Week 22 - 04 June 2011, Sulaibikhat and Jahra East Outfall
The end of Spring Migration has provided some amazing rarties in Kuwait, starting with the Pied Stonechat, a 1st for Kuwait in late May. Images by Mike Pope
This was followed by the 3rd record of Long-tailed Skua seen at Jahra Pools and then on 01 June 2011, Rashed Al-Hajji discovered a Red Knot, the 2nd record for Kuwait - but more amazingly is that the first record was seen way back in 1962! On the same day, Artic Tern (the bird associated with the longest migration flight on record) dropped in at Jahra East Outfall giving us Kuwaiti birders much to be pleased about. I was only able to get out on the Saturday, but bad weather the preceeding days gave some hope that birds were still grounded. I stopped first at Sulaibikhat Bay and found 2 Arctic Terns in the company of Little and Sandwich Terns (sadly, too distant for a photograph). On the way out to Jahra East Outfall found this quizzical Blue-headed Agama
The 4m high tide was still pushing in when I arrived at JEO, together with many of the other Kuwait birders. We easily found the Red Knot resplendent in breeding plumage and looking rather plump and overfed amongst the other smaller and sleeker looking waders. We enjoyed watching it as it slowly edged closer on the incoming tide, but never quite close enough for my 400mm
I couldnt stay as long as I had hoped, but 2 new birds in a morning's outing was very satisfying. Just as I was leaving I noticed this distant Curlew with an obscenely long bill. My guess it is either a female European Curlew or orientalis sub-species. I never got to see the rump colour.....but my mind did wonder
Week 21 - 27 May 2011, Jahra Pools and later Sharq Harbour
The Pied Bush Chat (a first for Kuwait) was seen again at Jahra Pools Reserve yesterday, so after my son's golf lessons we were back at Jahra Pools in search of this mega. Images by Mike Pope
Again I was unsuccessful, but we believe it to still be present but elusive. Nevertheless, we still enjoyed the few remaining Red-necked Phalarope females that are almost all in full breeding plumage
Later in the week, I stopped for 30-minutes early in the morning at Sharq Harbour, on the way to having my car serviced. No gulls at all, but did have an adult and juvenile Sandwich Tern
An unexpected surprise was a single Socotra Cormorant (a rare summer visitor to Kuwait) that was really enjoying a bath and wash in the sea, before it flapped off laboriously with a hop, skip and jump to go an dry out on one of the harbour buoys
Kuwait Bird Report 2008
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The purpose of the annual bird report is to document bird occurrences and their habitats in
Kuwait from 01 January to 31 December 2008.
This report lists all the birds that have been seen in Kuwait during 2008 as reported to the
Kuwait Environment Protection Society, Ornithological Society of Kuwait (OSK) and the
Kuwait Ornithological Rarity Committee (KORC). All the records in this report have been
validated, adjudicated and accepted by KORC.
Although we are almost at the end of 2009, this is report has been delayed because of the
time it takes in gathering records and sightings from individuals websites, birders lists,
adjudicating them and inputting the records into the Kuwait Birds Database to produce an
The Kuwait Ornithological Rarities Committee has again worked very hard this year and
reviewed and accepted 33 records out of 37 completed KORC Forms that have been
submitted to KORC.
This report has been consolidated and created from 4785 records that have been collected
from many sightings and submitted records by many bird watchers and visitors during the
2008 year. All these records have been added to Kuwait Birds Database.
There has been growth in the number of Kuwaiti birdwatchers and photographers and
together with international visitors; Kuwait’s profile and status is gaining momentum as a
birding hot spot especially during the exciting spring and autumn migration. This in turn
has raised the birding ‘profile’ of Kuwait in the international birding world and as a direct
result; this coverage has produced more records and sightings which improved the overall
birding picture of Kuwait. However, this fantastic local and international exposure has
highlighted the importance of more stringent conservation and protection policies to ensure
this marvel called migration can be sustained and continue to be enjoyed by future
generations and the growing number of local and international birders who come to Kuwait
to enjoy this rewarding pastime.
As a result of this increase in observers, there has been an increase in the number of new
records and new firsts for Kuwait. Five (5) new birds have been added to Kuwait list as
opposed to four (4) of the year 2007. Twenty eight (28) vagrant species have been recorded
this year as opposed to twenty (20) of last year.
Although Kuwait enjoyed good birding this year, even more indiscriminate and
unnecessary bird shooting has been seen by local and visiting birders. This has annoyed
and frustrated the visiting birders who did not expect to see this in Kuwait, especially since
Kuwait Bird Report 2008
the neighbouring countries has much less bird shooting than in Kuwait which are enforced
with more formal and regulated conservation and hunting policies.
The report also documents some of our initiatives to improve conservation awareness and
the need for bird habitat protection together with minimizing habitat destruction.
One of OSK’s key objectives is to collectively work toward conservation and protection of
birds and their habitat whilst making inroads to educate the public in being more aware of
the need for protection, conservation and pride in the natural heritage that Kuwait, as a
desert state has to offer.
2007 The Kuwait Bird Report 2007
Ornithological Society of Kuwait (OSK)
Kuwait Ornithological Rarities Committee (KORC)
Bird Monitoring and Protection Team (BMAPT)
Kuwait Ornitholigical Records Committee (KORC)
At the time the report was published 10/10/2008 the KORC members were as follows:
The resident Kuwait members:
1- Mike Pope chairman
2- AbdulRahman Al-Sirhan secretary
3- Pekka Fågel member
The external members:
1- Dr Peter Cowan member
2- George Gregory member
This 2007 report was compiled by Abdulrahman Al-Sirhan, the OSK chairman
Kuwait based observers during 2007
Abdulrahman Al-Sirhan, Abdulmuhsen Al-Suraye, Badr Al-Attar, Brian Foster, E.Delima, Dr Gary Brown, George Gregory, Hani Al-Mawash, Hussain Al-Qallaf, Khalid Al-Ghanim, Khalid Al-Nasrallah, Misha´l Al-Jeriwi, Mark Chichester, Mohammed Khamis, Mike Pope, Mahmoud Shehab, Pekka Fågel, Rashed Al-Hajji, Samira Al-Khalifa, Zaid Al-Nasser..
Belgians Group: 27/12–4/1/2008 Kris De Rouck and Dirk Colin
1st British Group: 3–9/4/2007 Chris Batty, Richard Bonser, Andy Clifton and Andrew Holden
2nd British Group: 4–13/4/2007 Sean Cole, Alex Parker, Rob Thatcher, Don Sykes.
3rd British Group: 16–24/4/2007 Graeme Joynt, Colin Dodsworth, Thomas Francis and Stewart Hinley.
1st Finish Group: 24–31/1/2007 Ilkka Sahi, Keijo Wahlroos, Hannu Palojärvi, Jukka Ihanus, Markku Santamaa
2nd Finish Group: 5–9/12/2007 Kari Haataja, Vesa Jouhki.
Norwegian Group: 30/3–9/4/2007 Jarl Nystrom, Oivind Syvertsen.
1st Swedish Group: 19–31/3/2007 Jan-Michael Breider, Christer Brostam, Bosse Carlsson, Per Forsberg, Seppo Haavisto, Sven Karlsson, Staffan Rodebrand and Johan Sandström.
2st Swedish Group: 21/12/2007–2/1/2008 Johan Fagefors, Arne Holgersson, Olof Jönsson, Hans Larsson, Stefan Magnusson.
Mike Newey: Australian visitor.
Bird Monitoring and Protection Team (BMAPT)
Kuwait Environment Protection Society (KEPS)
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