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 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

31/03/2017 at Mutla’a Ranch and Liyah Reserve

I visited Mutla’a Ranch with Bassel this morning. There was not too much activity around, however, we managed to see Nightingale and pale morph Booted Eagle. There were also two small flocks of Hypocolius. Next we headed to Liyah reserve few kilometers more north. Driving in we observed singing Hoopoe Lark. In the begining we felt that the place is quiet. Then it started to happen. Bassel spotted a bird that he thought to be a bunting. Soon he corrected that the bird is accentor. At this point I was pretty sure that it must be Radde’s Accentor which it turned to be indeed. Third record for Kuwait if accepted by KORC. While waiting first twitchers to come we saw two Menetries’s Warblers and stunning male White-throated Robin.

Radde’s Accentor (Prunella ocularis)

Radde’s Accentor


24/03/2017 at Abraq Al Habari

I visited today Al Abraq with Bassel. Inspite of thunderstorm in Kuwait city we headed toward this remote farm. It really paid off since rain stopped and Al Abraq was full of migrants. Especially warblers like Menetries’ and Eastern Orphean were numerous. Menetries Warblers we saw 12. Although 8 Eastern Orphean Warblers is not new record it is still very good. Naturally we had plenty of other Sylvia warblers like Whitethroats, Lesser Whitethroats and Blackcaps. First Rufous-tailed Scrub robins have arrived along with Rock Thrushes. Wryneck, 2 Hypocolius, 2 accidentally flushed Scops Owls and Spotted Crake provided more pleasure. We saw two Grasshopper Warblers and Savi’s Warbler but we couldn’t get pictures. There were many shrikes and wheatears too.

Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin (Cercotrichas galactotes)

Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus ssp. samamisicus)

Rock Thrush (Monticola saxatilis)

Eastern Orphean Warbler (Sylvia crassirostris)

Menetries’s Warbler (Sylvia mystacea)

Spotted Crake (Porzana porzana)

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, Western Reef-Heron (Eastern) (Egretta gularis schistacea) 1, Greater Sand-Plover (Charadrius leschenaultii) 9, Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus) 5, Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) 4, Sanderling (Calidris alba) 91, Common Redshank (Tringa totanus) 3, Slender-billed Gull (Chroicocephalus genei) 11, Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) 8

Lesser Black-backed Gull (Heuglin’s) (Larus fuscus heuglini) 1, Little Tern (Sternula albifrons) 12, Great Crested Tern (Thalasseus bergii) 4, Sandwich Tern (Eurasian) (Thalasseus sandvicensis sandvicensis) 5, Lesser Crested Tern (Thalasseus bengalensis) 22

Caspian Reed Warbler Acrocephalus (scirpaceus) fuscus

Caspian Reed Warbler Acrocephalus (scirpaceus) fuscus

Caspian Reed Warbler Acrocephalus (scirpaceus) fuscus

Caspian Reed Warbler Acrocephalus (scirpaceus) fuscus

21/03/2017 at Mutla’a Ranch an Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler 3rd record

This morning there was an Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler at Mutla’a Ranch the 3rd record for Kuwait if acceoted by KORC. It was found by Markus Craig.Mutla’a Farm:

Laughing Dove (Streptopelia senegalensis) 5, White-eared Bulbul (Pycnonotus leucotis) 15, Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) 13, Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler (Phylloscopus orientalis) 1, Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis) 6

Al-Shallal’s Farm:

Cattle Egret (Western) (Bubulcus ibis ibis) 1, Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides) 12, Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) 1, Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) 3, Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops) 2, Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) 22, Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia curruca) 2, Menetries’s Warbler (Sylvia mystacea) 1, Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka) 1, Black-eared Wheatear (Eastern) (Oenanthe hispanica melanoleuca) 1, White Wagtail (alba) (Motacilla alba alba/dukhunensis) 1, Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis) 2, House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 27, Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis) 12, Chestnut-shouldered Petronia (Petronia xanthocollis) 1.

Eastern Bonelli's Warbler	Phylloscopus orientalis

Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler Phylloscopus orientalis

Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus

Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus, male.

Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus

Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus, female

20/03/2017 at JPR a Pygmy Cormorant 4th record!

This morning there were 3 Pygmy Cormorant at JPR. This is the 4th record if accepted by KORC.

Jahra Pools Reserve:

Garganey (Anas querquedula) 3, Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca) 9, Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) 4, Pygmy Cormorant (Microcarbo pygmeus) 2, Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) 1, Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis) 1, Grey-headed Swamphen (Porphyrio poliocephalus) 3, Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) 2, White-tailed Lapwing (Vanellus leucurus) 2, Ruff (Calidris pugnax) 5, Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) 3, Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) 1, Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus) 1, Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis) 3, Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola) 4, Common Redshank (Tringa totanus) 1, Collared Pratincole (Glareola pratincola) 14, White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) 1, Isabelline Shrike (Lanius isabellinus) 2, Sand Martin (Riparia riparia) 20, Graceful Prinia (Prinia gracilis) 3, Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica) 3, Siberian Stonechat (Caspian) (Saxicola maurus hemprichii) 3, Western Yellow Wagtail (Black-headed) (Motacilla flava feldegg) 4, White Wagtail (alba) (Motacilla alba alba/dukhunensis) 5, Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus) 1, Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta) 6, House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 4

Jahra Farms:

Common Quail (Coturnix coturnix) 1, Laughing Dove (Streptopelia senegalensis) 6, Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus) 8, White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) 1, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater (Merops persicus) 37, Eurasian Wryneck (Jynx torquilla) 1, Ring-necked Parakeet (Psittacula krameri) 3, Isabelline Shrike (Lanius isabellinus) 1, Sand Martin (Riparia riparia) 5, Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 2, Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica) 7, Common House-Martin (Delichon urbicum) 7, White-eared Bulbul (Pycnonotus leucotis) 1, Caspian Stonechat (Saxicola maurus hemprichii) 1, Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis) 1, Bank Myna (Acridotheres ginginianus) 2, Western Yellow Wagtail (Black-headed) (Motacilla flava feldegg) 9, Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) 1, White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) 2, Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis) 1, Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus) 1, House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 66

At Mutla’a Ranch:

Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea) 2, Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) 1, Shikra (Accipiter badius) 1, Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) 26, Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops) 1, Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 8, White-eared Bulbul (Pycnonotus leucotis) 3, Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) 16, Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis) 1, Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus) 2, House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 15

Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmeus

Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmeus

 Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmeus

Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmeus

Grey WagtailMotacilla cinerea

Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea

Jahra East Outfall 3/3/2017

I visited with my friend Bassel Jahra East Outfall last friday. First I made a mistake where to turn and this lead us to place where Bassel spotted Brown-necked Raven. Then we found our way to right direction and my friend spotted Stone-curlew. I struggled to see bird even that I knew the direction. We gave the pin to location but unfortunately others couldn’t find the the bird. After this we headed toward Jahra Pool Reserve. While still being in JEO area Bassel spotted Kurdish Wheatear. This bird were seen by others too. Our morning was quite nice indeed.

Stone-curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus)

Kurdish Wheatear (Oenanthe xanthoprymna