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    Western Region this week

    Some interesting view this week in Western Desert (with shrubby formation, bushes...)
    3 Steppe Buzzard
    at least 5 spotted flycatcher
    1 golden oriole
    a lot of red backed shrike
    1 Turkestan shrike
    2 Southern Grey Shrike
    1 Namaqua Dove
    A lot of warblers (some willow warbler, some Upcher's Warbler, 1 Icterine Warbler (?))

    a lot of displaying Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark

    chicks of :
    indian plover (2 families)
    Greater Hoopoe Lark
    Macqueen's Bustard
    Little Owl (1 family with 5 chicks and 2 adults, allo together, still present 2 weeks ago)
    Black-winged Stilt (3 with 1 adult, still born 2 weeks ago)

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    Jean Delannoy

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    Forum moderator Sandman's Avatar
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    Great records, Jean. Can you give me an estimate count for Red-backed Shrike & Sparrow-Larks? For the Database.
    And I'm 99% sure that your 3 buzzards are Long-legged.
    Tommy Pedersen
    UAE; 392 species - Litle Bunting 12 November 2016
    World; 4,358 - Grey-sided Thrush, Nanhui, Shanghai - 10 November 2016

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    Dears,
    2 LL buzzards still there, at the same place than 3 weeks ago (and weeks before...). And one looks like to be the same than previous time (didn't enough see the other). There is food, there is high pylon, it's a good place where stay...
    Could they be resident? Breeders?

    One of my colleague said they could have been breeding there last year...
    Which other data for buzzard resident in UAE?
    Jean Delannoy

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    Yeah, they are sure to breed there.
    From the Annotated Checklist here:
    http://www.uaebirding.com/uaechecklist.html

    Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus
    B. r. rufinus - Northern Long-legged Buzzard
    Uncommon winter visitor, October to March. Black morph sometimes recorded.

    B. r. cirtensis - Atlas Long-legged Buzzard
    Rare breeding resident; presumed also uncommon dispersive visitor from elsewhere in Arabian peninsula. This subspecies has no black morph.
    Tommy Pedersen
    UAE; 392 species - Litle Bunting 12 November 2016
    World; 4,358 - Grey-sided Thrush, Nanhui, Shanghai - 10 November 2016

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    Thank you Tommy
    Jean Delannoy

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