Wheatears and late winter visitors – Jubail

Wheatears and late winter visitors – Jubail



Birding the Jubail area continued turning up migrants and winter visitors with plenty of Great Cormorants staying in the area later this year than previously. They used to be seen rarely in the area but have now started winter in large numbers. Wheatears have been common with Pied Wheatears the commonest although a few Eastern Black-eared Wheatears of both forms seen.

Waders are passing through with good numbers of both Little Ringed and Common Ringed Plovers, as well as the occasional Temminck’s Stint and Greater Sand Plover. Small numbers of both Common Swift and Pallid Swift have been passing through along with Barn Swallow and Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters.

Many full breeding plumage Squacco Herons are around and several small flocks of various subspecies of Yellow Wagtails have been located with one supercilliaris amongst them.

Black eared Wheatear2
Eastern Black-eared Wheatear
Caspian Tern
Caspian Tern
Eurasian Hoopoe
Eurasian Hoopoe
Great Cormorant1
Great Cormorant
Great Cormorant
Great Cormorant
Little Ringed Plover1
Little Ringed Plover
Little Ringed Plover
Little Ringed Plover
Pallid Swift
Pallid Swift
Pied Wheatear1
Pied Wheatear
Pied Wheatear3
Pied Wheatear
Squacco Heron
Squacco Heron
Temmincks Stint
Temminck’s Stint
Yellow Wagtail supercilliaris
Yellow Wagtail – supercilliaris

 

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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.

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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.

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