14 November 2022

Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters still moving - Jubail

Whilst birding in the Jubail area in late October and early November I came across good numbers of Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters. This species migrates later than European Bee-eater with birds still passing in small numbers through to the middle of November. The autumn has been relatively quiet for most species but good numbers of Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters have been seen every week since early July. The birds are mainly flying over when their distinctive calls can be heard, but occasionally they rest up on dead trees or even in the reedbeds like the ones below.