02 August 2018

A Mega at the Pivots

Week 07; 17 February 2018 - Pivot Fields and Funaitees

I spent some time on the eastern boundary of Pivot Fields searching for the Sociable Lapwings that had been present in January without luck. On arrival, had a few Black-eared Kites overhead

Black-eared Kite (Milvus m. lineatus)

Crested Lark's were singing and displaying very high overhead

Crested Lark (Galerida cristata)

A Hen Harrier fly by was appreciated, as these are recorded infrequently in Kuwait

Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus)

However, a distinct and distant large black and white bird flying along the northern boundary of the farm reminded of a Pied Crow from South Africa. Slowly it flew closer to me and landed on one of the Pivots for literally 2-minutes before continuing on it's journey.This was Kuwait's 3rd Mesopotamian Crow and a pretty mega record!

Kuwait's 3rd Mesopotamian Crow (Corvus c. capellanus)

I found some mist nests walking back to my car and released all the Sparrows that were helplessly trapped in the net.

Shooting and trapping is a scourge in Kuwait

I made a short stop at my local beach in Funaitees to check for Terns, but found Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover (Anarhynchus leschenaultii)

Common Black-headed Gull 

Common Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)

And a few Steppe Gull's

Steppe Gull (Larus f. barabensis)

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