09/04/2012 on Green Island, at Jahra Farms, at Doha Spit and at Souq Sharq

Finnish team was joined today by one more Finn, Markku Santamaa, who happens to be Finnish WP top-lister. However, despite of his desire of Socotra Cormorant we visited Green Island in the morning. Main target was Red-vented Bulbul which was found quickly. While checking other birds we saw Rose-colored Starling on the top of the tree with Red-vented Bulbul. At Jahra Farms we had Bank Mynas and some other interesting species such as Wryneck, Semi-collared Flycatcher and 5 Hypocolius.

Doha spit offered good views of waders. Probably the best was a flock of c. 500 Lesser Sandplovers of race pamirensis. We saw so many species of waders and we had also Swift Terns and Lesser Crested Terns in good numbers.

The last stop was at Souq Sharq shopping mall where we found 2 Socotra Cormorants swimming out from fish boat harbor. We observed a broad smile on Markku’s face.

Rose-colored Starling (Sturnus roseus) and Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer)

Rose-coloured Starling Pastor roseus زَرْزُورٌ وَرْدٌ

Socotra Cormorant (Phalacrocorax nigrogularis)

Socotra Cormorant Phalacrocorax nigrogularis غَاقٌ سُقُطْرِيٌّ