Spring migration is certainly starting to step up a gear with migrants starting to arrive in numbers in northern Kuwait. I had great expectations for my visit to Sea City, but halfway down the 30 the traffic literally ground to a snails pace as we hit a thick bank of sea fog that lasted all the way to Khiran and only lifted by 8:30am
|Engulfed by the fog bank|
|Goats appearing like apparitions in their pen|
The bulk of the winter visitors appear to have departed with very few Great Cormorants seen and only a handful of Heuglin's Gulls
|Heuglin's Gull (Larus f. heuglini)|
|A late blooming Common Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) not yet in breeding plumage|
I checked out each of the islands and was a little disappointed at the lack of numbers, but did get a find a Chiffchaff that appeared to be darker than what I have been used to seeing. Birds of the Middle East refers to brevirostris the breeding form from Turkey which is brown-tinged above (especially crown) and on breast sides and has off-white undertail coverts. I would be interested to hear opinions of those who may be more familiar with this ssp.
|Chiffchaff, possibly Phylloscopus collybita brevirostris?|
Feeding closer to the ground and very seldom coming out of cover was a male Menetries Warbler that tried my patience, but I was able to get one image through the foliage.
|Shy male Ménétriés’s Warbler (Sylvia mystacea)|
|White-spotted Bluethroat (Luscinia s. cyanecula)|
I found a Moth sp that flew like a Skipper butterflies, but then would dart inside the cover and close their wings like a regular moth. Thanks to Ben Porter for suggesting is is probably an Eastern Bordered Straw
|Eastern Bordered Straw (Heliothis nubigera)|