08 July 2019

Possible breeding Yellow Wagtail - Jubail

Whilst birding the Jubail area in late June 2019 I flushed a yellow wagtail from an area of sabkha with tamarisk trees. The bird was very secretive and although flushed into the top of a tamarisk kept well hidden before dropping onto the ground and running off quickly. As I suspected the bird may be breeding I left the area quickly. Breeding has only occasionally occurred in Saudi Arabia with records from Al khaj in central Saudi Arabia with suspected occurrences in the Eastern Province. I have seen possible breeding birds in the last two years in the same area so assume birds are breeding here each year now, but positive proof has not been found. 
Yellow Wagtail