22 Apr 2016

Plenty of migrants – Jubail

Whilst birdwatching the Jubail area last weekend it became clear that a large number of migrants were about. Good numbers of Willow Warblers were seen flitting about in most areas of cover and shrikes were about in good numbers with twenty Turkestan Shrikes, five Daurian Shrikes and a single stunning male Red-backed Shrike. The Red-backed Shrike was very early as they normally do not occur until 1 May. Double figure counts of Common Redstarts, Yellow Wagtais, including an amazingly bright lutea, unfortunately too close to photograph and Red-throated Pipits were present also. Smaller numbers of Tree Pipits and Rufous-tailed Scrub Robins were seen as were two Whinchats the first of the year. A Spotted Crake was at the edge of a flooded pool on the sabkha and several summer-plumaged Wood Sandpipers were also seen. Other waders included some summer plumage Curlew Sandpipers and plenty of Ruff and Little Stints. Squacco Herons were plentiful with many in full breeding plumage. Winter birds remained in small numbers with several White Wagtails and two Greater Spotted Eagles. Up to eight Western Marsh Harriers were still around and plenty of Little Egrets and Greater Flamingos. As always Grey-headed Swamphens were seen in good numbers although one had met an untimely end in the mouth of an Arabian Red Fox. Lastly a single Pied Kingfisher was seen flying over but too quickly for any photographs to be taken of it.
Red-throated Pipit
Red-throated Pipit
Common Redstart
Common Redstart
Common Redstart
Common Redstart
Turkestan Shrike
Turkestan Shrike
Whinchat
Whinchat
Whinchat
Whinchat
Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper
Little Egret
Little Egret
Grey-headed Swamphen
Grey-headed Swamphen

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