26 September 2013

Still some waders in the wet ditch – Dhahran Hills

The wet ditch is still proving to be an attractive place for the few birds that are present in Dhahran Hills. As it is one of the only places within the area with standing water the passing waders are very fond of it. The ditch is small but has held three Wood Sandpipers Two Green Sandpipers, five Little Stints and two Black-winged Stilts for the last few weeks. One of the good things about the ditch is you can get close to the birds so if something unusual drops into the area then, hopefully, I will be able to identify it as such.
Wood Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper
Little Stint
Black-winged Stilt
Several species of doves are also using the water to bathe in with Eurasian Collared Dove the commonest, followed by Laughing Dove, Namaqua Dove and Eurasian Turtle Dove. The Great Reed Warbler appears to have moved off and the only other birds seen in good numbers here are House Sparrow and Crested Lark.