12 October 2018

A rarity at the Ranch

Week 31; 04 August 2018 - Mutla'a Ranch and Jahra

Neil Tovey and I met up again and headed north over the Ridge to Mutla'a Ranch and were there just after sunrise. A quick drive around the farm gave all the usual suspects, so we then parked and walked the areas where the bush and shrub had not been cleared for date palms.

There were many Warblers about and we did our best to get onto all of them and also try and get some images, as they were all pretty active.

This part of the farm was still in shade, so the Warbler is still unidentified. If you have an opinion, please drop me a mail

Warbler; ID tbc

We suspect the following are Marsh Warbler's

Marsh Warbler (Acrocephalus palustris)

However, we picked up one with a distinct 'super' and I managed to get a quick image before it disappeared not to be re-found. Later once I downloaded the image we were able to confirm it as Paddyfield Warbler and the 5th record for Kuwait; so that was cause for a belated celebration.

Paddyfield Warbler (Acrocephalus agricola), 5th for Kuwait

There were a couple of invertebrates around; Green-striped White

Green-striped White (Euchloe bulimia)

And a Crimson-speckled Flunkey with outspread wings which does not happen often

Crimson-speckled Flunkey (Utetheisa pulchella)

We then headed back down the ridge to Jahra Farm, finding a really worn Eastern Black-eared Wheatear

Eastern Black-eared Wheatear (Oenanthe h. melanoleuca)

Before calling it a day - as it doesn't take long for the temp to ratchet up by 9:30am

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