Sabah Al Ahmad Sea City is a massive project underway in the south of Kuwait very close to the Saudi Arabian border. It is the first of it’s kind in Kuwait and has even been featured as a documentary on BBC.
I visit the project a number of times each month to survey the birds in the various phases including beaches and newly created island habitats. This Spring has been very encouraging with many new species added to the project checklist.
Wader numbers will slowly increase over the coming weeks and Kentish Plovers will have already bred. This month, there have been numbers of Little Stints (Calidris minuta)
As well as a few Sanderling (Calidris alba); note the lack of hind toe that is a good identification feature
Whinchat’s (Saxicola rubetra) seem to be found everywhere in April and no exception in Sea City. Observations indicate that males are more prevalent
Turkestan Shrikes (Lanius phoenicuroides) outnumber
Daurian Shrikes (Lanius isabellinus) around 70:30
A single Masked Shrike (Lanius nubicus) was also seen
And Lesser Grey Shrikes (Lanius minor) made a welcome return
Flowering Bottlebrush were a magnet for Eurasian Blackcaps (Sylvia atricapilla)
And Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia curruca)
Warbler seen so far included Upchers and this Barred Warbler (Sylvia nisoria)
Other spring passerines included a few female Ehrenbergs Redstarts (Phoenicurus p. sammamisicus), note the pale wing patch which is an identification feature of this ssp
and a male Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus)
Eurasian Wryneck (Jynx torquilla)
Numbers of White-throated Robin (Irania gutturalis)
and a few Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin (Cercotrichas galactotes)
One of myfavourite’s, is the male Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush (Monticola saxatilis)
In the desert area, I found Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus)
And a few female Pied Wheatear’s (Oenanthe pleschanka) . I suspect there is sexual segregation in migratory pattern of Pied Wheatear, as the male birds arrived and have already departed a few weeks ago
Sadly, even in this pristine environment, shooting of migratory birds continues like a plague wherever migratory birds are found. This is something we are trying to address through awareness. But, this epidemic really needs legislation and enforcement to be fully effective and to offer migratory birds some protection.