A trip to Oulu and Kuusamo, Finland 14-18 May 2017

I booked two one-day birdwatching tours from Finnature (finnature.com). One on May 15th, in Oulu and another in Kuusamo on May 18th, 2017. According to Finnature, expected target species include the following: Target species in Oulu: Great Grey-, Ural-, Hawk-, Short-eared-, Long-eared-, Tengmalm´s– and Pygmy Owls, Pallid Harrier, Western Capercaillie, Black Grouse, Willow Ptarmigan, Hazel …

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A trip to Kerala, SW India 19-25 May 2016 Part 3

22/05/2016 at Masinagudi, Nilgiris County, Tamil Nadu (26 of which 5 lifers) Indian Peafowl (Pavo cristatus) 6, Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus) 1, Crested Honey-buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus) 1, White-rumped Vulture (Gyps bengalensis) 1, Short-toed Eagle (Circaetus gallicus) 1, Black Kite (Milvus migrans) 7, Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) 2, Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) 1, Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis) 5, …

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A trip to Kerala, SW India 19-25 May 2016 Part 2

20/05/2016 at Munnar, Idukki County (48 of which 31 lifers) Lesser Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna javanica) 50, Cotton Pygmy-Goose (Nettapus coromandelianus) 7, Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) 2, Little Cormorant (Microcarbo niger) 3, Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) 3, Crested Honey-buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus) 1, Black Eagle (Ictinaetus malaiensis) 1, Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) 1, White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus) 2, Nilgiri …

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A trip to Kerala, SW India 19-25 May 2016 Part 1

The birding trip was all arranged and led by Sajan Raju, who did all the logistics, booked hotels, guides etc. I really recommend him as a tour guide to the southern part of India, he knows where the birds are and has a network of friends and birdguides through the southern part of India. With …

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18/04/2017 at Kabd Reserve

Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata 1, Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus 1, Laughing Dove Spilopelia senegalensis 1, Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus 1, European Roller Coracias garrulus 1, Eurasian Wryneck Jynx torquilla 1, Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni 4, Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus 4, Turkestan Shrike Lanius phoenicuroides 4, Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus 3, Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus 8, Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica 5, Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus 10, Eastern Olivaceous Warbler Iduna pallida 3, Upcher’s Warbler Hippolais languida 5, Basra Reed Warbler Acrocephalus griseldis 1, Eurasian …

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11/04/2017 a Long-toed Stint 1st for Kuwait and a Black-legged Kittiwake 2nd

Good news of today: First a Long-toed Stint Calidris subminutaI, was found by the Big Year WP team. A first for Kuwait if accepted by KORC. Second a Black-legged Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla, found by Peter Colston. A second for Kuwait if accepted by KORC. I couldn’t obtain photographs but will try tomorrow if they are still around.

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 …

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22/03/2017 at Abu Al-Hasaniya and Mutla’a Ranch

Mutla’a Ranch: Common Redshank (Tringa totanus) 1, White-eared Bulbul (Pycnonotus leucotis) 6, Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) 12, Eurasian Reed Warbler (Iduna rama) 1, Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus) 2, Basra Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus griseldis) 1, Clamorous Reed, Warbler (Acrocephalus stentoreus) 2, Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia curruca) 1, Menetries’s Warbler (Sylvia mystacea) 1 Abu Al-Hasaniya Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) 1, …

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