Birds Sightings from Kuwait: owned and managed by AbdulRahman Al-Sirhan

27-28/03/2016 Various sites with a visitor Eric Jan Alblas

Eric Jan Alblas visited Kuwait for the Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark which was his main target. Early morning to Kabd Reserve produced 24 Black-crowned Sparrow-Larks. He wanted to see the Eastern Mourning Wheatear of the ssp perica but at this time of year all birds leave the country. The first day was overcast with scattered rain made birding difficult, we managed to visit a number of reserves and birding site. The next day started with heavy rain early in the morning but by 10 am it became sunny and made birding easy.

We were not trying to see birds species  as much as we can but concentrated on certain species such Crested Honey Buzzard and Mourning Wheatear. The following is a list of species we managed to see:

Red-wattled Lapwing Vanellus indicus

Red-wattled Lapwing Vanellus indicus

Garganey (Anas querquedula)
Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca)
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus)
Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)
Western Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
Great Egret (Ardea alba)
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
Booted Eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus
Eastern Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca)
Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus)
Black Kite (Milvus migrans)
Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus)
Western Marsh-Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)
Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus)
Steppe Buzzard (Buteo buteo vulpinus)
Little Crake (Porzana parva)
Grey-headed Swamphen (Porphyrio poliocephalus)
Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)
Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus)
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)
Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula)
Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus)
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)
Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata)
Dunlin (Calidris alpine)
Little Stint (Calidris minuta)
Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus)
Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus)
Slender-billed Gull (Chroicocephalus genei)
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)
Little Tern (Sternula albifrons)
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
Laughing Dove (Streptopelia senegalensis)
Namaqua Dove (Oena capensis)
Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus)
White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)
Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis)
European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)
Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops)
Eurasian Wryneck (Jynx torquilla)
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)
Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni)
Ring-necked Parakeet (Psittacula krameri)
Daurian Shrike (Lanius isabellinus isabellinus)

Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus isabellinus

Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus isabellinus photographed on 20/03/2016

Turkestan Shrike (Lanius phoenicuroides)

Turkestan Shrike Lanius phoenicuroides

Turkestan Shrike Lanius phoenicuroides photographed on 20/03/2016

Mauryan Grey Shrike (Lanius meridionalis pallidirostris)
Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator)
Hypocolius (Hypocolius ampelinus)
Crested Lark (Galerida cristata)
Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark (Eremopterix nigriceps)

Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark (Eremopterix nigriceps)

Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark (Eremopterix nigriceps) photographed on 20/03/2016

White-eared Bulbul (Pycnonotus leucotis)
Sand Martin (Riparia riparia)
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica)
Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita)
Great Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus)
Eurasian Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler (Iduna pallida)
Eurasian Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)
Graceful Prinia (Prinia gracilis)
Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia curruca)
Hume’s Whitethroat (Sylvia althaea)
Eastern Orphean Warbler (Sylvia crassirostris)
Asian Desert Warbler (Sylvia nana)
Menetries’s Warbler (Sylvia mystacea)
Bank Myna (Acridotheres ginginianus)
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)
Rufous-tailed Scrub-Robin (Cercotrichas galactotes)
Red-spotted Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica svecica)
White-throated Robin (Irania gutturalis)
Western Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros gibraltariensis)
Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus)
Rufous-tailed Rock-Thrush (Monticola saxatilis)
European Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola)
Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe)

Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe

Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe photographed on 20/03/2016

Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina)
Desert Wheatear (Oenanthe deserti)
Eastern Black-eared Wheatear (Oenanthe hispanica melanoleuca)
Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka)

Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka

Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka photographed on 20/03/2016

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis)
Western Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava)
White Wagtail (alba) (Motacilla alba)
Tawny Pipit (Anthus campestris)
Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis)
The following is itinerary of the trip:
Kabd Reserve, Al Jahrah, KW
Mar 27, 2016 6:38 AM – 9:00 AM

Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) 2
Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus) 2
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) 12
Namaqua Dove (Oena capensis) 1
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) 1
Turkestan Shrike (Lanius phoenicuroides) 3
Mauryan Grey Shrike (Lanius meridionalis pallidirostris) 1
Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark (Eremopterix nigriceps) 24
Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) 6
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler (Iduna pallida) 1
Hume’s Whitethroat (Sylvia althaea) 2
Rufous-tailed Rock-Thrush (Monticola saxatilis) 1
Northern Wheatear (Eurasian) (Oenanthe oenanthe oenanthe/libanotica) 5
Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka) 4
Black-eared Wheatear (Oenanthe hispanica) 1
Tawny Pipit (Anthus campestris) 1

Al Jahra Pools Natural Reserve, Al Jahrah, KW

Mar 27, 2016 9:32 AM – 11:27 AM

Garganey (Anas querquedula) 8
Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca) 8
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) 16
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) 500
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) 7
Dunlin Calidris alpina
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) 8
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 23
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) 16
Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides) 1
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1
Western Marsh-Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) 3
Little Crake (Porzana parva) 6
Grey-headed Swamphen (Porphyrio poliocephalus) 4
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) 10
Eurasian Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) 1
Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus) 1
Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus) 12
Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) 8
Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus) 5 We saw them well
Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata) 12
Dunlin (Calidris alpine) 350
Little Stint (Calidris minuta) 14
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) 2
Slender-billed Gull (Chroicocephalus genei) 30
Little Tern (Sternula albifrons) 1
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) 2
Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus) 5
Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops) 1
European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) 5
Eurasian Wryneck (Jynx torquilla) 1
Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) 3
Eurasian Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus) 1
Great Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus) 2
Graceful Prinia (Prinia gracilis) 5
Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica) 1
European Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola) 1
Northern Wheatear (Eurasian) (Oenanthe oenanthe oenanthe/libanotica) 2
Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka) 2
Black-eared Wheatear (Oenanthe hispanica) 1
White Wagtail (alba) (Motacilla alba) 4
Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis) 1

Al Jahra Farms, Al Jahrah, KW

Mar 27, 2016 11:43 AM – 1:09 PM

Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides) 1
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) 5
Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus) 1
White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) 1
Ring-necked Parakeet (Psittacula krameri) 3
Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator) 1
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 4
White-eared Bulbul (Pycnonotus leucotis) 1
Desert Wheatear (Oenanthe deserti) 1
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis) 8
Bank Myna (Acridotheres ginginianus) 10

Mutla’a Farm
Mar 27, 2016 2:07 PM – 2:46 PM

Laughing Dove (Streptopelia senegalensis) 5
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) 1
White-eared Bulbul (Pycnonotus leucotis) 5
Eurasian Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) 2
Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia curruca) 2
Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) 1

Jal Al Zor

Mar 28, 2016 8:25 AM – 8:55 AM

Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) 2
Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni) 4
Black-eared Wheatear (Eastern) (Oenanthe hispanica melanoleuca) 1

Abraq Al-Khabari

Mar 28, 2016 9:58 AM – 12:37 PM
Western Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) 15
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) 5
Booted Eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus) 1
Black Kite (Milvus migrans) 1
Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus) 2
Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus) 2
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) 4
Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus) 3
Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops) 1
Turkestan Shrike (Lanius phoenicuroides) 1
Sand Martin (Riparia riparia) 2
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 4
Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica) 1
Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) 12
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler (Iduna pallida) 2
Eurasian Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) 6
Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia curruca) 1
Eastern Orphean Warbler (Sylvia crassirostris) 1
Menetries’s Warbler (Sylvia mystacea) 3

Rufous-tailed Scrub-Robin (Cercotrichas galactotes) 1
White-throated Robin (Irania gutturalis) 1
Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) 7
Western Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros gibraltariensis) 1
Western Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava) 1
Hypocolius (Hypocolius ampelinus) 3
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis) 4
Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus) 1

Al Jahra Pools Natural Reserve
Mar 28, 2016 1:58 PM – 2:56 PM

Garganey (Anas querquedula) 50
Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca) 9
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) 10
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) 2
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) 1
Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides) 4
Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca) 1
Eurasian Marsh-Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) 1
Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) 1
Steppe Buzzard (Buteo buteo vulpinus) 1
Grey-headed Swamphen (Porphyrio poliocephalus) 3
Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) 10
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra) 12

Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus)
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) 2
White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) 1
Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) 2
European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) 12
Eurasian Wryneck (Jynx torquilla) 1
Turkestan Shrike (Lanius phoenicuroides) 2
Daurian Shrike (Lanius isabellinus isabellinus) 1
Great Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus) 4
Red-spotted Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica svecica) 1
Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) 1
European Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola) 1
Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) 1

Al-Liyah Reserve
Mar 28, 2016 3:30 PM – 5:03 PM

Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops) 5
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) 2
Turkestan Shrike (Lanius phoenicuroides) 5
Daurian Shrike (Lanius isabellinus isabellinus) 6
Steppe Grey Shrike (Lanius meridionalis pallidirostris) 9
Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator) 1
Crested Lark (Galerida cristata) 4
Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) 5
Eurasian Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) 1
Asian Desert Warbler (Sylvia nana) 1
Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia curruca) 1
Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) 1
Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) 2
Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka) 8
Eastern Black-eared Wheatear (Oenanthe hispanica melanoleuca) 4
Desert Wheatear (Oenanthe deserti) 1
Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina) 2
Tawny Pipit (Anthus campestris) 1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 10