19/11/2016 At Al Shallal’s Farm another Eversmann’s Redstart

The winter tour 12-20 November 2016 ended today with another Eversmann’s Redstat at Al Shallal’s Farm.

Highlights of the tour was two Eversman’s Redstarts at different location, two Shikras at two different locations and two Crested Honey Buzzards at different locations. The number of bird species seen during the seven days was approximately 167.

Interesting birds that showed well include two Olive-backed Pipits, Hume’s Leaf Warbler, Crab Plover, Red-tailed Wheatear, Eastern Mourning Wheatear, Woodcock, White-tailed Lapwing, Temminck’s Lark, Afghan Babbler and on the last day a 74 hypocolius showed well on a mangrove a tree.

15/11/2016 At Mutla’a Ranch

Today the visitors I am guiding were happy to see and photograph an obliging Eversmann’s Redstart, the 12th record for Kuwait.

The visitors were Hugues DUFOURNY, Brian Rasmussen, Henrik Rask, Daniel Mauras, Jean-Jacques CLEMENT, Francis SMIGIELSKI and Thierry JEAN.

Birds seen at Mutla’a Ranch:

Eversmann’s Redstart 1, Shikra (male) 1, Eurasian Sparrowhawk 1, , European Robin 3, Red-breasted Flycatcher 3, Eurasian Collared Dove 17, Laughing Dove 5, White-throated Kingfisher 1 and White-eared Bulbul 21.

At Doha Spit:

Great Cormorant 1000, Grey Heron 5, Little Egret 10, Indian Reef Egret 5, Pallid Harrier 1, Eurasian Oystercatcher 5, Lesser Sand Plover 5, Greater Sand plover 45, Whimbrel 2, Eurasian Curlew 9, Ruddy Turnstone 1, Curlew Sandpiper 1, Sanderling 1, Dunlin 25, Terek Sandpiper 11, Common Greenshank 74, Marsh Sandpiper 2, Common Redshank 48, Crab Plover 230, Slender-billed Gull 55, Hueglin’s Gull 15, Steppe Gull 7, Little Tern 8, Caspian Tern 17.

Sulaibikhat Sports Club:

Mallard 11, Eurasian Teal 8, White Stork 1m Grey Heron 15, Western Reef Heron 7, Grey Plover 5, Lesser Sand Plover 15, Greater Sand Plover 71, Dunlin 50, Crab Plover 156, White-throated Kingfisher 1.

At Traditional Coffee Site:

Greater Flamingo 250, Grey Heron 16, Dunlin 55, Citrine Wagtail 1.

Eversmann's Redstart Phoenicurus erythronotus

Eversmann’s Redstart Phoenicurus erythronotus

8/11/2016 At Al Salmi and Jahra Pools Reserve

At Al Salmi: Dunn’s Lark 1 (photographed by Rashed), Finsch’s Wheatear 2, Eastern Pied Wheatear 1, Isabelline Wheatear 2, Northern Wheatear 1, Desert Wheatear 4, Asian Desert Warbler.

At Jahra Pools Reserve (by Omar): Griffon Vulture 15, Cinereous Vulture 1, Steppe Eagle 465, Eastern Imperial Eagle 18, Northern Goshawk 1, Crested Honey Buzzard 1, Long-legged Buzzard 10, Peregrine Falcon 1,  Short-toed Snake Eagle 1, Eurasian Sparrowhawk 3, Black-eared Kite 3, Common Kestrel 1.

Finsch's Wheatear Oenanthe finschii

Finsch’s Wheatear Oenanthe finschii female.

Finsch's Wheatear Oenanthe finschii

Finsch’s Wheatear Oenanthe finschii female.

Finsch's Wheatear Oenanthe finschii

Finsch’s Wheatear Oenanthe finschii female.

Finsch's Wheatear Oenanthe finschii

Finsch’s Wheatear Oenanthe finschii female.

Finsch's Wheatear Oenanthe finschii

Finsch’s Wheatear Oenanthe finschii female.

Finsch's Wheatear Oenanthe finschii

Finsch’s Wheatear Oenanthe finschii female.

Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti

Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti male.

5/11/2016 at Jahra East Oufall

Jahra East Outfall 5/11/2016:

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater (Merops persicus)              3

Red-tailed Shrike (Lanius phoenicuroides)                1

Daurian Shrike (Lanius isabellinus)                            6

Mauryan Grey Shrike (Lanius lahotra pallidirostris)  3

Asian Desert Warbler (Sylvia nana)                           5

Eastern Mourning Wheatear (Oenanthe lugens)      4

Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka)                     1

Desert Wheatear (Oenanthe deserti)                          3

Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina)               4

Lesser Short-toed Lark (Alaudala rufescens) 1

Birds were seen by K. Al-Khanem and O. Al-Shaheen today yesterday include:

Dead Sea Sparrow (Passer moabiticus)         2

Finsch’s Wheatear (Oenanthe finschii)         1

Bar-tailed Lark (Ammomanes cincture)        20

Black-throated Thrush (Turdus atrogularis)   3

Afghan Babbler (Turdoides huttoni)              2

Booted Eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus)               1

Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis)                   146

Greater Spotted Eagle (Clanga clanga)         12

Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus)                 2

Abu Al-Hasaniya 2/11/2016:

Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)                    4

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)                                 42

Great Crested Tern (Thalasseus bergii)                     2

Lesser Crested Tern (Thalasseus bengalensis)          54

Red-tailed Wheatear Oenanthe chrysopygia

Red-tailed Wheatear Oenanthe chrysopygia

Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti

Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti male

Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti female

Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti female

Asian Desert Warbler Sylvia nana

Asian Desert Warbler Sylvia nana

Eastern Mourning Wheatear Oenanthe lugens

Eastern Mourning Wheatear Oenanthe lugens persicus

Eastern Mourning Wheatear Oenanthe lugens

Eastern Mourning Wheatear Oenanthe lugens persicus

Eastern Mourning Wheatear Oenanthe lugens

Eastern Mourning Wheatear Oenanthe lugens persicus

Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina

Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina

Spanish SparrowPasser hispaniolensis

Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis

Lesser Short-toed Lark Alaudala rufescens

Lesser Short-toed Lark Alaudala rufescens

1/11/2016 At Jahra Pools Reserve

There were a number of Spotted Eagle today perching on ground and tree branches. 38 birds species recorded today which include:

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 3

Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca crecca/nimia)     9

Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)      7

Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)  6

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)   2

Great Egret (Ardea alba)        3

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)            6

Western Reef-Heron (Egretta gularis schistacea)     2

Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)     1

Greater Spotted Eagle (Clanga clanga)         11

Eastern Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca)        1

Western Marsh-Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)            1

Grey-headed Swamphen (Porphyrio poliocephalus) 2

Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)       6

Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra)     5

Ruff (Calidris pugnax) 7

Dunlin (Calidris alpina)           1

Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)            2

Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus)   1

Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia)       1

Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis) 2

Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) 5

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)       9

Namaqua Dove (Oena capensis)        1

Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus)    5

White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)      3

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater (Merops persicus)  20

Daurian Shrike (Lanius isabellinus)    1

Turkestan Shrike (Lanius phoenicuroides) 2

Sand Martin (Riparia riparia) 7

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)         7

Great Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus)   1

Graceful Prinia (Prinia gracilis)          1

Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica) 2

European Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola)        1

Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka)         1

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba)         5

Tawny Pipit (Anthus campestris)       1

Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta)         2

Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga

Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga

Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga

Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga

Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga

Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga

Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga

Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga

Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga

Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga

Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca

Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca

Western Great Egret Ardea alba

Western Great Egret Ardea alba

Eurasian Teal Anas crecca

Eurasian Teal Anas crecca

Eurasian Teal Anas crecca and Mallard Anas platyrhynchos

Eurasian Teal Anas crecca and Mallard Anas platyrhynchos

European Stonechat Saxicola rubicola

European Stonechat Saxicola rubicola

Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata

Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata

31/10/2016 Yellow-browed Warbler at Al-Shallal’s Farm

Al-Shallal’s Farm
Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus 1
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) 7
Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva) 2
Western Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros) 1
Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka) 2
Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos) 1
Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta) 5
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis) 2

Jal Al Zor
Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus) 13
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)13
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater (Merops persicus)12
Mauryan Grey Shrike (Lanius lahotra pallidirostris) 1
Greater Hoopoe-Lark (Alaemon alaudipes) 4
Crested Lark (Galerida cristata) 5
Eastern Mourning Wheatear (Oenanthe lugens persicus) 8
Desert Wheatear (Oenanthe deserti) 2
Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina) 1
White Wagtail (Motacilla alba alba/dukhunensis) 1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 16

Mutla’a Ranch
White-eared Bulbul (Pycnonotus leucotis) 15
Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva) 1
Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka) 1

Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus)

Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus

Greater Hoopoe-Lark (Alaemon alaudipes)

Greater Hoopoe-Lark Alaemon alaudipes feeding on a jecko!

Eastern Mourning Wheatear Oenanthe lugens

Eastern Mourning Wheatear Oenanthe lugens spp. persicus

Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva

Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva, adult male.

Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva

Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva, first autumn.

28/10/2016 At Green Island

This morning I went to Green Island at 8 am, I was told by the people at the gate that the opening hour is 9 am, drove around up to Shuwaikh looking for Bank Myna but I only saw Common Mynas up to 25. At 9 entered the gate and the first encounter was with the Hypocolius! 5 were around feeding and flying over. A couple of minutes later I saw a stunning male Ruppells’s Weaver. My last target was the Red-vented Bulbul which was seen after an hour search. I found 3 or probably 4 in the usual spot that I usually find skulking in Conocarpus trees.

The birds that were seen today:

Hypocolius Hypocolius ampelinus 10, Rüppell’s Weaver Ploceus galbula 1, Red-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus cafer 3, Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto 15, Pallid Swift Apus pallidus 3, Ring-necked Parakeet Psittacula krameri 5, Common Myna Acridotheres tristis 3, House Sparrow Passer domesticus 20, Grey Heron Ardea cinerea 1, Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto 12, Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis 1, Red-tailed Shrike Lanius phoenicuroides 1, Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus 1, Eurasian Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus 1, White-eared Bulbul Pycnonotus leucotis 1, Common Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita 2, Eurasian Reed-Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus 1, Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka 1, Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis 1, Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis 1, Great Reed-Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus

Hypocolius Hypocolius ampelinus

Hypocolius Hypocolius ampelinus male

Red-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus cafer

Red-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus cafer

White-eared Bulbul Pycnonotus leucotis

White-eared Bulbul Pycnonotus leucotis

26/10/2016 Al-Shaheed Park

Al-Shaheed Park:

Indian Silverbill (Euodice malabarica) 9, Shikra (Accipiter badius) 1, Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) 26, Laughing Dove (Streptopelia senegalensis) 4, Eurasian Wryneck (Jynx torquilla) 1, Red-tailed Shrike (Lanius phoenicuroides) 1, Mauryan Grey Shrike (Lanius meridionalis pallidirostris) 1, Masked Shrike (Lanius nubicus) 3, White-eared Bulbul (Pycnonotus leucotis) 20, Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia curruca) 4, Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis) 3, White-throated Robin (Irania gutturalis) 1, Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis) 2, House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 15, Greater Spotted Eagle (Clanga clanga) 1.

Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga

Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga (photographed at Jahra Pools Reserve on 25/10/2016)