10 October 2015

A smattering of migrants in the South

Week 37, 12 September 2015 - Sabah Al Ahmad Sea City

I had a morning at Sea City in the south of Kuwait and had expectations of some good autumn passage migrants.

Sadly this was not to be the case today with only a handful of migrants seen.

Common Whitethroat was the most prevalent and this was the first time I saw one raise a 'crest' when it appear to be agitated over something nearby

Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis)

A Great Reed Warbler was seen nearby

Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus)
As was a Spotted Flycatcher

Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)
A Tree Pipit was found 'hiding' in the shade

Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis)
Elsewhere, I recorded a single Ortolan Bunting

Ortolan Bunting (Emberiza hortulana)
As well as a probable Eastern Olivaceous Warbler

Eastern Olivaceous Warbler (Iduna pallida)
And a Mauryan Grey Shrike in some desert area

Mauryan Grey Shrike (Lanius lahtora pallidirostris)
And a Woodchat Shrike

Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator)
Along the lagoon beaches there were Grey Plover

Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)
and a single Sanderling

Sanderling (Calidris alba)
And a pair of Ruddy Turnstone which I haven't seen in the south for some time

Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
Whilst a few lingering Lesser Crested Terns were found roosting on the off-shore buoys

Lesser Crested Tern (Sterna bengalensis)

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