KORC Rarity Report 2009

1- KORC Rarity Adjudication

KORC meets quarterly each year to review and adjudicate submitted Rarity Forms for species that are considered Accidental, Vagrant, Rare and Scarce, as well as other specified species that have low and infrequent abundance.
The completed Rarity Forms are reviewed, discussed and either accepted or not by the core KORC members (MP, SIR, PF) who are all based in Kuwait. Consensus must be reached for a decision, but if a decision cannot be reached, then the external adjudicators (OC, PK) are asked for their opinion for a final decision, which requires a majority vote. The current Committee is as follows:

Mike Pope - Kuwait (Chairman, voting member)
Abdulrahman Al-Sirhan - Kuwait (Secretary, voting member)
Peter Cowan - Kuwait (voting member)
Brian Foster - Kuwait (voting member)
Pekka Fagel - Kuwait (voting member)

2- Accepted Records by Species for Category A and C

Seven (7) new species (1st) were recorded and accepted in Kuwait in 2010 and these are highlighted in the table below.

SPECIES SCIENTIFIC NAME SIGHTING # DATE # Birds LOCATION OBSERVER(S)
Asian Koel Eudynamys scolopaceus 1 22 Feb 09 1 Abdaly Ouda Al-Bathali
Mongolian Finch Bucanetes mongolicus 1 05 Mar 09 1 SAANR K Al Alghanim
Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus 1 09 May 09 1 On route to Kubbar Island H Al-Shayji
Sombre Tit Poecile lugubris 1 04 Sep 09 1 Messila Beach W Scheepers
African Darter Anhinga (melanogaster) rufa 1 24 Sep 09 2 Jahra Pools Reserve (JPR) R Al Hajji
Dusky Warbler Phylloscopus fuscatus 1 29 Oct 09 1 Jahra Farm P Fagel
Indian Pond Heron Ardeola grayii 1 7 Nov 09 1 Al-Abraq A Al Sirhan
White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla 1 25 Nov 09 1 Jahra Coastal Area O Al Bathali

Many other rarities were recorded during the year and these are reflected in the table below:

SPECIES SCIENTIFIC NAME SIGHTING # DATE # Birds LOCATION OBSERVER(S)
Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhyncus 9 01-Jan-09 1 Al-Abraq M Pope, P Fagel
Stock Dove Columba oenas 5 01-Jan-09 1 Sulaibiya, Pivot Fields P Fagel
Buff-bellied Pipit Anthus (rubescens) japonicus 11 21-Feb-09 3 Sulaibiya, Pivot Fields A Al Sirhan
Pallid Scops Owl Otus brucei 4 28-Feb-09 1 Jahra M Kaoiwi
Buff-bellied Pipit Anthus (rubescens) japonicus 12 24-Mar-09 1 SAANR M Pope
Black Stork Ciconia nigra 9 07-Apr-09 1 Sulaibikhat Reserve M Pope
Grey-necked Bunting Emberiza buchanani 2 13-Apr-09 1 SAANR B Moreth, H Krieger
Spur-winged Lapwing Vanellus spinosus 9 22-Apr-09 1 Jahra East Outfall (JEO) R Al Hajji
Grey Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius 4 29-Apr-09 1 Jahra East Outfall (JEO) R Al Hajji
Rock Bunting Emberiza cia 3 05-May-09 1 SAANR K Al Ghanem
Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus 2 10-May-09 1 Sulaibiya, Pivot Fields R Al Hajji
Black Tern Chlidonias niger 10 24-Jun-09 1 Jahra East Outfall (JEO) R Al Hajji
Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea 4 27-Jun-09 1 Jahra East Outfall (JEO) R Al Hajji
Long-tailed Skua Stercorarius longicaudus 2 01-Jul-09 1 Jahra Coastal Area H Al Shaygi
Black Tern Chlidonias niger 11 04-Jul-09 1 Jahra East Outfall (JEO) R Al Hajji
Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus 11 17-Jul-09 1 Sulaibiya, Pivot Fields M Pope
Arabian Grey Shrike Lanius aucheri 2 09 Aug 09 1 Khiran R Al Hajji
Common Crane Grus grus 4 17-Sep-09 35 Jahra East Outfall (JEO) R Al Hajji
Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus 12 23-Oct-09 1 Al-Abraq P Fagel
Eurasian Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria 6 1-Nov-09 1 Sulaibiya, Pivot Fields H Al Shaygi
Dead Sea Sparrow Passer moabiticus 8 4-Nov-09 1 Jahra Pools Reserve (JPR) R Al Hajji
Rustic Bunting Emberiza rustica 2 7-Nov-09 1 Al-Abraq B Foster, P Fagel, S Price
Dead Sea Sparrow Passer moabiticus 9 6-Nov-09 4 Al-Abraq P Fagel, B Foster, S Price
Rufous Turtle Dove Streptopelia o. meena 7 6-Nov-09 1 Sulaibiya, Pivot Fields AbdulMohsen Al-Suraye
Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius 5 8-Nov-09 1 Sulaibiya, Pivot Fields A Al Suraye
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca 6 9-Nov-09 1 Jahra Pools Reserve (JPR) R Al Hajji, A Al Sirhan
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons 2 14-Nov-09 2 Kuwait International Golf Course S Price
Stock Dove Columba oenas 6 14-Nov-09 1 Sulaibiya, Pivot Fields R Saval
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca 7 2-Dec-09 2 Jahra Pools Reserve (JPR) Khaled Al-Ghanem
Hume's Wheatear Oenanthe albonigra 7 12-Dec-09 1 SAANR B Foster, P Fagel
Buff-bellied Pipit Anthus (rubescens) japonicus 13 19-Dec-09 1 Sulaibiya, Pivot Fields M Pope, B Foster

Aside from the new species added to the Kuwait List, there were some very good 2nd records for during this year.

3- Not Proven Records

SPECIES SCIENTIFIC NAME DATE LOCATION Not PROVEN REASON
Oriental Pratincole Glareola maldivarum 21 Apr 09 Pivot Fields Withdrawn by observer
Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea 29 Apr 09 Jahra East Outfall Key features could not be confirmed from single photograph

4- Other Records of Interest

Other interesting observations in 2009 were for: