KORC Rarity Report 2010

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)
Brian Foster- Kuwait (voting member)
Pekka Fagel - Kuwait (voting member)

2- Accepted Records by Species for Category A and C

Three (3) new species (1st) were recorded in Kuwait in 2010
One (1) species was accepted as a Category D Species, namely; Arabian Golden Sparrow

SPECIES SCIENTIFIC NAME SIGHTING # DATE # Birds LOCATION OBSERVER(S)
Ashy Drongo Dicrurus leucophaeus 1 3-Apr-10 1 Jahra Farm H Rudhe
Amur Falcon Falco amurensis 1 29-May-10 1 SAANR Mohd Korhshed
Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena 1 27-Oct-10 1 Jahra East Outfall (JEO) A Al Sirhan
Arabian Golden Sparrow Passer euchlorus 1 13-Nov-10 1 Al-Abraq B Foster, P Fagel

In addition, no further Rarity Forms are required for:
Black-winged Kite and Buff-bellied Pipit, as we have now had 15 submitted Rarity Forms for these Species.
The Status of these two species highlighted in blue will now be reviewed and amended by KORC and updated on Annotated Checklist.
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)
Eurasian Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria 7 3-Jan-10 2 Sulaibiya, Pivot Fields R Al Hajji
Common Crane Grus grus 5 <13-Jan-10 /td> 5 SAANR P Fagel
Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor 2 16-Jan-10 1 Sulaibikhat Bay R Al Hajji
Barbary Falcon Falco (peregrinus) pelegrinoides 4 22-Jan-10 1 Jahra Pools Reserve (JPR) P Fagel
Buff-bellied Pipit Anthus (rubescens) japonicus 14 29-Jan-10 1 Al-Abraq B Foster, P Fagel
White-crowned Wheatear Oenanthe leucopyga 13 7-Mar-10 1 Sulaibiya, Pivot Fields S Price
Demoiselle Crane Anthropoides virgo 7 19-Mar-10 2 Doha North B Foster, P Fagel
Black Scrub Robin Cercotrichas podobe 2 21-Mar-10 1 Al-Abraq M Korhshed, H Al Shajyi
Common Crane Grus grus 6 27-Mar-10 1 SAANR R Al Hajji
Desert Finch Rhodospiza obsoleta 8 30-Apr-10 4 Al-Abraq B Foster
Black Stork Ciconia nigra 10 1-May-10 1 SAANR K Al Ghanem
Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus 13 22-Jul-10 1 Kuwait University R Al Hajji
Black Stork Ciconia nigra 11 5-Sep-10 1 SAANR R Al Hajji
Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus 14 16-Sep-10 1 Jahra Pools Reserve (JPR) P Fagel
Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus 15 6-Oct-10 1 Kuwait International Golf Course P Fagel
Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhyncus 10 24-Sep-10 1 SAANR R Al-Hajji
White-crowned Wheatear Oenanthe leucopyga 14 3-Oct-10 1 SAANR H Al-Shayji
Sooty Falcon Falco concolor 10 9-Oct-10 1 Jahra Pools Reserve (JPR) M Pope
Rufous Turtle Dove Streptopelia o. meena 8 14-Oct-10 1 Jahra Pools Reserve (JPR) M Khorshed
Rufous Turtle Dove Streptopelia o. meena 9 17-Oct-10 1 Sulaibiya Pivot Fields R Al Hajji
Dead Sea Sparrow Passer moabiticus 10 18-Oct-10 1 Jahra Pools Reserve (JPR) M Khorshed
Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhyncus 11 19-Oct-10 1 SAANR K Al Nasrallah
Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhyncus 12 23-Oct-10 1 Sulaibiya Pivot Fields P Fagel, B Foster, M Newey
Stock Dove Columba oenas 7 1-Nov-10 1 Sulaibiya Pivot Fields P Fagel
Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhyncus 13 4-Nov-10 1 Al-Abraq P Fagel
Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhyncus 14 6-Nov-10 1 SAANR G Whitehead
Dusky Warbler Phylloscopus fuscatus 2 13-Nov-10 1 Al-Abraq B Foster, P Fagel
Eversmanns Redstart Phoenicurus erythronotus 7 15-Nov-10 1 SAANR B Foster, P Fagel
Humes Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus humei 3 20-Nov-10 1 Al-Abraq M Pope, B Foster, P Fagel, R Ertel
Stock Dove Columba oenas 8 20-Nov-10 1 Sulaibiya Pivot Fields AbdulMohsen Al-Suraye
Eversmanns Redstart Phoenicurus erythronotus 8 26-Nov-10 1 Al-Abraq B Foster, P Fagel
Eurasian Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria 8 4-Dec-10 1 Sulaibiya Pivot Fields B Foster, P Fagel
Pygmy Cormorant Phalacrocorax pygmeus 2 4-Dec-10 1 Sulaibiya Pivot Fields B Foster, P Fagel
Ashy Drongo Dicrurus leucophaeus 2 7-Dec-10 2 Jahra Farms P Fagel, B Foster
Buff-bellied Pipit Anthus (rubescens) japonicus 15 16-Dec-10 1 Sulaibiya Pivot Fields A Al Sirhan

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

3- Not Proven Records

None for 2010

4- Other Records of Interest

Other interesting observations in 2010 were for:

Amur Falcon – Mohammad Khorshed

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Arabian Golden Sparrow – Pekka Fagel

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