11/12/2017 at Jahra Pools Reserve and Jahra Farms

This mourning Terry Boss and I started at Jahra Pools Reserve, our main target was Turkestan Shrike on his last day in Kuwait. We managed to see one, saw also Mountain Chiffchaffs and a Crested Honey Buzzard.

Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus

Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus

Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus

Jahra Pools Reserve:

Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata 35, Gadwall Anas strepera 1, Mallard Anas platyrhynchos 2, Northern Pintail Anas acuta 1, Eurasian Teal Anas crecca 6, Common Pochard Aythya ferina 16, Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca 6, Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula 3, Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis 4, Continental Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax sinensis 4, Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus 2, Grey Heron Ardea cinerea 2, Purple Heron Ardea purpurea 1, Great White Egret Ardea alba 2, Little Egret Egretta garzetta 31, Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus 1, Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga 4, Water Rail Rallus aquaticus 1, Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus 5, Eurasian Coot Fulica atra 58, Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta 1, White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus 3, Ruff Calidris pugnax 1, Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago 10, Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis 3, Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto 26, Pallid Swift Apus pallidus 10, Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis 2, Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis 3, Red-tailed Shrike Lanius phoenicuroides 1, Isabelline Shrike Lanius isabellinus 6, Common Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita 8, Mountain Chiffchaff Phylloscopus sindianus 2, Moustached Warbler Acrocephalus melanopogon 3, Indian Reed Warbler Acrocephalus (stentoreus) brunnescens 1, Graceful Prinia Prinia gracilis 4, Bluethroat Luscinia svecica 1, European Stonechat Saxicola rubicola 4, White Wagtail Motacilla alba 4, Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta 4.

Jahra Farms:

Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis 11, Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis 5, White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis 1, Ring-necked Parakeet Psittacula krameri 2, Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus 1, Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus 1, White-eared Bulbul Pycnonotus leucotis 17, Song Thrush Turdus philomelos 8, Common Myna Acridotheres tristis 8, White Wagtail Motacilla alba 8, Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis 5, Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta 8, House Sparrow Passer domesticus 35, Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis 26, ,

10/12/2017 Lesser Flamingo at Maternity Hospital, the 3rd (same bird since 2014) for Kuwait if accepted by KORC

The Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor was found yesterday. This is its 4th year since it started wintering in Kuwait with the Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus flocks.

The Lesser Flamingo was first record was on 03/12/2007, the second on 16/01/2010.

Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor

08/12/2017 at various sites

We started at Abdaly Farms, where we saw the Afghan Babblers, then stopped at Mutla’a Ranch to see Pallid Scops Owl which was found by Pardeep.

Birds of the day: Pallid Scops Owl Otus brucei

Pallid Scops Owl Otus brucei

Pallid Scops Owl Otus brucei

List of birds seen:

Abdaly Farms:

Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto 5, Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis 2, White-eared Bulbul Pycnonotus leucotis 6, Graceful Prinia Prinia gracilis 2, Afghan Babbler Turdoides huttoni 5, White Wagtail Motacilla alba 2, House Sparrow Passer domesticus 12.

Mutla’a Ranch:

Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus 2, Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto 2, Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis 1, Pallid Scops Owl Otus brucei 1, White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis 1, Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus 1, White-eared Bulbul Pycnonotus leucotis 10, Common Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita 1, European Robin Erithacus rubecula 2, Central Asian Black Redstart Phoenicurus (ochruros) phoenicuroides 3, Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti 1, Eurasian Blackbird Turdus merula 1, Song Thrush Turdus philomelos 3, White Wagtail Motacilla alba 1.

Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus

Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus, first winter

European Stonechat Saxicola rubicola

Al-Shallal’s Farm:

Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis 2, Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus 1, Common Crane Grus grus 1, Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio 1, Common Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita 5, Western Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros 1, European Stonechat Saxicola rubicola 1, White Wagtail Motacilla alba 5, Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis 3, Eurasian Siskin Spinus spinus 1, Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis 7.

SAANR:

Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus 2, Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus 1, Mauryan Grey Shrike Lanius lahotra pallidirostris 1.

Jahra Pools Reserve:

Gadwall Mareca strepera 4, Eurasian Wigeon Mareca penelope 18, Mallard Anas platyrhynchos 20, Northern Pintail Anas acuta 1, Common Pochard Aythya ferina 5, Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca 3, Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus 15, Grey Heron Ardea cinerea 32, Great White Egret Ardea alba 26, Little Egret Egretta garzetta 40, Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides 1, Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga 2, Western Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus 3, Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus 2, Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus 3, Eurasian Coot Fulica atra 7, Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta 8, Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola 21, White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus 2, Greater Sand Plover Charadrius leschenaultii 1, Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata 27, Dunlin Calidris alpina 1, Little Stint Calidris minuta 6, Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago 3, Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia 9, Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis 2, Slender-billed Gull Chroicocephalus genei 12, Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus 25, Armenian Gull Larus armenicus 1, Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica 1, Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto 35, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus 1, Isabelline Shrike Lanius isabellinus 1, Red-spotted Bluethroat Luscinia svecica 1, European Stonechat Saxicola rubicola 1, White Wagtail Motacilla alba 36, Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta 5.

06/12/2017 Pale Martin and Grey-throated Martin are still in the same place!

Together with a visitor from the UK, Terry Boss, I visited Jahra Pools Reserve. We first saw a Mountain Chiffchaff, a Moustached Warbler, then were lucky to see the three Pale Martins together with the Grey-throated Martin! They are still here! Also had a Crested Honey Buzzard!

We then visited Jahra Farms where we saw a flock of 30 Bank Mynas, Masked Shrike and a Red-backed Shrike.

We ended the day at Kabd Reserve where we had three Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark!

Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus

Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus

Jahra Pools Reserve

Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata 50, Mallard Anas platyrhynchos 5, Northern Pintail Anas acuta 1, Common Pochard Aythya ferina 10, Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca 10, Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula 3, Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis 4, Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo 30, Grey Heron Ardea cinerea 12, Great White Egret Ardea alba 2, Little Egret Egretta garzetta 15, Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis 2, Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax 1, Crested Honey-buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus 1, Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga 7, Western Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus 2, Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus 1, Water Rail Rallus aquaticus 1, Grey-headed Swamphen Porphyrio poliocephalus 2, Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus 7, Eurasian Coot Fulica atra 41, White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus 7, Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago 6, Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia 1, Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis 1, Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia 1, Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto 12, Pallid Swift Apus pallidus 5, Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis 1, White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis 6, Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis 1, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus 1, Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus 1, Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus 3, Grey-throated Martin Riparia chinensis 1, Pale Martin Riparia diluta 1, Eurasian Penduline Tit Remiz pendulinus 1, Common Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita 5, Mountain Chiffchaff Phylloscopus sindianus 2, Moustached Warbler Acrocephalus melanopogon 3, Indian Reed Warbler Acrocephalus (stentoreus) brunnescens 3, Red-spotted Bluethroat Luscinia svecica 2, European Stonechat Saxicola rubicola 2, Caspian Stonechat Saxicola maurus hemprichii 3, Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola 2, White Wagtail Motacilla alba alba 5, Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta 20, Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis 50.

Jahra Farms

Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto 10, Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis 3, Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio 1, Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus 1, White-eared Bulbul Pycnonotus leucotis 5, Song Thrush Turdus philomelos 8, Common Myna Acridotheres tristis 2, Bank Myna Acridotheres ginginianus 30, House Sparrow Passer domesticus 20.

Kabd Reserve

Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus 2, Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto 18, Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis 10, Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark Eremopterix nigriceps 3, Eurasian Skylark Alauda arvensis 35, Crested Lark Galerida cristata 5, Western Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros 1, European Stonechat Saxicola rubicola 2, Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti 13, Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina 3, Eurasian Blackbird Turdus merula 1, Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris 1, House Sparrow Passer domesticus 15.

26/11/2017 A potential Pale Martin 2nd for WP if accepted by KORC and Probably a Grey-throated Martin at Jahra Pools Reserve.

Yesterday Markus Craig reported a presumed Grey-throated Martin Riparia chinensis together with a Pale Martina Riparia diluta. Today he relocates the birds alert us in WhatsApp group. I rushed right away to find the four birds perching on a barbed wire next to a Barn Swallow. The four birds kept together hawking insects over the marsh. Although it was cloudy, but I managed to get some photos for identification.

There is the possibility of Brown-throated Martin Riparia paludicola, the African species which consists of seven subspecies according to IOC. While the Grey-throated Martin Riparia chinensis is possible which is an eastern species, consisting of two ssp, the nominate is distributed from Tajikistan and n Afghanistan to s China, Indochina and Taiwan, the tantilla ssp is considered unlikely, from Luzon (n Philippines).

The identification of both is uncertain and bending further study. Both records are under review by KORC.

In the photos there are some juveniles that look fresh with pale fringes to wing coverts and also adults moulting inner secondaries.

Grey-throated Martin Riparia chinensis

Presumed Grey-throated Martin Riparia chinensis, adult, showing some moult inner primaries, note pale iris

Grey-throated Martin Riparia chinensis

Presumed Grey-throated Martin Riparia chinensis, adult, showing some moult inner primaries, note pale iris

Grey-throated Martin Riparia chinensis

Presumed Grey-throated Martin Riparia chinensis, adult, showing some moult inner primaries, note pale iris

Grey-throated Martin Riparia chinensis

Presumed Grey-throated Martin Riparia chinensis, probably a first winter.

Grey-throated Martin Riparia chinensis

Presumed Grey-throated Martin Riparia chinensis, probably a first winter, note pale iris

Grey-throated Martin Riparia chinensis

Presumed Grey-throated Martin Riparia chinensis, probably first winter

Grey-throated Martin Riparia chinensis

Presumed Grey-throated Martin Riparia chinensis, probably first winter

Pale Martin Riparia chinensis

Presumed Pale Martin Riparia diluta, adult, showing some moult inner primaries

Pale Martin Riparia chinensis

Presumed Pale Martin Riparia diluta, adult, showing some moult inner primaries

Pale Martin Riparia chinensis

Presumed Pale Martin Riparia diluta, probably a first winter, no active moult

Pale Martin Riparia chinensis

Presumed Pale Martin Riparia diluta, probably a first winter, no active moult

Grey-throated Martin Riparia chinensis

Presumed Pale Martin Riparia diluta, probably a first winter, no active moult

Al Shaheed Park 19-20 & 24-25.11.2017

I have now visited Al Shaheed Park four times and I’m more and more convinced that it is truly great park. 6 Sylvia species this time of the year! Similarly Daurian, Masked and Red-backed Shrikes. I have also seen Bank Myna and 2 Red-vented Bulbuls. Nightingale, Rufous-tailed Bush Robin and European Nightjar tell something about the place. Others have seen Indian Silverbill too.

Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio)

Masked Shrike (Lanius nubicus)

Bank Myna (Acridotheres ginginianus)

Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer)

Barred Warbler (Sylvia nisoria)

Rufous-tailed Bush Robin (Cercotrichas galactotes)

European Nightjar (Capromulgus europaeus)

18/11/2017 at Mutla’a received text stating that Purple Sunbird was seen

Yesterday late afternoon we receivet text stating that there was Purple Sunbird at Mutla’a Ranch. However, we were too far to reach Mutla’a in good light. Therefore we deceided to go next morning. The bird was seen very early in the morning twice. When we arrived some 30 mins later irrigation was turned off and no water was available for the birds. In the afternoon, when irrigation started again, it was too late.

However, we had other good species around including Hypocolius, Hawfinch, Siskin, Wood Lark and Long-eared Owl which I saw only flying.

Hypocolius (Hypocolius ampellinus)

Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes)

Siskin (Carduelis spinus)

Woodlark (Lullula arborea)

17/11/2017 Purple Sunbird, the 3rd for Kuwait and WP (if accepted by KORC)

Purple Sunbird Cinnyris asiaticus

Purple Sunbird Cinnyris asiaticus

Today was an exceptional day, we really had good birds. In the morning at Jahra Pools Reserve we had Moustached Warbler showed well many times allowing excellent photographing opportunities. We also had Mountain Chiffchaff and Indian Reed Warbler which also showed very well. Many participants of the Winter Tour 11-19 Nov. 2017 were very pleased with the finding of the Mountain Chiffchaff.

We then went to Liah Reserve but soon decided to leave to Mutla’a Ranch. At Mutla’a had a male Shikra, a couple of Namaqua Doves, a Woodlark which is a rare bird in Kuwait, Penduline Tits, an Olive-backed Pipit, a 12th for Kuwait (if accepted by KORC) and a two Long-eared Owls a 7th for Kuwait if accepted by KORC (found by Martin Kviesgaard).

A big surprise started when I opened the car door, put my binoculars on driving seats, and washed hand and face preparing (Wadoo’a) to do my prayer, I noticed through the door window a small bird on a Mesquite branch just 5m in front of me, I thought it was a chiffchaff, but looked smaller, could it be a Plain Leaf Warbler? I asked myself, so I grabbed my Binoculars and looked through. There it is in front my eyes a male Purple Sunbird standing in a profile showing clearly . . I shouted Purple Sunbird!! Six of the birders around managed to see it at a close range, it then went to drink from the dripping pipe by hovering under the big dripping pipe. It was a fantastic view that we all enjoyed. I soon remembered, three of the group were birding somewhere else, we called them, but the bird was not there. After half an hour all managed to see it again and were able to take good photographs. What a day!

It worth mentioning that Sven Olof Sjostedt, a participant in the Winter Tour, saw the Purple Sunbird before me but couldn’t identify as I learnt later from him. 

Purple Sunbird Cinnyris asiaticus

Purple Sunbird Cinnyris asiaticus

Jahra Pool;s Reserve:

Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata 1, Mallard Anas platyrhynchos 4, Common Pochard Aythya ferina 4, Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca 2, Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula 3, Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis 2, Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus 1, Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo 6, Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus 2, Grey Heron Ardea cinerea 2, Purple Heron Ardea purpurea 3, Great White Egret Ardea alba 28, Little Egret Egretta garzetta 15, Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides 3, Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia 1, Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga 4, Western Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus 2, Black-eared Kite Milvus migrans lineatus 1, Water Rail Rallus aquaticus 2, Grey-headed Swamphen Porphyrio poliocephalus 7, Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus 6, Eurasian Coot Fulica atra 30, Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola 54, Lesser Sand Plover Charadrius mongolus 2, Greater Sand Plover Charadrius leschenaultii 5, Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus 5, Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica 4, Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea 25, Dunlin Calidris alpina 4, Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago 4, Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia 5, Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida 1, Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis 1, White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis 4, Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis 1, Isabelline Shrike Lanius isabellinus 1, Sand Martin Riparia riparia 4, Eurasian Penduline Tit Remiz pendulinus 2, Common Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita 8, Mountain Chiffchaff Phylloscopus sindianus 3, Moustached Warbler Acrocephalus melanopogon 4, Great Reed Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus 2, Indian Reed Warbler Acrocephalus (stentoreus) brunnescens 3, Graceful Prinia Prinia gracilis 2, Bluethroat Luscinia svecica 1, European Stonechat Saxicola rubicola 1, Caspian Stonechat Saxicola hemprichii 1, European Starling Sturnus vulgaris 400.

Purple Sunbird Cinnyris asiaticus

Mutla’a Ranch:

Asian Shikra Accipiter (badius) cenchroides 1, Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus 1, Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus 2, Namaqua Dove Oena capensis 2, Long-eared Owl Asio otus 2, Woodlark Lullula arborea 3, Eurasian Penduline Tit Remiz pendulinus 4, European Robin Erithacus rubecula 1, Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva 4, Western Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros 1, Central Asian Black Redstart Phoenicurus (ochruros) phoenicuroides 2, Purple Sunbird Cinnyris asiaticus 1, Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni 1, Common Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs 1, Eurasian Siskin Spinus spinus 3.