10 Jul 2015

Zitting Cisticola at Phil’s Fields – Sabya

A visit to Phil’s Fields around midday was an extremely hot and tiring few hours birding but as always a few good birds were seen. The fields are one of the best places in the Kingdom for locating Zitting Cisticola and Singing Bush Lark. Both of these species occur here in high densities and can be seen flying around calling and singing as well as perched on the grass stems in the case of the Cisticola or on the ground in the water irrigation tracks in the case of the lark. The trees and scrub at the edge of these fields is a good place to see Ruppell’s Weavers, Black Scrub Robins and Arabian Babblers with good numbers of both in residence and both birds coming down to drink from a leaking water pipe in one place.
Zitting Cisticola
Zitting Cisticola
Singing Bush Lark
Singing Bush Lark
Singing Bush Lark
Singing Bush Lark
African Palm Swift
African Palm Swift
Arabian Babbler
Arabian Babbler
Ruppell's Weaver
Ruppell's Weaver

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