29/10/2022 at Al-Shaheed Park and then at various sites

I saw a report on eBird.org that a Striated Heron was seen at Al-Shaheed Park. I went in the morning but had no luck with the bird. It is the 8th record for Kuwait if accepted by KORC. Anyway, a flock of Sykes’s Warblers was coming to feed on the reeds and then fly to the dense trees around. I enjoyed the Sykes’s Warblers, as they are rare in Kuwait, especially at this time of the year. But apparently, they are overlooked by being attracted more to parks. I saw them at Fintas Park also before Covid-19.
However, the good news is that the Indian Roller is staying at Mutla’a Ranch, so hopefully, the coming visitors to Kuwait next month will have a good chance of seeing this species.

Highlights of the Day:

Sykes’s Warbler, Indian Roller, and Red-tailed Wheatear.

Al Shaheed Park

Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto  25, Laughing Dove Spilopelia senegalensis  1, White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis  1, Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus  1, Sykes’s Warbler Iduna rama  5 , Common Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus  4, White-eared Bulbul Pycnonotus leucotis  16, Eurasian Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla  3, Lesser Whitethroat Curruca curruca  1, Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata  1, Black-winged Bishop Euplectes hordeaceus  3 , Indian Silverbill Euodice malabarica  5.

KISR West

Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus  200, Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus  250, Armenian Gull Larus armenicus  2, Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida  22.

Sulaibikhat Traditional Cafe

Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus  40, Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto  4, Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus  80, Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola  5, Greater Sand Plover Charadrius leschenaultii  8, Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus  45, Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula  8, Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus  2, Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata  7, Broad-billed Sandpiper Calidris falcinellus  6, Dunlin Calidris alpina  400, Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis  4, Common Redshank Tringa totanus  15, Crab-Plover Dromas ardeola  36, Slender-billed Gull Chroicocephalus genei  45, Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus  300, Heuglin’sGull Larus fuscus heuglini  3, Steppe Gull Larus fuscus barabensis  2, Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica  4, Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia  21, Grey Heron Ardea cinerea  16, Great Egret Ardea alba  2, Western Reef Heron Egretta gularis schistacea  37.

Mutla’a Ranch

Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto  5, Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus  2, Indian Roller Coracias benghalensis  1, White-eared Bulbul Pycnonotus leucotis  12, Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva  2.

Outside of SAANR

Crested Lark Galerida cristata  2, Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti  1, Persian Wheatear Oenanthe chrysopygia  1.

Today, 30th October 2022, I went again to Al-Shaheed Park to study carefully the Sykes’s Warbler, so study the wing formula. They appear mostly adults with worn flight and wing feathers, as they are said to moult wing and tail feathers at their wintering grounds is India and probably Bangladesh.

Al Shaheed Park on 30/10/2022

Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus  1, Sykes’s Warbler Iduna rama  7, Savi’s Warbler Locustella luscinioides  1, Eurasian Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla  4, Garden Warbler Sylvia borin  1, Barred Warbler Curruca nisoria  1, Lesser Whitethroat Curruca curruca  1, Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata  1.

The following photographs show their plumage and the amount of worn feathers. Note pale tips to T5 and T5, including inner webs. The wing notch on primaries reaches P5, although emarginations on outer webs can not be seen. Also, note that P1 is short, hardly reaching the primary coverts.