
    Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka) 4
    Red-tailed Wheatear (Oenanthe xanthoprymna) 1
    Desert Wheatear (Oenanthe deserti) 15
    Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina) 2
    Black-throated Thrush (Turdus atrogularis) 1
    Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos) 6
    Purple Sunbird (Cinnyris asiaticus) 2
    Black-headed Wagtail (Motacilla flava feldegg) 1
    White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) 25
    Tawny Pipit (Anthus campestris) 14
    Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta) 60


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    Simon L

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    An excellent list there Simon, that would really help towards me reaching 200 species in the UAE, plus the Hypo is number 1 on my wish list at the moment!!
    Grey Hypocolius, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Common Rock Thrush, Blue Rock Thrush, European Stonechat, Caspian Stonechat & Black-headed Wagtail all still to be discovered by me!
    World: 451 (Bateleur Eagle - Kruger National Park)
    UAE: 241 - Lichtenstein's Sandgrouse Sept 2017 (200 = Wire Tailed Swallow - Warsan)
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    For visitors coming next week, Simon: where were the Grey Hypo's seen?
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    World; 4,358 - Grey-sided Thrush, Nanhui, Shanghai - 10 November 2016

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    A flyover early on near the helipad. They seemed to be flying in from the large plantation away from an approaching storm.

    https://goo.gl/maps/KmKTn3bw7Cv
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    Thanks Simon. I was hoping they were in the Harbour Plantation. Easier to find for the visitors
    Tommy Pedersen
    UAE; 392 species - Litle Bunting 12 November 2016
    World; 4,358 - Grey-sided Thrush, Nanhui, Shanghai - 10 November 2016

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