Bulletin 36 - November 1988: Arabian Gulf Observations
Arabian Gulf Observationsby Dr. W.R.P. Bourne
(Dr. Bourne contributed an article on Seabirds in the last issue of the Bulletin. In various correspondence to the Editor and to J.N.B. 'Bish' Brown, the following points of interest have arisen. - Ed.)
Abstract of: H. Hoogstraal, R.M. Oliver and S.S. Guirgis 1970.
Reference past Bulletin entries on bird ringing in the Gulf, Dr. Bourne has the following comments:
The Russians ring an awful lot of birds, and must get more returns than F.E. Warr lists in Bulletin 13:6. The problem is that all these big schemes get bogged down in their own bureaucracy and the problem lies in extracting records from them. The fact that the recoveries include a young "Herring" Gull from the Aral Sea means that (as I thought) you are getting the form cachinnans, which Meinertzhagen specified was not yet reported from Iraq or the Gulf. He did not mention armenicus either.
With reference to the excellent bird notes by Ian Fraser on Zirca Island (14:27), Ian Foxall on Qarnayn (27:5) and Len Reaney on Das (30:2), we ought perhaps do something about getting General Cowley's report on Sir Abu Nayr in the Bulletin of the Jourdain Society 10:20-26 copied into the local literature, but perhaps that is a job for the Dubai group.
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