12/10/2016 at Al Abraq

A short visit to Al Abraq produced:

Asian Shikra 3, Eurasian Sparrowhawk 1, Red-breasted Flycatcher 1, Spotted Flycatchers 3, Pied Wheatear 2, Isabelline Wheatear 1, Tree Pipit 3, White Wagtail 6, Barn Swallows 5, Common Chiffchaff 6.

Asian Shikra Accipiter (badius) cenchroides

Asian Shikra Accipiter (badius) cenchroides

Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus

Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus

02/10/2016 in Al Abraq

I visited Al Abraq this morning with Saijan and Balu. I found Green Warbler and Saijan and Balu managed to find European Nightjar and two Scops Owls.

Green Warbler (Phylloscopus nitidus)

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Green Warbler

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European Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus)

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Scops Oel (Otus scops)

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Striped Crake 1st for Kuwait and third for WP

Photographs of a bird taken on 1st January 2015 in Kuwait was shown recently to birders and was identified as a Striped Crake, Aenigmatolimnas marginalis. Ammar Al-jeraiwi  who found and photographed the bird, said that the bird was initially identified as a Spotted/Little Crake.

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18/04/2016 at Al-Abraq

Little Bittern 1, Cattle Egret 10, Squacco Heron 20, Black-crowned Night-Heron 5, Eurasian Sparrowhawk 3, Black-eared Kite 1, Wood Sandpiper 2, Temminck’s Stint 1, Little Stint 2, Laughing Dove 1, Common Cuckoo 1, Eurasian Hoopoe 2, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater 2, Eurasian Wryneck 3, Red-backed Shrike 2, Masked Shrike 6, Barn Swallow 5, Willow Warbler 6, Common Chiffchaff 2, Eastern Olivaceous Warbler 1, Moustached Warbler 1, Eurasian Reed-Warbler 2, Basra Reed-Warbler 3, Great Reed-Warbler 2, Eurasian Blackcap 7, Hume’s Whitethroat 1, Common Whitethroat 2, Spotted Flycatcher 18, Rufous-tailed Scrub-Robin 2, White-throated Robin 13, Common Nightingale 1, Eastern Nightingale 1, Red-breasted Flycatcher 1, Semicollared Flycatcher 2, Common Redstart 37, Whinchat 1, Yellow-headed Wagtail 2, Grey-headed Wagtail 15, Blue-headed Wagtail 5, Black-headed Wagtail 15, Grey Wagtail 2, Tree Pipit 9, Red-throated Pipit 11, Ortolan Bunting 3.

Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana

Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana

Yellow-headed Wagtail Motacilla (flava) lutea

Yellow-headed Wagtail Motacilla (flava) lutea

Grey WagtailMotacilla cinerea

Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea

Black-headed WagtailMotacilla (flava) feldegg , female

Black-headed Wagtail Motacilla (flava) feldegg , female

Black-headed WagtailMotacilla (flava) feldegg , male

Black-headed Wagtail Motacilla (flava) feldegg , male

Sykes's Wagtail Motacilla (flava) beema , female

Sykes’s Wagtail Motacilla (flava) beema , female

Sykes's Wagtail Motacilla (flava) beema , male

Sykes’s Wagtail Motacilla (flava) beema , male

Grey-headed Wagtail Motacilla (flava) thunbergi

Grey-headed Wagtail Motacilla (flava) thunbergi

Tree PipitAnthus trivialis

Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis

Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata

Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata

Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus , female

Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus , female

07/04/2016 at Jahra Pools Reserve

Today was quiet but I wanted to see if the White-tailed Lapwings are still there. It is a target species for a visitor coming in the next few days. I was glad to relocate the bird. It is probably resident and breeder.

Jahra Pools Natural Reserve , Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) 16, Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) 1, Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) 1, Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides) 3, Eurasian Marsh-Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) 1, Grey-headed Swamphen (Porphyrio poliocephalus) 6, Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) 1, Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra) 5, White-tailed Lapwing (Vanellus leucurus) 1, Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola) 2, Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) 4, Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) 7, Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) 1, Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) 2, European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) 2, Red-tailed Shrike (Lanius phoenicuroides) 1, Isabelline Shrike (Lanius isabellinus) 1, Mauryan Grey Shrike (Lanius meridionalis pallidirostris) 1, Sand Martin (Riparia riparia) 8, Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 5, Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus) 1, Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) 3, Graceful Prinia (Prinia gracilis) 6, Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata) 1, Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) 1, Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra) 1, House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 5.

White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus

White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus

White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus

White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus

White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus

White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus

Grey-headed Swamphen Porphyrio (porphyrio) poliocephalus

Grey-headed Swamphen Porphyrio (porphyrio) poliocephalus. A chick (a new generation in the steps of the older generation) following an adult.

Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis

Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis

Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis

Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis. A chick begging for food from an adult.

Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus

Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus chicks.

Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca

Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca. An adult male.

Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus

Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus

Graceful Prinia Prinia gracilis

Graceful Prinia Prinia gracilis. A male singing out loudly.

06/04/2016 at Abraq Al Habari (arrival of the Basra Reed Warbler)

Today I witnessed the arrival of Basra Reed Warbler, just three days ago I checked the reed at Al Abraq thoroughly with no sign of Basra Reed Wabler, but today I found four.

Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides) 21, Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) 2, Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops) 1, White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) 1, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater (Merops persicus) 1, Turkestan Shrike (Lanius phoenicuroides) 3, Duarian Shrike (Lanius isabellinus) 5, Masked Shrike (Lanius nubicus) 3, Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator) 4, Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) 5, Eurasian Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus) 2, Basra Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus griseldis) 4, Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus) 1, Grasshopper Warbler (Locustella naevia) 1, Eurasian Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) 18, Hume’s Whitethroat (Sylvia althaea) 1, Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia curruca) 5, Rufous-tailed Scrub-Robin (Cercotrichas galactotes) 1, White-throated Robin (Irania gutturalis) 5, Semicollared Flycatcher (Ficedula semitorquata) 1, Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) 26,Ehrenberg’s Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus samamisicus) 1, Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus) 1, Hypocolius (Hypocolius ampelinus) 2, Ortolan Bunting (Emberiza hortulana) 1, House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 35, Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis) 4.

Basra Reed Warbler Acrocephalus griseldis

Basra Reed Warbler Acrocephalus griseldis

White-throated Robin Irania gutturalis

White-throated Robin Irania gutturalis

Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin Cercotrichas galactotes

Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin Cercotrichas galactotes

Hume's Whitethroat Sylvia althaea

Hume’s Whitethroat Sylvia althaea

Turkestan ShrikeLanius phoenicuroides

Turkestan Shrike Lanius phoenicuroides

Turkestan ShrikeLanius phoenicuroides

Turkestan Shrike Lanius phoenicuroides

Daurian ShrikeLanius isabellinus

Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus

Great Reed Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus

Great Reed Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus

Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus

Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus

05/04/2016 at Jahra Pools Reserve

It seems that migration is slow probably because the rainy season this year so there are many insects to catch and birds are not in a hurry. Breeding birds with chicks all over the site, but couldn’t relocate the Water rails although I saw a bird that looked like one. Water Rails has bred last and this year and seem to be resident. I also saw two chicks of the Grey-headed Swamphen. Red-wattled Lapwing attempting breeding a second time after what appeared to be a fox that predated its eggs, While White-tailed Lapwing becoming hard to see probably incubating eggs. The Pied Kingfisher pair is still active and probably building its nest, it will be the first breeding record if confirmed breeding, although it was seen building a nest last month but it abandoned it.

Garganey (Anas querquedula) 1, Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca) 5, Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) 16, Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) 1, Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 2, Greater Spotted Eagle (Clanga clanga) 2, Eurasian Marsh-Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) 2, Black-eared) Kite ( (Milvus migrans lineatus) 1, Little Crake (Porzana parva) 2, Spotted Crake (Porzana porzana) 1, Grey-headed Swamphen (Porphyrio poliocephalus) 6, Eurasian, Coot (Fulica atra) 11, Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) 12, Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) 3, Ruff (Calidris pugnax) 13, White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) 4, Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) 1 Seen well, Sand Martin (Riparia riparia) 25, Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 5, Red-spotted Bluethroat  (Luscinia svecica) 2.

Spotted Crake Porzana porzana

Spotted Crake Porzana porzana

Grey-headed Swamphen Porphyrio (porphyrio) poliocephalus

Grey-headed Swamphen Porphyrio (porphyrio) poliocephalus

Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus

Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus

Eurasian Coot Fulica atra

Eurasian Coot Fulica atra