15/04/2014 Several visiting birders going to Mutla’a Ranch. Abdaly Farms and Jahra Pool Reserve

We have 14 visiting birders at the moment in Kuwait.  We expats as well as Kuwaiti birders try to help visitors as much as possible. Today we managed to see Crested Honey Buzzard at Mutla”a Ranch where we had Cinerious bunting too. Main target was Afghan babblers which we saw well in Abdaly farms.  At the end of the day we visited again Jahra Pool Reserve where Swedish team spotted Streak-throated Swallow originally on April 13 th. We relocated the bird(s) again with better views. It has been discussed whether we had one or two birds. There is no firm conclusion yet about this.

Male Crested Homey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus)


27-28/03/2014 at Al-Abraq and Khiran

27/03/2014 at Al-Abraq:

Little Egret 11,Squacco Heron 10, Black-crowned Night-Heron 7, Pallid Harrier 2, Turkestan Shrike 3,  Common Chiffchaff 7, Eurasian Blackcap 4, Lesser Whitethroat 1, Semi-collared Flycatcher 5, Common Redstart 12, Mauryan Grey Shrike 1, Caspian Stonechat 3, Namaqua Dove 1.

28/03/2014 at Khiran:

Hypocolius 15, White-throated Robin 1, Daurian Shrike 2, Turkestan Shrike 3, Lesser Whitethroat 6, Manetries’s Warbler 3, Blue Rock Thrush 1,  White-eared Bulbul 10.

Semi-collared Flycatcher Ficedula semitorquata 

Semi-collared Flycatcher Ficedula semitorquata

Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca 

Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca

White-throated Robin Irania gutturalis female

White-throated Robin Irania gutturalis

Hypocolius Hypocolius ampelinus 

Hypocolius ampelinus

Namaqua Dove Oena capensis 

Namaqua Dove Oena capensis

Byzantine Stonechat Saxicola (maurus) variegatus male

Byzantine Stonechat Saxicola (maurus) variegatus

Byzantine Stonechat Saxicola (maurus) variegatus female

Byzantine Stonechat Saxicola (maurus) variegatus

25/03/2014 at Khiran

At Khiran, south of Kuwait close to Saudi border I was there birding along the Chalets. The following birds were seen today:

Lesser Whitethroat 5, Common Rock Thrush 1, Mauryan Grey Shrike 4, Turkestan Shrike 7, Daurian Grey Shrike 3, Woodchat Shrike 2, Eastern Olivaceous Warbler 5, Hypocolius 3, White-eared Bulbul 6, Menetries’s Warbler 2, White-throated Robin 3, Common Chiffchaff 6, Eurasian Blackcap 5, Common Redstart 2, Eurasian Hoopoe 6.

Common Rock Thrush Monticola saxatilis 

Common Rock Thrush Monticola saxatilis

Common Rock Thrush Monticola saxatilis

Eastern Olivaceous Warbler Iduna pallida 

Eastern Olivaceous Warbler Iduna pallida

Ménétries’s Warbler Sylvia mystacea 

Ménétries's Warbler Sylvia mystacea

Hypocolius Hypocolius ampelinus 

Hypocolius Hypocolius ampelinus

White-throated Robin Irania gutturalis 

White-throated Robin Irania gutturalis

21/03/2014 at JEO, Jahra Farms, Abdali Farms, Kabd Reserve and Sulaibikhat Bay

Today I bird-guided a Norwegian Visitor named Knut Arne. We managed to see 86 species:

At Kabd Reserve:

Great Spotted Cuckoo 1, Common Cuckoo 1, White-throated Robin 1, Common Rock Thrush 1, Pallid Harrier 2, Western Black Redstart 1, Common Redstart 2, Central-Asian Black redstart (Phoenicurus (ochruros) phoenicuroides) 1, Eastern Orphean Warbler 1, Lesser Whitethroat 2, Hume’s Whitethroat 1, Isabelline Wheatear 20, Red-tailed Wheatear 1, Eastern Black-eared Wheatear 6, Pied Wheatear 20, Northern Wheatear 12, Crested Lark 2, Greater Short-toed Lark 2, Woodchat Shrike 2, Mauryan Grey Shrike 3, Turkestan Shrike 16, Daurian Shrike 2, Collared Dove 8, Laughing Dove 6, Lesser Kestrel 25, Common Kestrel 3, Common Chiffchaff 20, Pallid Swift 2, Sand Martin 1,  Caspian Stonechat 3, Tawny Pipit 10, Meadow Pipit 2, Red-throated Pipit 1, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater 12, Barred Warbler 1, Eurasian Blackcap 1, Eastern Cinereous Bunting 2, White Wagtail 1.

At JEO: Little Crake 15, Spotted Crake 2, Purple Swamphen 4, Common Moorhen 20, Common Coot 6, Black-headed Gull 40, Slender-billed Gull 5, Little Egret 2, Little Grebe 20, Wood Sandpiper 3, Common Sandpiper 1, Green Sandpiper 1, Greater Flamingo 4, Common Snipe 1,  Great Cormorant 2, Graceful Prinia 2, Common Redshank 5, Pallid Swift 10, Squacco Heron 1, Black-winged Stilt 8, Purple Heron 1.

Abdali Farms:

Afghan Babbler 4, Graceful Prinia 3, White-eared Bulbul 8, Byzantine Stonechat 1.

Sulaibikhat Bay:

Grey Heron 180, Indian Reef Egret 20,  Little Egret 2,, Terek Sandpiper 50, Kentish Plover 10, Slender-billed Gull 200, Black-headed Gull 400, Common Sandpiper 10, Eurasian Curlew 100, Redshank 400, Ruddy Turnstone 10,  Dunlin c. 1000,  Greater Flamingo c. 700,  Northern Shoveler 5, Greater Spotted Eagle 1, Heuglin’s Gull 6, Common Tern 6, Little Tern 4, Caspian Tern 20, Grey Plover 25, Squacco Heron 9, Ruff 2, Common Myna 1.

Jahra Farms:

Semi-collared Flycatcher 1, Bank Myna 2, Common Myna 5, White-vented Myna 1, Rose-ringed Parakeet 2, Song Thrush 1, White-eared Bulbul 15, Laughing Dove 5, Collared Dove 5, Eurasian Wryneck 1, House Sparrow 20.

Great Spotted Cuckoo Clamator glandarius 

Great Spotted Cuckoo Clamator glandarius

15/03/2014 at Al Abraq Al Khabari

My visit today to Al Abraq shows that spring migration is in full swing. I had 4 Redstarts of race samamisicus which always migrate before ordinary Redstarts. I saw 2 Grey Wagtails, Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters, Great Reed Warbler, male Hypocolius, 4 Turkestan Shrikes, loads of Chiff Chaffs, Semi-collared Flycatcher, Red-rumped Swallow among Barn Swallows and Sand Martins. I saw also 4 Cattle Egrets, 9 Squacco Herons, Black-winged Stilt, Shikra, Marsh Harrier and two Steppe Eagles.

Male Redstart (Phoenicurus p. samamisicus)


Turkestan Shrike (Lanius phoenicuroides)


06/03/2014 at Jahra Pool Reserve

A quick visit to Jahra Pool Reserve showed things have changed, Purple Swamphen numbers reduced indicating that wintering population has left leaving only few breeding pairs. I was able to see only one Purple Swamphen.

There is now migration  movement of Turkestan Shrike 3, Mauryan Shrike 2, Caspian Stonechat 2, Pied Wheatears 1, Squacco Heron 2.

Breeding birds are still there including Little Grebe 10, Moorhen 20, Ferruginous Ducks 6, Graceful Prina 6, Slender-billed Gull 60, Mallard 3, and a single White-throated Robin that might breed this year. These numbers are rough and what I was able to see in this short visit.

Migrating birds that has has not started to move include Black-headed Gull 50, Eurasian Coot 30, Greater Flamingo 2, Northern Shoveler 2.

Turkestan Shrike Lanius phoenicuroides 

Turkestan Shrike Lanius phoenicuroides

Eurasian Coot Fulica atra 

Eurasian Coot Fulica atra

26/02/2014 at Jahra Farms

I visited this morning Jahra Farms. I stopped by the birding well of Bank Mynas and I soon heard their familiar call. Yes they are back again after being missing the whole winter. I saw a flock of c. 20 birds settled in the tree next to the well. Otherwise Jahra Farms as well as Jahra Pool Reserve were a bit disappointing since I couldn’t find any migrants.

Bank Myna (Acridotheres ginginianus)