10 July 2019

Possible breeding Spur-winged Lapwing - Jubail

Whilst birding the Jubail area in late June 2019 I saw four Spur-winged Lapwings in two different sites. The birds were very noisy calling and flying around when I got too close. There have been at least two birds around throughout the year and as last year suspected breeding occurred. Presumably the birds are again breeding this year but no young have ever been seen. The species is still scarce in the Eastern Province although good numbers have been seen recently in the Haradh area including possible breeding. The species was regarded as a vagrant to the Eastern Province when I arrived eight years ago but is now a scarce visitor that can be seen at any time of year indicating birds may now be resident in small numbers in areas away from Haradh where it appears they are now definitely resident. 
Spur-winged Lapwing