I saw some migrants this morning like Grey Wagtail 4, Tawny Pipit 4, Yellow Wagtail ssp. feldeg c. 30 and one ssp. beema, singing Corn Bunting, obviously the same Redstart ssp. samamisicus which Neil Tovey saw almost a week ago. This bird is very early since I have never seen it as early as in February. Interestingly Goldcrest was still around. I saw phylloscopus species that looked like Wood Warbler having wide yellow supercilium, yellow upper breast and whitish lower breast and belly. However, yellowish vent and lack of contrasting tertials clearly showed that the bird wasn’t Wood Warbler. I urge everyone to take cautious approach to identify Wood Warbler in Kuwait. I know that there are reliable records (backed with photographs) but on the other hand there are so many unbased claims too.
Steppe Grey Shrike (Lanius meridionalis ssp. pallidirostris)
Tawny Pipit (Anthus campestris)
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea)
Redstart (Phoenicurus p. ssp. samamisicus)
Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros ssp. semirufus)
In Al Abraq I saw the following: White Stork, Squacco Heron 13, Accipiter sp, Hoopoe 5, Grey Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail feldegg 10 and Hume’s Leaf Warbler was still around. Chiff Chaffs were really numerous practically everywhere. I met Neil Tovey who had seen also Short-eared Owl, Redstart race samamisicus, Red-rumped Swallow and Moustached Warbler. On my way back to Kuwait City I stopped by Jahra farms where I saw Bank and Common Mynas. There were also White-throaded Kingfisher.
White Stork (Ciconia ciconia)
Hoopoe (Upupa epops)
Bank Mynas and Common Myna (Acridotheres ginginianus & A. tristis)
Greater Spotted Eagle (Clanga clanga) 3
Eastern Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca) 1
Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) 1
Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/formosanus) 6
Steppe Buzzard (Buteo buteo vulpinus/menetriesi) 3
Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus) 3
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) 53
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) 52
Laughing Dove (Streptopelia senegalensis) 2
Namaqua Dove (Oena capensis) 4
Skylark (Alauda arvensis) 25
Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 13
White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) 6
Steppe Buzzard (Buteo buteo vulpinus/menetriesi)
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) 2
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) 2
Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops) 1
Crested Lark (Galerida cristata) 8
Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis) 2
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 1
Goldcrest (Regulus regulus) 1
Hume's Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus humei) 1
European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) 1
Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva) 1
European Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola) 1
Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos) 1
White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) 5
Tawny Pipit (Anthus campestris) 1
Buff-bellied Pipit (Anthus rubescens japonicus) 1
Corn Bunting (Emberiza calandra) 6
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla) 1
Buff-bellied Pipit (Anthus rubescens japonicus)
Brambling Fringilla montifringilla
The Lesser Flamingo (3rd record if accepted by KORC) that was found at free zone on 3rd November 2014 by Kane Brides, Robie Hawkins and A Al-Sirhan, then disappeared. Reappeared again on 3rd of January 2015.
Today I managed to record the highest ever daily count of the Greater Flamingo, 5186 birds was at only Sulaibikhat Bay. Kadma Bay would hold about 400-500 birds.
Also I also managed to record the highest ever daily count of Pied Avocet, 380 birds at Sulaibikhat Bay.
Other interesting birds include: Carb-plover 495, Dunlin 10695, Black-headed Gull 3357, Common Gull 8 (Yesterday at JPR), Eurasian Oystercatcher 2, Eurasian Whimbrel 3, Steppe Eagle 1, Great Black-headed Gull 2, Common Redshank 1038, Gull-billed Tern 102, Common Kingfisher 1.
Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor
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)