18 July 2021

Breeding Squacco Heron & Little Egret – Jubail

Whilst birding the Jubail area in late May through to early June we found an area where Squacco Heron & Little Egret were breeding in good numbers. We estimated about 100 Squacco Heron nests and fifty Little Egret pairs. Both these species were only found breeding for the first time in the Eastern Province at a nearby site last year although had been suspected of doing so for a few years. This breeding location is an area we have not visited before so birds may have been breeding here for some years. These new breeding birds will be monitored over the next few years to see if they continue using the area and if their population increases.