May 2009 in Kebd and at KISR Shuwaikh

As noted earlier (20.04.2009), two successive dry seasons seem to have led to the disappearance of Dunn’s Lark from Kebd, although a few pairs may still persist in the far north of the area. Black-crowned Sparrow-lark breeding pairs are also substantially down compared to previous years, but with about 10 – 20 pairs, not as much as previously thought. The observation of a pair of Cream-coloured Coursers on open ground in the old area of Kebd on 28.05.2009 suggests that the species may be breeding there. The small pool attracted many migrants again this year. Bird numbers and species on the spring migration in the gardens at KISR Shuwaikh were less impressive than in the previous year, but many Great reed Warblers remained on the lawns up until the end of May.

Marsh Warbler at Kabd

European Reed Warbler at Kabd

Sedge Warbler at Kebd

Upcher’s Warbler at Kebd

Upcher’s Warbler at Kebd

Short-toed Lark at Kebd

Short-toed Lark at Kebd

Common Quail at Kebd

Common Quail at Kebd

Great Reed Warbler on the lawn at KISR-Shuwaikh

Great Reed Warbler on the lawn at KISR-Shuwaikh

Wood Sandpiper on the lawn at KISR-Shuwaikh

Wood Sandpiper on the lawn at KISR-Shuwaikh