12 June 2023

First Egyptian Nightjar of year – Jubail

Whilst birding the Jubail area 9 June I found an Egyptian Nightjar sitting next to the track. These birds are extremely well camouflaged and are very difficult to see unless they fly or are on the track itself. Egyptian Nightjars are now an easily seen species during the summer months in the Jubail area with a maximum of sixteen birds seen in 2021 and twenty in 2022 with numbers increasing almost every year since they were first found in 2006. Birds have been seen twice in May, but early June is an early record for the species. They often sit on the car tracks, and you can get very close to them in the car without disturbing them as they are convinced their camouflage will protect them. The bird shown here is an adult and we hope that juveniles will be seen over the next month showing they are continuing to breed in the area as in the last three years where they were recorded breeding in the area or very nearby.