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News - the latest UAE birding highlights.
Rare bird news are posted here for the benefit of the wider UAE birding community.
All reports of
rare birds are subject to assessment by the EBRC and should not be considered formal records.

News from 2012-2014 can be found by clicking here.

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23 Nov 2016: A Yellow-browed Warbler (16th UAE record) in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve.

22 Nov 2016: A female Brambling (29th UAE record) at Emirates Palace. Male Brambling and 4 Black-throated Thrush also seen.
..................The Pine Bunting still at unaccessible site in Al Ain.

19 Nov 2016: An Oriental Turtle Dove at Emirates Palace, with the second Brambling also seen, and 3 Black-throated Thrush.
..................A total of 30 Hypocolius on Lulu Island, with an early Pallas's Gull.
..................Al Mamzar Park had the Yellow-browed Warbler again, with 4 Black-throated Thrush still lingering.

16 Nov 2016: A Pine Bunting at a private estate in Al Ain (2nd UAE record - first mainland record).
..................The adult male Amur Falcon still at Dibba.

15 Nov 2016: A high count of 8 Black-throated Thrush in Al Mamzar Park. European Robin still present.

14 Nov 2016: The Brambling re-found at Emirates Palace Hotel. A high 11 Egyptian Nightjar at Al Wathba Camel Racetrack.

13 Nov 2016: Two Black-throated Thrush at Jebel Ali Hotel.
..................The Little Bunting and Eversmann's Redstart still at Emirates Palace. Dusky Warbler still Mushrif PG.

12 Nov 2016: A Dusky Warbler in Mushrif Palace Gardens (8th UAE record).
..................A Little Bunting also at Emirates Palace (18th UAE record), as well as a Ring Ouzel (26th UAE record) an
..................Eversmann's Redstart and a high count of 5 Black-throated Thrush. The Yellow-browed Warbler still present.

11 Nov 2016: A Brambling at Emirates Palace Hotel (8th UAE record). Also a Black-throated Thrush present.
..................The male Amur Falcon still at Dibba, with the Masked Booby now off Dibba--Holiday Beach Motel.
..................Sila'a Peninsula reports of a male Eversmann's Redstart in the park and European Robin in small plantation.
..................The Black Drongo still in Mushrif National Park.

10 Nov 2016: A Masked Booby at Dibba Port (31st UAE record). A female Eversmann's Redstart at nearby Wamm Farms.
..................The Black-throated Thrush still at Al Mamzar Park, with an European Robin.

A Brambling reported in November from Wamm Farms by a Swedish couple (Jan?) - more info needed please.

9 Nov 2016: A Spur-winged Lapwing at Zakher Lake at 2.30pm (9th UAE record).
..................Another Spur-winged Lapwing at Khalifa City A flash, 112 km to the east at 5.15pm (10th UAE record).
..................A Brown Noddy photographed off Kalba Corniche (37th UAE record).

8 Nov 2016: An adult male Black-throated Thrush at Wadi Bih--Colin's Farm.

6 Nov 2016: A Black-throated Thrush photographed in Al Mamzar Park.

5 Nov 2016: A Yellow-browed Warbler at Emirates Palace (15th UAE record).

4 Nov 2016: An adult male Amur Falcon (22nd UAE record) at Dibba.

29 Oct 2016: A Taiga Flycatcher (8th UAE record) in Al Mamzar Park. Now two Yellow-browed Warbler present,
..................as well as t
he Ashy Drongo.

29 Oct 2016: An Ashy Drongo (12th UAE record) and a Yellow-browed Warbler (14th UAE record) in Al Mamzar Park.

28 Oct 2016; Two Jouanin's Petrel on a Khor Kalba Pelagic trip.

12 Oct 2016: A Black-winged Kite at Khudhairah farms (24th UAE record).

10 Oct 2016: A Black Drongo in Mushrif National Park, probably returning bird to the mosque.
..................The juv Common Crane still at Zakher Lake.

8 Oct 2016: A juv Common Crane at Zakher Lake (9th UAE record).

30 Sep 2016;2 Swinhoe's Storm Petrel (10th UAE record), 28 Jouanin's Petrel and 6 migrating European Nightjar
..................on a Khor Kalba Pelagic trip.
..................One European Honey Buzzard at Wamm Farms (16th known UAE record
, not recorded since Aug 2013).

25 Sep 2016: A Black Drongo at Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club (9th UAE record).

21 Sep 2016: A female Pied Bush Chat near Green Mubazzarah (18th UAE record). Second record for Al Ain.

13 Sep 2016: A Red Knot at Khor al-Beida (12th UAE record). The juv Bay-backed Shrike still at Al Mamzar Park.

3 Sep 2016: A male Red-headed Bunting in Al Mamzar Park (9th UAE record). Also a juv Bay-backed Shrike (30th UAE record).

2 Sep 2016;1 Swinhoe's Storm Petrel (9th UAE record), 5 Jouanin's Petrel, 3 Flesh-footed Shearwater, 1 Brown Noddy
..................on a Khor Kalba Pelagic trip.

1 Sep 2016: An Alpine Swift photographed over Zakher Lake early morning (28th UAE record).

31 Aug 2016: A very rare butterfly has been identified here

5 Aug 2016;1 Swinhoe's Storm Petrel (8th UAE record), 1 Jouanin's Petrel, 1 Flesh-footed Shearwater, 1 Brown Noddy
..................on a Khor Kalba Pelagic trip.

24 June 2016; A record 3 Arctic Tern (5th UAE record), 2 Swinhoe's Storm Petrel (7th UAE record), 1 Sooty Tern (23rd UAE record).
..................on a Khor Kalba Pelagic trip.

22 June 2016; A putative Banded Martin photographed near Green Mubazzarah.

28 May 2016; One Eurasian Bittern at Saih al Salam (23rd UAE record). First May record in the UAE.

13 May 2016; One Sooty Shearwater off Fujairah Port Beach (27th UAE record).

4 May 2016; One male Green Warbler in Mushrif Palace Gardens (15th UAE record).

3 May 2016; A pelagic trip off Fujairah produced one Jouanin's Petrel (16th UAE record), at least one Flesh-footed Shearwater
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(20th UAE record), three Sooty Shearwater (26th UAE record) and one Sooty Tern (22nd UAE record).

15 Apr 2016; One Bay-backed Shrike at Masafi Wadi (29th UAE record).

14 Apr 2016; One Sooty Shearwater (25th record) and a Masked Booby (30th record) on a Khor Kalba fishing trip.

8 Apr 2016; Two adult Eastern Cattle Egret at Wamm Farms, possibly three birds.
..................An immature Shikra was photographed near Green Mubazzarah (9th UAE record away from Dubai/Abu Dhabi).

3 Apr 2016; One Black Scrub Robin at Sila'a--fodder field (7th UAE record).

31 Mar 2016; One White-breasted Waterhen at Ghantoot--Golden Tulip Jazirah Resort (34th UAE record).

27 Mar 2016; One male Little Crake at Al Warsan Lakes (24th UAE record).

26 Mar 2016; One adult Eastern Cattle Egret at Wamm Farms (11th UAE record), most likely the returning bird.

21 Mar 2016; One male Asian Koel at Jebel Dhanna--housing area (21st UAE record) - exactly 12 months since seen in same tree.

13 Mar 2016; The juvenile Great White Pelican still at Ra's al-Khor--Mangrove Hide.

10 Mar 2016; One Ashy Drongo at Jebel Nakfa, Al Ain after the huge storm (11th UAE record).

6 Mar 2016; One Shikra in the Al Wathba area.

5 Mar 2016; The Spur-winged Lapwing still present at Zakher Lake.

4 Mar 2016; One Alpine Swift at Wamm Farms (27th UAE record).
..................The Black Drongo still present in Mushrif NP.

3 Mar 2016; The Pied Kingfisher still in the Dubai Creek--Al Badia shoreline area.

20 Feb 2016; A Sociable Lapwing at Al Zora Nursery.

18 Feb 2016; The Caspian Stonechat still present at Wamm Farms. The Mourning Wheatear still on Jebel Hafit.

17 Feb 2016; Not one, but TWO Black Drongo in Zabeel Park.
..................One Pied Kingfisher still at Dubai Creek--Al Badia shoreline, spotted from the Creek Metro St.

16 Feb 2016; A White-crowned Wheatear reported from Jebel Hafit.

12 Feb 2016; A Forest Wagtail in Mushrif Palace Gardens (back wood).
..................One Hume's Leaf Warbler in Abi Dhabi--Al Ghaf Wood. Newly arrived migrants also recorded.

9 Feb 2016; A Spur-winged Lapwing at Zakher Lake (8th UAE record), possibly the Mafraq bird moving 110 km east.

6 Feb 2016; A male Common Koel at Al Warsan Lakes (19th UAE record).
..................The Spur-winged Lapwing still present at Mafraq Rubbish Tip.

5 Feb 2016; The Pied Kingfisher still at Ajban, the Caspian Plover and a Buff-bellied Pipit at Hamraniyah Nursery.

1 Feb 2016; The Black Drongo still showing well in Mushrif National Park, next to the mosque.
..................One Red-billed Tropicbird on the inaccessible Zirku Island.

30 Jan 2016; A first-winter Common Gull at Mafraq Rubbish Tip (28th UAE record).

23 Jan 2016; The first-winter Mediterranean Gull now at Mafraq WTP.
..................A record 9 Grey-headed Swamphen at Al Wathba Wetland Reserve, incl 2 juveniles.

18 Jan 2016; A Pied Kingfisher at Dubai Creek--Al Badia shoreline (31st UAE record).

15 Jan 2016; The first-winter Mediterranean Gull still at Mafraq Rubbish Tip.

11 Jan 2016; The first-winter Mediterranean Gull still at Abu Dhabi Golf and Equestrian Club.

10 Jan 2016; A Black-winged Kite at Al Bidiyah--garbage dump track (23rd UAE record).

9 Jan 2016; A first-winter Mediterranean Gull at Mafraq Rubbish Tip (15th UAE record).

7 Jan 2016; A first-winter Mediterranean Gull at Abu Dhabi Golf and Equestrian Club (14th UAE record).

2 Jan 2015; A Pacific Swift seen at Yas Island by Arjan Dwarshuis, Mike & Oscar (4th UAE record).
..................The Black Drongo showing well in Mushrif National Park, since 10 June 2015.

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31 Dec 2015; The juvenile Great White Pelican still at Ra's al-Khor--Mangrove Hide. It's partner discovered 300km south, in Oman.

26 Dec 2015; One juvenile Great White Pelican at Ra's al-Khor--Mangrove Hide. Identified as same as Ajman 12 Dec.

15 Dec 2015; The Red-crested Pochard still at Al Wathba Lake. The Grey-headed Swamphen still at Ain al-Fayda.

12 Dec 2015; Two Great White Pelican at Ajman WTP - not recorded in the UAE since Oct 2003 (8th UAE record).
..................A Grey-headed Swamphen at Ain al-Fayda (9th UAE record away from Al Warsan Lakes).

10 Dec 2015; One Black Drongo at Zabeel Park--south (8th UAE record).

9 Dec 2015; Two European Robin at Saadiyat Golf Club.

4 Dec 2015; The Black-winged Kite still present at Saih al Salam--Al Qudra Lake.
..................The Pied Kingfisher still at Ajban.

3 Dec 2015; A Black-winged Kite at Saih al Salam--Al Qudra Lake (22nd UAE record).

2 Dec 2015; A Pied Kingfisher still at Khor al-Beida.

29 Nov 2015; A Black-winged Kite at Dubai Investment Park (21st UAE record).

28 Nov 2015; A Red-crested Pochard at Al Wathba Lake (17th UAE record).
..................The Spur-winged Lapwing still at Mafraq Rubbish Tip.
..................Up to three Pied Kingfisher at Khor al-Beida (30th UAE record).
..................One Eurasian Siskin in Dubai Creek Park, and one in Safa Park.

27 Nov 2015; One female-coloured Asian Koel in Green Mubazzarah (18th UAE record).
..................The Casian Stonechat still present at Wamm Farms. A Buff-bellied Pipit at Hamraniyah Nursery.

22 Nov 2015; One Spur-winged Lapwing at Mafraq Rubbish Tip (7th UAE record).

15 Nov 2015; One immature Little Gull on Fujairah Port Beach (16th UAE record).

13 Nov 2015; One Amur Falcon at Wamm Farms (21st UAE record).

7 Nov 2015; Wamm Farms held a female Pied Bushchat (17th UAE record) and a Caspian Stonechat (2nd autumn record).
..................Saadiyat Golf Course had a Pied Kingfisher (29th UAE record).

6 Nov 2015; A pelagic from Khor Kalba produced 1 Masked Booby (28th UAE record).
..................The Pheasant-tailed Jacana still showing well at Saih al Salam--Al Qudra Lake

3 Nov 2015; The Black Drongo still showing well in Mushrif National Park.

31 Oct 2015; A Lanceolated Warbler reported from Emirates Palace (1st UAE record if accepted).
..................A Dusky Thrush at Wamm Farms (4th UAE record).
..................A Black-winged Kite at Al Wathba Wetland Reserve (20th UAE record).
..................An Ashy Drongo in Al Mamzar Park (10th UAE record).

29 Oct 2015; A White-crowned Wheatear on Jebel Hafit (13th UAE record), and not seen since 2002.
..................A Pheasant-tailed Jacana at Saih al Salam--Al Qudra Lake (3rd UAE record).

25 Oct 2015; A Pied Kingfisher at Al Wathba Wetland Reserve (28th UAE record).

21 Oct 2015; A Pied Kingfisher on Sir Bani Yas (27th UAE record).

19 Oct 2015; A female Pied Kingfisher at Ajban (26th UAE record).

16 Oct 2015; Two (male and female) Pied Kingfisher present at Al Wathba Camel Racetrack.

15 Oct 2015; A Pied Kingfisher at Al Wathba Camel Racetrack (25th UAE record).

9 Oct 2015; A pelagic from Khor Kalba produced 2 Swinhoe's Storm Petrel (8th UAE record), 90 Jouanin's Petrel (15th UAE record),
2 Flesh-footed Shearwater (18th UAE record) and a good number of Wilson's Storm Petrel.
..................The Collared Flycatcher still in Al Mamzar Park.

3 Oct 2015; One Collared Flycatcher in Al Mamzar Park - 1st UAE record!

26 Sep 2015; The Masked Booby still seen on buoy 1.5 km off Dibba Port.

24 Sep 2015; The Masked Booby still seen on buoy off Dibba Port. One putative Hume's Whitethroat on Delma Island.

20 Sep 2015; One Masked Booby off Dibba Port - 27th UAE record.

12 Sep 2015; One Green Warbler at Dubai Pivot Fields (birders standing outside, peeking in) - 14th UAE record.

4 Sep 2015; One Blyth's Reed Warbler Al Mamzar Park.

30 Aug 2015; One Cory's/Scopoli's Shearwater during a fishing trip from Khor Kalba - 6th UAE record.
..................Also present was at least one Flesh-footed Shearwater (16th UAE record) and two Masked Booby (26th record).

1 Aug 2015; One Red-billed Tropicbird during a fishing trip from Khor Kalba.

31 July 2015; The Masked Booby still off Khor Kalba.

25 July 2015; One Masked Booby off Khor Kalba - 25th UAE record.
..................Also present was 15 Flesh-footed Shearwater (15th UAE record)

23 July 2015; One Indian Pond Heron at Khor Kalba (Alqurm Protected Area), a nice summer record.

10 July 2015; The Bay-backed Shrike and Eastern Cattle Egret still present at Wamm Farms.

8 July 2015; Western Cattle Egret breeding in Al Ain city, 30 nests counted.

6 July 2015; The Black Drongo showing well in Mushrif National Park, as did a Pallid Scops Owl.

4 July 2015; A Jacobin Cuckoo at Wamm Farms - 4th UAE record.
...................Also present was a whooping 4 Amur Falcon, the Bay-backed Shrike and the Eastern Cattle Egret.

3 July 2015; A new Amur Falcon at Wamm Farms - 19h UAE record.
...................Also present was one Bay-backed Shrike and one Eastern Cattle Egret.

20 June 2015; One Bay-backed Shrike at Wamm Farms - 28th UAE record.

17 June 2015; The Black Drongo showing well in Mushrif National Park.

13 June 2015; Two Amur Falcon at Wamm Farms - 18th UAE record.

10 June 2015; A Black Drongo in Mushrif National Park - 7th UAE record.

2 June 2015; One Masked Booby off Khor Kalba - 24th UAE record. One Sooty Shearwater was 25th record.

9 May 2015; One Red-headed Bunting at Al Mamzar Park - 8th UAE record.
...................One Calandra Lark at Wamm Farms - 9th UAE record and only second UAE spring record.
...................One Purple Swamphen (Grey-headed) at Emirates Golf Club - 11th UAE record and first away from the
...................
Al Warsan/Al Wathba area since 1996.

2 May 2015; One adult Shikra at Al Ain WTP - 7th UAE record away from Dubai.

7 Apr 2015; One Black Drongo at Discovery Gardens, Gems School Academy - 6th UAE record.
...................Two Eastern Cattle Egret at Wamm Farms.

4 Apr 2015; One Bay-backed Shrike at Wamm Farms - 27th UAE record.

31 Mar 2015; The male Taiga Flycatcher still showing well in Al Mamzar Park.

28 Mar 2015; One immature Shikra at Al Ain WTP - 6th UAE record away from Dubai.

21 Mar 2015; One male Taiga Flycatcher in Al Mamzar Park - 7th UAE record.
...................One ad male Little Crake at Al Wathba Wetland Reserve - 23rd UAE record.
 

20 Mar 2015; One Black-winged Kite at Dubai Pivot Fields - 19th UAE record.
...................One male Asian Koel at Jebel Dhanna - 17th UAE record.
...................The adult Eastern Cattle Egret at Wamm Farms - 10th UAE record, possibly returning bird.

13 Mar 2015; A Little Swift in Al Ain.

6 Mar 2015; Three Caspian Stonechat at Sila'a Peninsula.

1 Mar 2015; One Mesopotamian Crow past Al Rafa'a bridge and beach - 2nd UAE record.

17 Feb 2015; One European Goldfinch of the Grey-headed subspecies in garden near Green Mubazzarah

7 Feb 2015; Two Wire-tailed Swallow Al Warsan Lakes - 14th UAE record. One Asian Koel in Al Mamzar Park - 16th record.
...................The Ashy Drongo still present Al Mamzar Park.

31 Jan 2015; Two Little Swift Dalma Island.

24 Jan 2015; One male Asian Koel in Safa Park - 15th UAE record.

18 Jan 2015; One female Red-crested Pochard at Palm Sports Resort - 16th UAE record.

16 Jan 2015; One Forest Wagtail in Mushrif Palace Gardens. Almost annual on Abu Dhabi island.

10 Jan 2015; One Ring Ouzel on Jebel Hafit - 24th UAE record.

9 Jan 2015; The Ashy Drongo still present in Al Mamzar Park.

1 Jan 2015; One Ashy Drongo in Al Mamzar Park - 9th UAE record.
...................One Blue-cheeked Bee-eater at the Dubai Pivot Fields, a rare winter record.

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3 Apr 2014; a belated report & photographs of a Pallas's Fish Eagle from Ra's al-Khor (Dubai) - 3rd UAE record.

 

 

News from 2012-2014 can be found by clicking here.

News from 2008-2011 can be found by clicking here.