8 Dec 2014

Four Eurasian Penduline Tits - Sabkhat Al Fasl


On 5 December 2014 Phil Roberts and I were birding Sabkhat Al Fasl when I saw a single Eurasian Penduline Tit on a reed stem near to the main reed beds. I alerted Phil to the bird, as he was driving, and we stopped the car and got out. Once I put Phil onto the bird it became apparent more were calling and eventually we saw four together, two males an immature and one only seen in flight. The birds were moving continually and quickly and calling all the time and soon moved off leaving us without photos of this good-looking species. Eurasian Penduline Tit is a vagrant in the Eastern Province with the only records I know being two or perhaps three at Dammam marsh 12 December 1981, three Abqaiq lagoons 1 April 1983, three Abqaiq lagoons 28 December to 1 February 1885 three, an adult and two immatures at Abqaiq lagoons 1 February 1985, two at Sabkhat Al Fasl 20 November 1991 with three there the next day and 4 at Sabkhat Al Fasl 19 February 2010. There is also a record from Dhahran but I do not have the dates or numbers involved. They are commoner in the northwest where they are regarded as an uncommon winter visitor to the Tabuk area. As I mentioned I failed to photograph the birds but Phil has kindly sent me photos of one of four birds he saw at Sabkhat Al Fasl 19 February 2010 and has allowed me to use them on my website which are shown below.


2 comments:

  1. Congratulations. This is one of those wonderful birding moments. Rob

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    1. Rob

      Thanks very much. It makes all the effort of going out each day worthwhile when you find soemthing good occassionally.

      Jem

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