The bird was spotted by Robert Poot and Edward IJzendoorn. The bird was initially identified as Subalpine Warbler. Later on some experts claimed it to be Menetries’s Warbler. I simply do not know it’s true identity. It looks so different to be Menetries’s but I do not know. If somebody has better information / experience about the issue please let me to know. I have no problem to accept Menetries’s Warbler if it is grounded properly. My e-mail is pekka.fagel@yahoo. com. The main problems to accept Menetries’s Warbler are wrong head color. Menetries should have very dark cap. This bird shows grey head color matching with mantle color. Tail is not black, narrow and lomg. The bird didn’t swing it to side wise like Menetries’s Warbler. The breast color is too rich to be Menetries’s Warbler.
Short stop to Fintas Park produced second Rueppell’s Weaver and one more Basra Reed Warbler. Fahaheel Park was good for migrants but not yelding any specialities. In Al Kout’s watchtower we had our first White-cheeked Terns. After that Richard Jeffrey spotted Kittiwake which is third record for Kuwait if accepted by KORC. Photographing wise I got kind help by Guy Mirgain from Luxembourg taking pictures by using my mobile pohone and telescope. Then we moved on toward south and next to Saudi Chevron where we managed to see first very distant two Socotra Cormorants and finally relatively close one. In the meantime Neil Tovey reported about two Bridled Terns and Arctic Skua back in Al Kout so we decided to go there again. We managed to see 3 Bridled Terns very quickly and Arctic Skua. In addition to this we had also 4 White-winged Black Terns. Our day was pretty successfull.
Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla)
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 Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla 5, Barred Warbler Sylvia nisoria 1, Hume’s Whitethroat Sylvia althaea 1, Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca 3, Eastern Orphean Warbler Sylvia crassirostris 1, Common Whitethroat Sylvia communis 2, Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata 3, Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin Cercotrichas galactotes 10, White-throated Robin Irania gutturalis 6, Thrush Nightingale Luscinia luscinia 1, Eastern Nightingale Luscinia (megarhynchos) golzii 2, Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus 18, Common Rock Thrush Monticola saxatilis 2, Whinchat Saxicola rubetra 7, Eastern Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe (hispanica) melanoleuca 1, Common Myna Acridotheres tristis 1, Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis 1, Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana 3, House Sparrow Passer domesticus 35.
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.
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.
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)
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)
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
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