04/09/2017 at Jahra Pools Reserve

It is very entertaining to see different species arriving in every visit, while others leaving after lingering for few days in the same spot. It is the stunning story of bird migration that happened and is happening and seen by generation that lived in this planet.

Little Stint Calidris minuta, still in juvenile fresh plumage. Note dirty muddy yellowish legs.

A short visit to Jahra Pools Reserve in the evening produced the following:

Garganey Spatula querquedula 114, Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata 3, Eurasian Teal Anas crecca 5, Common Pochard Aythya ferina 5, Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca 2, Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis 12, Grey Heron Ardea cinerea 3, Little Egret Egretta garzetta 26, Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis 13, Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides 7, Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax 1, Western Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus 1, Little Crake Zapornia parva 2, Grey-headed Swamphen Porphyrio poliocephalus 5, Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus 7, Eurasian Coot Fulica atra 10, Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus 1, Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula 2, Ruff Calidris pugnax 2, Little Stint Calidris minuta 17, Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago 1, Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus 1, Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis 2, Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola 3, White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus 10, Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto 25, Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops 1, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus 1, European Roller Coracias garrulus 2, Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio 2, Red-tailed Shrike Lanius phoenicuroides 2, Steppe Grey Shrike Lanius meridionalis pallidirostris 2, Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator 1, Sand Martin Riparia riparia 7, Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica 4, Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica 5, Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata 2, Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin Cercotrichas galactotes 2, Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina 14, Sykes’s Wagtail Motacilla flava beema 4, Black-headed Wagtail Motacilla flava feldegg 6, Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola 3, House Sparrow Passer domesticus 20.

Little CrakeZapornia parva

Little Crake Zapornia parva

Grey-headed Swamphen Porphyrio (porphyrio) poliocephalus

Grey-headed Swamphen Porphyrio (porphyrio) poliocephalus, in scruffy worn plumage.