12 October 2018

Eid birding

Week 34; 21 August 2018 - Mutla'a Ranch and Jahra Pools Reserve

My family is arriving for a 2-week visit tomorrow, so Neil Tovey and I had another morning out together starting off again at Mutla'a just after sunrise.

A single European Roller was seen on the overhead line of the way to the Warbler patch

European Roller (oracias garrulus)

Again, we were on the search for any unusual Warblers, as a few Blythe's had been recorded in UAE in the past week and there is no reason why they shouldn't be found in Kuwait more frequently. We checked the field where we found the Paddyfield and there were some Warblers about; Indian Reed Warbler

Indian Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus s. brunnescens)

Marsh Warbler

Marsh Warbler (Acrocephalus palustris)

and Common Whitethroat

Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis)

There was one Warbler that we were unsure of, as it responded quite quickly to Blythe's call. It seems to have features of both Blythe's and Olivaceous - so at this point we are still not 100% sure of the ID. Some comments I have received are given below and if anyone has strong opinions on the ID, please drop me a mail;

Emargination's on P3 and P4 rule out Reed and Marsh, but are good for Blythe's
however, P1 length also rules out Blythe's!
The undertail covert length is good for a small acro
Overall olive tone to the plumage, apparent lack of white in the outer web of the outermost tail feather, lack of pale panel in the secondaries and rather robust bill are features at odds with Olivaceous
Although short claws and lead grey legs are pro Olivaceous features
Strong contrast in upper wing between very grey GC and very dark remiges and PC is another feature not in favour of Blythe's

Warbler tbc

Many Asian Grass Blue's were present in the same patch

Female Asian Grass Blue (Zizeeria karsandra)

As well as this pretty colourful wasp species

Wasp sp.

We then headed to JPR for a quick stop and checked the area where we had the Egyptian Nightjar last week, finding between 8-10 more

Egyptian Nightjar (Caprimulgus aegyptius)

A lone Western White Stork was seen down near the beach

Western White Stork (Ciconia ciconia)

After which we called it a day, as I had a couple of things to take care of before the family arrived in the early hours tomorrow morning

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