20/10/2017 at Various sites

Al-Nuwaiseeb – Rubbish Dumps:

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus 26, European Bee-eater Merops apiaster 1, Asian Desert Warbler Sylvia nana 1, Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka 1, Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti 2, Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina 3.

Wafra Farms:

Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis 2, Namaqua Dove Oena capensis 3, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus 20, Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica 6, Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina 1.

Fintas Park:

Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis 18, Pallid Swift Apus pallidus 2, Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus 1, White-eared Bulbul Pycnonotus leucotis 6, Common Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita 2, Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus samamisicus 1, Common Myna Acridotheres tristis 2, House Sparrow Passer domesticus 31, Rüppell’s Weaver Ploceus galbula 1, Indian Silverbill Euodice malabarica 1.

Abu Al-Hasaniya:

Grey Heron Ardea cinerea 1, Lesser Sand Plover Charadrius mongolus 1, Greater Sand Plover Charadrius leschenaultii 2, Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula 1, Common Redshank Tringa totanus 1, Great Crested Tern Thalasseus bergii 1, Lesser Crested Tern Thalasseus bengalensis 220, Rock Dove Columba livia 7, Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis 2, Ring-necked Parakeet Psittacula krameri 1, White-eared Bulbul Pycnonotus leucotis 1, Common Myna Acridotheres tristis 5, House Sparrow Passer domesticus 14.

Green Island:

Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto 8, Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis 6, Isabelline Shrike Lanius isabellinus 1, Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus 1, White-eared Bulbul Pycnonotus leucotis 14, Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca 3, Common Myna Acridotheres tristis 5, Hypocolius Hypocolius ampelinus 3, Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis 3.

White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus

White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus photographed on 17/10/2017 at JPR

Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga

Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga photographed on 17/10/2017 at JPR

17/10/2017 at Jahra Pools Reserve

Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga

Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga

Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka

Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka

Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus

Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus

Jahra Pools Reserve:

Grey Heron Ardea cinerea 21, Little Egret Egretta garzetta 30, Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis 1, Short-toed Eagle Circaetus gallicus 1, Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga 3, Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis 2, Western Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus 2, Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus 1, Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola 20, White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus 1, Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus 6, Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata 11, Dunlin Calidris alpina 3, Little Stint Calidris minuta 1, Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus 3, Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis 1, Slender-billed Gull Chroicocephalus genei 50, Heuglin’s Gull  Larus fuscus heuglini 3, Steppe Gull Larus fuscus barabensis 8, Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica 1, Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia 70, Namaqua Dove Oena capensis 1, Pallid Swift Apus pallidus 20, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus 6, Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio 3, Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus 5, Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica 12, Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka 2.

Little Egret Egretta garzetta

Little Egret Egretta garzetta

Little Egret Egretta garzetta

Little Egret Egretta garzetta

15/10/2017 at Al Abraq

Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca

Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca

Al Abraq:

Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis 3, Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca 2, Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus 1, Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus 4, Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus 2, Red-tailed Shrike Lanius phoenicuroides 1, Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus 1, Sand Martin Riparia riparia 2, Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica 5, Menetries’s Warbler Sylvia mystacea 1, White-throated Robin Irania gutturalis 1, Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus 1, Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea 1, Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris 7, House Sparrow Passer domesticus 11.

Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis

Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis

Menetries's Warbler Sylvia mystacea

Menetries’s Warbler Sylvia mystacea

Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus

Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus

Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris

Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris

12/10/2017 at Jahra Pools Reserve, Jahra Farms and Al Shallal’s Farm

Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax

Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax juvenile

Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax

Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax juvenile

Jahra Pools Reserve:

Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata 11, Grey Heron Grey Ardea cinerea 3, Little Egret Western Egretta garzetta 5, Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides 3, Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga 2, Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis 2, Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliacal 1, Western Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus 2, Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus 2, Eurasian Coot Fulica atra 12, White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus 4, Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa 4, Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago 3, Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus 1, Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola 1, Slender-billed Gull Chroicocephalus genei 6, White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus 1, Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto 5, Namaqua Dove Oena capensis 1, White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis 1, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus 6, Red-tailed Shrike Lanius phoenicuroides 2, Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus 1, Mauryan Grey Shrike Lanius meridionalis pallidirostris 1.

Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga

Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga

Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga

Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga

Jahra Farms:

Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis 6, Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio 1, Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus 1, White-eared Bulbul Pycnonotus leucotis 5, Eurasian Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla 3, Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea 1, House Sparrow Passer domesticus 23.

Al Shallal’s Farm:

Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides 1, Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius 1, Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops 1, Crested Lark Galerida cristata 1, Sand Martin Riparia riparia 1, Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica 5, Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea 1, White Wagtail Motacilla alba 2, House Sparrow Passer domesticus 15.

30/09/2017 at Jahra Pools Reserve

 Western Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus

Western Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus

There was a Stone Curlew and a Red-wattled Lapwing at the Jahra Pools Reserve this morning reported to me by Sajan. Unfortunately when I went there a couple of hours before sunset I didn’t see any of them. The following are the birds that I saw today:

Garganey Spatula querquedula 24, Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata 8, Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca 4, Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis 4, Grey Heron Ardea cinerea 4, Purple Heron Ardea purpurea 3, Great White Egret Ardea alba 1, Little Egret Egretta garzetta 2, Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides 10, Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax 16, Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus 3, Osprey Pandion haliaetus 1, Western Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus 3, Spotted Crake Porzana porzana 1, Little Crake Zapornia parva 1, Grey-headed Swamphen Porphyrio poliocephalus 6, Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus 6, Eurasian Coot Fulica atra 6, White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus 1, Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa 3, Ruff Calidris pugnax 7, Dunlin Calidris alpina 4, Little Stint Calidris minuta 4, Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago 7, Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus 1, Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis 2, Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia 4, White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus 1, Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto 34, White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis 1, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus 1, Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus 1, Sand Martin Riparia riparia 5, Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina 1, Common Myna Acridotheres tristis 6.

Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa

Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa

Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago

Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago

Little Stint Calidris minuta

Little Stint Calidris minuta

Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus

Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto

28/09/2017 at Jahra Pools Reserve

White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus

White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus

A short visit to Jahra Pools Reserve around mid day produced the following:

Garganey Spatula querquedula 5, Common Pochard Aythya ferina 1, Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis 6, Grey Heron Ardea cinerea 19, Purple Heron Ardea purpurea 4, Little Egret Egretta garzetta 4, Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides 2, Western Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus 1, Water Rail Rallus aquaticus 1, Grey-headed Swamphen Porphyrio poliocephalus 5, Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus 1, Eurasian Coot Fulica atra 22, Eurasian Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus 3, White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus 6, Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa 2, Little Stint Calidris minuta 4, Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus 1, White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus 2, Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto 15, White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis 1, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus 3, Turkestan Shrike Lanius phoenicuroides 1, Sand Martin Riparia riparia 30, Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica 3.

Reptiles (Testudines): Western Caspian Turtle Mauremys caspica siebenrocki – SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008.

Western Caspian Turtle Mauremys caspica siebenrocki

Its distribution according to the Reptile database (http://reptile-database.reptarium.cz/) Eastern Arabia, Mesopotamia, SW Iran, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia (Northern), Turkmenistan.

For a distribution map see the following paper: TTWG; Dijk, Peter Paul van; John B. Iverson, H. Bradley Shaffer; Roger Bour & Anders G.J. Rhodin [turtle taxonomy working group] 2012. Turtles of the World, 2012 Update: Annotated Checklist of Taxonomy, Synonymy, Distribution, and Conservation Status. Chelonian Research Monographs No. 5, doi:10.3854/crm.5.000.checklist.v5.2012 (http://www.iucn-tftsg.org/wp-content/uploads/file/Accounts/crm_5_000_checklist_v7_2014.pdf)

22/09/2017 at JPR

Dunlin Calidris alpina

Dunlin Calidris alpina

A short visit in the afternoon to Jahra Pools Reserve produced the following:

Garganey Spatula querquedula 13, Northern Pintail Anas acuta 1, Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca 2, Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis 4, Grey Heron Ardea cinerea 36, Purple Heron Ardea purpurea 1, Little Egret Egretta garzetta 4, Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides 13, Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax 1, Western Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus 2, Grey-headed Swamphen Porphyrio poliocephalus 2, Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus 2, Eurasian Coot Fulica atra 15, Eurasian Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus 24, Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola 20, White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus 1, Lesser Sand Plover Charadrius mongolus 2, Greater Sand Plover Charadrius leschenaultii 3, Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus 15, Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula 5, Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres 4, Ruff Calidris pugnax 6, Temminck’s Stint Calidris temminckii 7, Sanderling Calidris alba 1, Dunlin Calidris alpina 4, Little Stint Calidris minuta 12, Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago 2, Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus 3, Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia 12, Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis 2, Slender-billed Gull Chroicocephalus genei 39, Heuglin’s Gull Larus fuscus heuglini 1, Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica 2, Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia 12, White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus 7, Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto 8, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus 4, European Bee-eater Merops apiaster 1, Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio 1, Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus 3, Sand Martin Riparia riparia 3, Syke’s Wagtail Motacilla flava beema 2, Black-headed Wagtail Motacilla flava feldegg 5.

Ruff Calidris pugnax

Ruff Calidris pugnax

Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus

 Common Redshank Tringa totanus

Little Stint Calidris minuta

Little Stint Calidris minuta

Temminck's Stint Calidris temminckii

Temminck’s Stint Calidris temminckii

22/09/2017 at Mutla’a Ranch

I visited with Mr. Bassel Mutla’a Ranch this morning. After usual stuff like Rose Finch, several warblers, Golden Oriole etc. Bassel spotted Shikra. Both pictures are by Bassel.

Juvenile Shikra (Accipiter badius) Note pale iris and gular stripe. Photo by Bassel

Asian Shikra Accipiter (badius) cenchroides

Asian Shikra Accipiter (badius) cenchroides