22 July 2021

Juvenile Spur-winged Lapwing – Jubail area

Whilst birding the Jubail area in early July Phil Roberts and I saw a juvenile Spur-winged Lapwings. Two adults have been around the same area for the past two months behaving as if they had young nearby, but we have until this encounter not managed to find any signs of breeding. We do not look too hard as we do not want to disturb the birds, but this is the same location where they bred for the first time in the Eastern Province last year. The species was regarded as a vagrant to the Eastern Province when I arrived eleven years ago but is now a scarce visitor that can be seen at any time of year indicating birds are now resident in small numbers in areas away from Haradh where they are now definitely resident.