KORC Rarity Report 2011

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

2- Accepted Records by Species for Category A and C

Seven (7) new species (1st) were recorded in Kuwait in 2011 and these are shown in the table below

Booted Warbler Hippolais caligata 1 2-Sep-06 1 SAANR A Al-Sirhan
Eastern Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos golzii 1 4-May-07 1 Jahra Farms M Pope, B Foster, P Fagel
Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos 1 5-Oct-11 1 Sulaibiya Pivot Fields R Al Hajji
Pied Stonechat Saxicola caprata 1 20-May-11 1 Jahra Pools Reserve (JPR) B Foster, P Fagel
Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina 1 29-Dec-11 9 Jahra Pools Reserve (JPR) Ouda Al-Bathali
Striated Heron Butorides striatus 1 31-Jul-11 1 Sulaibikhat KISR Beach K Al Alghanim
Masked Wagtail Motacilla (alba) personata 1 1-Mar-11 1 Jahra Pools Reserve (JPR) K Al Ghanem

In addition, no further Rarity Forms are required for:
Black Stork and Crested Honey Buzzard, 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:

Buff-bellied Pipit Anthus (rubescens) japonicus 16 15-Jan-11 1 Sulaibiya Pivot Fields M Pope
Dead Sea Sparrow Passer moabiticus 11 16-Jan-11 1 Jahra Pools Reserve (JPR) Pierre Crochet
Eversmanns Redstart Phoenicurus erythronotus 9 21-Jan-11 1 Wafra Farms Pierre Crochet
Rufous Turtle Dove Streptopelia o. meena 10 5-Mar-11 1 Jahra Farms B.Foster, M Pope
Dead Sea Sparrow Passer moabiticus 12 12-Mar-11 18 Jahra Pools Reserve (JPR) G Whitehead
Black Stork Ciconia nigra 12 18-Mar-11 1 Jahra Pools Reserve (JPR) R Al Hajji
Common Crane Grus grus 7 22-Mar-11 1 SAANR P Fagel
Mongolian Finch Bucanetes mongolicus 2 8-Apr-11 1 SAANR K Al Alghanim
Pale Crag Martin Ptyonoprogne (fuligula) fuligula 8 9-Apr-11 1 SAANR B Foster
Black Stork Ciconia nigra 13 29-Apr-11 1 SAANR M Pope
Black Stork Ciconia nigra 14 14-May-11 1 SAANR B Foster
Long-tailed Skua Stercorarius longicaudus 3 30-May-11 4 Jahra Pools Reserve (JPR) M Khorshed
Red Knot Caldris canutus 2 2-Jun-11 1 Jahra East Outfall (JEO) R Al Hajji
Arctic Tern Sterna pardisaea 5 3-Jun-11 1 Jahra Pools Reserve (JPR) R Al Hajji
Eurasian Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria 9 15-Jul-11 1 Jahra East Outfall (JEO) M Pope
Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhyncus 15 15-Sep-11 1 SAANR P Fagel
Grey-necked Bunting Emberiza buchanani 3 16-Sep-11 1 SAANR R Al-Hajji
Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhyncus 16 28-Sep-11 1 Sulaibiya Pivot Fields M Khorshed and others
Spur-winged Lapwing Vanellus spinosus 10 29-Sep-11 1 Jahra Pools Reserve (JPR) Fahad Alkhamis
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca 8 18-Oct-11 1 Jahra Pools Reserve (JPR) A.Al-Sirhan, M. Chalmers
Black Stork Ciconia nigra 15 22-Oct-11 1 Jahra Pools Reserve (JPR) P. Fagel, M. Newey
Common Crane Grus grus 8 24-Oct-11 1 Sulaibiya Pivot Fields M Khorshed
Rufous Turtle Dove Streptopelia o. meena 11 19-Nov-11 1 Jahra Farms M.Pope
Humes Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus humei 4 3-Dec-11 1 Rawdatain P Fagel
Eurasian Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria 10 4-Dec-11 1 Sulaibiya Pivot Fields P Fagel
Common Crane Grus grus 9 6-Dec-11 3 SAANR P Fagel
Hooded Wheatear Oenanthe monacha 7 10-Dec-11 1 Jahra East Outfall (JEO) P Fagel et al

3- First Record Images (photographer credited)

Booted Warbler – A Al-Sirhan


Eastern Nightingale – M. Pope


Pectoral Sandpiper – P Fagel


Pied Bushchat – P Fagel


Red-crested Pochard – M. Korshed


Striated Heron – K Al-Ghanem


White (Masked) Wagtail – K Al-Ghanem


4- Not Proven Records

Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhyncus 19-Jan-11 Al-Abraq Considered a hybrid by D Forsman
Grey-necked Bunting Emberiza buchanani 24-Apr-11 Pivot Fields Observer did not submit Rarity Form
Red-necked Stint Calidris ruficollis 30-Jul-11 Freee Trade Zone Confirmed as a Sanderling
Red-headed Bunting Emberiza bruniceps 16-Sep-11 Sulaibiya Pivot Fields Confirmed as Black-headed Bunting
Greater Scaup Aythya marila 29-Oct-11 Jahra Pools Reserve (JPR) Confirmed as juvenile Tufted Duck

5- Other Records of Interest

Other interesting observations in 2011 were:

6- A few of the other interesting species images below:

Crag Martin - 30 Oct 2011, SAANR, Rashed Al Hajji


Short-eared Owl – 02 Nov 2011, Jahra Pool Reserve, Rashed Al Hajji


Tufted Duck – 12 Nov and 29 Dec 2011 – Jahra Pool Reserve, Rashed Al Hajji et.al.


Black-throated Thrush – 17 Nov 2011, Sulaibikhat, Rashed Al Hajji.


Wood Warbler – 24 Sep 2011, SAANR, Rashed Al Hajji.


Icterine Warbler – 09 Aug 2011, Jahra Farm, Rashed Al Hajji.


Mountain Chiffchaff – 24 Nov and 11 Dec 2011, Jahra East Outfall, Rashed Al Hajji.


Mistle Thrush - 5 Dec. 2011, Jahra Pool Reserve, Rashed Al Hajji.


Common Reed Bunting - 10 Dec 2011, Jahra Pool Reserve, Rashed Al Hajji.


Jack Snipe – 14 Dec 2011, Jahra Pool Reserve, Khaled Al Ghanem


Eastern Greylag Goose (11 birds) – 26 Dec 2011, Jahra Pool Reserve26 Dec 2011, 11 birds, RH.


Eurasian Dotterel – 31 Dec 2011, Pivot Fields, Pekka Fagel.