23 July 2013

Only a few doves – Dhahran Hills

The ‘patch’ has been very quiet recently made even worse by the fact that the percolation pond has been drained of water. The number of birds has thus fallen with hundreds of Black-winged Stilts using the last small pool before it eventually disappeared and now no birds are left. There are really only a few doves about with several flighty Namaqua Doves and hundreds of Eurasian Collared Doves and Laughing Doves. Common Mynas and House Sparrows are the only other birds seen in good numbers. Several Barn Swallows are flying over the very dry spray fields but very little else has been seen in recent days / weeks.
Eurasian Collared Dove
Eurasian Collared Dove
Laughing Dove
Common Myna
The settling pond still has some water and 50+ Black-winged Stilts and 50+ Kentish Plovers are present here. Three Clamorous Reed Warblers are still singing from the red patch but very little else is happening there.