Bulletin 9 - November 1979: Summary of Bird Recordings During July, August and September 1979



Summary of Bird Recordings During July, August and September 1979

Most of the sightings were made on Abu Dhabi Island.

Observers: Bish Brown, Terry Giles, Annette Allen, and Jenny Hollingworth

Legend: x 1 - 5 birds recorded
xx 6 - 10 birds recorded
xxx over 10 birds recorded.
Species July August September Remarks
Common Cormorant x x xxx Flock of several thousand reported offshore
Little Bittern -- x -- --
Reef Heron xxx xxx xxx Gray and white phase
Little Egret -- x -- --
Great White Egret -- x x --
Gray Heron x x x --
Purple Heron -- x x --
Glossy Ibis -- -- x One specimen only (see article page 27)
Greater Flamingo xxx xxx xxx At least 60 in August
Garganey -- -- x In winter plumage
Marsh Harrier -- -- x --
Pallid Harrier -- x x Single female
Osprey x -- -- Single at Batin
Black Francolin x x -- Heard but not seen
Oystercatcher -- xxx xx --
Black-winged Stilt -- -- x --
Avocet -- -- x Single at Sewage Farm
Little Ringed Plover -- x x --
Ringed Plover -- xx -- --
Kentish Plover -- xxx -- --
Lesser Sand plover -- xx -- --
Greater Sand plover -- x -- --
Dotterel x -- -- Single at Batin
Gray Plover -- xx -- --
Sanderling -- xxx -- --
Little Stint -- xx x --
Curlew Sandpiper x xx x July sightings in summer Plumage
Dunlin xx xx xxx July sightings and some of September in winter plumage
Ruff -- xx x --
Common Snipe -- x x Sewage Farm and grassy areas of Corniche
Black Tailed Godwit -- x -- --
Bar Tailed Godwit -- xx xxx Sighted on several grassy areas in Abu Dhabi town
Whimbrel -- xx xx Sighted on several grassy areas in Abu Dhabi town
Curlew x x x --
Redshank -- xxx xx --
Greenshank -- xx -- --
Terek Sandpiper -- x -- --
Common Sandpiper -- x x --
Turnstone -- xxx xxx --
Red Necked Phalarope -- x x in winter plumage
Black Headed Gull -- x -- --
Slender Billed Gull -- xxx -- --
Lesser Black Backed Gull -- xxx -- --
Herring Gull -- xxx -- --
Swift Tern -- x -- --
White Cheeked Tern xxx xxx xx Feeding young in August
Bridled Tern -- xxx -- --
Little Tern -- xxx -- --
Liechtenstein's Sand grouse -- x -- Parents and three chicks crossing Dibba-Masafi Road
Collared Dove -- x -- --
Palm Dove xxx xxx xxx --
Swift -- x -- --
Kingfisher -- x -- --
European Bee eater -- x -- --
European Roller -- x x Sewage Farm and Khalifa Street Park
Hoopoe -- x x Also at Suweihan
Black crowned Finch Lark -- x -- Three on Khalidiya Spit
Sand Martin -- xx xxx --
Swallow -- xxx xxx --
Pipit -- x x Species Black and brown headed races
Yellow Wagtail -- x x --
Gray Wagtail -- -- xx --
White Wagtail -- x x --
White Cheeked Bulbul -- -- x Three at Khalifa Street Park
Common Wheatear -- x -- --
Graceful Warbler xx xxx xx --
Clamorous Warbler x -- -- --
Spotted Flycatcher -- -- x Khalifa Street Park
Golden Oriole -- -- x Suweihan and Khalifa Street Park
Great Gray Shrike -- x x --
House Sparrow -- xxx xxx --
Common Mynah -- xxx xx frequently seen perched on heads and backs of camels at Sewage Farm
Brown Necked Ravens -- x xx Beside Al Ain and Suweihan Roads

 


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