26 October 2014

Not much change – Dhahran Hills

There has been little change in numbers or species seen on the camp in recent days. Migrants have been few and far between with the only notable numbers being Barn Swallows that have increased steadily in numbers with about 50 most days. The same single White Wagtail is still the only one present and is faithful to the settling pond area, although numbers are building up at Sabkhat Al Fasl and elsewhere in the Eastern Province. Probably the best bird seen has been a Juvenile Greater Spotted Eagle seen twice in the trees around the percolation pond. A Daurian Shrike was new in on the fence surrounding the pond bit little else was seen. Duck numbers remain high on the pond with 33 Northern Shoveller, seven Common Pochard, three Garganey and 16 Ferruginous Ducks. A Little Egret and a Squacco Heron were new arrivals on the pond this week.
Daurian Shrike
Northern Shoveller