Kuwait Trip Report Winter Tour 12-20 November 2016

 Participant from left to right: Brian Rasmussen, Daniel Mauras, Henrik Rask, Jean-Jacques CLEMENT, Thierry JEAN, Francis SMIGIELSKI and Hugues Axel DUFOURNY.

Participant from left to right: Brian Rasmussen, Daniel Mauras, Henrik Rask, Jean-Jacques CLEMENT, Thierry JEAN, Francis SMIGIELSKI and Hugues Axel DUFOURNY.

12th November: Arrival at Kuwait airport and overnight at Continental Inn.

Hypocolius at Green Island. Photo: ©Daniel Mauras

Hypocolius at Green Island. Photo: ©Daniel Mauras

13th November: At 6am we left the hotel with boxed breakfast towards Abu Al-Hasaniya. There we first encountered eleven Lesser Crested Tern then a Greater Crested Tern landed on steel wires showed well through scope being distinctly larger the nearby Lesser Crested Terns. At park lawn, we saw 10’s of Common Mynas and a single Asian Pied Starling. At least three Hypocolius flew overhead. At the beach were two Grey Herons, five Great Cormorants, a Spotted Redshank and a couple of Little Egrets, Western Reef Herons and a Slender-billed Gull 16. We also saw Little Stints, a couple of Sanderlings and a House Crow kept flying overhead. On the trees of house garden nearby we saw a Honey Buzzard perching then moving to another, but we couldn’t confirm If it is a Crested or European Honey Buzzard. White-eared Bulbuls were everywhere, we even saw a number of them before we stopped at our first birding site.

A Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus found at Fintas Park. Photo: ©Daniel Mauras

A Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus found at Fintas Park. Photo: ©Daniel Mauras

We then drove to Green Island arrived at 10 am, we soon were greeted by a number of Hypocoliuses flying overhead, we then had close views of some perched birds, while walking we encountered a perched Red-vented Bulbul. We then stopped at an elevated ground trying to photograph a group of hypocoliuses moving inside a tree, but then a Ruppell’s Weaver came close and perched on a very close tree were everybody had some good views of the bird

We saw in total at Green Island 25 species; Great Cormorant 1, Pallid Harrier 1, Eurasian Sparrowhawk 1, Greater Sand-Plover 10, Kentish Plover 14, Common Ringed Plover 2, Common Sandpiper 1, Eurasian Collared-Dove 14, Laughing Dove 5, Pallid Swift 1, White-throated Kingfisher 1, Masked Shrike 1, Barn Swallow 1, Red-vented Bulbul 3, White-eared Bulbul 20, Common Chiffchaff 1, Lesser Whitethroat 1, Menetries’s Warbler 1, Common Myna 15, Red-throated Pipit 1, Hypocolius 28, Chaffinch 1, House Sparrow 5, Yellow-throated Sparrow 1, Rüppell’s Weaver 2, Eurasian Golden Oriole 1.

Rüppell's Weaver found at Green Island. Photo: ©Daniel Mauras

Rüppell’s Weaver found at Green Island. Photo: ©Daniel Mauras

Our last birding site of the day was the famous wetland of Kuwait, the Jahra Pools Reserve. We spent less than an hour there and left after sunset. We managed to see:

Mallard 3, Northern Shoveler 10, Eurasian Teal 5, Common Pochard 5, Common Quail 1, Little Grebe 2, Great Cormorant 1, Griffon Vulture 1, Greater Spotted Eagle 12, Steppe Eagle 54, Eurasian Marsh-Harrier 2, Grey-headed Swamphen 12, Common Moorhen 17, Eurasian Coot 21, White-tailed Lapwing 3, Ruff 1, Dunlin 3, Common Redshank 1, White-throated Kingfisher 2, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater 12, Spanish Sparrow 50.

14th November: We started at Jahra Pools Reserve, birds seen at this site:

Eurasian Wigeon 5, Mallard 3, Northern Pintail 15, Garganey 1, Eurasian Teal 17, Common Pochard 46, Ferruginous Duck 7, Tufted Duck 1, Little Grebe 1, Little Bittern 1, Grey Heron 1, Purple Heron 1, Great Egret 4, Little Egret 2, Squacco Heron 4, Griffon Vulture 8, Steppe Eagle 57, Imperial Eagle 4, Eurasian Marsh-Harrier 3, Little Crake 3, Grey-headed Swamphen 2, Common Moorhen 20, Eurasian Coot 20, Eurasian Oystercatcher 10, Grey Plover 20, White-tailed Lapwing 3, Lesser Sand-Plover 2, Greater Sand-Plover 15, Eurasian Curlew 15, Ruff 2, Broad-billed Sandpiper 1, Dunlin 55, Common Snipe 2, Terek Sandpiper 1, Green Sandpiper 1, Common Greenshank 6, Marsh Sandpiper 3, Common Redshank 5, Caspian Gull 2, Heuglin’s Gull 2, Steppe Gull  1, Gull-billed Tern 4, Caspian Tern 1, Stock Dove 1, Pallid Swift 13, Eurasian Penduline Tit 3, Eurasian Reed-Warbler 1, Graceful Prinia 2, Bluethroat 2, Water Pipit 1.

We then went to Jahra East Outfall which produced: Asian Desert Warbler 4, Menetries’s Warbler 1, Desert Wheatear 2, Isabelline Wheatear 1. Greater Flamingo 70, Great Egret 15, Eurasian Spoonbill 1, Osprey 1.

White-tailed Lapwing at Jahra Pools Reserve. Photo: ©Daniel Mauras

White-tailed Lapwing at Jahra Pools Reserve. Photo: ©Daniel Mauras

Grey-headed Swamphen at Jahra Pools Reserve. Photo: ©Daniel Mauras

Grey-headed Swamphen at Jahra Pools Reserve. Photo: ©Daniel Mauras

Greater Spotted Eagle var. fulvescens at at Jahra Pools Reserve. Photo: ©Daniel Mauras

Greater Spotted Eagle var. fulvescens at at Jahra Pools Reserve. Photo: ©Daniel Mauras

Greater Spotted Eagle at at Jahra Pools Reserve. Photo: ©Daniel Mauras

Greater Spotted Eagle at at Jahra Pools Reserve. Photo: ©Daniel Mauras

15th November: We started in the morning at Mutla’a Ranch, after we had our breakfast and coffee, we found a Red-breasted Flycatcher then a mega rarity appeared! An Eversmann’s Redstart, seen very well by all the visiting group and we spent some time taking photographs of very sought after bird. It is the 12th record for Kuwait if accepted by KORC. Afterwards we found a stunning male Asian Shikra.

Eversmann’s Redstart at Mutla’a Ranch. Photo: ©Daniel Mauras

Eversmann’s Redstart at Mutla’a Ranch. Photo: ©Daniel Mauras

Birds seen at Mutla’a Ranch include:

Eversmann’s Redstart 1, Asian Shikra 1, Eurasian Sparrowhawk 1, Eurasian Collared-Dove 17, Laughing Dove 5, White-throated Kingfisher 1, White-eared Bulbul 21, European Robin 3, Red-breasted Flycatcher 3.

We then visited Doha Spit to the waders, birds seen:

Great Cormorant 1000, Grey Heron 5, Little Egret 1, Western Reef-Heron 5, Pallid Harrier 1, Eurasian Oystercatcher 5, Lesser Sand-Plover 5, Greater Sand-Plover 45, Whimbrel 2, Eurasian Curlew 9, Ruddy Turnstone 1, Curlew Sandpiper 1, Sanderling 1, Dunlin 25, Terek Sandpiper 11, Common Greenshank, Marsh Sandpiper 2, Common Redshank 48, Crab Plover 230, Slender-billed Gull 55, Heuglin’s Gull 2, Steppe Gull 7, Little Tern 8, Caspian Tern 17.

In the evening, we visited Sulaibikhat Bay, to see; Greater Flamingo 250, Grey Heron 16, Dunlin 55, Citrine Wagtail 1.

At Sulaibikhat Sports Club, we had Mallard 18, Eurasian Teal 8, White Stork 1, Grey Heron 15, Western Reef-Heron 7, Grey Plover 5, Lesser Sand-Plover 15, Greater Sand-Plover 71, Dunlin 50, Crab Plover 156, White-throated Kingfisher 1.

16th November: Started our birding day at United Poultry Company dumping Site. We were looking for a Buff-bellied Pipit seen Yesterday, our search was not fruitfull, but we managed to see a single Oriental Lark, Steppe Eagle 1, Black Kite 1, Northern Lapwing 1, Kentish Plover 4, Common Ringed Plover 2, Dunlin 1, Common Kestrel 1, Lesser Short-toed Lark 2, Skylark 4, White Wagtail 15, Water Pipit 10.

We then visited Abraq Al-Habari oasis. A Eurasian Woodcock seen by some of group before it had gone undercover, then managed to see a perched juvenile Asian Shikra and Oriental Honey Buzzard.

Central Asian Black Redstart at Al Abraq. Photo: ©Daniel Mauras.

Central Asian Black Redstart at Al Abraq. Photo: ©Daniel Mauras.

Finsch’s Wheatear at Jal Al Zour. Photo: ©Daniel Mauras.

Finsch’s Wheatear at Jal Al Zour. Photo: ©Daniel Mauras.

Our list included: Oriental Honey Buzzard 1, Pallid Harrier 1, Asian Shikra 1, European Robin 2, Red-breasted Flycatcher 2, Caspian Stonechat 1, Byzantine Stonechat 1, Fieldfare 1, Song Thrush 4, Water Pipit 11, Siskin 1, Common Blackbird 1.

We decided to end the day at Kabd Reserve to search for Black-crowned Sparrow-lark, but we only 45 minutes before sunset, we managed to see only; Namaqua Dove 34, Steppe Grey Shrike 1, European Stonechat 1, Finsch’s Wheatear 1.

17th November: In the morning, we went back to Kabd Reserve to search again for Black-crowned Sparrow-lark. We saw more than 24 Black-crowned Sparrow-Larks and a male Finsch’s Wheatear.

Olive-backed Pipit at Jahra Farms. Photo: ©Daniel Mauras.

Olive-backed Pipit at Jahra Farms. Photo: ©Daniel Mauras.

Hooded Wheatear at Jal Al Zour. Photo: ©Daniel Mauras.

Hooded Wheatear at Jal Al Zour. Photo: ©Daniel Mauras.

Birds seen at Kabd Reserve include: Short-toed Snake-Eagle 1, Imperial Eagle 1, Long-legged Buzzard 1, Woodchat Shrike 1, Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark 24, Greater Short-toed Lark 2, Asian Desert Warbler 1, Finsch’s Wheatear 1 male, Desert Wheatear 4, Isabelline Wheatear 4

We then visited Jahra Farms to find; Oriental Honey-buzzard 1, Eurasian Sparrowhawk 2, White-throated Kingfisher 1, Masked Shrike 1, White-eared Bulbul 3, Common Bluethroat 1, Black-throated Thrush 2, Song Thrush 5, Common Myna 4, White Wagtail 2, White Wagtail 3, Olive-backed Pipit 2, Water Pipit 6.

 

Crested Honey Buzzard at Jahra Farms. Photo: ©Daniel Mauras

Crested Honey Buzzard at Jahra Farms. This bird’s wing moult has reached the 6th primary, only outer 5 primary are old. Photo: ©Daniel Mauras

Crested Honey Buzzard at Jahra Farms. Photo: ©Daniel Mauras

Crested Honey Buzzard at Jahra Farms. Photo: ©Daniel Mauras

We decided to finish the day at Jal Al Zor to find red-tailed Wheatear, we found instead a Hooded Wheatear 1, Long-legged Buzzard 1, Eastern Mourning Wheatear 7, Desert Wheatear 7.

18th November: This morning, we decided to drive south of the country to find a Red-tailed Wheatear. We stopped at Fintas Park to find; Laughing Dove 2, Masked Shrike 1, Common Chiffchaff 4, Clamorous Reed-Warbler 1, Eurasian Blackcap 1, Garden Warbler 1, Barred Warbler 1, Lesser Whitethroat 1, Rüppell’s Weaver 1. In our way, we stopped also at Zour Sewer Plant Reeds to find only two Eurasian Marsh-Harrier. We reached our destination, Al-Nuwaiseeb – Rubbish Dumps, to find our target bird a Red-tailed Wheatear, and also saw Pied Wheatear 1, Desert Wheatear 5, Isabelline Wheatear 2.

We ended our day at Al-Zour Port Village, were lucky to find a single Hume’s Warbler, which seen very well, also we saw Great Cormorant 12, Common Kestrel 1, Eurasian Hobby 1, Song Thrush, Central Asian Lesser Whitethroat 1, Common Redstart ssp. samamisicus 1, Western Black Redstart 1, Central Asian Black Redstart 1.

Red-tailed Wheatear at Al-Nuwaiseeb – Rubbish Dumps. Photo: ©Daniel Mauras.

Red-tailed Wheatear at Al-Nuwaiseeb – Rubbish Dumps. Photo: ©Daniel Mauras.

19th November: We started the day at Al-Shallal’s Farm, in the beginning it seemed very quiet, but it got excited as we found another Eversmann’s Redstart, it was a skulking bird but after sometime we managed to see it very well. Birds that were seen at this farm include; Isabelline Shrike 1, Bluethroat 1, White Wagtail 3, Meadow Pipit 1, Red-throated Pipit 1, Water Pipit 12

We then went to Jal Al Zor, to find; Greater Hoopoe-Lark 4, Crested Lark 1, Mourning Wheatear 5, Desert Wheatear 2.

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater at at Jahra Pools Reserve. Photo: ©Daniel Mauras

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater at at Jahra Pools Reserve. Photo: ©Daniel Mauras

Eastern Mourning Wheatear spp. persicus at Jal Al-Zour.Photo: ©Daniel Mauras.

Eastern Mourning Wheatear spp. persicus at Jal Al-Zour.Photo: ©Daniel Mauras.

Again, visited the Jahra Pools Reserve to find; Ferruginous Duck 12, Little Grebe 11, Great Crested Grebe 1, Black-necked Grebe 1, Grey Heron 3, Great Egret 1, Little Egret 10, Squacco Heron 3, Greater Spotted Eagle 2, Eurasian Coot 45, Slender-billed Gull 1, Pallid Swift 15.

Finally, we ended the tour at Sulaibikhat Bay, when it was at high tide, we found the following:

Greater Flamingo 850, Great Cormorant 20, Grey Heron 153, Eurasian Spoonbill 1, Kentish Plover 90, Common Ringed Plover 61, Broad-billed Sandpiper 45, Curlew Sandpiper 3, Dunlin 1650, Little Stint 122, Common Redshank 88, Crab Plover 70, Caspian Tern 2, Whiskered Tern 8, Water Pipit 130, Hypocolius 73.

Griffon Vulture at Jahra Pools Reserve. Photo: ©Daniel Mauras.

Griffon Vulture at Jahra Pools Reserve. Photo: ©Daniel Mauras.

Asian Desert Warbler at Kabd Reserve. Photo: ©Daniel Mauras

Asian Desert Warbler at Kabd Reserve. Photo: ©Daniel Mauras

Common Myna at Green Island. Photo: ©Daniel Mauras

Common Myna at Green Island. Photo: ©Daniel Mauras

Crab Plover at Sulaibikhat Bay Traditional Caffee. Photo: ©Daniel Mauras

Crab Plover at Sulaibikhat Bay Traditional Caffee. Photo: ©Daniel Mauras

Asian Shikra at Al Abraq. Photo: ©Daniel Mauras

Asian Shikra at Al Abraq. Photo: ©Daniel Mauras

 

Bird List: Taxonomic Order and Sequence follows OSME Region List http://osme.org/ORL which in turn follows Gill & Wright (2006) Birds of the World: Recommended English Names – the published list of the International Ornithological Congress [IOC] regional sub-committees. (http://www.worldbirdnames.org/).

Gadwall Anas strepera 

Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope

Mallard Anas platyrhynchos 

Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata

Northern Pintail Anas acuta 

Garganey Anas querquedula

Eurasian Teal Anas crecca

Common Pochard Aythya ferina

Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca

Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula 

Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis iraquensis

Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus 

Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis

Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus 

Western White Stork Ciconia ciconia 

Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia 

Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus 

Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides

Grey Heron Ardea cinerea 

Purple Heron Ardea purpurea 

Western Great Egret Ardea alba 

Little Egret Egretta garzetta 

Indian Reef Heron Egretta gularis schistacea 

Continental Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax sinensis 

Western Osprey Pandion haliaetus 

Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus

Eurasian Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus 

Short-toed Snake Eagle Circaetus gallicus 

Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga 

Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis 

Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca 

Asian Shikra Accipiter (badius) cenchroides 

Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus 

Western Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus 

Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus 

Black-eared Kite Milvus (migrans) lineatus 

Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus 

Water Rail Rallus aquaticus 

Little Crake Zapornia parva 

Grey-headed Swamphen Porphyrio (porphyrio) poliocephalus 

Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus 

Eurasian Coot Fulica atra 

Eurasian Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus 

Crab-plover Dromas ardeola 

Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus 

White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus

Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola 

Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula 

Kentish Plover Anarhynchus alexandrinus 

Lesser Sand Plover Anarhynchus atrifrons 

Greater Sand Plover Anarhynchus leschenaultii 

Eurasian Woodcock Scolopax rusticola 

Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago 

Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa 

Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica 

Eurasian Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus 

Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata 

Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus 

Common Redshank Tringa totanus 

Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis 

Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola 

Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia 

Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus 

Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus 

Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos 

Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres 

Sanderling Calidris alba 

Little Stint Calidris minuta 

Dunlin Calidris alpina 

Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea 

Broad-billed Sandpiper Limicola falcinellus 

Ruff Philomachus pugnax 

Slender-billed Gull Chroicocephalus genei 

Common Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus 

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans 

Armenian Gull Larus armenicus 

Heuglin’s Gull Larus (fuscus/heuglini) heuglini 

Steppe Gull Larus (fuscus/heuglini) barabensis 

Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica 

Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia 

Greater Crested Tern Thalasseus bergii 

Lesser Crested Tern Thalasseus bengalensis 

Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis 

Little Tern Sternula albifrons 

Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida 

White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus 

Feral Pigeon Columba livia forma domestica 

Western Stock Dove Columba oenas 

African Collared Dove Streptopelia roseogrisea

Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto 

Laughing Dove Spilopelia senegalensis 

Namaqua Dove Oena capensis 

Pallid Swift Apus pallidus 

White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis 

Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis 

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus 

Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops 

Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus 

Eurasian Hobby Falco subbuteo 

Rose-ringed Parakeet Psittacula krameri 

Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus 

Turkestan Shrike Lanius phoenicuroides 

Mauryan Grey Shrike Lanius lahotra pallidirostris 

Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator 

Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus 

Eurasian Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus 

House Crow Corvus splendens 

Hypocolius Hypocolius ampelinus 

Eurasian Penduline Tit Remiz pendulinus 

Greater Hoopoe-Lark Alaemon alaudipes 

Greater Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla 

Lesser Short-toed Lark Alaudala rufescens 

Crested Lark Galerida cristata 

Eurasian Skylark Alauda arvensis 

Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula 

Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark Eremopterix nigriceps 

Temminck’s Lark Eremophila bilopha 

Sand Martin Riparia riparia 

Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica 

White-eared Bulbul Pycnonotus leucotis 

Red-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus cafer 

Common Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita

Hume’s Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus humei 

Indian Reed Warbler Acrocephalus (stentoreus) brunnescens 

Moustached Warbler Acrocephalus melanopogon 

Eurasian Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus 

Graceful Prinia Prinia gracilis 

Afghan Babbler Turdoides (caudata) huttoni 

Eurasian Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla 

Garden Warbler Sylvia borin 

Barred Warbler Sylvia nisoria 

Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca 

Central Asian Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia (althaea) halimodendri

Asian Desert Warbler Sylvia nana 

Common Whitethroat Sylvia communis 

Ménétries’s Warbler Sylvia mystacea 

Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris 

Common Blackbird Turdus merula 

Black-throated Thrush Turdus atrogularis 

Fieldfare Turdus pilaris 

Song Thrush Turdus philomelos 

European Robin Erithacus rubecula 

Red-spotted Bluethroat Luscinia svecica 

Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva 

Eversmann’s Redstart Phoenicurus erythronotus 

Western Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros 

Central Asian Black Redstart Phoenicurus (ochruros) phoenicuroides 

Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus samamisicus

European Stonechat Saxicola rubicola 

Caspian Stonechat Saxicola maurus hemprichii 

Byzantine Stonechat Saxicola maurus variegatus

Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe 

Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina 

Hooded Wheatear Oenanthe monacha 

Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti 

Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka 

Finsch’s Wheatear Oenanthe finschii 

Eastern Mourning Wheatear Oenanthe lugens 

Red-tailed Wheatear Oenanthe chrysopygia 

Asian Pied Starling Gracupica contra (Escape)

Common Myna Acridotheres tristis 

Crested Myna Acridotheres cristatellus (Escape)

House Sparrow Passer domesticus

Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis 

Yellow-throated Sparrow Gymnoris xanthocollis

Blue-headed Wagtail Motacilla (flava) flava 

Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola 

White Wagtail Motacilla alba 

Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris 

Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis 

Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis 

Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni 

Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus 

Caucasian Water Pipit Anthus (spinoletta) coutelli 

Common Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs 

Hawfinch Coccothraustes coccothraustes 

Eurasian Siskin Spinus spinus 

Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra 

Rüppell’s Weaver Ploceus galbula 

TOTAL: 173 species (not counting escapes and subspecies)

Acknowledgement: I would like to thanks Daniel Mauras for allowing me to use his photographs in this report.

19/11/2016 At Al Shallal’s Farm another Eversmann’s Redstart

The winter tour 12-20 November 2016 ended today with another Eversmann’s Redstat at Al Shallal’s Farm.

Highlights of the tour was two Eversman’s Redstarts at different location, two Shikras at two different locations and two Crested Honey Buzzards at different locations. The number of bird species seen during the seven days was approximately 167.

Interesting birds that showed well include two Olive-backed Pipits, Hume’s Leaf Warbler, Crab Plover, Red-tailed Wheatear, Eastern Mourning Wheatear, Woodcock, White-tailed Lapwing, Temminck’s Lark, Afghan Babbler and on the last day a 74 hypocolius showed well on a mangrove a tree.

15/11/2016 At Mutla’a Ranch

Today the visitors I am guiding were happy to see and photograph an obliging Eversmann’s Redstart, the 12th record for Kuwait.

The visitors were Hugues DUFOURNY, Brian Rasmussen, Henrik Rask, Daniel Mauras, Jean-Jacques CLEMENT, Francis SMIGIELSKI and Thierry JEAN.

Birds seen at Mutla’a Ranch:

Eversmann’s Redstart 1, Shikra (male) 1, Eurasian Sparrowhawk 1, , European Robin 3, Red-breasted Flycatcher 3, Eurasian Collared Dove 17, Laughing Dove 5, White-throated Kingfisher 1 and White-eared Bulbul 21.

At Doha Spit:

Great Cormorant 1000, Grey Heron 5, Little Egret 10, Indian Reef Egret 5, Pallid Harrier 1, Eurasian Oystercatcher 5, Lesser Sand Plover 5, Greater Sand plover 45, Whimbrel 2, Eurasian Curlew 9, Ruddy Turnstone 1, Curlew Sandpiper 1, Sanderling 1, Dunlin 25, Terek Sandpiper 11, Common Greenshank 74, Marsh Sandpiper 2, Common Redshank 48, Crab Plover 230, Slender-billed Gull 55, Hueglin’s Gull 15, Steppe Gull 7, Little Tern 8, Caspian Tern 17.

Sulaibikhat Sports Club:

Mallard 11, Eurasian Teal 8, White Stork 1m Grey Heron 15, Western Reef Heron 7, Grey Plover 5, Lesser Sand Plover 15, Greater Sand Plover 71, Dunlin 50, Crab Plover 156, White-throated Kingfisher 1.

At Traditional Coffee Site:

Greater Flamingo 250, Grey Heron 16, Dunlin 55, Citrine Wagtail 1.

Eversmann's Redstart Phoenicurus erythronotus

Eversmann’s Redstart Phoenicurus erythronotus

8/11/2016 At Al Salmi and Jahra Pools Reserve

At Al Salmi: Dunn’s Lark 1 (photographed by Rashed), Finsch’s Wheatear 2, Eastern Pied Wheatear 1, Isabelline Wheatear 2, Northern Wheatear 1, Desert Wheatear 4, Asian Desert Warbler.

At Jahra Pools Reserve (by Omar): Griffon Vulture 15, Cinereous Vulture 1, Steppe Eagle 465, Eastern Imperial Eagle 18, Northern Goshawk 1, Crested Honey Buzzard 1, Long-legged Buzzard 10, Peregrine Falcon 1,  Short-toed Snake Eagle 1, Eurasian Sparrowhawk 3, Black-eared Kite 3, Common Kestrel 1.

Finsch's Wheatear Oenanthe finschii

Finsch’s Wheatear Oenanthe finschii female.

Finsch's Wheatear Oenanthe finschii

Finsch’s Wheatear Oenanthe finschii female.

Finsch's Wheatear Oenanthe finschii

Finsch’s Wheatear Oenanthe finschii female.

Finsch's Wheatear Oenanthe finschii

Finsch’s Wheatear Oenanthe finschii female.

Finsch's Wheatear Oenanthe finschii

Finsch’s Wheatear Oenanthe finschii female.

Finsch's Wheatear Oenanthe finschii

Finsch’s Wheatear Oenanthe finschii female.

Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti

Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti male.

5/11/2016 at Jahra East Oufall

Jahra East Outfall 5/11/2016:

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater (Merops persicus)              3

Red-tailed Shrike (Lanius phoenicuroides)                1

Daurian Shrike (Lanius isabellinus)                            6

Mauryan Grey Shrike (Lanius lahotra pallidirostris)  3

Asian Desert Warbler (Sylvia nana)                           5

Eastern Mourning Wheatear (Oenanthe lugens)      4

Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka)                     1

Desert Wheatear (Oenanthe deserti)                          3

Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina)               4

Lesser Short-toed Lark (Alaudala rufescens) 1

Birds were seen by K. Al-Khanem and O. Al-Shaheen today yesterday include:

Dead Sea Sparrow (Passer moabiticus)         2

Finsch’s Wheatear (Oenanthe finschii)         1

Bar-tailed Lark (Ammomanes cincture)        20

Black-throated Thrush (Turdus atrogularis)   3

Afghan Babbler (Turdoides huttoni)              2

Booted Eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus)               1

Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis)                   146

Greater Spotted Eagle (Clanga clanga)         12

Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus)                 2

Abu Al-Hasaniya 2/11/2016:

Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)                    4

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)                                 42

Great Crested Tern (Thalasseus bergii)                     2

Lesser Crested Tern (Thalasseus bengalensis)          54

Red-tailed Wheatear Oenanthe chrysopygia

Red-tailed Wheatear Oenanthe chrysopygia

Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti

Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti male

Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti female

Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti female

Asian Desert Warbler Sylvia nana

Asian Desert Warbler Sylvia nana

Eastern Mourning Wheatear Oenanthe lugens

Eastern Mourning Wheatear Oenanthe lugens persicus

Eastern Mourning Wheatear Oenanthe lugens

Eastern Mourning Wheatear Oenanthe lugens persicus

Eastern Mourning Wheatear Oenanthe lugens

Eastern Mourning Wheatear Oenanthe lugens persicus

Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina

Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina

Spanish SparrowPasser hispaniolensis

Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis

Lesser Short-toed Lark Alaudala rufescens

Lesser Short-toed Lark Alaudala rufescens

1/11/2016 At Jahra Pools Reserve

There were a number of Spotted Eagle today perching on ground and tree branches. 38 birds species recorded today which include:

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 3

Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca crecca/nimia)     9

Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)      7

Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)  6

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)   2

Great Egret (Ardea alba)        3

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)            6

Western Reef-Heron (Egretta gularis schistacea)     2

Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)     1

Greater Spotted Eagle (Clanga clanga)         11

Eastern Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca)        1

Western Marsh-Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)            1

Grey-headed Swamphen (Porphyrio poliocephalus) 2

Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)       6

Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra)     5

Ruff (Calidris pugnax) 7

Dunlin (Calidris alpina)           1

Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)            2

Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus)   1

Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia)       1

Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis) 2

Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) 5

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)       9

Namaqua Dove (Oena capensis)        1

Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus)    5

White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)      3

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater (Merops persicus)  20

Daurian Shrike (Lanius isabellinus)    1

Turkestan Shrike (Lanius phoenicuroides) 2

Sand Martin (Riparia riparia) 7

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)         7

Great Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus)   1

Graceful Prinia (Prinia gracilis)          1

Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica) 2

European Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola)        1

Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka)         1

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba)         5

Tawny Pipit (Anthus campestris)       1

Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta)         2

Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga

Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga

Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga

Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga

Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga

Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga

Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga

Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga

Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga

Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga

Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca

Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca

Western Great Egret Ardea alba

Western Great Egret Ardea alba

Eurasian Teal Anas crecca

Eurasian Teal Anas crecca

Eurasian Teal Anas crecca and Mallard Anas platyrhynchos

Eurasian Teal Anas crecca and Mallard Anas platyrhynchos

European Stonechat Saxicola rubicola

European Stonechat Saxicola rubicola

Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata

Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata

31/10/2016 Yellow-browed Warbler at Al-Shallal’s Farm

Al-Shallal’s Farm
Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus 1
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) 7
Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva) 2
Western Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros) 1
Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka) 2
Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos) 1
Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta) 5
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis) 2

Jal Al Zor
Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus) 13
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)13
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater (Merops persicus)12
Mauryan Grey Shrike (Lanius lahotra pallidirostris) 1
Greater Hoopoe-Lark (Alaemon alaudipes) 4
Crested Lark (Galerida cristata) 5
Eastern Mourning Wheatear (Oenanthe lugens persicus) 8
Desert Wheatear (Oenanthe deserti) 2
Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina) 1
White Wagtail (Motacilla alba alba/dukhunensis) 1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 16

Mutla’a Ranch
White-eared Bulbul (Pycnonotus leucotis) 15
Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva) 1
Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka) 1

Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus)

Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus

Greater Hoopoe-Lark (Alaemon alaudipes)

Greater Hoopoe-Lark Alaemon alaudipes feeding on a jecko!

Eastern Mourning Wheatear Oenanthe lugens

Eastern Mourning Wheatear Oenanthe lugens spp. persicus

Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva

Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva, adult male.

Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva

Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva, first autumn.

28/10/2016 At Green Island

This morning I went to Green Island at 8 am, I was told by the people at the gate that the opening hour is 9 am, drove around up to Shuwaikh looking for Bank Myna but I only saw Common Mynas up to 25. At 9 entered the gate and the first encounter was with the Hypocolius! 5 were around feeding and flying over. A couple of minutes later I saw a stunning male Ruppells’s Weaver. My last target was the Red-vented Bulbul which was seen after an hour search. I found 3 or probably 4 in the usual spot that I usually find skulking in Conocarpus trees.

The birds that were seen today:

Hypocolius Hypocolius ampelinus 10, Rüppell’s Weaver Ploceus galbula 1, Red-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus cafer 3, Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto 15, Pallid Swift Apus pallidus 3, Ring-necked Parakeet Psittacula krameri 5, Common Myna Acridotheres tristis 3, House Sparrow Passer domesticus 20, Grey Heron Ardea cinerea 1, Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto 12, Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis 1, Red-tailed Shrike Lanius phoenicuroides 1, Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus 1, Eurasian Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus 1, White-eared Bulbul Pycnonotus leucotis 1, Common Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita 2, Eurasian Reed-Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus 1, Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka 1, Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis 1, Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis 1, Great Reed-Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus

Hypocolius Hypocolius ampelinus

Hypocolius Hypocolius ampelinus male

Red-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus cafer

Red-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus cafer

White-eared Bulbul Pycnonotus leucotis

White-eared Bulbul Pycnonotus leucotis