25 December 2012

Pipits – Dhahran Hills

Whilst birding the ‘patch’ a couple of early mornings the last week I have come across a number of pipits. A large number gather at first light to feed along the raised bank by the settling pond and reasonable views can be had of the birds. This is a good place to try to look for one or other of the scarce pipits that may occur in the area, but unfortunately I have not located anything yet. I have, however, seen 30+ Water Pipits regularly here as well as a single Red-throated Pipit, which I have seen on a number of occasions. Tawny Pipit is also regular here, but more so at the edge of the spray fields with the bird photographed below giving a quite unusual call for a Tawny Pipit but looking just like one.
Red-throated Pipit
Red-throated Pipit
Water Pipit
Tawny Pipit