28 November 2013

Waders in the puddles – Dhahran Hills

The heavy rain recently has left large numbers of puddles and small wetlands around the camp. These have been attractive to waders passing through and Green Sandpiper, Little Stint, Ruff and Black-winged Stilt have all been using them. Hundreds of Eurasian Collared Doves arrived after the rains but vey little else was obvious. I found the Eastern Mourning Wheatear again in the same place as last time suggesting it has found this area suitable to winter. I hope this is the case as I have not got any decent photographs of the bird yet. Another good bird in the scrubby desert was a single Asian Desert Warbler, only the second one I have seen in the camp and the first for two years. A Eurasian Sparrowhawk has been seen recently flying around the spray fields and scrubby desert areas. The only other bird of note was a single Daurian/Turkestan Shrike in the spray fields using the spray heads as a perch to hunt from.
Green Sandpiper
Daurian/Turkestan Shrike