21 July 2020

Breeding Little Ringed Plover - Jubail

Whilst birding Jubail I came across a pair of breeding Little Ringed Plovers with a well grown juvenile. The species is an early passage migrant with small numbers seen from January through to early May, breeders remaining through the summer and more migrants in August to October. A few birds stay until November and exceptionally December and they often occur on pools and lagoons sometimes well away from the coast. The prefer inland freshwater locations often well away from the coast and breed in open areas with sandy or shingle banks close to streams, freshwater and treated wastewater lagoons. Breeding numbers appear to be increasing in the Eastern Province over the last few years.