UAE tour Day 1

Day 1 took us to sites local to Dubai starting with Mamzar park and surrounds at first light. The weather was overcast with spots of rain and unusually cool.

The Black-throated Thrush were in good numbers at the park, reaching six by the time we left. Unusually high numbers recorded around the UAE this winter. Another bird of interest was the Streaked Weaver at Ajman WTP. This is a species that is getting harder to find and whilst this did seem to be a lone bird, hopefully a colony will be established at this relatively new site over time. The other highlight was the count of approx 150 Crab Plover in Umm al Quwain as the tide rose they gathered at a roost until they were spooked by a large flock of Redshank and left the area.

Reports for the day :

Al Mamzar Park, Sharjah, AE 16-Feb-2017 Grey Francolin (Francolinus pondicerianus) 10 Indian Roller (Coracias benghalensis) 2 Southern Grey Shrike (Lanius meridionalis [meridionalis Group]) 1 Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer) 5 White-eared Bulbul (Pycnonotus leucotis) 10 Graceful Prinia (Prinia gracilis) 4 European/Siberian Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola/maurus) 1 Desert Wheatear (Oenanthe deserti) 1 Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina) 5 Black-throated Thrush (Turdus atrogularis) 6 Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos) 2 Purple Sunbird (Cinnyris asiaticus) 4 White Wagtail (alba) (Motacilla alba alba/dukhunensis) 4

Ajman Water Treatment Plant, Ajman, AE 16-Feb-2017 Gadwall (Anas strepera) 2 Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 5 Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 30 Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 4 Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca crecca/nimia) 30 Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) 40 Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) 1 Eurasian Marsh-Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) 2 Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) 2 Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) 20 Ruff (Calidris pugnax) 20 Slender-billed Gull (Chroicocephalus genei) 20 Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) 100 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) 10 Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus) 20 Green Bee-eater (Merops orientalis) 4 Isabelline Shrike (Daurian) (Lanius isabellinus isabellinus) 1 Brown-necked Raven (Corvus ruficollis) 2 Crested Lark (Galerida cristata) X Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 10 Clamorous Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus stentoreus) 3 Purple Sunbird (Cinnyris asiaticus) 10 Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) 5 White Wagtail (alba) (Motacilla alba alba/dukhunensis) 4 Tawny Pipit (Anthus campestris) 1 Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta) 4 Streaked Weaver (Ploceus manyar) 1

Khor al-Beida, Umm al-Qaiwain, AE 16-Feb-2017 Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) 40 Socotra Cormorant (Phalacrocorax nigrogularis) 3 Western Reef-Heron (Egretta gularis) 20 Eurasian Marsh-Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) 4 Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) 20 Lesser Sand-Plover (Charadrius mongolus) 100 Greater Sand-Plover (Charadrius leschenaultii) 30 Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus) 50 Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) 10 Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) 20 Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata) 20 Dunlin (Calidris alpina) 1000 Little Stint (Calidris minuta) 100 Terek Sandpiper (Xenus cinereus) 20 Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus) 1 Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) 5 Common Redshank (Tringa totanus) 300 Crab Plover (Dromas ardeola) 150 Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) 60 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) 20 Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica) 30 Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) 2 Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus) 10 Green Bee-eater (Merops orientalis) 6 Isabelline Shrike (Lanius isabellinus) 2 Brown-necked Raven (Corvus ruficollis) 1 Crested Lark (Galerida cristata) 10 Graceful Prinia (Prinia gracilis) 2 Desert Wheatear (Oenanthe deserti) 1 Indian Silverbill (Euodice malabarica) 1

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