16 Oct 2011

Jeddah - September bird records from Tony Blake

Tony Blake went birding in the Riyadh River area on 15th September and sent me these details which he kindly said I could put on my website.
7.00am – 8.00am

Site 1 – area near “bird ringing programme” sign, c8km to east of Al Hair

Night Heron
c.2
Purple Heron
c.3
Laughing Dove
P
Namaqua Dove
3 – two females and one male
Little Green Bee-eater
1
Crested Lark
c.3
Swallow
1
Yellow Wagtail – heard only
2+
White-cheeked Bulbul
A
Reed Warbler (heard only)
1
Spotted Flycatcher
1
Masked Shrike
1 – adult male
House Sparrow
P
Indian Silverbill – several flocks seen, but only one bird seen perched.  ID’d as Indian on range
P

                                               
8.00am – 9.00am

Site 2 – further east, and down road to south towards water works

Night Heron – picked up with broken wing by driver
1
Moorhen – juvs
3
Laughing Dove
P
Namaqua Dove
2
Crested Lark
1
Swallow
P
Sand Martin
1+
Yellow Wagtail
2 juv
Graceful Prinia
2
Avadavat
1 - male

Also here, c.20 Clouded Yellow type butterflies, and a Brown Argus type butterfly, but quite grey-cast and extensively speckled on underwing.

9.15am – 10.15am

Site 3 – date farm area to south west of Al Hair, and to south west of the watercourse, turning off south

Moorhen
1
Laughing Dove
P
Little Green Bee-eater
1
White-cheeked Bulbul
A
Golden Oriole – at least two seen
2 – male and female
Common Mynah
1
House Sparrow
P


10.30 – 11.00

Site 4 – c2km further west, along road

Harrier sp – juvenile.  At range, through poor quality bins, could not clinch ID.  But clearly slimline, so Monty’s or Pallid.
1
Laughing Dove
P
Namaqua Dove
c.3
Little Green Bee-eater
1
African Rock Martin
1+


11.30am – 12.00pm

Site 5 – Wadi Hanifa – signposted area adjacent to watercourse, near Mansouriah

Squacco Heron
1
Grey Heron
2
Little Stint – juv.  In roadside pool.  Dark “ridge” on crown, slightly split super and white Vs seen. 
1
Common Sandpiper – flushed as I walked across watercourse. 
c.5
Laughing Dove
P
Namaqua Dove
c.3
Little Green Bee-eater
1
Crested Lark
1
Yellow Wagtail
1 – adult ( feldegg).  Dark crown, slightly paler ear coverts


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