19 August 2019

Autumn migration kicking off

Week 34; 12 August 2019 - Pivot Fields

I enjoyed the few days off for Eid and spent the morning at the Pivots after the usual early start.

The Libyan Jird's were quite active on one of the boundary roads, so I enjoyed sitting quietly and watching them go about their business - noting that they very aware of what might be overhead

Libyan Jird (Meriones libycus syrius)

Not much further on, I found one of this years Red-wattled Lapwing in the soft early morning light - but, still skittish as hell

Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus)

In the same area a flock of Spanish Sparrows, that bred on the farm this year, were foraging on the ground. Interesting to see that they have already moulted out of their breeding plumage

Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis)

I then headed to the two shallow pools, switched off my car and waited to see what would show in the reeds or in and around the pools. This strategy paid off and foraging in the reeds I found Caspian Reed Warbler

Caspian Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus s. fuscus)

Indian Reed Warbler

Indian Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus s. brunnescens)

A fleeting and frustrating glimpse of the Savi's Warbler as it disappeared into the reeds. I had also seen it briefly on my previous visit

Savi's Warbler (Locustella luscinioides)

A Sedge Warbler was a new arrival

Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)

Foraging in the shallow pools were Western Yellow Wagtails in a variety of plumage variations

Western Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla f. flava)

Along with 3 Citrine Wagtails

Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola)

Some movement caught my eye as a Little Crake emerged from behind a grass stump where it was hiding

Little Crake (Zapornia parva)

As it was now warming up rapidly, I did a circuit around the farm. Isabelline Wheatear's were also new arrivals

Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina)

Green Sandpipers were numerous around small pools of water on the pivot fields

Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus)

Overhead European Bee-eaters were quite vocal as they hawked insects on the wing

European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)

Autumn migration is finally kicking in, so the next few weeks should be bumper birding in Kuwait

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