02 December 2018

An orientation drive

Week 47; 22 November 2018 - Shallal Farm, Jal Al Zour, Mutla'a and Jahra Farm

A spent an overcast morning with Nathan Shuler showing him a few of the birding sites north of the city, as he has only recently arrived in Kuwait. 

Our first stop was Al Shallal Farm, but on the way we stopped for a Long-legged Buzzard sitting on the overhead lines on the southern boundary of SAANR. Once at the farm, the first birds we had were a pair of Hypocolius. We had a walk around the farm, but it was pretty quiet other than trying to get a decent visual on a calling Red-breasted Flycatcher

So, back west on the 801 where we had another and closer Long-legged Buzzard sitting on the boundary fence of SAANR

Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus)

A little further we watched a Eurasian Sparrowhawk unsuccessful in its attempt to catch a Collared Dove. Not much further, a distant Greater Spotted Eagle was seen on the ridge of Jal Al Zour

Greater Spotted Eagle (Aquila clanga)

Near Khuwaisat, we made a detour onto one of the wadi's where I hoped to show Nathan the wintering Red-tailed Wheatear. It wasn't in the usual area, but with some perseverance I eventually found it much deeper into the wadi

Red-tailed Wheatear (Oenanthe chrysopygia)

In a different area, we spent some time with a Western Black Redstart

Western Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros)

Next stop was Mutla'a Ranch where the clearing of 'alien' vegetation continues to make way for new Palm Trees. Again very quiet, but I did have two Blackbird fly over, but pretty high up.

Eurasian Blackbird (Turdus merula)

Our last stop was Jahra Farm, but by now it had warmed up a little. The numbers of Song Thrush had increased since my last visit

Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos)

There were also a couple of White Wagtails and Caucasian Water Pipit's in the fields, but all quite skittish. As it was Thanksgiving, I had to get Nathan back in time for his festivities.

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