09/04/2017 at Khiran and a boat trip

Today was the first day of the spring tour (8-16 April 2017). Participants: Massimiliano Dettori and Paul Chapman.

We started at Khiran, we saw a number of birds that includes:

Barred Warbler Sylvia nisoria 1, Turkestan Shrike Lanius phoenicuroides 2, Red-rumped Swallow Cecropis daurica 2, Mauryan Grey Shrike Lanius lahotra pallidirostris 1, Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator 3, Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca 1, Common Rock Thrush Monticola saxatilis 3, Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin Cercotrichas galactotes 1, White-throated Robin Irania gutturalis 1, Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina  2, Eastern Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe (hispanica) melanoleuca 3, Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka 4, Whinchat Saxicola rubetra 1, European Bee-eater Merops apiaster 18, Common Swift Apus apus pekinensis 1, Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica 8, Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops 2, Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus 5.

Birdsofkuwait.com Tours arranged a boat trip to its visitors and invited the Big Year WP Team, Peter Colston, Peter Gluth, Humoud Al-Shayji, Omar Al-Shaheen and Markus Craig to join the boat trip. Highlights of the trip were:

Socotra Cormorant Phalacrocorax nigrogularis 4, Bridled Tern Onychoprion anaethetus 35, White-cheeked Tern Sterna repressa  4, Lesser Crested Tern Thalasseus bengalensis  35, Arctic Skua Stercorarius parasiticus 11, Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus 6, Great Black-headed Gull Ichthyaetus ichthyaetus 1, Common Tern Sterna hirundo 2, Greater Crested Tern Thalasseus bergii 3, Sykes’s Warbler Iduna rama 1, Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana 1, Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus 15.

Socotra Cormorant Phalacrocorax nigrogularis

Socotra Cormorant Phalacrocorax nigrogularis

Sykes's Warbler Iduna rama

Sykes’s Warbler Iduna rama

Arctic Skua Stercorarius parasiticus

Arctic Skua Stercorarius parasiticus

Greater Crested Tern Thalasseus bergii

Greater Crested Tern Thalasseus bergii

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