30 November 2020

Striated Heron – Jubail

Whilst birding the Jubail area I saw the Striated Heron again. Phil had seen two adults and two juveniles during the summer, thehis is the first evidence of breeding in the Eastern Province where the species is a rare but increasing species. They are common breeding residents on the coasts of the Red Sea but is rare in the northern part of the Arabian Gulf including the Eastern Province. The increase in records in recent years shows that birds are spreading northwards and look likely to become a regular feature of the Eastern Province avifauna.