UAE Tour Day 4
Time to move inland. We did the 2.5 hour drive to Al Ain last night to stay at the One-to-One Ain al Faida resort so that we could hit the local sites at first light. First was Green Mubazzara, normally pretty busy during the weekends but as it was a Sunday morning it was very quiet. Targets here were Hooded Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush, Egyptian Vulture, Barbary Falcon and any warblers we could find in the back Wadi. It was rather quiet and we failed on the Hooded Wheatear unfortunately, this can be a tough mountain species to locate, it's a scarce resident in this location and very rare elsewhere. However we did get our first Plain Leaf Warbler of the trip.
Chukar (Alectoris chukar) 2 (introduced and not recognised in this area) Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides) 1 Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) 2 Peregrine Falcon (Barbary) (Falco peregrinus pelegrinoides) 2 Brown-necked Raven (Corvus ruficollis) 2 Desert Lark (Ammomanes deserti) 7 Plain Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus neglectus) 2 Clamorous Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus stentoreus) 2 Menetries's Warbler (Sylvia mystacea) 1 Arabian Babbler (Turdoides squamiceps) 4 Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica) 1 Black Redstart (Eastern) (Phoenicurus ochruros [ochruros Group]) 1 Blue Rock-Thrush (Monticola solitarius) 3 Hume's Wheatear (Oenanthe albonigra) 6 Red-tailed Wheatear (Oenanthe xanthoprymna) 1