Birds of Iraq
The latest from our avifaunalist in Iraq, LTC. Bob.
Well, it looks like it was a short spring. The rooks are gone, headed north with the coots and pochards, and it’s hit well into the 90s several times in the last week.
But I did see the first Little Tern today, and I saw two new water birds on their way north – a White-faced Duck. You can see why they’re called “stiff-tailed ducks” and look like our Ruddy Duck in the USA.
Also saw a Widgeon – no picture, well I have one, but you probably wouldn’t be able to see that it’s a widgeon.
And maybe the prettiest birds of all have returned, the Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters.
Closing in on my leave, and I am ready to go.