Winter Tour Report 11-19 November 2017

First day 12/11/2017: We started at Al-Shallal’s Farm, where we hoped to find some rarities such as the Eversmann’s Redstart, but it was quiet there, we had our first White-eared Bulbul there. Birds that were seen there: Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus 2, Crested Lark Galerida cristata 1, Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica 3, White-eared Bulbul Pycnonotus …

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27/12/2017 at Jahra Pools Reserve, Jal Al Zor and Sulaibikhat Bay

I started birding this morning with Guy Mirgain and Jean Schmitz. We searched for the martins from 6:50 am to 1:30 pm, but did not see the martins. Later we learnt that they were seen in the reserve at 2:30 pm!! At the end of the day, we went at the highest tide of the …

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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. Jahra Pools Reserve: Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata 35, Gadwall Anas strepera 1, Mallard Anas platyrhynchos 2, Northern Pintail …

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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.

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 List of birds seen: Abdaly Farms: Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto 5, Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis 2, White-eared Bulbul Pycnonotus leucotis 6, …

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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 …

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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. …

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

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 …

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