22 Aug 2020

Black-crowned Night Heron - Jubail

Whilst birding the Jubail area I found a second summer Black-crowned Night Heron. The light was poor by the time I located the bird so the photographs are not the best. Black-crowned Night Heron is an uncommon migrant to most areas of Saudi Arabia and the date of early July for this record is very early for a migrant. In the Eastern Province it is an uncommon migrant noted more often in autumn than spring. Juveniles occur from September through November and sometimes into February. Spring occurrences are irregular from April to May. In the Riyadh area they are a common spring and autumn passage migrant passing early February to early June and again from late July to early November and rarely as late as December with birds now regularly breeding in the area. 
Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

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