12/04/2008 at Kabd

After the storms of the day before, today was a bumper day in terms of migrants. The visiting UK birders were unlucky to miss the one Dunn’s Lark I flushed, but this was made up for by other species such as Cinereous Bunting, Basra Reed Warbler, Upcher’s Warbler, Pale Rockfinch etc.

After midday, over 100 Pale Rockfinches were present at the small pool.

The following birds were seen in all: Steppe Eagle 1, Montagu’s Harrier 1, Marsh Harrier 1, Common Kestrel 5+, Eurasian Sparrowhawk 1, Woodchat Shrike 1, Isabelline Shrike, 20+, Southern Grey Shrike 3+, Masked Shrike 2, European Bee-eater 50+, Tawny Pipit 3, Red-throated Pipit 1, Yellow Wagtail 5+, (beemi, feldegg and lutea), Crested Lark 15+, Dunn’s Lark 1, Greater Short-toed Lark 40+, Black-crowned Sparrow-lark 20+, Eurasian Skylark 10+, Eastern Olivaceous Warbler 3+, Eastern Orphean Warbler 1, Whitethroat 1, Lesser Whitethroat, 2, Ménétries’s Warbler 1, Upcher’s Warbler 1, Barred Warbler 3+, Basra Reed Warbler 1, Willow Warbler 5+, Chiffchaff 4+, Blackcap 1, Isabelline Wheatear 10+, Northern Wheatear 8+, Pied Wheatear 5+, Common Redstart 8+, Whinchat 2, Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin 2, Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush 2, Spotted Flycatcher 1, Eurasian Hoopoe 4, Wryneck 1, Cinereous Bunting 2, Ortolan Bunting 25+, Pale Rockfinch 100+, Barn Swallow 20+, Eurasian Collared Dove 5+, Laughing Dove 15+.

Cinereous Bunting Emberiza (cineracea) semenowi on ground
Cinereous Bunting Emberiza (cineracea) semenowi دُرْسَةٌ ذَقْنَاءُ
Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana drinking water
Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana دُرْسَةٌ شَعِيرِيَّةٌ
Pale Rockfinch Carpospiza brachydactyla drinking water
Pale Rockfinch Carpospiza brachydactyla عُصْفُورٌ صَخْرِيٌّ فَاتِحٌ
Lesser Whitethroat Curruca curruca jumping over ground
Lesser Whitethroat Curruca curruca زَوْرَاءٌ صَغِيرَةٌ