27 October 2023

Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters passing – Jubail

Whilst birding in the Jubail area in late October 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 August The birds are mainly flying over when their distinctive calls can be heard, but occasionally they rest up on dead trees, reedbeds and often sit on the ground. Birds are a mixture of adults and juveniles with juvenile appearing to outnumber adults about two or three to one.