15 November 2011

Pied Kingfisher at Sabkhat Al Fasl - Bird Records by Sander Willems

On Sunday 6 November Sander Willems went to Sabkhat Al Fasl for a long walk. The weather was very comfortable, mostly overcast and even some mid-morning rain. It was very quiet. No fishermen and no hunters until 10am. This time I was lucky enough to find a Pied Kingfisher, a Southern Grey Shrike, a Steppe Eagle and two Spanish Sparrows. Other birds I did not see last week were Common Ringed Plover, Indian Pond Heron, Great Cormorant, Wood Sandpiper, several Black-crowned Night-herons, and several large white-headed gulls, both imm & adult. Pied Kingfiher is an unusual bird in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia but probably occurs annually in suitable areas.
Little Stint

Little Grebe
Greater Flamingo
Squacco Heron
Indian Pond Heron
Grey Heron
Little Egret
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Western Reef Heron
Great Cormorant
Western Marsh Harrier
Greater Spotted Eagle
Steppe Eagle
Common Moorhen
Purple Swamphen
Eurasian Coot
Black-winged Stilt
40 Pied Avocet
Kentish Plover
Common Snipe
Common Redshank
Little Stint
Slender-billed Gull
Gull-billed Tern
Caspian Tern
Common Kingfisher
Pied Kingfisher
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
Daurian Shrike
Crested Lark
Barn Swallow
Graceful Prinia
Great Reed Warbler
Clamorous Reed Warbler
Caspian Reed Warbler
Yellow Wagtail
White Wagtail
Water Pipit