24 May 2018

Migrants interspersed with residents

Week 17; 26 April 2017 - Gulf Road, Sharq Harbour and Green Island

Today was a double-header, a few stops on the way too work and one after work.

The number and mix of Yellow Wagtails foraging on the verges seems to increase each day; here a gorgeous Yellow-headed

Yellow-headed Wagtail (Motacilla f/t. lutea)
And a possible superciliaris

Possible superciliaris Western Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla f superciliaris)
A stunning Citrine Wagtail was also in the mix

Male Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola)
Here a comparative image with a Yellow-headed Wagtail

Citrine and Yellow-headed Wagtail for comparative purposes
A couple of Tree Pipit's were seen amongst the Wagtails

Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis)
At Sharq Harbour, Sandwich Terns were still present

Sandwich Tern (Sterna sandvicensis)
As were Lesser Crested

Lesser Crested Tern (Sterna bengalensis)
However, a Swift Tern put in an appearance competing for the food amongst the smaller Terns

Swift Tern (Sterna bergii)

Aerial supremacy with Swift and Sandwich Terns
A Pallid Swift was seen above Sharq Mall

Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus)
After work, another walk around Green Island produced more passage migrants; Common Swifts overhead

Common Swift (Apus apus)

My first Turkestan Shrike of the spring

Turkestan Shrike (Lanius phoenicuroides)
As was this Whinchat

Male Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra)
This time the resident Slender-billed Gulls were actively feeding and diving for fish like Terns on the inland bay

Slender-billed Gull (Chroicocephalus genei)

However, the star of the day was certainly this rufous form Common Cuckoo

Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) rufous form

A mixed bag

Week 17; 25 April 2017 - Gulf Road and JPR

Was a little late this morning, so not too much time available to stop, other than for this Yellow-headed Wagtail

Yellow-headed Wagtail (Motacilla f/t. lutea)
However, after work had a quick visit to Jahra Pools which is made easier with the new freeways that are now finished. A slow drive around the reserve gave Common Sandpiper foraging to it's heart content with all the midges on the water surface

Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
A Wood Sandpiper followed suit

Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)
A Red-backed Shrike was seen roosting in the reeds while the temperatures slowly subsided

Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio)
A Western Osprey made an appearance over the bigger pool

Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
The highlight was finding a pair of intimate White-tailed Lapwings - lets hope they have breeding success this season

White-tailed Lapwing (Vanellus leucurus)
There were quite a number of Dragonflies about, not 100% sure of this species

Dragonfly sp.

This is one of the Emperor's

Vagrant Emperor (Hemianax ephippiger)

Spring migrants on the move

Week 16; 20 April 2017 - Gulf Road and Sharq Harbour

I am now seeing passerine migrants on the grass pavements of Gulf Road on the way to work and where possible, I try and stop for a few images. 

Most days it is a mix of Pipit's and Wagtail's - here a Tree Pipit

Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis)
And a Red-throated Pipit

Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus)
As well as many Yellow Wagtails - this a possible dombrowskii

Possible dombrowskii Western Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla f. dombrowskii)

A detour through Sharq Harbour produced the expected seabirds; Common Black-headed Gull, still in winter plumage

Common Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Crested Tern

Lesser Crested Tern (Sterna bengalensis)

Sandwich Tern

Sandwich Tern (Sterna sandvicensis)
and an unexpected White-cheeked Tern

White-cheeked Tern (Sterna repressa)

A splash of colour at Green Island

Week 16; 18 April 2017 - Sharq Harbour and Green Island

I switched my approach and today made a stop at Sharq Harbour on the way home, as sunrise is getting later in the day and therefore more daylight hours to get in a spot of birding.

Unfortunately, the afternoon is not the best time of day at Sharq as the sun is pretty much in your face. A few Lesser Crested Terns were patrolling around the harbour

Lesser Crested Tern (Sterna bengalensis)
And a Common House Martin was seen overhead

Common House Martin (Delichon urbicum)
A few images around Sharq Harbour

Dhow's in Sharq Harbout

Sharq Harbour Pier
A little further down Gulf Road was Green Island and a quick walk around produced a good variety of passerine migrants, starting with a Blue-cheeked Bee-eater just after the entrance gate
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater (Merops persicus)
I disturbed a Eurasian Wryneck foraging for ants on one of the pathways

Eurasian Wryneck (Jynx torquilla) foraging for ants

A European Turtle Dove was seen amongst a few European Collared Dove's

European Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur)
A couple of Tree Pipit's were seen foraging on the lawns 

However, the highlight was a male Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush

Male Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush (Monticola saxatilis)

Followed by a White-throated Robin

White-throated Robin (Irania gutturalis)
Here a few of the famous Kuwait Towers from Green Island as the light started fading
Iconic Kuwait Towers