Birds of Iraq
The latest from LTC Bob.
Sorry for the long break once again, has continued to be busy here. Weather has moderated a bit, temps in mid to upper 80s, dusty today and windy.
I’ve attached a couple more bird pics, the first two are what I think are a new species for me, the Spanish Sparrow. Quite similar to the English ones, but with an all brown cap (English has grey one) and the black striping on the breast and back.
It’s possible that they’re a hybridization of the two species, which does occur according to Birds of the Middle East.
The third one is on the Bird Lake, over on Camp Slayer, there are Ferruginous Ducks and Marbled Teal, both really pretty birds. I only saw four Marbled Teal last time, and never got even a decent photo of them. There are at least a dozen on the lake this time. The Ferruginous Ducks are new this trip.