15/03/2016 at Jahra Pools Reserve

Three Pied Kingfishers still lingering in Jahra Pools Reserve, and migration seems picking up.

Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 3, Garganey (Anas querquedula) 44, Common Pochard (Aythya ferina) 4, Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca) 2, Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) 12, Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) 3, Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1, Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) 1, Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides) 8, Eurasian Marsh-Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) 3, Grey-headed Swamphen (Porphyrio poliocephalus) 5, Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra) 315, Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) 31, Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius) 1, Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) 1, Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus) 2, Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis) 17, Ruff (Calidris pugnax) 13, White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) 1, Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus) 60, White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) 2, Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) 3, Isabelline Shrike (Lanius isabellinus) 1, Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator) 3, Eurasian Penduline-Tit (Remiz pendulinus) 1, Graceful Prinia (Prinia gracilis) 4, Red-spotted Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica) 1, Siberian Stonechat (Saxicola maurus) 4, Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) 1, White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) 3, House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 22.

Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis

Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis

Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis

Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis

07/03/2016 at Kabd Reserve

I visited the reserve today since a big flock of Bimaculated Larks were seen on previous day. I couldn’t find them but it was nice to see that Black-crowned Finch Larks breed in good numbers again after several bad years. However, Dunn’s Lark is still missing. Family of Hoopoe Larks was very nice to find. Lesser Kestrels are on the move just now.

Black-crowned Finch Lark (Eremopterix nigriceps)

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Hoopoe Lark (Alaemon alaudipes)

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Hoopoe Lark

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Male Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni)

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Female Lesser Kestrel

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25/02/2016 at Jahra PoolReserve

Neil Tovey and Markus Graig found Indian Pond Heron in the reserve and kindly asked me to visit. They knew that this species is my bogey bird. Neil got confirmation from U.A.E. expert stating that the bird is indeed Indian Pond Heron. This is 3rd. record for Kuwait if accepted by KORC.

Indian Pond Heron (Ardeola grayii)

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Indian Pond Heron

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09/01/2016 at Kabd Reserve

Pin-tailed Sandgrouse (Pterocles alchata) 300+, Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark (Eremopterix nigriceps) 20,  Crested Lark (Galerida cristata) 8,  Greater Hoopoe-Lark (Alaemon alaudipes) 5,  Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus) 30, Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina) 5, Desert Wheatear (Oenanthe deserti) 2.

Pin-tailed Sandgrouse (Pterocles alchata)

Pin-tailed Sandgrouse (Pterocles alchata)

 

Winter souvenirs from Finland between Xmas holidays and New Years Day

I managed to twitch Azure Tit and in the same place where other interesting birds showed up too. The place is in the city of Helsinki!

Azure Tit (Parus cyanus) Note that the crown is completely white and thus there is no risk to hybrid between Blue Tit (Parus caerulus)

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Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos minor)

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White-backed Woodpecker (Dendrocopos leucotos)

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Female Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula)

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25/12/2015 Lesser Flamingo 4th record if accepted by KORC

A lesser Flamingo was seen today at Sulaibikhat Bay. I rushed there to see this beautiful bird with a Greater Flamingo flock as usual and managed few photographs.

Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor

Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor

Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor

Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor