I wanted to see Long-eared Owls that was found by Khaled Al Ghanim on Dec. 5th. So I drove this morning long trip alone. With a kind help by many and especially Neil Tovey I finally managed to spot the owls. On previous day I flushed Short-eared Owl at University campus sea front area. Hume’s Leaf Warbler was still there typically calling but not showing up. I was completely focused on the owls but I noticed a pair of Pallid Harriers.
Long-eared Owl (Asio otus)
Record shot of Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) on previous day at University campus just for comparisson
Pallid Harriers (Circus macrourus)
Today was a big birding day, with some good rarities. First the 8th record of Ring Ouzel, second 5th record of Long-eared Owl, also there was one/two Hume’s Leaf Warbler (5th). All these records are subject to acceptance by KORC.
Long-eared Owl Asio otus
Western Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros
I went Jahra pool Reserve with Bob, John and Thomas this morning. We saw immediately 3 Greater Spotted Eagles and Menetrie”s Warbler. After driving around some time I got to know that Fieldfare is still around. Since this species is not so interesting for European visitors we split. I found Fieldfare with kind help from Abdulaziz Aluseefi and Abdulmohsen Al-Sureyea. Actually, the finnder of the bird is Mohammed Khorsed. According to George Gregory”s book “The Birds of the State of Kuwait” this species used to be more common in the past. However, in last 20 years this is the first new record. While photographing Fieldfare I spotted male Namaqua Dove. That species was interesting to Europeans so I took them to the site. Bob and John managed to photograph the bird.
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
Namaqua Dove (Oena capensis)
This morning Mohd Khorshed found a Rock Bunting which is a 4th if accepted by KORC, also Yesterday Hamad Bouresli found the 2nd record of Goldcrest if accepted by KORC. I thus went this morning to see the Rock Bunting which I have seen in Kuwait before.
At Al-Abraq there were Goldcrest 2, Rock Bunting 1, Brambling 1, Corn Bunting 1, White Wagtail 7, Water Pipit 10.
Rock Bunting Emberiza cia
Brambling Fringilla montifringilla
Goldcrest Regulus regulus feeding upside-down.
Fieldfare 1, Marsh Harrier 4, Common Kingfisher 1, Great Egret 1, Little Egret 2, Grey Heron 1, Eurasian Blackbird 1, Eurasian Wigeon 2, Mallard 20, Northern Shoveler 15, Northern Pintail 17, Ferruginous Duck 8, Common Pochard 6, Eurasian Teal 1, Garganey 8, Daurian Shrike 1, Mauryan Grey Shrike 1 and Jack Snipe (thanks to Khaled Al-Ghanem who showed me the bird).
Fieldfare Turdus pilaris
Jack Snipe Lymnocryptes minimus
Western Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
Northern Pintail Anas acuta
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis
I visited these two sites today with Jennifer Baran. At Al Zour ridge we saw Red-tailed Wheatear. Jahra Pool Reserve is always interesting. Today we were locally exited of Greenfinch (Second record for Kuwait if accepted by KORC) and Brambling (Rare winter visitor). Greenfinch was found by Mohammed Khorsid and Brambling was told us by Hamoud Al Shayji.
Red-tailed Wheatear (Oenanthe chrysopygia)
Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris)
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)
I visited this morning the golf course just to check the situation out there. I found Red-wattled Lapwing which was agitated of Long-legged Buzzard around. I saw Asian Desert Warbler too. After the golf course I headed Khiran where Purple Sundbird has been seen in recent days. We couldn’t relocate the bird but Rashed kindly took me around and we saw 4 Red-tailed Wheatears and 1 Finch’s Wheatear.
Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus)
Red-wattled Lapwing mobbing Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus)
Western Great Egret 46, Eurasian Spoonbill 5, Caspian Gull 7, Steppe Gull 160, Heuglin’s Gull 28, Crab Plover 3, Caspian Tern 78, Eurasian Oystercatcher 37, Greater Spotted Eagle 3, Pied Kingfisher 2, White-breasted Kingfisher 1, Water Pipit 5, Grey-headed Swamphen 3.
Heuglin’s Gull Larus (fuscus/heuglini) heuglini
Steppe Gull Larus (fuscus/heuglini) barabensis
Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans
Grey-headed Swamphen Porphyrio (porphyrio)
Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta