24/10/2016 at Al-Abraq

Richard’s Pipit Anthus richardi 1, Greater Hoopoe-Lark Alaemon alaudipes 1, Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus 1, White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis 1, Turkestan Shrike Lanius phoenicuroides 1, Eurasian Skylark Alauda arvensis 1, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus 1, Common Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita 8, Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus 1, Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus 1, Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata 2, Eurasian Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla 1, Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva 2, Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis 3, Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka 2, Crested Lark Galerida cristata 2, Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica 15, Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris 1.

Richard's Pipit Anthus richardi

Richard’s Pipit Anthus richardi

Greater Hoopoe-Lark Alaemon alaudipes

Greater Hoopoe-Lark Alaemon alaudipes

Tawny PipitAnthus campestris

Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris

23/10/2016 South of Kuwait

At Al-Nuwaiseeb – Rubbish Dumps:

Eastern Mourning Wheatear Oenanthe lugens  persica 3, Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka 3, Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina 2, Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti 9, Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus 2, Asian Desert Warbler Sylvia nana 3,  White-eared Bulbul Pycnonotus leucotis 11, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus 19

At Zour Port:

Eurasian Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus 1, Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus 1, Western Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros 1, Common Whitethroat Sylvia communis 1

Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka

Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka, first winter male.

Eastern Mourning Wheatear Oenanthe lugens  persica

Eastern Mourning Wheatear Oenanthe lugens persica

Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka

Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka, female

Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka

Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka, male

Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka

Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka, male

17-20/10/2016 Al-Abraq, Mutla’a Ranch and Jahra Pools Reserve

Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga (fulvescens form, Juv.)

Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga (fulvescens form, Juv.)

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus

Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti  (female)

Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti (female)

White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus

White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus

Oriental Honey-buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus 1, Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga 1, Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis 5, Imperial Eagle Aquila heliacal 1, Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus 3, Shikra Accipiter badius 1, Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus 1, Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus 2, Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus 1, Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos 1, Namaqua Dove Oena capensis 3, Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops 3, White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis 1, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus 15, Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus 1, Steppe Grey Shrike Lanius meridionalis 3, Turkestan Shrike Lanius phoenicuroides 1Crested Lark Galerida cristata 4, Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata 3, Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva 6, Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus 2, Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti 1, Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina 1, Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola 1, Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris 2, Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus 2, Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata 4, Eurasian Teal Anas crecca 3, Northern Pintail Anas acuta 38, Garganey Anas querquedula 20, Common Pochard Aythya ferina 1, Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis 6, Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus 1, Grey Heron Ardea cinerea 15, Great Egret Ardea alba 3, Little Egret Egretta garzetta 15, Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis 4,  Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides 1, Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax 2, Osprey Pandion haliaetus 1, Eurasian Marsh-Harrier Circus aeruginosus 2, Water Rail Rallus aquaticus 1, Little Crake Zapornia parva 3, Grey-headed Swamphen Porphyrio poliocephalus 15,  Eurasian Coot Fulica atra 30, White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus 2, Lesser Sand-Plover Charadrius mongolus 15, Greater Sand-Plover Charadrius leschenaultia 25, Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrines 20, Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula 10, Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa 2, Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres 1, Ruff Calidris pugnax 2, Broad-billed Sandpiper Calidris falcinellus 1, Dunlin Calidris alpine 300, Little Stint Calidris minuta 100, Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago 5, Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis 2, Common Redshank Tringa tetanus 1, Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola  1, Slender-billed Gull Chroicocephalus genei 100, Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus 21, Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus 30, Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia 3, White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus 3, Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida 12, Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto 30, Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis 2, Pallid Swift Apus pallidus 1, Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis 3, Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus 5, Sand Martin Riparia riparia 2, Great Reed-Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus 3, Graceful Prinia Prinia gracilis 3, Mourning Wheatear Oenanthe lugens 1, Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis 2, Common Shelduck Tadorna tadorna 1, Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus 1, Spotted Crake Porzana porzana 1, Baillon’s Crake Zapornia pusilla  1, Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca 1, Robin Erithacus rubecula 1

Note: Not all birds seen by me.

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