KORC Rarity Report 2013

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) 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 for acceptance. 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)
Peter Kennerley - England (External Adjudicator)
Brian Foster - England (honorary member)

2- Accepted Records by Species for Category A and C

Six (6) new species (1st) were recorded in Kuwait during 2013 with 4 of these species being recorded at the oasis farm of Al Abraq and 50% of these species found by visiting birders.

The seventh species, a single Arabian Golden Sparrow recorded in November 2010 at Al Abraq was accepted this year after much deliberation by the KORC Committee

All are highlighted in the table below:

SPECIES SCIENTIFIC NAME SIGHTING # DATE # Birds LOCATION OBSERVER(S)
Arabian Golden Sparrow Passer euchlorus 1 13-Nov-10 1 Al-Abraq B Foster, P Fagel
Collared Flycatcher Ficedula albicollis 1 10-Apr-13 1 Al-Abraq Angelo + Alberto Nava
European Greenfinch Carduelis chloris 1 10-Apr-13 1 Al-Abraq Angelo + Alberto Nava
Taiga Flycatcher Ficedula albicilla 1 19-Apr-13 1 Al-Abraq Ebrahim Al-Sahood
Striolated Bunting Emberiza striolata 1 14-Aug-13 1 SAANR A Al-Jeraiwi
Goldcrest Regulus regulus 1 16-Nov-13 1 Al-Abraq H Al-Shayji and Abdulaziz Al-Youssef
Streak-throated Swallow Petrochelidon fluvicola 1 06-Dec-13 1 Jahra Pools Reserve (JPR) Dennis O'Sullivan et al

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)
Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus 2 1-Jan-13 2 Jahra Pools Reserve R Al-Hajji
Ashy Drongo Dicrurus leucophaeus 3 14-Feb-13 1 Fintas Park Nicola Hulet
Desert Finch Rhodospiza obsoleta 10 5-Feb-13 2 Khiran Area Omar Al-Shaheen
Masked Wagtail Motacilla a. personata 3 02-Mar-13 1 Jahra Pools Reserve Mishal Al-Saddni
Dead Sea Sparrow Passer moabiticus 15 04-Mar-13 1 Jahra Pools Reserve K Al-Ghanem
Eastern Nightingale Luscinia (megarhynchos) golzii 3 05-Apr-13 1 South Al-Sabahiya O Al-Shaheen
Spur-winged Lapwing Vanellus spinosus 12 16-May-13 1 Jahra Pools Reserve Halima Bughaith
Grey Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius 5 28-May-13 1 Jahra East Outfall R Al-Hajji
Black Tern Chlidonias niger 12 29-May-13 1 Jahra East Outfall A Al-Sirhan, R Al-Hajji
Arabian Grey Shrike Lanius aucheri 3 15-Jun-13 1 Jahra East Outfall O Al-Shaheen
Grey Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius 6 22-Jun-13 1 Jahra East Outfall R Al-Hajji
Masked Wagtail Motacilla a. personata 4 03-Jul-13 1 Jahra Pools Reserve K Al-Ghanem
Indian Pond Heron Ardeola grayii 2 15-Jul-13 2 Jahra Pools Reserve O Al-Shaheen
Pygmy Cormorant Phalacrocorax pygmeus 3 09-Aug-13 1 Jahra Pools Reserve H.Boresli, O.Al-Shaheen
Booted Warbler Hippolais caligata 4 15-Aug-13 1 SAANR R Al-Hajji, M Pope
Mesopotamian Crow Corvus c. capellanus 2 28-Sep-13 1 Jahra Pools Reserve Yousef Al-Failakawi
Sooty Falcon Falco concolor 11 13-Oct-13 1 Khuwaisat K Al-Nasrallah
Spur-winged Lapwing Vanellus spinosus 13 17-Oct-13 5 Jahra Pools Reserve O Al Shaheen
Pallid Scops Owl Otus brucei 6 30-Oct-13 1 JPR Saleh Al-Sulaihim
Paddyfield Warbler Acrocephalus agricola 2 30-Oct-13 1 Jahra Pools Rerserve A Al Sirhan
Pallid Scops Owl Otus brucei 7 07-Nov-13 1 Jal Al Zor Bouke Atema
Eversmanns Redstart Phoenicurus erythronotus 10 16-Nov-13 1 Al-Abraq P Fagel
Striolated Bunting Emberiza striolata 2 18-Nov-13 1 Wafra Oil Field H Al-Shayji
Zitting Cisticola Cisticola juncidis 6 28-Nov-13 1 Al-Abraq M Pope, M Craig
Taiga Flycatcher Ficedula albicilla 2 03-Dec-13 1 Al-Shallal’s Farm Alan Dean, P Fagel et al
Desert Finch Rhodospiza obsoleta 11 19-Dec-13 4 Khiran Area (South) M Pope

We continue to record rare species that have had 15 Rarity Forms or more submitted, to better understand occurrence and distribution of these species.

These species are shown in the table below.

SPECIES SCIENTIFIC NAME SIGHTING # DATE # Birds LOCATION OBSERVER(S)
White-crowned Wheatear Oenanthe leucopyga 16 12-Jan-13 1 Mutla Ridge R Al-Hajji
Black Stork Ciconia nigra 18 15-Apr-13 1 Jahra Pools Reserve M Pope
White-crowned Wheatear Oenanthe leucopyga 17 15-Jun-13 1 Sabhan Saud Al-Nouri
Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus 16 17-Jun-13 1 Al-Sallam Park Mohammed Ayoub
Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus 17 07-Jul-13 2 Jahra Pools Reserve K Al-Ghanem
Black Stork Ciconia nigra 19 19-Sep-13 1 Al Ritqa O Al-Shaheen
Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhyncus 18 14-Sep-13 1 Um Erimam M Al-Saddani
Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhyncus 19 21-Sep-13 1 SAANR M Shah
Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhyncus 20 21-Sep-13 1 Al Ritqa K Al Nasrallah
Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhyncus 21 25-Sep-13 1 Khuwaisat O Al-Shaheen
Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus 18 29-Oct-13 1 Jahra Pools Reserve R Al-Hajji
Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhyncus 22 23-Nov-13 1 Al-Abraq R Al-Hajji
White-crowned Wheatear Oenanthe leucopyga 18 13-Dec-13 1 Jal Al-Zor O Al-Shaheen
Black Stork Ciconia nigra 20 16-Dec-13 3 Jahra Pools Reserve R Al-Hajji

3- First Record Images (with photographer credited)

Collared Flycatcher (P Fagel)

 Collared Flycatcher

Greenfinch (P Fagel)

Green Finch

Taiga Flycatcher (Ebrahim Al-Sahood)

 Taiga Flycatcher

Striolated Bunting (Ammar Al Jeraiwi)

Striolated Bunting

Goldcrest (H Al Shayji)

 Goldcrest

Streak-throated Swallow (P Fagel)

Streak-throated Swallow

Arabian Golden Sparrow (P Fagel)

 Arabian Golden Sparrow