Jahra Farms

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Jahra Farms. 29°21’08.2″N 47°40’24.8″E

Jahra Farms

These are old traditional farms that used to be neglected, as they are now government property. Nowadays, Asians run the farms and grow mainly vegetables. The good news is that they are still undeveloped and still attractive to birds where they find shelter and water all over the year.

It is an open place, workers there are friendly and welcoming. When searching for Bank Myna, it is a good idea to start early in the morning, before they leave their roost, they often flock and move around and outside the farm.

Common, Bank (and probably Javan) Mynas, Collared and Laughing doves, Rose-ringed Parakeets, White-breasted Kingfisher, White-eared Bulbul are residents here and breed inside these farms. Wintering birds include Asian Shikra, Crested Honey Buzzard, Water Pipits, Skylarks, Isabelline, Masked Shrike, and some years back Ashy Drongos, Indian Roller, Great Snipe, Dusky Warbler, and Icterine Warbler. Also, common birds include White Wagtail, Water Pipit, Cattle Egret, Song Thrush, and Hypocolius. In some years, we get wintering Olive-backed Pipit, Black-throated Thrush and Mistle Thrush.

During migrations, we find Pied Wheatears, Eurasian Wryneck, Turkestan, Woodchat, and Red-backed shrikes. Also, Eastern Olivaceous Warbler, Eastern Orphean Warbler, Upcher’s Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Smi-collared Flycatcher, Great Reed and Eurasian Reed Warbler, Eurasian Hoopoe, the two Bee-eaters, and Common Cuckoo. Rarities included Pied Bushchat, Collared Flycatcher, Dusky Warbler, and Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler.