UAE Tour Day 2

Mountains rule today,

Set off early from Dubai today and arrived in the mountain wadis around Masafi by daybreak.

Most of the mountain species were located in the hours leading up to lunchtime, the only blot was the missing Striolated Bunting, otherwise very successful . Two Trumpeter finch more than made up for that, the first I have seen in this area.

Masafi Wadi, Fujairah Sand Partridge (Ammoperdix heyi) 8 Brown-necked Raven (Corvus ruficollis) 1 Desert Lark (Ammomanes deserti) 20 Rock Martin (Pale Crag-Martin) (Ptyonoprogne fuligula [obsoleta Group]) 1 White-spectacled Bulbul (Pycnonotus xanthopygos) 4 Scrub Warbler (Scotocerca inquieta) 4 Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) 2 Plain Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus neglectus) 1 Desert Whitethroat (Sylvia minula) 2 Arabian Babbler (Turdoides squamiceps) 5 Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros) 3 Hume's Wheatear (Oenanthe albonigra) 3 Red-tailed Wheatear (Oenanthe xanthoprymna) 4 Purple Sunbird (Cinnyris asiaticus) 2 Trumpeter Finch (Bucanetes githagineus) 2

After lunch we moved on to Dibba where we visited a cattle and goat farm. Here we had several migrant species and without doubt the bird of the day and probably the week were two Critically endangered Sociable Lapwing a rare visitor to the UAE. In order not to disturb the birds I resorted to Digiscoping only (badly !).

Other birds of note were several Red-rumped Swallows and Common House Martins and a rather nice Siberian Stonechat

Wamm Farms, Fujairah Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) 20 Sociable Lapwing (Vanellus gregarius) 2 Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) 4 Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus) 30 Green Bee-eater (Merops orientalis) 3 Indian Roller (Coracias benghalensis) 6 Alexandrine Parakeet (Psittacula eupatria) 2 Isabelline Shrike (Lanius isabellinus) 1 Steppe Grey Shrike (Lanius meridionalis pallidirostris) 1 Skylark (Alauda arvensis) 15 Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 4 Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica) 6 Common House-Martin (Delichon urbicum) 20 Siberian Stonechat (Saxicola maurus) 1 Desert Wheatear (Oenanthe deserti) 1 Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina) 1 White Wagtail (alba) (Motacilla alba alba/dukhunensis) 2 Tawny Pipit (Anthus campestris) 5 Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta) 1

Smiles all round for a very good day !

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