KORC Rarity Report 2012

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)
Oscar Campbell - Dubai (External Adjudicator, voting member)
Peter Kennerley - England (External Adjudicator, voting member)
Brian Foster - England (honorary member)

2- Accepted Records by Species for Category A and C

Four (4) new species (1st) were recorded in Kuwait in 2012 with the Long-tailed Ducks being the most unexpected; the Exclamatory Paradise Flycatcher was accepted as a Cat-E Species and all are highlighted in the table below:

SPECIES SCIENTIFIC NAME SIGHTING # DATE # Birds LOCATION OBSERVER(S)
Franklin's Gull Larus pipixcan 1 5-Jun-12 1 Jahra East Outfall (JEO) R Al Hajji
Paddyfield Warbler Acrocephalus agricola 1 26-Aug-12 1 Jahra Pools Reserve (JPR) R Al Hajji
Mesopotamian Crow Corvus c. capellanus 1 23-Oct-12 1 Jahra Pools Reserve (JPR) K Al Ghanem
Exclamatory Paradise Whydah Vidua interjecta 1 (Cat E) 23-Oct-12 1 Al-Abraq M.Pope
Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis 1 7-Nov-12 4 Jahra Pools Reserve (JPR) Ouda Al-Bathali

One more sighting of Dead Sea Sparrow in 2013 will mean that a Rarity Form is no longer required for this species.
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)
Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus 6 2-Feb-12 1 Green Island P Fagel, R Swan
Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor 3 6-Feb-12 1 West of Kuwait University Swiss Group
Masked Wagtail Motacilla a. personata 2 10-Feb-12 1 Wafra Farm Swiss Group
Dead Sea Sparrow Passer moabiticus 13 16-Feb-12 4 Al-Abraq P Fagel
Eurasian Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria 11 26-Feb-12 1 Pivot Fields K Al Ghanem
Radde’s Accentor Prunella ocularis 2 15-Mar-12 1 SAANR R Al-Hajji
Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella 2 16-Mar-12 1 SAANR K Al Ghanem
Desert Finch Rhodospiza obsoleta 9 17-Mar-12 1 Khiran Area R Al Hajji
Radde’s Accentor Prunella ocularis 3 6-Apr-12 1 Al-Shallal’s Farm Todd Pepper
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus 7 1-May-12 2 Boubyan Island K Al Nasrallah
Black Stork Ciconia nigra 16 5-May-12 1 Sulaibikhat Bay M. Pope
Amur Falcon Falco amurensis 2 13-May-12 1 Jahra East Outfall (JEO) R Al-Hajji
Booted Warbler Hippolais caligata 2 27-Aug-12 1 Jahra East Outfall (JEO) R Al Hajji
Booted Warbler Hippolais caligata 3 28-Aug-12 1 SAANR R Al Hajji
Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler Phylloscopus orientalis 2 31-Aug-12 1 Jahra Pools Reserve (JPR) R Al Hajji
Blyth’s Reed Warbler Acrocephalus dumetorum 3 15-Sep-12 1 SAANR R Al Hajji
Demoiselle Crane Anthropoides virgo 8 6-Oct-12 3 Jahra Pools Reserve (JPR) H Al Shaygi
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca 9 7-Nov-12 1 Jahra Pools Reserve (JPR) M Pope
Spur-winged Lapwing Vanellus spinosus 11 8-Nov-12 1 Jahra East Outfall (JEO) R Al Hajji
Dead Sea Sparrow Passer moabiticus 14 14-Nov-12 3 Jahra Pools Reserve (JPR) R Al Hajji
Hooded Wheatear Oenanthe monacha 8 22-Nov-12 1 Jahra East Outfall (JEO) R Al Hajji

3- Not Proven Records

SPECIES SCIENTIFIC NAME DATE LOCATION Not PROVEN REASON
Indian Pond Heron Ardeola grayii 16 Sep 12 SAANR Inconclusive id features (agreed by all KORC Members)

4- Other Records of Interest

Other interesting observations in 2012 were:

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

Booted Warbler (Rashed Al Hajji)

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Franklin's Gull (Rashed Al Hajji)

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