22/07/2011 Savi’s Warbler confirmed breeding for the first time at JEO

The Savi’s Warbler has bred in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia and has been suspected to breed in Kuwait (G. Gregory 2005). This morning there were three birds at JEO one of which was a juvenile.
Birds seen today some suspected breeding (the adults show yellow gape) include: Indian Reed Warbler 3, Basra Reed Warbler 2, Great Reed Warbler 2, Caspian Reed Warbler 50, Graceful Prinia 12, Black-headed Wagtail 2, White-throated Kingfisher 1, Barn Swallow 5, Sand Martin 5, Common Moorhen 2.

On 19/07/2011 there was an adult Little Bittern at JEO that could also be breeding.
Savi’s Warbler Locustella luscinioides ssp. fusca juvenile

Savi's Warbler Locustella luscinioides

Savi’s Warbler Locustella luscinioides ssp. fusca adult

Savi's Warbler Locustella luscinioides ssp. fusca

Indian Reed Warbler Acrocephalus (stentoreus) brunnescens. This warmer bird with fresh primaries suggests it is a juvenile.

Indian Reed Warbler	 Acrocephalus (stentoreus) brunnescens

Indian Reed Warbler Acrocephalus (stentoreus) brunnescens. This warmer bird with fresh tertials and primaries suggests it is a juvenile.

Indian Reed Warbler Acrocephalus (stentoreus) brunnescens

Indian Reed Warbler Acrocephalus (stentoreus) brunnescens. The yellow gape suggests it is a breeding adult moulting head and neck.

Indian Reed Warbler	 Acrocephalus (stentoreus) brunnescens

Caspian Reed Warbler Acrocephalus (scirpaceus) fuscus 

Caspian Reed Warbler Acrocephalus (scirpaceus) fuscus

Basra Reed Warbler Acrocephalus griseldis 

Basra Reed Warbler Acrocephalus griseldis

Graceful Prinia Prinia gracilis  juvenile.

Graceful Prinia Prinia gracilis

Great Reed Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus 

Great Reed Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus

One Comment

  1. Dear Abdulrahman,

    Congratulations on these excellent observations. However you should bring into account that these species breed very early and disperse or migrate south early too. For instance, here in Israel, we found Lebanese-ringed birds (Moustached and Great Reed Warblers) in early June, post breeding! At this time of year we have already good numbers of Savi’s and Great Reed Warblers on migration all over Israel.

    Best, Yoav, Israel.

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