Winter Tour

Itinerary:

11-19 November 2018 (8 nights), Price: €1350.00. (Places available)

06-14 January 2019 (8 nights), Price: €1350.00. (Places available)

10-18 November 2019 (8 nights), Price: €1350.00. (Places available)

Day 1: Meet and greet at the airport and transfer to the hotel to overnight.

Day 2: We will start at Green Island for the Hypocolius, Red-vented Bulbul, White-eared Bulbul, Common Myna, Bank Myna and Ruppell’s Weaver. We then drive south to Abu Hassaniya for Lesser and Greater Crested Terns, Lesser and Greater Sand Plovers. We then head to Shuwaikh Free Trade Zone as a starting point to scan the whole of Sulaibikhat Bay in search of waders and end at Doha Spit. In Sulaibikhat Bay we will for sure encounter the resident and breeder Crab-plover, and a range of waders, terns, gull and Sandpipers which include Heuglin’s Gull, Steppe Gull, Armenian Gull, Caspian Gull and Great Black-headed Gull, Terek SandpiperIndian (Western) Reef Heron, Lesser and Greater Sand plovers, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Greater Flamingo, Lesser Flamingo (seen the last two winters), Caspian Tern, Gull-billed Tern, and Whiskered Tern, Moustached Warbler, we will search for Great Knot (rare) where it has been seen last year at same dates. We will continue to scan the northern part of Kuwait Bay which is called Kadma Bay which also include Jahra East Outfall and Jahra Pools Reserve. Jahra Pools Reserve is very interesting place and here we are expected to see White-breasted Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, Common Kingfisher, Grey-headed Swamphen, Little Grebe, Purple Heron, Bailon’s Crake (rare), Black-necked Grebe, Namaqua Dove, Ferruginous Duck, Western Great Egret, Little Egret, Western Reef Egret, Eurasian Coot, Pallid Swift, Greater Spotted Eagle, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Steppe Eagle, Long-legged Buzzard, Pallid Harrier, Caspian Stonechat,  Byzantine Stonechat, European Stonechat, Graceful Prina, and we may encounter White-tailed Lapwing and Red-wattled Lapwing. We will finish the day at Jahra Pools Reserve.

Day 3: We will visit again Jahra Pools Reserve to cover it more thoroughly and head to Jahra Farms and then Jal Al-Zour (a desert with ridges and boulders), Mutla’a Ranch (a desert oasis), and Al-Shallal’s Farm. Birds expected to be seen at these sites include ShikraEversmann’s (Rufous-backed) Redstart, Lilith Owlet, Red-tailed Wheatear, Desert Wheatear, Isabelline WheatearEastern Mourning Wheatear, Finsch’s WheatearBlue Rock ThrushMénétries’s Warbler, Lesser WhitethroatAsian desert WarblerHypocolius, Greater Short-toed LarkTurkestan Shrike, Daurian ShrikeMauryan (Steppe) Grey Shrike, Masked Shrike (although rare in winter). We also search for Larks in the desert between the farms, which include Bar-tailed Lark, Lesser Short-toed Lark,  and Hoopoe Lark.

Day 4: We will drive north to Abdali Farms for the Afghan Babbler. In our way we will stop at Mutla’a Ranch in search of rarities (last year a Sooty Falcon was found there). At Abdali Farms we will look for the Afghan Babbler and Red-wattled Lapwing which both breed there, and Pallid Scops Owl and a number of wintering birds. We will then drive to Al-Ratqa desert in search of Desert Lark, Dunn’s Lark, Hoopoe Lark and Lesser Short-toed Lark, Bar-tailed Lark. We will drive south to Kabd’s Reserve, there we will search for Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark which breeds there and any other winterings birds, which will include Red-tailed Wheatear, and Blue Rock Thrush, Finsch’s Wheatear and Eastern Mourning Wheatear.

Day 5: We will visit Al-Abraq Oasis where any rarity might turn up. Hume’s Leaf Warbler were almost annual for the last four years. We are expected to find some good wintering birds. Oriental Skylark, Pallid Scops Owl, Shikra and Levant Sparrowhawk have all been seen there in winter. Also we are expected to see Eastern Imperial Eagle, Greater Spotted Eagle, Steppe Eagle, Bonelli’s Eagle (rare) and Crested Honey Buzzard, Steppe Buzzard, Long-legged Buzzard. We will then drive into the surrounding desert in search of Dunn’s Lark, Temminck’s Lark, Desert LarkHoopoe Lark, Lesser Short-toed LarkBlack-crowned Sparrow-Lark, Bar-tailed LarkDesert WheatearIsabelline Wheatear and Mauryan (Steppe) Grey Shrike.We then go Kabd Reserve and Pivot Fields (from outside) birds expected to be seen include Eastern Imperial Eagle, Greater Spotted Eagle, Steppe Eagle, Bonelli’s Eagle (rare), European Honey Buzzard, Crested Honey Buzzard, Steppe Buzzard.

Day 6: We will go south to Abu Al Hassaniya to scan the coast for waders etc, then to Fintas Park and also Fahaheel Park to search wintering warblers. We then drive south to Al Zour Sewage Treatment Plant then to Al Khiran to search for wintering birds, and then the Al Nuwaiseeb Lycium Bushes for Red-tailed Wheatear, Pied and Finsch’s Wheatear and Blue Rock Thrush etc. If time allows we will pay a short visit to Wafra Farms to search whatever we encounter, a Eversmann’s Redstart and Masked Wagtail have been seen there in winter.

Day 7: We will go to Al Abraq to search for rarities and then drive into the desert in search for larks such as Dunn’s Lark, Temminck’s Lark, Desert Lark, Greater and Lesser Short-toed Lark. We then drive on our way back towards Kabd Reserve and end the day there.

Day 8: We will do birding in Jahra Farms, Jahra Pools Reserve and Jahra East Outfall, Sulaibikhat Bay and Mutla’a Ranch as time allows.

Day 9: Say good bye and transfer to the airport to fly home.

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List of expected species during this tour:

* Unlikely to be seen. ** Highly unlikely.

Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope 

Mallard Anas platyrhynchos 

Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata 

Garganey Anas querquedula 

Eurasian Teal Anas crecca 

Common Pochard Aythya ferina 

Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca 

Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis 

Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis 

Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus 

**Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor 

*Black Stork Ciconia nigra 

*Western White Stork Ciconia ciconia 

Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus 

Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia 

**Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris 

Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus 

Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax 

Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides 

Western Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis 

Grey Heron Ardea cinerea 

Purple Heron Ardea purpurea 

Western Great Egret Ardea alba 

Little Egret Egretta garzetta 

Indian Reef Heron Egretta gularis schistacea 

Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo 

*Socotra Cormorant Phalacrocorax nigrogularis 

Western Osprey Pandion haliaetus 

*Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus 

*Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus 

*European Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus 

*Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus 

*Eurasian Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus 

**Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus 

*Short-toed Snake Eagle Circaetus gallicus 

Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga 

*Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus 

Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis 

Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca 

*Bonelli’s Eagle Aquila fasciatus 

*Asian Shikra Accipiter (badius) cenchroides 

**Levant Sparrowhawk Accipiter brevipes 

Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus 

**Northern Goshawk Accipiter gentilis 

Western Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus 

Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus 

Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus 

Montagu’s Harrier Circus pygargus 

Black Kite Milvus migrans 

*Black-eared Kite Milvus (migrans) lineatus 

Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus 

Steppe Buzzard Buteo buteo vulpinus 

**Macqueen’s Bustard Chlamydotis macqueenii 

Water Rail Rallus aquaticus 

*Corncrake Crex crex 

Little Crake Porzana parva 

*Baillon’s Crake Porzana pusilla 

Spotted Crake Porzana porzana 

Grey-headed Swamphen Porphyrio (porphyrio) poliocephalus 

Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus 

Eurasian Coot Fulica atra 

**Demoiselle Crane Grus virgo 

*Common Crane Grus grus 

Eurasian Stone-curlew Burhinus oedicnemus 

Eurasian Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus 

Crab-plover Dromas ardeola 

Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus 

Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta 

Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus 

**Spur-winged Lapwing Vanellus spinosus 

Red-wattled Lapwing Vanellus indicus 

**Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius 

White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus 

*Eurasian Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria 

*Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva 

Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola 

Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula 

Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius 

Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus 

Lesser Sand Plover Charadrius atrifrons 

Greater Sand Plover Charadrius leschenaultii 

Caspian Plover Charadrius asiaticus 

**Eurasian Dotterel Charadrius morinellus 

*Jack Snipe Lymnocryptes minimus 

**Great Snipe Gallinago media 

Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago 

Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa 

Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica 

Eurasian Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus 

Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata 

Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus 

Common Redshank Tringa totanus 

Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis 

Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia 

Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus 

Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola 

Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus 

Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos 

Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres 

**Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris 

Sanderling Calidris alba 

Little Stint Calidris minuta 

*Temminck’s Stint Calidris temminckii 

Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea 

Dunlin Calidris alpina 

Broad-billed Sandpiper Limicola falcinellus 

Ruff Philomachus pugnax 

Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus 

*Cream-coloured Courser Cursorius cursor 

Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola 

*Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni 

Slender-billed Gull Chroicocephalus genei 

Common Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus 

**Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus 

Great Black-headed Gull Ichthyaetus ichthyaetus 

*Common Gull Larus canus 

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans 

Armenian Gull Larus armenicus 

Baltic Gull Larus fuscus 

Heuglin’s Gull Larus (fuscus/heuglini) heuglini 

Steppe Gull Larus (fuscus/heuglini) barabensis 

Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica 

Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia 

Greater Crested Tern Thalasseus bergii 

Lesser Crested Tern Thalasseus bengalensis 

Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis 

Little Tern Sternula albifrons 

*Bridled Tern Onychoprion anaethetus 

Common Tern Sterna hirundo 

*White-cheeked Tern Sterna repressa 

Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida 

White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus 

*Pin-tailed Sandgrouse Pterocles alchata 

Feral Pigeon Columba livia forma domestica 

**Common Woodpigeon Columba palumbus 

European Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur 

*Rufous Turtle Dove Streptopelia (orientalis) meena 

Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto 

Laughing Dove Spilopelia senegalensis 

Namaqua Dove Oena capensis 

*Western Barn Owl Tyto alba 

Pallid Scops Owl Otus brucei 

Eurasian Scops Owl Otus scops 

*Pharaoh Eagle Owl Bubo ascalaphus 

*Lilith Owlet Athene (noctua) lilith 

**Long-eared Owl Asio otus 

*Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus 

*Egyptian Nightjar Caprimulgus aegyptius 

*Alpine Swift Tachymarptis melba 

Pallid Swift Apus pallidus 

*Indian Roller Coracias benghalensis 

White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis 

Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis 

*Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis 

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus 

European Bee-eater Merops apiaster 

Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops 

Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus 

Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus 

Rose-ringed Parakeet Psittacula krameri 

Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus 

Turkestan Shrike Lanius phoenicuroides 

Mauryan Grey Shrike Lanius lahotra pallidirostris 

*Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus 

**Ashy Drongo Dicrurus leucophaeus 

House Crow Corvus splendens 

**Brown-necked Raven Corvus ruficollis 

Hypocolius Hypocolius ampelinus 

*Eurasian Penduline Tit Remiz pendulinus 

Greater Hoopoe-Lark Alaemon alaudipes 

Bar-tailed Lark Ammomanes cinctura 

Desert Lark Ammomanes deserti 

Greater Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla 

Lesser Short-toed Lark Alaudala rufescens 

*Dunn’s Lark Eremalauda dunni 

Crested Lark Galerida cristata 

*Woodlark Lullula arborea 

Eurasian Skylark Alauda arvensis 

*Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula 

Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark Eremopterix nigriceps 

Temminck’s Lark Eremophila bilopha 

White-eared Bulbul Pycnonotus leucogenys leucotis 

Red-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus cafer 

Sand Martin Riparia riparia 

Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica 

**Eurasian Crag Martin Ptyonoprogne rupestris 

**Pale Crag Martin Ptyonoprogne obsoleta 

*Cetti’s Warbler Cettia cetti 

Common Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita 

Mountain Chiffchaff Phylloscopus sindianus 

*Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus 

*Hume’s Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus humei 

Great Reed Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus 

Indian Reed Warbler Acrocephalus (stentoreus) brunnescens 

*Moustached Warbler Acrocephalus melanopogon 

Caspian Reed Warbler Acrocephalus (scirpaceus) fuscus 

Graceful Prinia Prinia gracilis 

Afghan Babbler Turdoides (caudata) huttoni 

Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca 

Asian Desert Warbler Sylvia nana 

*Ménétries’s Warbler Sylvia mystacea 

Bank Myna Acridotheres ginginianus 

Common Myna Acridotheres tristis 

Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris 

*Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus 

Common Blackbird Turdus merula 

*Black-throated Thrush Turdus atrogularis 

*Redwing Turdus iliacus 

Song Thrush Turdus philomelos 

**Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus 

European Robin Erithacus rubecula 

Red-spotted Bluethroat Luscinia svecica 

Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva 

**Taiga Flycatcher Ficedula albicilla

*Eversmann’s Redstart Phoenicurus erythronotus 

Western Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros 

Central Asian Black Redstart Phoenicurus (ochruros) phoenicuroides 

Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius 

European Stonechat Saxicola rubicola 

Caspian Stonechat Saxicola maurus hemprichii 

Byzantine Stonechat Saxicola maurus variegatus 

Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina 

Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti 

**Hume’s Wheatear Oenanthe albonigra 

Finsch’s Wheatear Oenanthe finschii 

Eastern Mourning Wheatear Oenanthe lugens 

Red-tailed Wheatear Oenanthe chrysopygia 

House Sparrow Passer domesticus 

Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis 

*Dead Sea Sparrow Passer moabiticus 

Ruppell’s Weaver Ploceus galbula

*Indian Silverbill Lonchura malabarica 

Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava 

Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola 

White Wagtail Motacilla alba 

**Masked Wagtail Motacilla (alba) personata

*Richard’s Pipit Anthus richardi 

Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris 

Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis 

Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis 

**Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni 

**Buff-bellied Pipit Anthus (rubescens) japonicus 

Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta 

**Brambling Fringilla montifringilla 

*Desert Finch Rhodospiza obsoleta 

*Eurasian Siskin Spinus spinus 

Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra 

*Common Reed Bunting Emberiza schoeniclus