27/12/2021 at Mula’a Ranch and Jahra Reserve
This morning I visited Mutla’a Ranch and then Jahra Reserve. I call it Jahra Reserve because what is called Jahra Pools Reserve and Jahra East Outfall are now one reserve all run by the Environment Public Authority, EPA. They are now under one fence.
However, the action started at Jahra Reserve, specifically the old JEO. I had first a Black-winged Kite, then I found the White-tailed Eagle, found last month by Neil Tovey, perching on the ground. Then it took off, within a couple of minutes appeared again, but it was another bird as three of the outer primaries were missing from its right-wing. After managing to find an Asian Desert Warbler landing at the bottom of a Nitraria bush, then a bird flew to the bush in front of me, it was a female Ménétries’s Warbler, a bird I didn’t see last month.
Highlights of Today: White-tailed Eagle, Black-winged Kite, and Menetries’s Warbler
Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto 5, Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus 2, Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica 2, White-eared Bulbul Pycnonotus leucotis 13, European Stonechat Saxicola rubicola 1, House Sparrow Passer domesticus 6, Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis 1, White Wagtail Motacilla alba 10, Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta 5.
Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata 8, Gadwall Mareca strepera 3, Eurasian Teal Anas crecca 9, Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus 750, Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis 3, Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus 22, Eurasian Coot Fulica atra 22, Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus 41, Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia 1, Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus 700, Grey Heron Ardea cinerea 9, Great Egret Ardea alba 4, Little Egret Egretta garzetta 8, Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides 1, Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus 1, Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga 4, Western Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus 3, White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla 2 , White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis 1, Isabelline Shrike Lanius isabellinus 3, Great Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor 2, Common Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita 1, Lesser Whitethroat Curruca curruca 1, Asian Desert Warbler Curruca nana 1, Menetries’s Warbler Curruca mystacea 1, Bluethroat Luscinia svecica 2, European Stonechat Saxicola rubicola 1, Siberian Stonechat Saxicola maurus 4, Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina 1, Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti 1, Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis 1, White Wagtail Motacilla alba 2, Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta 4.