10 June 2014

Little Grebes breeding on the percolation pond – Dhahran Hills

The percolation pond has been very quiet for birds since it was drained last year with very few birds of note being seen. There has, however, been a steady build up in the numbers of Little Grebes seen and they now number well over forty birds. A few of them have started building nests from the weed that is abundant in the pond and soon there will be little stripy chicks following their parents. Now, at least the adults are sitting on eggs and enlarging their nests. The Little Grebe is a common breeding species on a number of wetland sites in the Eastern Province with Dhahran and Sabkhat Al Fasl being the best locations for them to breed.