Quantcast
Jul 302012
 

Birding the ‘patch’ recently has been a bit slow but there are normally one or two good birds about to keep you on your toes. Today I saw my first returning Upcher’s Warblers of the autumn with two different birds seen in the trees surrounding the percolation pond. A walk through the area in the hope of locating Egyptian Nightjar did not locate any Nightjars bur turned up the Upcher’s Warblers and three Caspian Reed Warblers as well as three Clamorous Reed Warblers. European Turtle Doves were also present with a couple of adults and a juvenile bird seen indicating the species has again bred in the area, which is very good news for this globally declining species.

European Turtle Dove

Black-winged Stilt (juvenile)

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

A few waders are slowly starting to appear with almost 100 Black-winged Stilts, five Kentish Plover, one Common Sandpiper and one Little Ringed Plover. The resident Grey Heron was still in place on one of the floating islands and the adult male Little Bittern was seen in flight across the pond. Other migrants included two Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters, 10+ Barn Swallows, 10+ Sand Martins and an early Common Swift.

For more information about my birding exploits in the eastern province of Saudi Arabia and ringing trips to Bahrain, please visit my website “Birds of Saudi Arabia“.

Jem Babbington

Jem Babbington

Jem Babbington is a keen birder and amateur photographer located in Dhahran, Eastern Saudi Arabia where he goes birding every day. Jem was born in England and is a serious local patch and local area birder who has been birding for almost forty years and has birded in more than fifty countries. Jem is learning to ring birds in Bahrain as a perfect way to learn more about the birds of the area. Saudi Arabia is a very much under-watched and under-recorded country.


Leave a Comment

 Leave a Reply

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>



Top-Viewed Posts Last 30 Days

  1. POLL: Should the trophy hunting of giraffes be banned? » [8591 Views]
  2. Tiger family photo surprises scientists » [1015 Views]
  3. POLL: Should the kill quota on cougars be increased in New Mexico? » [805 Views]
  4. Poll: Do you agree that shooting pheasants is good for the countryside? » [792 Views]
  5. Poll: Should UK towns and cities be allowed to clip seagulls’ wings? » [719 Views]
  6. Extreme birdwatching: Twitching in war zones » [670 Views]
  7. POLL: Should spring hunting on Malta be stopped? » [493 Views]
  8. POLL: Should fishermen in Peru be allowed to continue slaughtering dolphins? Shocking Video! » [401 Views]
  9. Newly discovered Brazilian bird may number fewer than 10 individuals » [384 Views]
  10. Komodo and its Dragons » [354 Views]

Top-Viewed Posts Last 12 Months

  1. POLL: Should the trophy hunting of giraffes be banned? » [11201 Views]
  2. » POLL: Should the ban on fox hunting be relaxed in the UK? [10678 Views]
  3. Petition: Stop Lion Canned Hunting in South Africa – Shocking Video » [4133 Views]
  4. POLL: Should lion canned hunting be banned in South Africa? » [3682 Views]
  5. Komodo and its Dragons » [3652 Views]
  6. POLL: Should bear hunting be banned in the US? » [3435 Views]
  7. Poll: Should hunting of black bears in Florida be allowed? » [2976 Views]
  8. POLL: Should the slaughter of wolves in British Columbia be banned? » [2946 Views]
  9. Join the 1st World Giraffe Day and help save these gentle giants » [2871 Views]
  10. POLL: Should the wolf hunting contest in Idaho be stopped? » [2685 Views]