17 April 2021

Female Crested Honey Buzzard in Deffi Park – Jubail

Whilst birding Deffi Park Phil Roberts and I came across a female Crested Honey Buzzard perched in the trees and lampposts of the park  This bird has spent the entire winter from September 2020 until now but will almost certainly depart in the next few days and hopefully return next winter as they have been using this park for at least four consecutive winters. Crested Honey Buzzard in Saudi Arabia is a scarce passage migrant and winter visitor that also occurs rarely in summer. Most records are from the Eastern province in winter and spring with additional records in the west of the country in autumn, winter and spring. Deffi Park is a landscaped park in Jubail with a large number of mature trees which the Crested Honey Buzzards like perching in.