09 August 2023

Caspian Reed Warblers breeding - Jubail

Caspian Reed Warblers breed in Jubail with over 100 breeding pairs estimated. The Caspian (Eurasian) Reed Warbler A. s. fuscus is a common passage migrant, with birds now saying throughout the year in Jubail where they are a common breeding species. Small reed warblers with wing lengths as small as 61mm have been noted in Israel and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia as well as Bahrain and Sabkhat Al Fasl, Jubail. These birds have in the past been confused for Blyth’s Reed Warbler Acrocephalus dumetorum due to their short wing length but have not been confirmed to race. The photos below were taken in the early morning where I had found good activity of birds calling and moving around.