This morning as I was preparing to leave home I received a call from Mike Pope saying that the Streak-throaed Swallow is still at Jahra Pool Reserve. I went there and saw the bird and had a chance to photograph it. This a first for Kuwait and the 400th addition to Kuwait Bird List.
This is probably the 2nd for Western Palearctic list as defined by AERC. The first was found in Egypt on 19/11/2003.
Streak-throated Swallow Petrochelidon fluvicola
At the end of the day we visited Jahra Pool Reserve hoping to see Baillon’s Crake which didn’t show up. However, Dennis O’Sullivan spotted a hirundine that we thought in the beginning to be Brown-throated Martin. Just after I reached home I received a call from the group stating that they think that the bird is actually 1st winter Streak-throated Swallow. I started to check my pictures with “Birds of The Middle East” and indeed it looked like a juvenile Sreak-throated Swallow. If this is accepted by KORC it will be first record for Kuwait and number 400 on it’s list.
First winter Streak-throated Swallow (Petrochelidon fluvicola) Note dark streaked band across thighs.
Sreak-throated Swallow. Note dusky throat
Sreak-throated Swallow. Note contrasting pale brown rump
Sreak-throated Swallow. Note pale brownish head and very little forked tail
Eurasian Spoonbill 4, Pallid Swift 2, Baillon’s Crake 1, Little Grebe 4, Purple Swamphen 15, Black-necked Grebe 2, Mallard 3, Moorhen 50, Western great Egret 1, Eurasian Teal 2, Eurasian Coot 25, Greater Flamingo 17.
Baillon’s Crake Porzana pusilla
Western Great Egret Ardea alba
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia
I was with 5 British, one Irish and one Italian birders in Abdaly farms. We managed to see 6 Afghan Babblers and as a bonus species we saw adult male Shikra. There were also a big flock of Hypocolius. However, this wasn’t the whole story yet. On our way back to Kuwait city we visited Sabriya farm. This farm is not particularly big but interesting since it is located near coast line. Almost immediately Alan saw something interesting in the first corner of the wall. Others saw male Black Redstart. Later on we came across with the bird that appeared to be Red-breasted Flycatcher. Since the season is not right for that species we decided to have a better look of the bird. Little by little the real nature of the bird started to emerge. Almost everyone of the group contributed small pieces of evidence showing that indeed we were dealing with Taiga Flycatcher. I naturally spred the word among local birders. We visited the site also today and we managed to hear different type call compared to R-b Flycatcher. AbdulRahman visited the farm this morning and he managed to get good pictures. See AbdulRahman’s pictures below.
Yesterday afternoon I was texted by Pekka saying he and the visiting group found a Taiga Flycatcher at Al-Shallal ‘s Farm. I went there just 30 minutes before sunset, but after 15 minutes search I couldn’t find the bird, it was getting dark so I had leave. Early in the morning today I went to the farm but after 25 minutes I found the bird. It had dark upper tail coverts, greyish suffusion on breast contrasting with whitethroat, very darkish bill including bill base, and overall upperparts colder than a Red-breasted Flycatcher. At this time of year all Red-breasted Flycatcher have left.
The first record of Taiga Flycatcher was only found this year on 14th April, so a second record in the same year sounds rewarding.
Taiga Flycatcher Ficedula albicilla
Hypocolius Hypocolius ampelinus
This morning I went to Al-Abraq to find the Zitting Cisticola that I couldn’t see very well yesterday. It flies high then it dips itself directly into the dense alfalfa crops. I only managed to get some flight shots. Thus was last seen in Kuwait in 1990 that is 23 years ago.
Zitting Cisticola Cisticola juncidis
Western Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros
I went to Al Abraq in hope to find Zitting Cisticola which was found on previous day. I managed to see the bird with AbdulRahman’s kind help. I didn’t get any picture but others did. This is 6th record for Kuwait if accepted by KORC. Other interesting record by Kuwaiti standards was Chaffinch pair. At least one Goldcrest was still present.
Male Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)
Last time when Eversmann’s Redstart was seen was Friday Nov. 22nd in Al Abraq. Next day I photographed White-throated Kingfisher in Tulha, SAANR. Today I found Persian Wheatear at Al Zour ridge. There were also 2-3 Mourning Wheatears.
Eversmann’s Redstart (Phoenicurus erythronotus)
White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)
Persian Wheatear (Oenanthe xanthoprymna)