BIRDING AROUND THE WORLD

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UAE  11-14 Nov 1997-12-17

I stopped off at Dubai on the way to the Philippines at the kind invitation of Simon Aspinall. There was no charge for the stop-over as I was flying with Emirites, a first rate airline. It proved to be an excellent birding venue, with a good variety of birds including such stars as Hypocolius, Sooty Gull and Blyth’s Pipit, and warranted a longer stay. It seemed a good time to visit, although the Hypocolius had only just arrived. I was accompanied throughout by Simon, to whom I am deeply indebted, and for some of the time by Steve James and Eric Dempsey and partner who were also very helpful.

Itinerary

Nov 11  Arrived Dubai 01.20, mid morn – Al Jazeerah – Abu Dhabi

Nov 12  Abu Dhabi – Qarn Nazwa – Fujeirah – Kalba – Khor Kalba - Wadi Masafi – Qarn Nazwa – Abu Dhabi 

Nov 13  Abu Dhabi – Khalidiyah spit – Al Wathba camel track – Abu Dhabi

Nov 14  Abu Dhabi – Al Jazeerah – Dubai, departing on 08.30 flight

 

Systematic List

Little Grebe Tachibaptus ruficollis                      Few AJ

Black-necked Grebe  Podiceps nigricollis           Few AJ

Great Cormorant  Phalacrocorax carbo               Common F

Socotra Cormorant  Phalacroco­rax nigrogularis  Only 1 AJ

Indian Pond Heron  Ardeola grayii                     Few KK                                    

Cattle Egret  Bubulcus ibis                                 Few AD

Western Reef Heron  Ardea gularis                     2 K

Little Egret  Egretta garzetta                              Fairly common

Grey Heron  Ardea cinerea                                 Several singles 

Teal  Anas crecca                                             Few AJ and KK

Mallard  Anas platyrhynchos                              Few AJ and KK

Pochard  Aythya ferina                                      Few AJ

Marsh Harriër  Circus auriginosus                      3 AW

Pallid/ Montagu’s Harriër  Circus macrourus/ pygagus    5 AW and a few singles, all ringtails

Sparrowhawk   Accipiter nisus                           1QN

Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus                     1 AW

Bonelli’s Eagle Hieraaetus fasciatus                  1 AW

Osprey Pandion haliaetus                                  1 AD

Kestrel Falco tinnunculus                                   Few singles

Sand Partridge  Ammoperdix heyi                      1 WM

Grey Francolin Francolinus pondicerianus          Common

Coot  Fulica atra                                                Common AJ, few KK

Oystercatcher   Haemantopus ostralegus                        1 K

Blackwinged Stilt  Himantopus himantopus        2 KK

Ringed Plover  Charadrius hiaticula                    Few K

Kentish Plover  Charadrius alexandrinus             Common K

Lesser Sand Plover Charadrius mongolus          Common K                                          

Greater Sand Plover  Charadrius leschenaultii    Few K

Grey Plover  Pluvialis squatarolas                      Few K

Red-wattled Lapwing  Hoplopterus indicus         4 KK

Sanderling  Calidris alba                                   Several K

Little Stint  Calidris minuta                                 Several

Dunlin  Calidris alpina                                        Few

Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago                    1 K      

Black-tailed Godwit  Limosa limosa                   1 KK

Curlew Numenius arquata                                  Several K         

Redshank  Tringa totanus                                  Few

Greenshank  Tringa nebularia                             1 KK

Common Sandpiper  Actitis hypoleucos                        1 KK

Sooty Gull  Larus hemprichii                              4 K                  

Black-headed Gull  Larus ridibundus                  Few K

Slender-billed Gull  Larus genei                                    2 AJ

Yellow-legged Gull  Larus cachinans                 Common

Lesser Black-backed/ Heuglin’s Gull  Larus fuscus/ heuglinii      Several K

Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis                   Few                             

Caspian Tern  Sterna caspia                              Few K

Swift Tern  Sterna bergii                                                Common

Lesser Crested Tern  Sterna bengalensis           1 K

Common Tern Sterna hirundo                            Common K

White-cheeked Tern Sterna repressa                  Several K

Saunder's Little Tern  Sterna saundersi             Fairly common K

Whiskered Tern  Childonias hybrida                   Few K

Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse  Pterocles exustus           10 AW 

Collared Dove  Streptopelia decaocto                 Several AW

Palm Dove Streptopelia senegalensis                 Abundant

[Rose-ringed Parakeet  Psittacula krameri          Several]

[Alexandrine Parakeet  Psittacula eupatria         4 AD]

Little Owl  Athene noctua                                  2 QN

White-collared Kingfisher  Halcyon chloris kalbaensis    2 KK

Kingfisher  Alcedo atthis                                   2 KK

Little Green Bee-eater  Merops oriëntalis                        Common

Indian Roller Coracias benghalensis                  Several, mainly around F

Hoopoe  Upupa epops                                       Few

Black-crowned Finch-Lark  Eremopterix nigriceps          Few AW           

Desert Lark  Ammomanes deserti                       3 WM

Short-toed Lark  Calandrella brachydactyla         Few AW

Crested Lark  Galerida cristata                           Abundant

Skylark   Alauda arvensis                                   Few AW

Oriental Lark Alaudagulguda                              1+ AW

Pale Crag Martin  Hirundo obsoleta                    Common

Richard’s Pipit  Anthus novaeseelandiae                        Few AW

Blyth’s Pipit  Anthus godlewski                          1+ AW

Tawny Pipit  Anthus campestris                         Several

Tree Pipit  Anthus trivialis                                  1+ K spit

Red-throated Pipit  Anthus cervinus                   Few

Water Pipit  Anthus spinoletta                            Few

White Wagtail  Motacilla alba                             Few

Grey Hypocolius  Hypocolius ampelinus                         6+ AJ at dawn on 14th

White-cheeked Bulbul  Pycnonotus leucogenys  Abundant

Yellow-vented Bulbul  Pycnonotus xanthopygos            Common WM

Red-vented Bulbul  Pycnonotus cafer                Few AW

Black Redstart  Phoenicurus ochruros                Few

Stonechat  Saxicola torquata                             2 near WM

Isabelline Wheatear  Oenanthe isabellina           Common

Northern Wheatear  Oenanthe oenanthe             Few

Pied Wheatear  Oenanthe pleschanka                Several

Desert Wheatear  Oenanthe deserti                    Few

Red-tailed Wheatear  Oenanthe xanthoprymna    2 WM

Eastern Pied Wheatear Oenanthe picata           1 QN    

Graceful Warbler  Prinia gracilis                         Fairly common

Scrub Warbler  Scotocerca inquieta                   Few WM

Clamorous Reed Warbler  Acrocephalus stentoreus       Few KK

Olivaceous Warbler  Hippolais pallida                1 K spit

Booted Warbler  Hippolais caligata                     Heard KK         

Menetries Warbler  Sylvia mystacea                  Heard AW

Desert Lesser Whitethroat  Sylvia minula­­           2 WM   

Plain Leaf Warbler  Phylloscopus neglectus       Several

Chiffchaff  Phylloscopus collybita                       Fairly common

Wood Warbler Phylloscopus                              2 K spit

Arabian Babbler  Turdoides squamiceps                        Heard WM

Purple Sunbird            Nectarinia asiatica                    Common

Isabelline Shrike  Lanius isabellinus                  Fairly common

Great Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor aucheri        Fairly common

Southern Grey Shrike   Lanius meridionalis/pallidirostris. 1 AW

Indian House Crow  Corvus splendens               Several

Brown-necked Raven  Corvus ruficollis              Fairly common

[Common Mynah Acridotheres tristis                 Common AD]

House Sparrow  Passer domesticus                  Common

Indian Silverbill             Euodice malabarica                  Fairly common

[Masked Weaver  Ploceus                                 2+ K spit]

 

Other notable species present:-

Lappet-faced Vulture

Spotted Eagle

Barbary Falcon

Crab Plover

Broad-billed Sandpiper

Terek Sandpiper

Bruce’s Scops-Owl

Pharoah/ Desert Eagle-Owl

Bimaculated Lark

Hume’s Wheatear

 

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