Birds Sightings from Kuwait: owned and managed by AbdulRahman Al-Sirhan

KORC Rarity Report 2010

1- KORC Rarity Adjudication

KORC meets quarterly each year to review and adjudicate submitted Rarity Forms for species that are considered Accidental, Vagrant, Rare and Scarce, as well as other specified species that have low and infrequent abundance.

The completed Rarity Forms are reviewed, discussed and either accepted or not by the core KORC members (MP, SIR, PF) who are all based in Kuwait. Consensus must be reached for a decision, but if a decision cannot be reached, then the external adjudicators (OC, PK) are asked for their opinion for a final decision, which requires a majority vote.

The current Committee is as follows:

Mike Pope (MP) – Kuwait (Chairman, voting member)

Abdulrahman Al-Sirhan (SIR) – Kuwait (Secretary, voting member)

Pekka Fagel (PF) – Kuwait (voting member)

Oscar Campbell (OC) – Dubai (External Adjudicator, voting member)

Peter Kennerley (PK) – England (External Adjudicator, voting member)

Brian Foster (BF) – England (honorary member)

2- Accepted Records  by Species for Category A and C

Three (3) new species (1st) were recorded in Kuwait in 2010 and these are highlighted in

One (1) species was accepted as a Category D Species, namely; Arabian Golden Sparrow and highlighted in yellow.

SPECIES SCIENTIFIC NAME

SIGHTING #

DATE

# Birds

LOCATION OBSERVER(S)
Ashy Drongo Dicrurus leucophaeus

1

3-Apr-10

1

Jahra Farm H Rudhe
Amur Falcon Falco amurensis

1

29-May-10

1

SAANR Mohd Korhshed
Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena

1

27-Oct-10

1

Jahra East Outfall (JEO) A Al Sirhan
Arabian Golden Sparrow Passer euchlorus

1

13-Nov-10

1

Al-Abraq B Foster, P Fagel

In addition, no further Rarity Forms are required for:

Black-winged Kite and Buff-bellied Pipit, as we have now had 15 submitted Rarity Forms for these Species.

The Status of these two species highlighted in blue will now be reviewed and amended by KORC and updated on Annotated Checklist.

Many other rarities were recorded during the year and these are reflected in the table below:

SPECIES SCIENTIFIC NAME

SIGHTING #

DATE

# Birds

LOCATION OBSERVER(S)
Eurasian Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria

7

3-Jan-10

2

Sulaibiya, Pivot Fields R Al Hajji
Common Crane Grus grus

5

13-Jan-10

5

SAANR P Fagel
Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor

2

16-Jan-10

1

Sulaibikhat Bay R Al Hajji
Barbary Falcon Falco (peregrinus) pelegrinoides

4

22-Jan-10

1

Jahra Pools Reserve (JPR) P Fagel
Buff-bellied Pipit Anthus (rubescens) japonicus

14

29-Jan-10

1

Al-Abraq B Foster, P Fagel
White-crowned Wheatear Oenanthe leucopyga

13

7-Mar-10

1

Sulaibiya, Pivot Fields S Price
Demoiselle Crane Anthropoides  virgo

7

19-Mar-10

2

Doha North B Foster, P Fagel
Black Scrub Robin Cercotrichas podobe

2

21-Mar-10

1

Al-Abraq M Korhshed, H Al Shajyi
Common Crane Grus grus

6

27-Mar-10

1

SAANR R Al Hajji
Desert Finch Rhodospiza obsoleta

8

30-Apr-10

4

Al-Abraq B Foster
Black Stork Ciconia nigra

10

1-May-10

1

SAANR K Al Ghanem
Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus

13

22-Jul-10

1

Kuwait University R Al Hajji
Black Stork Ciconia nigra

11

5-Sep-10

1

SAANR R Al Hajji
Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus

14

16-Sep-10

1

Jahra Pools Reserve (JPR) P Fagel
Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus

15

6-Oct-10

1

Kuwait International Golf Course P Fagel
Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhyncus

10

24-Sep-10

1

SAANR R Al-Hajji
White-crowned Wheatear Oenanthe leucopyga

14

3-Oct-10

1

SAANR H Al-Shayji
Sooty Falcon Falco concolor

10

9-Oct-10

1

Jahra Pools Reserve (JPR) M Pope
Rufous Turtle Dove Streptopelia o. meena

8

14-Oct-10

1

Jahra Pools Reserve (JPR) M Khorshed
Rufous Turtle Dove Streptopelia o. meena

9

17-Oct-10

1

Sulaibiya, Pivot Fields R Al Hajji
Dead Sea Sparrow Passer moabiticus

10

18-Oct-10

1

Jahra Pools Reserve (JPR) M Khorshed
Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhyncus

11

19-Oct-10

1

SAANR K Al Nasrallah
Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhyncus

12

23-Oct-10

1

Sulaibiya, Pivot Fields P Fagel, B Foster, M Newey
Stock Dove Columba oenas

7

1-Nov-10

1

Sulaibiya, Pivot Fields P Fagel
Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhyncus

13

4-Nov-10

1

Al-Abraq P Fagel
Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhyncus

14

6-Nov-10

1

SAANR G Whitehead
Dusky Warbler Phylloscopus fuscatus

2

13-Nov-10

1

Al-Abraq B Foster, P Fagel
Eversmanns Redstart Phoenicurus erythronotus

7

15-Nov-10

1

SAANR B Foster, P Fagel
Humes Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus humei

3

20-Nov-10

1

Al-Abraq M Pope, B Foster, P Fagel, R Ertel
Stock Dove Columba oenas

8

20-Nov-10

1

Sulaibiya, Pivot Fields AbdulMohsen Al-Suraye
Eversmanns Redstart Phoenicurus erythronotus

8

26-Nov-10

1

Al-Abraq B Foster, P Fagel
Eurasian Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria

8

4-Dec-10

1

Sulaibiya, Pivot Fields B Foster, P Fagel
Pygmy Cormorant Phalacrocorax pygmeus

2

4-Dec-10

1

Sulaibiya, Pivot Fields B Foster, P Fagel
Ashy Drongo Dicrurus leucophaeus

2

7-Dec-10

2

Jahra Farm P Fagel, B Foster
Buff-bellied Pipit Anthus (rubescens) japonicus

15

16-Dec-10

1

Sulaibiya, Pivot Fields A Al Sirhan

Aside from the four new species added to the Kuwait List, there were some good records of 2nd records during this year.

  • Lesser Flamingo in the flock of Greater Flamingo’s in Sulaibikhat Bay, exactly where the 1st record of this species was seen in 2007
  • Black Scrub Robin at Al Abraq, the 1st record for this species was at Tuhla in SAANR in 2006
  • Dusky Warbler at Al Abraq, the 1st record for this species was at Jahra Farm in 2009
  • Pygmy Cormorant at Pivot Fields, the 1st record was from Jahra East Outfall in 2001
  • Ashy Drongo – 2 birds at Jahra Farms in December, the 1st record for this species was in April 2010 at the same location

3- Not Proven Records

None for 2010

Species Scientific Name

Date

Location Not Proven Reason
N/A  

 

   

4- Other Records of Interest

Other interesting observations in 2010 were for:

  • A juvenile Barbary Falcon at Jahra Pools Reserve
  • 69 Demoiselle Cranes were seen SAANR in March
  • 1st confirmed breeding record of White-tailed Lapwing was recorded in March at Jahra Pools Reserve
  • Two different Eversmanns Redstart were seen, a male at Tuhla in SAANR and a female at Al Abraq

5- First Record Images (with photographer credited)

Amur Falcon – Mohammad Khorshed

 Amur_Falcon_by_Mohammed_Khorshed400

Arabian Golden Sparrow – Pekka Fagel

 Arabian_Golden_Sparrow

 

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