Striped Crake 1st for Kuwait and third for WP

Photographs of a bird taken on 1st January 2015 in Kuwait was shown recently to birders and was identified as a Striped Crake, Aenigmatolimnas marginalis. Ammar Al-jeraiwi  who found and photographed the bird, said that the bird was initially identified as a Spotted/Little Crake.

"Striped

18/04/2016 at Al-Abraq

Little Bittern 1, Cattle Egret 10, Squacco Heron 20, Black-crowned Night-Heron 5, Eurasian Sparrowhawk 3, Black-eared Kite 1, Wood Sandpiper 2, Temminck’s Stint 1, Little Stint 2, Laughing Dove 1, Common Cuckoo 1, Eurasian Hoopoe 2, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater 2, Eurasian Wryneck 3, Red-backed Shrike 2, Masked Shrike 6, Barn Swallow 5, Willow Warbler 6, Common Chiffchaff 2, Eastern Olivaceous Warbler 1, Moustached Warbler 1, Eurasian Reed-Warbler 2, Basra Reed-Warbler 3, Great Reed-Warbler 2, Eurasian Blackcap 7, Hume’s Whitethroat 1, Common Whitethroat 2, Spotted Flycatcher 18, Rufous-tailed Scrub-Robin 2, White-throated Robin 13, Common Nightingale 1, Eastern Nightingale 1, Red-breasted Flycatcher 1, Semicollared Flycatcher 2, Common Redstart 37, Whinchat 1, Yellow-headed Wagtail 2, Grey-headed Wagtail 15, Blue-headed Wagtail 5, Black-headed Wagtail 15, Grey Wagtail 2, Tree Pipit 9, Red-throated Pipit 11, Ortolan Bunting 3.

Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana

Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana

Yellow-headed Wagtail Motacilla (flava) lutea

Yellow-headed Wagtail Motacilla (flava) lutea

Grey WagtailMotacilla cinerea

Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea

Black-headed WagtailMotacilla (flava) feldegg , female

Black-headed Wagtail Motacilla (flava) feldegg , female

Black-headed WagtailMotacilla (flava) feldegg , male

Black-headed Wagtail Motacilla (flava) feldegg , male

Sykes's Wagtail Motacilla (flava) beema , female

Sykes’s Wagtail Motacilla (flava) beema , female

Sykes's Wagtail Motacilla (flava) beema , male

Sykes’s Wagtail Motacilla (flava) beema , male

Grey-headed Wagtail Motacilla (flava) thunbergi

Grey-headed Wagtail Motacilla (flava) thunbergi

Tree PipitAnthus trivialis

Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis

Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata

Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata

Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus , female

Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus , female

07/04/2016 at Jahra Pools Reserve

Today was quiet but I wanted to see if the White-tailed Lapwings are still there. It is a target species for a visitor coming in the next few days. I was glad to relocate the bird. It is probably resident and breeder.

Jahra Pools Natural Reserve , Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) 16, Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) 1, Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) 1, Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides) 3, Eurasian Marsh-Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) 1, Grey-headed Swamphen (Porphyrio poliocephalus) 6, Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) 1, Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra) 5, White-tailed Lapwing (Vanellus leucurus) 1, Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola) 2, Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) 4, Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) 7, Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) 1, Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) 2, European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) 2, Red-tailed Shrike (Lanius phoenicuroides) 1, Isabelline Shrike (Lanius isabellinus) 1, Mauryan Grey Shrike (Lanius meridionalis pallidirostris) 1, Sand Martin (Riparia riparia) 8, Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 5, Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus) 1, Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) 3, Graceful Prinia (Prinia gracilis) 6, Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata) 1, Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) 1, Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra) 1, House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 5.

White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus

White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus

White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus

White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus

White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus

White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus

Grey-headed Swamphen Porphyrio (porphyrio) poliocephalus

Grey-headed Swamphen Porphyrio (porphyrio) poliocephalus. A chick (a new generation in the steps of the older generation) following an adult.

Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis

Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis

Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis

Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis. A chick begging for food from an adult.

Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus

Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus chicks.

Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca

Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca. An adult male.

Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus

Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus

Graceful Prinia Prinia gracilis

Graceful Prinia Prinia gracilis. A male singing out loudly.

06/04/2016 at Abraq Al Habari (arrival of the Basra Reed Warbler)

Today I witnessed the arrival of Basra Reed Warbler, just three days ago I checked the reed at Al Abraq thoroughly with no sign of Basra Reed Wabler, but today I found four.

Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides) 21, Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) 2, Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops) 1, White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) 1, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater (Merops persicus) 1, Turkestan Shrike (Lanius phoenicuroides) 3, Duarian Shrike (Lanius isabellinus) 5, Masked Shrike (Lanius nubicus) 3, Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator) 4, Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) 5, Eurasian Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus) 2, Basra Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus griseldis) 4, Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus) 1, Grasshopper Warbler (Locustella naevia) 1, Eurasian Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) 18, Hume’s Whitethroat (Sylvia althaea) 1, Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia curruca) 5, Rufous-tailed Scrub-Robin (Cercotrichas galactotes) 1, White-throated Robin (Irania gutturalis) 5, Semicollared Flycatcher (Ficedula semitorquata) 1, Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) 26,Ehrenberg’s Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus samamisicus) 1, Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus) 1, Hypocolius (Hypocolius ampelinus) 2, Ortolan Bunting (Emberiza hortulana) 1, House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 35, Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis) 4.

Basra Reed Warbler Acrocephalus griseldis

Basra Reed Warbler Acrocephalus griseldis

White-throated Robin Irania gutturalis

White-throated Robin Irania gutturalis

Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin Cercotrichas galactotes

Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin Cercotrichas galactotes

Hume's Whitethroat Sylvia althaea

Hume’s Whitethroat Sylvia althaea

Turkestan ShrikeLanius phoenicuroides

Turkestan Shrike Lanius phoenicuroides

Turkestan ShrikeLanius phoenicuroides

Turkestan Shrike Lanius phoenicuroides

Daurian ShrikeLanius isabellinus

Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus

Great Reed Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus

Great Reed Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus

Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus

Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus

05/04/2016 at Jahra Pools Reserve

It seems that migration is slow probably because the rainy season this year so there are many insects to catch and birds are not in a hurry. Breeding birds with chicks all over the site, but couldn’t relocate the Water rails although I saw a bird that looked like one. Water Rails has bred last and this year and seem to be resident. I also saw two chicks of the Grey-headed Swamphen. Red-wattled Lapwing attempting breeding a second time after what appeared to be a fox that predated its eggs, While White-tailed Lapwing becoming hard to see probably incubating eggs. The Pied Kingfisher pair is still active and probably building its nest, it will be the first breeding record if confirmed breeding, although it was seen building a nest last month but it abandoned it.

Garganey (Anas querquedula) 1, Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca) 5, Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) 16, Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) 1, Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 2, Greater Spotted Eagle (Clanga clanga) 2, Eurasian Marsh-Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) 2, Black-eared) Kite ( (Milvus migrans lineatus) 1, Little Crake (Porzana parva) 2, Spotted Crake (Porzana porzana) 1, Grey-headed Swamphen (Porphyrio poliocephalus) 6, Eurasian, Coot (Fulica atra) 11, Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) 12, Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) 3, Ruff (Calidris pugnax) 13, White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) 4, Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) 1 Seen well, Sand Martin (Riparia riparia) 25, Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 5, Red-spotted Bluethroat  (Luscinia svecica) 2.

Spotted Crake Porzana porzana

Spotted Crake Porzana porzana

Grey-headed Swamphen Porphyrio (porphyrio) poliocephalus

Grey-headed Swamphen Porphyrio (porphyrio) poliocephalus

Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus

Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus

Eurasian Coot Fulica atra

Eurasian Coot Fulica atra

3-4/04/2016 at Al-Abraq, Kabd Reserve and Jahra Pools Reserve

Al-Abraq was quiet on 3rd April, except for few migrating birds which were:

Apr 3, 2016 9:09 AM – 11:55 AM

Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides) 5, Steppe Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo vulpinus) 1, Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) 1, Little Stint (Calidris minuta) 2, White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) 1, Isabelline Shrike (Lanius isabellinus) 1, Steppe Grey Shrike (Lanius meridionalis pallidirostris) 1, Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) 21, Eastern Olivaceous Warbler (Iduna pallida) 1, Eurasian Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) 6, Semicollared Flycatcher (Ficedula semitorquata) 3, Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) 11, Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka) 2, Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) 2.

Semi-collared Flycatcher Ficedula semitorquata

Semi-collared Flycatcher Ficedula semitorquata

Semi-collared Flycatcher Ficedula semitorquata

Semi-collared Flycatcher Ficedula semitorquata

European Turtle DoveStreptopelia turtur

European Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur

Eastern Olivaceous Warbler Iduna pallida

Eastern Olivaceous Warbler Iduna pallida

Kabd Reserve
Apr 3, 2016 1:50 PM – 3:31 PM
Montagu’s Harrier (Circus pygargus) 1, Eurasian Wryneck (Jynx torquilla) 1, Isabelline Shrike (Lanius isabellinus) 2, Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator) 2
Rufous-tailed Scrub-Robin (Cercotrichas galactotes) 1, Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) 3, Rufous-tailed Rock-Thrush (Monticola saxatilis) 1, Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) 7, Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka) 1, Eastern Black-eared Wheatear (Oenanthe hispanica melanoleuca) 5.

Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin Cercotrichas galactotes

Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin Cercotrichas galactotes

Montagu's HarrierCircus pygargus

Montagu’s Harrier Circus pygargus

Eurasian WryneckJynx torquilla

Eurasian Wryneck Jynx torquilla

Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe female

Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe female

Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe male

Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe male

Al Jahra Pools Natural Reserve

Apr 4, 2016 10:24 AM – 1:45 PM

There many birds with chicks which includes Little Grebes, Eurasian Coots, Ferruginous Ducks, Common Moorhen, and Water Rail (Seen by Omar Al-Shaheen).

Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) 6, Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) 2, Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) 2, Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) 2, Eastern Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca) 1, Eurasian Marsh-Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) 2, Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus) 1, Little Crake (Porzana parva) 2, Grey-headed Swamphen (Porphyrio poliocephalus) 2, Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) 15, Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra) 3, Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) 11, Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius) 1, Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) 5, Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis) 1, Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola) 3, Ruff (Calidris pugnax) 32, Little Stint (Calidris minuta) 12, Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) 4, Namaqua Dove (Oena capensis) 2, Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) 1, White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) 1, European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) 3, Isabelline Shrike (Lanius isabellinus) 2, Sand Martin (Riparia riparia) 35, Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 8, Great Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus) 4, Graceful Prinia (Prinia gracilis) 3, Bluethroat (Red-spotted) (Luscinia svecica) 2, Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) 1, Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) 3, Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis) 1, Cinereous Bunting (Emberiza cineracea) 1.

Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus

Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus

Eastern Cinereous Bunting Emberiza (cineracea) semenowi

Eastern Cinereous Bunting Emberiza (cineracea) semenowi

Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca

Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca. Adult female with 9 chicks.

Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca

Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca. Adult female.

Eurasian Coot Fulica atra juvenile

Eurasian Coot Fulica atra juvenile

Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis

Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis

Namaqua DoveOena capensis female

Namaqua Dove Oena capensis female

Red-wattled Lapwing Vanellus indicus

Red-wattled Lapwing Vanellus indicus

Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola

Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola , photographed 30/03/2016 at Zour Reedbeds

27-28/03/2016 Various sites with a visitor Eric Jan Alblas

Eric Jan Alblas visited Kuwait for the Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark which was his main target. Early morning to Kabd Reserve produced 24 Black-crowned Sparrow-Larks. He wanted to see the Eastern Mourning Wheatear of the ssp perica but at this time of year all birds leave the country. The first day was overcast with scattered rain made birding difficult, we managed to visit a number of reserves and birding site. The next day started with heavy rain early in the morning but by 10 am it became sunny and made birding easy.

We were not trying to see birds species  as much as we can but concentrated on certain species such Crested Honey Buzzard and Mourning Wheatear. The following is a list of species we managed to see:

Red-wattled Lapwing Vanellus indicus

Red-wattled Lapwing Vanellus indicus

Garganey (Anas querquedula)
Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca)
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus)
Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)
Western Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
Great Egret (Ardea alba)
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
Booted Eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus
Eastern Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca)
Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus)
Black Kite (Milvus migrans)
Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus)
Western Marsh-Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)
Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus)
Steppe Buzzard (Buteo buteo vulpinus)
Little Crake (Porzana parva)
Grey-headed Swamphen (Porphyrio poliocephalus)
Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)
Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus)
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)
Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula)
Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus)
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)
Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata)
Dunlin (Calidris alpine)
Little Stint (Calidris minuta)
Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus)
Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus)
Slender-billed Gull (Chroicocephalus genei)
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)
Little Tern (Sternula albifrons)
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
Laughing Dove (Streptopelia senegalensis)
Namaqua Dove (Oena capensis)
Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus)
White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)
Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis)
European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)
Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops)
Eurasian Wryneck (Jynx torquilla)
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)
Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni)
Ring-necked Parakeet (Psittacula krameri)
Daurian Shrike (Lanius isabellinus isabellinus)

Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus isabellinus

Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus isabellinus photographed on 20/03/2016

Turkestan Shrike (Lanius phoenicuroides)

Turkestan Shrike Lanius phoenicuroides

Turkestan Shrike Lanius phoenicuroides photographed on 20/03/2016

Mauryan Grey Shrike (Lanius meridionalis pallidirostris)
Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator)
Hypocolius (Hypocolius ampelinus)
Crested Lark (Galerida cristata)
Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark (Eremopterix nigriceps)

Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark (Eremopterix nigriceps)

Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark (Eremopterix nigriceps) photographed on 20/03/2016

White-eared Bulbul (Pycnonotus leucotis)
Sand Martin (Riparia riparia)
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica)
Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita)
Great Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus)
Eurasian Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler (Iduna pallida)
Eurasian Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)
Graceful Prinia (Prinia gracilis)
Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia curruca)
Hume’s Whitethroat (Sylvia althaea)
Eastern Orphean Warbler (Sylvia crassirostris)
Asian Desert Warbler (Sylvia nana)
Menetries’s Warbler (Sylvia mystacea)
Bank Myna (Acridotheres ginginianus)
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)
Rufous-tailed Scrub-Robin (Cercotrichas galactotes)
Red-spotted Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica svecica)
White-throated Robin (Irania gutturalis)
Western Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros gibraltariensis)
Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus)
Rufous-tailed Rock-Thrush (Monticola saxatilis)
European Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola)
Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe)

Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe

Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe photographed on 20/03/2016

Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina)
Desert Wheatear (Oenanthe deserti)
Eastern Black-eared Wheatear (Oenanthe hispanica melanoleuca)
Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka)

Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka

Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka photographed on 20/03/2016

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis)
Western Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava)
White Wagtail (alba) (Motacilla alba)
Tawny Pipit (Anthus campestris)
Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis)
The following is itinerary of the trip:
Kabd Reserve, Al Jahrah, KW
Mar 27, 2016 6:38 AM – 9:00 AM

Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) 2
Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus) 2
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) 12
Namaqua Dove (Oena capensis) 1
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) 1
Turkestan Shrike (Lanius phoenicuroides) 3
Mauryan Grey Shrike (Lanius meridionalis pallidirostris) 1
Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark (Eremopterix nigriceps) 24
Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) 6
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler (Iduna pallida) 1
Hume’s Whitethroat (Sylvia althaea) 2
Rufous-tailed Rock-Thrush (Monticola saxatilis) 1
Northern Wheatear (Eurasian) (Oenanthe oenanthe oenanthe/libanotica) 5
Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka) 4
Black-eared Wheatear (Oenanthe hispanica) 1
Tawny Pipit (Anthus campestris) 1

Al Jahra Pools Natural Reserve, Al Jahrah, KW

Mar 27, 2016 9:32 AM – 11:27 AM

Garganey (Anas querquedula) 8
Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca) 8
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) 16
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) 500
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) 7
Dunlin Calidris alpina
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) 8
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 23
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) 16
Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides) 1
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1
Western Marsh-Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) 3
Little Crake (Porzana parva) 6
Grey-headed Swamphen (Porphyrio poliocephalus) 4
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) 10
Eurasian Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) 1
Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus) 1
Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus) 12
Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) 8
Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus) 5 We saw them well
Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata) 12
Dunlin (Calidris alpine) 350
Little Stint (Calidris minuta) 14
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) 2
Slender-billed Gull (Chroicocephalus genei) 30
Little Tern (Sternula albifrons) 1
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) 2
Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus) 5
Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops) 1
European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) 5
Eurasian Wryneck (Jynx torquilla) 1
Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) 3
Eurasian Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus) 1
Great Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus) 2
Graceful Prinia (Prinia gracilis) 5
Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica) 1
European Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola) 1
Northern Wheatear (Eurasian) (Oenanthe oenanthe oenanthe/libanotica) 2
Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka) 2
Black-eared Wheatear (Oenanthe hispanica) 1
White Wagtail (alba) (Motacilla alba) 4
Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis) 1

Al Jahra Farms, Al Jahrah, KW

Mar 27, 2016 11:43 AM – 1:09 PM

Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides) 1
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) 5
Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus) 1
White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) 1
Ring-necked Parakeet (Psittacula krameri) 3
Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator) 1
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 4
White-eared Bulbul (Pycnonotus leucotis) 1
Desert Wheatear (Oenanthe deserti) 1
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis) 8
Bank Myna (Acridotheres ginginianus) 10

Mutla’a Farm
Mar 27, 2016 2:07 PM – 2:46 PM

Laughing Dove (Streptopelia senegalensis) 5
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) 1
White-eared Bulbul (Pycnonotus leucotis) 5
Eurasian Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) 2
Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia curruca) 2
Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) 1

Jal Al Zor

Mar 28, 2016 8:25 AM – 8:55 AM

Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) 2
Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni) 4
Black-eared Wheatear (Eastern) (Oenanthe hispanica melanoleuca) 1

Abraq Al-Khabari

Mar 28, 2016 9:58 AM – 12:37 PM
Western Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) 15
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) 5
Booted Eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus) 1
Black Kite (Milvus migrans) 1
Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus) 2
Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus) 2
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) 4
Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus) 3
Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops) 1
Turkestan Shrike (Lanius phoenicuroides) 1
Sand Martin (Riparia riparia) 2
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 4
Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica) 1
Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) 12
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler (Iduna pallida) 2
Eurasian Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) 6
Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia curruca) 1
Eastern Orphean Warbler (Sylvia crassirostris) 1
Menetries’s Warbler (Sylvia mystacea) 3

Rufous-tailed Scrub-Robin (Cercotrichas galactotes) 1
White-throated Robin (Irania gutturalis) 1
Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) 7
Western Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros gibraltariensis) 1
Western Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava) 1
Hypocolius (Hypocolius ampelinus) 3
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis) 4
Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus) 1

Al Jahra Pools Natural Reserve
Mar 28, 2016 1:58 PM – 2:56 PM

Garganey (Anas querquedula) 50
Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca) 9
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) 10
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) 2
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) 1
Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides) 4
Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca) 1
Eurasian Marsh-Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) 1
Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) 1
Steppe Buzzard (Buteo buteo vulpinus) 1
Grey-headed Swamphen (Porphyrio poliocephalus) 3
Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) 10
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra) 12

Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus)
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) 2
White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) 1
Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) 2
European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) 12
Eurasian Wryneck (Jynx torquilla) 1
Turkestan Shrike (Lanius phoenicuroides) 2
Daurian Shrike (Lanius isabellinus isabellinus) 1
Great Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus) 4
Red-spotted Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica svecica) 1
Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) 1
European Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola) 1
Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) 1

Al-Liyah Reserve
Mar 28, 2016 3:30 PM – 5:03 PM

Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops) 5
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) 2
Turkestan Shrike (Lanius phoenicuroides) 5
Daurian Shrike (Lanius isabellinus isabellinus) 6
Steppe Grey Shrike (Lanius meridionalis pallidirostris) 9
Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator) 1
Crested Lark (Galerida cristata) 4
Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) 5
Eurasian Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) 1
Asian Desert Warbler (Sylvia nana) 1
Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia curruca) 1
Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) 1
Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) 2
Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka) 8
Eastern Black-eared Wheatear (Oenanthe hispanica melanoleuca) 4
Desert Wheatear (Oenanthe deserti) 1
Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina) 2
Tawny Pipit (Anthus campestris) 1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 10

Salalah and Muscat, Oman 26 February to 10 March 2016

I went to Salalah for 4 days then to Muscat for the Asian Dowitcher. In Salalah I saw four of my target species which were the Pallas’s Fish Eagle (5th record if accepted), Malachite Kingfisher, Forest Wagtail, and the Striolated Bunting, but missed Pin-tailed Snipe and Long-toed Stint. Salalah is always a nice place to do birding in. There many sites to visit whether along the sea or in the mountains. Biodiversity is intact in this country, low pressure from the humans, the population is 4.2 million (2015) whereas in 1990 the population was 2 million, also the area is 309,500 kmmeans a low density. Wolfs, Arabian Leopards and Caracals do not attack livestock or humans as they life in harmony with their environment, they have plenty of food to choose from, Cape Hare, White-tailed Mongoose, Common Genet, Indian Mongoose, Cape Hyrax and Indian Crested Porcupine, Ethiopian (Desert) Hedgehog and many rodents. Also mammals which include Arabian Tahr, Nubian Ibex, Wild Goat, Arabian Oryx, Arabian Gazelle and Sand Gazelle. One of introduced invasive species in Dhofar is the mesquite tree Prosopis juliflora, spreading dramatically into coastal areas and wadis to a point that is hard to eradicate, clearing away native trees and bushes.

Acknowledgement: I would like to thank especially Saeed AL Shanfari who drove and guided me 9 days in his own car and was a nice company, Haitham Al Shanfari for finding me the Pallas’s Fish Eagle (5th record if accepted), Naser Al Kindi, Hamad Al Wardi, Waheed Al Fazzari and Manal Al Kindi.

Saeed Al Shanfari is bird and wildlife in general guide who lives in Salalah and can be contacted at: omandiver1 “AT” gmail.com

Purple SunbirdCinnyris asiaticus

Purple Sunbird Cinnyris asiaticus female

Purple Sunbird Cinnyris asiaticus

Purple Sunbird Cinnyris asiaticus

Raysut Lagoon Feb 27, 2016 with Naser Al Kindi
27 species

Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea) 5
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) 7
White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) 300
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) 1
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) 9
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 3
Greater Spotted Eagle (Clanga clanga) 1
Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis) 26
Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca) 12
Eurasian Marsh-Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) 2
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) 6
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) 5
Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis) 3
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola) 2
Common Redshank (Tringa totanus) 6
Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica) 5
Ruff (Calidris pugnax) 2
Temminck’s Stint (Calidris temminckii) 5
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) 2
Sooty Gull (Ichthyaetus hemprichii) 25
Heuglin’s Gull (Larus fuscus heuglini) 30
Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica) 8
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) 1
House Crow (Corvus splendens) 18
Pale Crag-Martin (Ptyonoprogne fuligula obsoleta) 15
Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) 5
African Silverbill (Euodice cantans) 2

West Khawr Feb 27, 2016 with Naser Al Kindi
10 species

Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis) 1
Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea) 1
Intermediate Egret (Mesophoyx intermedia) 3
Western Reef-Heron (Eastern) (Egretta gularis schistacea) 1
Indian Pond-Heron (Ardeola grayii) 3
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) 1
Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus) 2
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) 2
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) 3
Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa) 1

Yellow Bittern Ixobrychus sinensis

Yellow Bittern Ixobrychus sinensis

Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis

Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis

Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca

Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca

Western White Stork Ciconia ciconia

Western White Stork Ciconia ciconia

Western White Stork Ciconia ciconia

Western White Stork Ciconia ciconia

Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea

Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea

Indian Pond Heron Ardeola grayii

Indian Pond Heron Ardeola grayii

Khawr Rawri Feb 28, 2016

6 species

Garganey (Anas querquedula) 6
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) 1
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) 1
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola) 2
Temminck’s Stint (Calidris temminckii) 2
Malachite Kingfisher (Corythornis cristatus) 1

Malachite Kingfisher Corythornis cristatus

Malachite Kingfisher Corythornis cristatus

Pheasant-tailed Jacana Hydrophasianus chirurgus

Pheasant-tailed Jacana Hydrophasianus chirurgus

Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus

Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus

East Khawr Feb 28, 2016

9 species

Garganey (Anas querquedula) 6
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) 36
Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides) 3
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) 55
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) 4
Pheasant-tailed Jacana (Hydrophasianus chirurgus) 5
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) 4
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola) 4

African Paradise-flycatcher Terpsiphone viridis

African Paradise-flycatcher Terpsiphone viridis

East Khawr Feb 29, 2016

14 species

Booted Eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus) 1
Laughing Dove (Streptopelia senegalensis) 3
African Paradise-Flycatcher (Terpsiphone viridis) 1
House Crow (Corvus splendens) 2
Crested Lark (Galerida cristata) 5
White-spectacled Bulbul (Pycnonotus xanthopygos) 2
White-breasted White-eye (Zosterops abyssinicus) 3
Shining Sunbird (Cinnyris habessinicus) 1
Forest Wagtail (Dendronanthus indicus) 1 at Dahariz Park
Blue-headed Wagtail (Motacilla flava beema) 3
Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) 5
Long-billed Pipit (Anthus similis) 2
Rueppell’s Weaver (Ploceus galbula) 5
Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata) 7

Forest Wagtail Dendronanthus indicus

Forest Wagtail Dendronanthus indicus

Tawi Atayr Mon Feb 29, 2016

1 species

Lappet-faced Vulture (Torgos tracheliotos) 2

Lappet-faced Vulture Torgos trachielotos

Lappet-faced Vulture Torgos trachielotos

Lappet-faced Vulture Torgos trachielotos

Lappet-faced Vulture Torgos trachielotos

Al Mughsayl (general area) Mar 1, 2016
6 species

Sooty Gull (Ichthyaetus hemprichii) 120
Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans) 1
Heuglin’s Gull (Larus fuscus heuglini) 4
Great Crested Tern (Thalasseus bergii) 20
Sandwich Tern (Thalasseus sandvicensis) 1
Lesser Crested Tern (Thalasseus bengalensis) 5

Western Osprey Pandion haliaetus

Western Osprey Pandion haliaetus

Raysut Lagoon Feb 29, 2016
41 species

Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea) 5
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) 23
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) 107
White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) 160
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) 24
Intermediate Egret (Mesophoyx intermedia) 2
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) 4
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) 2
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) 7
Greater Spotted Eagle (Clanga clanga) 2
Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis) 30
Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca) 6
Black Kite (Black-eared) (Milvus migrans lineatus/formosanus) 1
Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) 1
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra) 3
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) 25
Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) 1
Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius) 3
Pheasant-tailed Jacana (Hydrophasianus chirurgus) 4
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) 4
Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus) 1
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) 9
Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis) 11
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola) 3
Common Redshank (Tringa totanus) 5
Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa) 5
Ruff (Calidris pugnax) 9
Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) 2
Temminck’s Stint (Calidris temminckii) 6
Dunlin (Calidris alpina) 4
Little Stint (Calidris minuta) 6
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) 1
Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica) 2
Rock Dove (Columba livia) 20
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) 1
Laughing Dove (Streptopelia senegalensis) 5
Red-tailed Shrike (Lanius phoenicuroides) 1
House Crow (Corvus splendens) 23
Sand Martin (Riparia riparia) 10
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis) 3
Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) 5

Al Mughsayl–khawr Mar 1, 2016
13 species

Garganey (Anas querquedula) 5
Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) 12
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) 2
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) 1
Laughing Dove (Streptopelia senegalensis) 1
Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark (Eremopterix nigriceps) 11
White-spectacled Bulbul (Pycnonotus xanthopygos) 2
Clamorous Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus stentoreus) 1
Desert Wheatear (Oenanthe deserti) 1
Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina) 1
Tristram’s Starling (Onychognathus tristramii) 1
Striolated Bunting (Emberiza striolata) 17
Cinnamon-breasted Bunting (Emberiza tahapisi) 5

Striolated Bunting Emberiza striolata

Striolated Bunting Emberiza striolata male

Striolated Bunting Emberiza striolata

Striolated Bunting Emberiza striolata female

Raysut Lagoon Mar 1, 2016

25 species

Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea) 5
Garganey (Anas querquedula) 15
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) 70
White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) 90
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) 4
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) 7
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1
Greater Spotted Eagle (Clanga clanga) 5
Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis) 1
Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca) 1
Bonelli’s Eagle (Aquila fasciata) 1
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) 28
Pheasant-tailed Jacana (Hydrophasianus chirurgus) 5
Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus) 1
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) 2
Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis) 2
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola) 6
Common Redshank (Tringa totanus) 9
Ruff (Calidris pugnax) 4
Temminck’s Stint (Calidris temminckii) 2
Little Stint (Calidris minuta) 1
Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica) 8
Rock Dove (Columba livia) 35
Laughing Dove (Streptopelia senegalensis) 5
Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) 2

Ruff Philomachus pugnax

Ruff Philomachus pugnax

Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis

Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis

West Khawr Mar 1, 2016
17 species

Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 10
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) 1
Intermediate Egret (Mesophoyx intermedia) 1
Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides) 1
Indian Pond-Heron (Ardeola grayii) 1
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) 1
Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius) 7
Pheasant-tailed Jacana (Hydrophasianus chirurgus) 1
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) 1
Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus) 1
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) 3
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola) 6
Common Redshank (Tringa totanus) 3
Temminck’s Stint (Calidris temminckii) 4
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) 4
Ring-necked Parakeet (Psittacula krameri) 1
Graceful Prinia (Prinia gracilis) 1

Raysut Lagoon Mar 1, 2016 with Haitham Al Shanfari

13 species

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 12
Greater Spotted Eagle (Clanga clanga) 3
Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca) 2
Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus) 1
Pallas’s Fish-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucoryphus) 1 (5th record if accepted)
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) 1
Sooty Gull (Ichthyaetus hemprichii) 10
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) 2
Great Crested Tern (Thalasseus bergii) 20
Sandwich Tern (Thalasseus sandvicensis) 1
Lesser Crested Tern (Thalasseus bengalensis) 1
House Crow (Corvus splendens) 1
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) 3

Pallas's Fish-eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus

Pallas’s Fish-eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus

Pallas's Fish-eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus

Pallas’s Fish-eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus

Khawr Al Qurm Al Sagheer Mar 1, 2016 with Haitham Al Shanfari
3 species

Cotton Pygmy-Goose (Nettapus coromandelianus) 4
Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) 4
House Crow (Corvus splendens) 6

Al Ansab Lagoon, Masqat Mar 2, 2016
With Hamad Al Wardi, Saeed Al Shanfari, Waheed Al Fazari and Manal Al Kindi.
Unfortunately I missed the Asian Dowitcher as it has left two weeks earlier!
Graceful Prinia (Prinia gracilis) 4
Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca) 17
Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca) 3
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra) 4
Citrine wagtail (Motacilla citreola) 1
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 3
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) 2

Al Amrat Waste Disposal Site, Masqat Mar 2, 2016 with Waheed Al Fazari
6 species

Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) 10
Lappet-faced Vulture (Torgos tracheliotos) 3
Brown-necked Raven (Corvus ruficollis) 1
Hume’s Wheatear (Oenanthe albonigra) 1
Desert Wheatear (Oenanthe deserti) 1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 2

Khatmat Milahah, Al Batinah Mar 2, 2016  with Saeed Al Shanfari
3 species

Green Bee-eater (Merops orientalis) 1
Alexandrine Parakeet (Psittacula eupatria) 1
Ring-necked Parakeet (Psittacula krameri) 2

Alexandrine Parakeet Psittacula eupatria

Alexandrine Parakeet Psittacula eupatria

Khor Kalba (Alqurm Protected Area), Fujairah, UAE Mar 3, 2016  with Saeed Al Shanfari
3 species

Collared Kingfisher (Arabian) (Todiramphus chloris kalbaensis) 3
Clamorous Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus stentoreus) 1
Grey Francolin (Francolinus pondicerianus) 2

Grey Francolin Francolinus pondicerianus

Grey Francolin Francolinus pondicerianus

Khawr Ghawi Mar 6, 2016 with Saeed Al Shanfari

12 species

Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) 1
Masked Booby (Sula dactylatra) 1
Socotra Cormorant (Phalacrocorax nigrogularis) 15
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) 3
Intermediate Egret (Mesophoyx intermedia) 2
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) 2
Sooty Gull (Ichthyaetus hemprichii) 170
Great Crested Tern (Thalasseus bergii) 4
Sandwich Tern (Thalasseus sandvicensis) 3
Lesser Crested Tern (Thalasseus bengalensis) 2
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) 1
Eastern Mourning Wheatear (Oenanthe lugens) 1

Ash Shuwaymiyyah Lagoon Mar 6, 2016 with Saeed Al Shanfari

Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 8
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 7
Garganey (Anas querquedula) 5
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) 5
Pheasant-tailed Jacana (Hydrophasianus chirurgus) 2
Slender-billed Gull (Chroicocephalus genei) 6
Sooty Gull (Ichthyaetus hemprichii) 90
Steppe Gull (Larus fuscus barabensis) 3

North Sadah Mar 7, 2016 With Saees Al Shanfari
1 species
Arabian Partridge (Alectoris melanocephala) 1

This species is endemic to Arabian Peninsula (Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Oman and introduced into United Arab Emirates )

Arabian Partridge Alectoris melanocephala

Arabian Partridge Alectoris melanocephala

Ras Janjari,  Mar 7, 2016 with Saeed Al Shanfari
3 species

Sand Partridge (Ammoperdix heyi) 5
Lichtenstein’s Sandgrouse (Pterocles lichtensteinii) 3
Green Bee-eater (Merops orientalis) 2

Lichtenstein's Sandgrouse Pterocles lichtensteinii

Lichtenstein’s Sandgrouse Pterocles lichtensteinii male

Lichtenstein's Sandgrouse Pterocles lichtensteinii

Lichtenstein’s Sandgrouse Pterocles lichtensteinii female

Sand Partridge Ammoperdix heyi

Sand Partridge Ammoperdix heyi

Tawi Atayr Mar 7, 2016  with Saeed Al Shanfari

Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse (Pterocles exustus) 1

Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse Pterocles exustus

Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse Pterocles exustus male

Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse Pterocles exustus

Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse Pterocles exustus female

Khawr Taqah Mar 7, 2016 with Saeed Al Shanfari
2 species

Eurasian Marsh-Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) 2
Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) 17

Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva

Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva

Dhofar Mar 8, 2016 with Saeed Al Shanfari

9 species

Laughing Dove (Streptopelia senegalensis) 12
Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops) 1
White-spectacled Bulbul (Pycnonotus xanthopygos) 6
Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) 1
White-breasted White-eye (Zosterops abyssinicus) 1
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis) 1
Tristram’s Starling (Onychognathus tristramii) 4
Shining Sunbird (Cinnyris habessinicus) 5
Cinnamon-breasted Bunting (Emberiza tahapisi) 6

Ayn Tabraq Mar 8, 2016 with Saeed Al Shanfari
6 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) 3
African Paradise-Flycatcher (Terpsiphone viridis) 2
Golden-winged Grosbeak (Arabian) (Rhynchostruthus socotranus percivali) 4
African Silverbill (Euodice cantans) 7
Blackstart (Cercomela melanura) 1
Palestine Sunbird (Cinnyris osea) 1

African Silverbill Euodice cantans

African Silverbill Euodice cantans

Palestine Sunbird (Cinnyris osea)

Palestine Sunbird (Cinnyris osea)

East Khawr Mar 9, 2016 with Saeed Al Shanfari
12 species

Garganey (Anas querquedula) 6
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) 52
Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides) 2
Eurasian Marsh-Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) 2
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) 5
Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) 2
Kentish Plover (Kentish) (Charadrius alexandrinus alexandrinus) 9
Pheasant-tailed Jacana (Hydrophasianus chirurgus) 1
Common Redshank (Tringa totanus) 19
Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa) 1
White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) 48
Sandwich Tern (Eurasian) (Thalasseus sandvicensis sandvicensis) 1

Al Baleed Archeological Site with Saeed Al Shanfari
2 species

Spotted Thick-knee (Burhinus capensis) 12
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) 2

Spotted Thick-knee Burhinus capensis

Spotted Thick-knee Burhinus capensis

Reptiles:

Variable Agama (Calotes versicolor versicolor) an introduced species!

Variable Agama (Calotes versicolor versicolor)

Variable Agama (Calotes versicolor versicolor)

Sinai Agama (Pseudotrapelus sinai)

Sinai Agama Pseudotrapelus sinai

Sinai Agama Pseudotrapelus sinai

Arabian Chameleon (Chamaeleo arabicus)

Arabian Chameleon Chamaeleo arabicus

Arabian Chameleon Chamaeleo arabicus

Carter’s Semaphore Geckos (Pristurus carteri)

Carter’s Semaphore Geckos Pristurus carteri

Carter’s Semaphore Geckos Pristurus carteri

Thomas’ Spiny-tailed Lizards (U. thomasi)

Thomas’ Spiny-tailed Lizards Uromastyx thomasi

Thomas’ Spiny-tailed Lizards Uromastyx thomasi

Thomas’ Spiny-tailed Lizards Uromastyx thomasi

Thomas’ Spiny-tailed Lizards Uromastyx thomasi

Bent’s Spiny-tailed Lizard (Uromastyx benti). When disturbed it retreats to rock crevices, it does not dig burrows, unlike the Spiny-tailed Lizard Uromastyx aegyptia microlepis which we have here in Kuwait. It is smaller and probably adapted to fit itself into the small crevices.

Bent’s Spiny-tailed Lizard Uromastyx benti

Bent’s Spiny-tailed Lizard Uromastyx benti

Mammals:

Arabian Gazelle (Gazella gazella) found on the foothill of the Salalah mountains. They are quite common.

Arabian Gazelle Gazella gazella

Arabian Gazelle Gazella gazella

Arabian Gazelle Gazella gazella

Arabian Gazelle Gazella gazella

Sand Gazelle Gazella subgutturosa marica from the Kalba Reserve an introduced species to the reserve for scientific purposes.

Sand Gazelle Gazella subgutturosa marica

Sand Gazelle Gazella subgutturosa marica