22/07/2011 Savi’s Warbler suspected breeding at JEO
The Savi’s Warbler has bred in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia and has been suspected to breed in Kuwait (G. Gregory 2005). This morning there were three birds at JEO one of which was a juvenile.
Birds seen today some suspected breeding (the adults show yellow gape) include: Indian Reed Warbler 3, Basra Reed Warbler 2, Great Reed Warbler 2, Caspian Reed Warbler 50, Graceful Prinia 12, Black-headed Wagtail 2, White-throated Kingfisher 1, Barn Swallow 5, Sand Martin 5, Common Moorhen 2.
On 19/07/2011 there was an adult Little Bittern at JEO that could also be breeding.
Congratulations on these excellent observations. However you should bring into account that these species breed very early and disperse or migrate south early too. For instance, here in Israel, we found Lebanese-ringed birds (Moustached and Great Reed Warblers) in early June, post breeding! At this time of year we have already good numbers of Savi’s and Great Reed Warblers on migration all over Israel.
Best, Yoav, Israel.