Migrants and other birds recorded in the Dubai Safari at Al Warqa 13 October 2016
Migrants and other birds recorded in the Dubai Safari at Al Warqa, Dubai, during the 2nd week of October 2016
1. Red-wattled lapwing- 6, looks like the pairs bred, produced 4 chicks each and resulted in 1 each survival; thus having 6 lapwings. But all days all six are not present. They do sometimes go down somewhere and return to the safari by evening but at least 2 could be always loitering in the safari. It is first wader to breed in the Safari 2016 breeding season.
2. Black-winged Stilt-1, not present every day that means it is moving to some nearby waterbody, either in the STP or in Al Warsun Lake. Previous record is maximum of 3.
3. First migratory wader 1 each on 10 October are Wood Sandpiper, (4) Green Sandpiper, (5) Common Sandpiper and (6) Temminck’s Stint. Later on found on 4 and 5.
7. Spotted Redshank-1, looks like it landed evening or at night of 12th and left by early morning of 13th soon after I found them in Cape Buffalo pool.
8. Common Snipe-1, as above.
9. Laughing Dove, from 50 to 100, many breeding when first trees/bushes were planted. They are present year round.
10. Eurasian Collared Dove, from 50 to 60, many breeding and almost all present year round.
11. Common Hoopoe, 8 but maximum recorded over 40 in one day during September. They bred during 2016 season and are present all year round. Some keep visiting the from neighboruing areas, especially with subadults.
12. *Arabian Little Green Bee-eater, 8, at least 2 pairs bred this season. At least from 2012 may a pair or 2 used to be present in this site, usually along the base of the solid waste dump. Now they have moved up and settled in when we still see some around ground level
13. Indian Roller, 1, possibly bred in the nearby Desert Palm resort and a subadult progressed to the safari and settled from last August. It looks like a fully grown adult is often seen within 4-5 meters of our office window/door.
14. *Crested Lark- 12 to 20, at least 1 pair used to be present in the site from May 2012. During breeding season, many used to visit our safari lawns for gathering food and later on many turned up with the subadults.
15. Common Myna, 12-16, at least 3 pairs bred this season. They are present all year round.
16. Bank Myna 20 to 50, none lives inside the safari but by the earth banks along the base of the safari where at least 120 to 150 pairs bred in this breeding season and parents almost continuously ferry food from the safari to the earth bank nests. They were in the area from before 2012. They bred here and used to get food from the now defunct Pivot field.
17. Ashy Prinia- 4 to 6, 1 possibly bred in the safari during this breeding season.
18. Daurian Shrike-3 on 10th October seen first time. Today, 13th saw at least 2.
19. White-eared Bulbul- 20-30, at least 5 pairs bred during the breeding season.
20. Red-vented Bulbul, 4-6, possibly bred but could not confirm.
21. Indian Silverbill
22. House Sparrow- 50-100, half is resident, almost all are breeding. One of the first bird to come here when we have sites offices established.
23. Purple Sunbird 3-5 pairs, at least 2 pairs bred during this year's breeding season from April to July.