Monday, January 23, 2012

Jahra farms

January 2012
Third stop of the birding trip with Pekka Fagel were the Jahra farms. 
Always a nice place to stroll around.
Mind, you can go there by yourself and ask the owner nicely if you can enter, but as a woman - Do NOT go to Jahra by yourself. It is still not the safest place to go in Kuwait (insert irony). 
There was not much going on that morning though. But I can't always bag an Ashy Drongo (a vagrant for Kuwait from 2010 - see farther below).

The farms are a good place to see a Bank Myna - one of the birds in Kuwait that is still teasing me. Well, maybe one day I get to see one.
Jahra farms
From Kuwait 2012
Jahra farms
From Kuwait 2012
Jahra farms
From Kuwait 2012


Birdcount for January 10th 2012

2 Song Thrush
1 White-throated Kingfisher
7+ White Wagtail
2+ White-eared Bulbul
1 Grey Wagtail
1 Rose-ringed Parakeet (sound)

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In October 2010 AbdulRahman Al-Sirhan, a great local birder took me on a trip. One stop was also the Jahra farms.

Jahra farms
From Kuwait
Jahra farms
From Kuwait
Jahra farms
From Kuwait
Subsp. of Isabelline Shrike, Turkestan Shrike, Isabellwürger, Lanius phoenicuroides
From Birds Kuwait 2010

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In December 2010 Humoud took me for a tour.
First stop that morning was at the Jahra farms where we had a male Bluethroat posing for us. He was getting as close as a meter. The food  must have either been great or he was just in a daze from his migration, that he didn’t realize the two humans staring at him in disbelieve (and clicking away happily of course) ;)
1st winter male Bluethroat, Blaukehlchen, Luscinia svecica
From Birds Kuwait 2010
1st winter male Bluethroat, Blaukehlchen, Luscinia svecica
From Birds Kuwait 2010


We had the some nice rain that morning, which made for clean air, but not the greatest lighting conditions ;)

Jahra Farms
From Kuwait

When we went inside the farm, we saw and heard White cheeked Bulbuls, Kingfisher, Common Myna, …
A few Song Thrush
Song Thrush, Singdrossel, Turdus philomelos
From Birds Kuwait 2010


My first Wryneck, quite far away and off  to greener pastures after this shot

Wryneck, Wendehals, Jynx torquilla
From Birds Kuwait 2010

A single Spanish Sparrow. Not sure what he did there without his flock.

Spanish Sparrow, Weidensperling, Passer hispaniolensis
From Birds Kuwait 2010

And last one for the farms, a Ashy Drongo. There are two of them, one showed himself briefly to us, sadly with us facing the sunny side of the morning. Got him nonetheless ;)
The Ashy Drongo was seen in Kuwait only one time before in 2001.
Ashy Drongo, Dicrurus leucophaeus
From Birds Kuwait 2010