01/05/2015 at Al Abraq Al Khabari

I visited Al Abraq this morning alone. Obviously the following night had been pretty good for migrants. Uppcher’s Warbler, Syke’s Warbler, several Olivaceous Warblers, Barred Warbler 2, Whitethroat and Lesser Whitethroat several, Red-breasted Flycatcher 1, Spotted Fly many, Basra Reed Warbler 1. Several Shrikes of which Red-packed most common. I saw also Scops Owl but couldn’t identify it. Two female Rock Thrushes were there too.

Whitethroat (Sylvia communis)

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Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus)

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Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva)

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Basra Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus griseldis)

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Basra Reed Warbler

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03/04/2015 at Abdaly and Sabriya Farms

I visited today Abdaly Farms and on my way Back to Kuwait also Sabriya Farm. At Abdaly Farms the main interest was to find Afgan Babblers. They were around though they didn’t show up but I heard them calling. Also at least 10 but most probably many more Hypocolius were also present. I saw there 6 Lesser kestrels, Black Kite and 5 European Bee-eaters. At Sabriya I photographed Semi-collared Flycatcher. It was also nice to see there my first Ortolan Buntings this spring.

Hypocolius (Hypocolius ampelinus)

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Semi-collared Flycatcher (Ficedula semitorquata)

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12/03/2015 at Kabd Reserve

Pallid Harrier 1, Eurasian Collared-Dove 12, Laughing Dove 6, Namaqua Dove 2, Short-eared Owl 3, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater 1, Eurasian Hoopoe 12, Common Kestrel 4, Turkestan Shrike 2, Woodchat Shrike 1, Crested Lark 8, Blue Rock-Thrush 1, Caspian Stonechat 3, Northern Wheatear 4, Pied Wheatear 5, Eastern Black-eared Wheatear 3, Kurdistan Wheatear 1, Isabelline Wheatear 3, Song Thrush 1, Common Starling 1, Black-headed Yellow Wagtail  2, White Wagtail 1, Tawny Pipit 1.

Kurdistan Wheatear Oenanthe xanthoprymna

Kurdistan Wheatear Oenanthe xanthoprymna

Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris

Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris

Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti

Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti

Kurdistan Wheatear Oenanthe xanthoprymna

Kurdistan Wheatear Oenanthe xanthoprymna

Eastern Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe (hispanica) melanoleuca

Eastern Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe (hispanica) melanoleuca

Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius

Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius female

Song Thrush Turdus philomelos

Song Thrush Turdus philomelos

Turkestan Shrike Lanius phoenicuroides

Turkestan Shrike Lanius phoenicuroides female

 

Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator

Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator

05/03/2015 at Kabd Reserve

1 Common Kestrel
5 Laughing Dove
1 Short-eared Owl
4 Pallid Swift
3 Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
4 Turkestan Shrike
2 Common Redstart
3 Daurian Shrike
4 Woodchat Shrike
7 Barn Swallow
11 Common Chiffchaff
2 Lesser Whitethroat
4 Black-headed Wagtail
1 Menetries's Warbler
2 Northern Wheatear
4 Pied Wheatear
5 Isabelline Wheatear
7 Caspian Stonechat
2 Blue Rock Thrush
2 Song Thrush
1 Tawny Pipit
19 Corn Bunting
2 Eastern Black-eared Wheatear
Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius

Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius

Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius

Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius

 Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti

Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti

Eastern Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe (hispanica) melanoleuca

Eastern Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe (hispanica) melanoleuca

Eastern Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe (hispanica) melanoleuca

Eastern Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe (hispanica) melanoleuca

Black-headed Wagtail Motacilla (flava) feldegg

Black-headed Wagtail Motacilla (flava) feldegg

Caspian Stonechat Saxicola (maurus) hemprichii

Caspian Stonechat Saxicola (maurus) hemprichii

Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe

Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus

26/02/2014 at Al Abraq Al Khabari

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)

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Tawny Pipit (Anthus campestris)

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Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea)

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Redstart (Phoenicurus  p. ssp. samamisicus)

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Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros ssp. semirufus)

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20/02/2015 at Al Abraq Al Khabari and at Jahra farms

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)

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Hoopoe (Upupa epops)

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Bank Mynas and Common Myna (Acridotheres ginginianus & A. tristis)

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