02 January 2013

The Birding Year 2012 (Part 2) – Eastern Saudi Arabia

A single juvenile Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia was at Dammam Port Mangroves 18th June with five juveniles at Sabkhat Al Fasl 26th July. One adult Crab Plover Dromas ardeola was at Dammam – Al Khobar Wader Roost South, Tarut Bay, 18th June with numbers increasing gradually to four by the 10th August. Other birds included an adult and begging juvenile at Batinah Island, Abu Ali, 26th July and two adults at Dammam Port Mangroves 27th July. A single Egyptian Nightjar Caprimulgus aegyptius was at Sabkhat Al Fasl 5th, 12th & 19th July with two 26th July.
Egyptian Nightjar
An adult Spur-winged Lapwing Vanellus spinosus was at Dhahran 8th August which was only the fifth record for the Eastern Province. 162 Broad-billed Sandpiper Limicola falcinellus were at Dhahran Expro High tide roost, Tarut Bay, 10th August.
Broad-billed Sandpiper
A Basra Reed Warbler Acrocephalus griseldis was at Dhahran 24th September. A juvenile Little Crake Porzana parva was at Sabkhat Al Fasl 27th September along with a high count of 106 Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia. An adult Baillon’s Crake Porzana pusilla was at Dhahran 8th October with a Red-breasted Flycathcer Ficedula parva at the same site 10th October. An adult Spur-winged Lapwing Vanellus spinosus was at Ash Shargiyah Development Company Farm, Fadhili 12th October which was only the seventh record for the Eastern Province, along with a moulting adult Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva. A single Pin-tailed Snipe Gallinago stenura was at Dhahran settling pond 24th October. Eleven Greater Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga, including eight first calendar year birds were at Sabkhat Al Fasl 1st November with two first calendar year birds at Dhahran on 29th October. Three juvenile Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus were an unusual sight inland at Dhahran settling pools 23 November and three Greater Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga, were still around the Dhahran percolation pond 30th November.
Greater Spotted Eagle - juvenile