Yesterday 22/06/2011 I was out working my local patch of Dhahran, Eastern Province Saudi Arabia when I noticed a group of four Barn Swallows and a martin which were late for the species (last one I saw mas over a month ago). The martin looked slightly odd as, although distant it appeared to have a very dingy appearance including the rump, which also looked small compared to a typical Common House Martin. I gradually got closer to the bird and took a few photographs some of which are attached here with more at www.birdsofsaudiarabia.com along with some of my thoughts.
What are your thoughts on this bird – Common House Martin, Asian House Martin or possible Hybrid Common House Martin x Barn Swallow or something different.
There is a very good thread on Possible Asian House martin in Israel started by Yoav at Surfbirds http://www.surfbirds.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6059