UAE CLUB 300

The UAE Club 300 - an informal look at the more-or-less active UAE top listers.


Rarity report assessments, taxonomic changes and status reviews will sometimes cause the numbers listed here to go up or down … rather like the stock-exchange, in fact! The Lesser Black-backed Gull complex, the Grey Shrike complex and Stonechats are prime examples.

Species not formally submitted are not displayed.

 

Above 400 species - thus members of the über exclusive Club 400:

 

1. Steve James - 410 species (all in the UAE database)
Cares mostly about his Year List where he usually leads supreme. Potential new addition to his List will be twitched. Relentlessly.
In UAE from 1992 until August 2014, a very sporadic visitor since then.

Last additions:

  • 404 - Cinereous Vulture - 26.10.2012 (DDCR)

  • 405 - Greater Scaup - 10.11.2012 (Ruwais WTP)

  • 406 - Mesopotamian Crow - 01.12.2012 (Siniyah Island)

  • 407 - Red-headed Bunting - 25.03.2012 (Emirates Palace)

  • 408 - Cretzschmar's Bunting - 26.03.2013 (Jebel Dhanna--hotels)

  • 409 - Roseate Tern - 13.09.2013 (Fujairah Port Beach)

  • 410 - White-crowned Wheatear - 10.11.2019 (Al Jaroof village)

 

2. Simon Aspinall - 405 species (all in the UAE database)
What list? Was in danger of becoming a Mammal Lister as a result of having seen all the birds of the UAE.
UAE's top birder and naturalist. Always has been. Always will be.
In UAE from 1993 until 2009, a scarce but much appreciated winter visitor up to 2011. With us in spirit from 31 Oct 2011 onwards.

Last additions:

  • 403 - Red-flanked Bluetail - 08.12.2008 (Safa Park)

  • 404 - Pied Cuckoo - 05.01.2009 (Ajban Farms)

  • 405 - Wilson's Phalarope - 04.01.2010 (Al Wathba Lake)

 

---------------------------

 

Above 300 species:

3. Tommy Pedersen - 396 species (all in the UAE database)
Cares more about other people's lists (too busy fathering, flying and website-updating to worry about birding for his own list).
In UAE from February 2002 until today and aims to stay here for quite some time; the summer of 2024 has been mentioned.
Still needs 'easy' species like Little & Alpine Swifts, and his frenemy, the Spotted Sandgrouse.

Last additions:

  • 390 - Paddyfield Pipit - 24.11.2017 (Hamraniyah--Paddyfield grass farm)

  • 391 - Water Rail - 15.01.2018 (Private estate near Green Mubazzarah)

  • 392 - Spotted Eagle Owl (Arabian) - 31.03.2018 (Hajar Mts)

  • 393 - Great Crested Grebe - 29.12.2018 (Ra's al-Khor Wildlife Reserve--Lagoon Hide)

  • 394 - Red-breasted Merganser - 20.03.2019 (Al Barsha Pond Park)

  • 395 - European Pied Flycatcher - 06.05.2019 (Umm al-Emarat Park) - pending EBRC approval

  • 396 - White-crowned Wheatear - 09.11.2019 (Al Jaroof village)

 

4. Mark Smiles - 395 species (all in the UAE database)
Out birding more often than not and twitching to the max. The most consistently correct replier to the UAE ID-help Forum.
In UAE from July 2009 until April 2019 (when he moved back to the UK), and holds the UAE record of species seen over a 5-year period!

Last additions:

  • 390 - Spotted Eagle Owl (Arabian) - 16.11.2017 (Hajar Mts)

  • 391 - Spotted Sandgrouse - 16.03.2018 (Sila'a Peninsula)

  • 392 - Icterine Warbler - 21.04.2018 (Al Mamzar Park)

  • 393 - Leach's Storm Petrel - 25.05.2018 (Khor Kalba Pelagic)

  • 394 - Little Gull - 04.10.2018 (Kalba)

  • 395 - Great Crested Grebe - 29.12.2018 (Ra's al-Khor Wildlife Reserve--Lagoon Hide)

 

 

5. Simon Lloyd - 389 species (all in the UAE database)
Finder of an 'Arabian First' and had Safa Park as his local patch. Mostly finds his own rarities when not teaching or being a family man.
In UAE from 2008 until today.

Last additions:

  • 380 - Alpine Swift - 29.04.2017 (Sila'a Peninsula)

  • 381 - Paddyfield Pipit - 24.11.2017 (Hamraniyah--Paddyfield grass farm)

  • 382 - Calandra Lark - 01.12.2017 (Wamm Farms)

  • 383 - Spotted Sandgrouse - 16.03.2018 (Sila'a)

  • 384 - Red-knobbed Coot - 27.04.2018 (Saadiyat Beach Golf Club)

  • 385 - Spotted Eagle-owl (Arabian) - 17.05.2018 (Hajar Mts)

  • 386 - Intermediate Egret - 26.10.2018 (Al Badia Golf Club)

  • 387 - Hume's Whitethroat - 15.03.2019 (Jebel Dhanna--private palace) - pending EBRC approval

  • 388 - European Pied Flycatcher - 06.05.2019 (Umm al-Emarat Park) - pending EBRC approval

  • 389 - White-crowned Wheatear - 09.11.2019 (Al Jaroof village)

 

 

6. Oscar Campbell - 387 species (all in the UAE database)
Will try to convince you that he most definitely does not care about his List. Out birding a lot; mostly finding his own MEGA's on Abu Dhabi island, and helping others twitching them.
In UAE from August 2006 until today.

Last additions:

  • 380 - Little Swift - 27.01.2017 (Ajman WTP)

  • 381 - Superb Starling 10.02.2017 (Sharjah Airport)

  • 382 - Common Reed Bunting - 18.03.2017 (Al Wathba Wetland Reserve)

  • 383 - Paddyfield Pipit - 24.11.2017 (Hamraniyah--Paddyfield grass farm)

  • 384 - Spotted Sandgrouse - 16.03.2018 (Sila'a)

  • 385 - Spotted Eagle-owl (Arabian) - 17.05.2018 (Hajar Mts)

  • 386 - Leach's Storm Petrel - 25.05.2018 (Khor Kalba Pelagic)

  • 387 - European Pied Flycatcher - 06.05.2019 (Umm al-Emarat Park) - pending EBRC approval

7. Colin Richardson - 379 species (356 species in the UAE database)
Former UAE Bird Recorder and the backbone of UAE birding, then became the Cyprus Bird Recorder. Founding father of this whole List-thingie. Sorely missed.
In UAE from 1981 to 2004. As rare as a Pheasant-tailed Jacana after that.

Last additions:

  • 376 - Red-knobbed Coot - 22.08.2002 (Wimpey Pits)

  • 377 - Whooper Swan - 09.02.2003 (Wimpey Pits)

  • 378 - Mute Swan - 09.02.2003 (Wimpey Pits)

  • 379 - Spur-winged Lapwing - 13.02.2004 (Al Wathba Lake)

 

8. Khalifa Al Dhaheri - 376 species (all in the UAE database)
Covering the Far West and most deepwater pelagics. Started recording his bird sightings in November 2009.
In the UAE since birth.

Last addition:​

  • 365 - Brambling - 14.11.2016 (Emirates Palace)

  • 366 - White-capped Bunting - 22.11.2016 (Al Ain)

  • 367 - Spur-winged Lapwing - 09.12.2016 (Zakher Lake)

  • 368 - Caspian Gull - 04.02.2017 (Umm al-Qaiwain Harbour)

  • 369 - Fieldfare - 18.11.2017 (Jebel Dhanna--housing area)

  • 370 - Mute Swan - 15.1.2017 (Jebel Dhanna--plantation)

  • 371 - Streak-throated Swallow - 24.12.2017 (Al-Zora Nursery)

  • 372 - Calandra Lark - 26.12.2017 (Wamm Farms)

  • 373 - European Honey Buzzard - 24.03.2018 (Jebel Dhanna--hotels) - to be confirmed by EBRC

  • 374 - Red-breasted Merganser - 20.03.2019 (Al Barsha Pond Park)

  • 375 - Intermediate Egret - 15.04.2019 (Ra's al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary--Mangrove Hide)

  • 376 - White-crowned Wheatear - 09.11.2019 (Al Jaroof village)

9. Andrew Twyman - 374 species (all in the UAE database)
One of the great UAE birding veterans. Probably the luckiest twitcher ever to live in this country.
In UAE from 1993 until July 2012.

Last additions:

  • 370 - Black Drongo - 20.01.2012 (Al Barsha Pond Park)

  • 371 - Black-naped Oriole - 24.02.2012 (Safa Park)

  • 372 - Great Spotted Cuckoo - 20.04.2012 (Wamm Farms)

  • 373 - Long-tailed Skua - 11.05.2012 (Khor Kalba pelagic)

  • 374 - White-rumped Sandpiper - 26.05.2012 (Al Ain WTP)

10. Andrew Ward - 370 species (all in the UAE database)
Former Mr Lulu, then Mr Emirates Palace until his departure. Loves a Twitch when not too busy running things in Abu Dhabi.
In UAE from 1996-2002 and from 2007 until 2017.

Last additions:​

  • 364 - White-breasted Waterhen - 05.04.2016 (Ghantoot)

  • 365 - Blyth's Reed Warbler - 18.08.2016 (Mushrif Palace Gardens)

  • 366 - Superb Starling - 01.10.2016 (Sharjah University)

  • 367 - Pin-tailed Sandgrouse - 01.10.2016 (Saih al Salam)

  • 368 - Brambling - 11.11.2016 (Emirates Palace)

  • 369 - Little Bunting - 12.11.2016 (Emirates Palace)

  • 370 - Redwing - 03.02.2017 (Mushrif Palace Gardens)

 

11. Neil Tovey - 367 species (all in the UAE database)
Lists eagerly (often seen listing to the left when out on the town with Steve, pre- or post twitching). Now married. Listing less.
In UAE from 2005 until 2014, when he started his Kuwait MEGA-list!

Last additions:

  • 360 - Red Knot - 14.12.2012 (Al Jazeerah Khor)

  • 361 - Little Crake - 25.09.2012 (AD Golf & Equestrian Club)

  • 362 - Roseate Tern - 04.10.2013 (Fujairah Port Beach)

  • 363 - Long-toed Stint - 23.11.2013 (Hamraniyah Nursery)

  • 364 - Pheasant-tailed Jacana - 30.11.2013 (Zakher Lake)

  • 365 - Great White Pelican - 22.02.2016 (Mangrove Hide)

  • 366 - Swinhoe's Storm Petrel - 24.06.2016 (Khor Kalba Pelagic)

  • 367 - Arctic Tern - 24.06.2016 (Khor Kalba Pelagic)

12. Nick Moran - 360 species (all in the UAE database)
Cared a lot about his List during the years he was here, holds a respectable 357 species seen in 5 years.
In UAE from 2004 until July 2009, made UK Birdbrain 2010. Now with BTO.

Last additions:​

  • 350 - Red-flanked Bluetail - 10.12.2008 (Safa Park)

  • 351 - Pied Cuckoo - 05.01.2009 (Ajban Farms)

  • 352 - Red Knot - 08.03.2009 (Khor al Beida)

  • 353 - Grey-headed Swamphen - 31.01.2017 (Al Wathba Wetland Reserve)

  • 354 - Pin-tailed Sandgrouse - 02.02.2017 (Saih al Salam)

  • 355 - Black-legged Kittiwake - 03.02.2017 (UAQ harbour)

  • 356 - Great Spotted Cuckoo - 04.02.2017 (Wamm Farms)

  • 357 - Calandra Lark - 24.01.2018 (Wamm Farms)

  • 358 - Great White Pelican - 27.01.2018 (Ra's al-Khor)

  • 359 - Merlin - Saih al Salam - 22.01.2019

  • 360 - Little Gull - 24.01.2019 (Fujairah Port Beach)

 

 

13. Derrick Wilby - 359 species (all in the UAE database)
Enjoys birding, twitching and wildlife photography. Will NEVER give up on a twitch until the bird is duly documented with his Canon.
In UAE from 2006.

Last additions:

  • 352 - Black Scrub Robin - 18.01.2013 (Sila'a--general area)

  • 353 - Mesopotamian Crow - 21.01.2013 (Khor al-Beida)

  • 354 - Red Knot - 23.01.2013 (Al Jazeerah Khor)

  • 355 - Roseate Tern - 30.07.2014 (Fujairah Port Beach)

  • 356 - Great White Pelican - 10.01.2016 (Ra's al-Khor)

  • 357 - Jouanin's Petrel - 27.10.2017 (Khor Kalba Pelagic)

  • 358 - Pin-tailed Sandgrouse - 11.11.2017 (Bab al-Shams desert)

  • 359 - Superb Starling - 11.11.2017 (Sharjah University)

14. Huw Roberts - 357 species (all in the UAE database)
Our main Al Ain birding resident, EBRC member, photographer of all wildlife and soon-to-be author.
UAE bird sightings recorded from December 2003 onwards.

Last additions:​

  • 350 - White-capped Bunting - 20.11.2016 (Al Ain)

  • 351 - Redwing - 04.02.2017 (Mushrif Palace Gardens)

  • 352 - Common Grasshopper Warbler - 25.03.2017 (Wamm Farms)

  • 353 - Asian Koel - 28.03.2017 (Al Ain)

  • 354 - Spotted Eagle Owl (Arabian) - 17.11.2017 (Hajar Mts)

  • 355 - Common Rosefinch - 19.09.2018 (Green Mubazzarah--west wooded area)

  • 356 - Paddyfield Pipit - 12.10.2018 (Wamm Farms)

  • 357 - Superb Starling - 22.02.2019 (Sharjah to Dhaid Road)

15. Graham Talbot - 350 species (all in the UAE database)
Avid twitcher, the fastest climber on the Club 300 list. Ever. The founding father of the UAE pelagics.
In the UAE off and on from 2007 until 2012, after when Hong Kong became his major twitching-grounds.

Last additions:

  • 348 - Kurdistan Wheatear - 31.03.2012 (Jebel Dhanna)

  • 349 - Great White Pelican - 07.02.2016 (Mangrove Hide)

  • 350 - Black Drongo - 09.02.2016 (Mushrif NP)

 

 

16. Mike Barth - 349 species (all in the UAE database)
Aviation photographer turned Bird photographer in March 2008 - 5 star photos all around.
In the UAE since 2004 until February 2017 when he moved back to the UK. We are all missing his superb photos and good company.

Last addition:

  • 344 - Gadwall - 06.02.2016 (Saih al Salam--Al Qudra Lake)

  • 345 - Pin-tailed Sandgrouse - 18.04.2016 (Saih al Salam--Al Qudra Lake)

  • 346 - Blyth's Reed Warbler - 26.08.2016 (Mushrif Palace Gardens)

  • 347 - Superb Starling - 02.10.2016 (Sharjah University City)

  • 348 - Little Bustard - 03.12.2016 (Wamm Farms)

  • 349 - Little Swift - 28.01.2017 (Ajman WTP)

 

17. Peter Hellyer - 345'ish species (328 species in the UAE database)
UAE veteran birder supreme. Casual Lister who is grateful for every new addition that happen to pass close to his office in Abu Dhabi.
In UAE from 1975 until today.

Last additions:

  • 340 - Spotted Crake - 24.02.2017 (Fujairah Port Pond)

  • 341 - Black-winged Kite - 03.03.2017 (Hamraniyah Fields)

  • 342 - Shikra - 05.03.2017 (Mushrif Palace Gardens)

  • 343 - Bay-backed Shrike - 30.04.2017 (Mushrif Palace Gardens)

  • 344 - Wilson's Storm Petrel - 17.05.2019 (Khor Kalba Pelagic)

  • 345 - Sooty Shearwater- 17.05.2019 (Khor Kalba Pelagic)

18. Jacky Judas - 340.5 species (all in the UAE database)
Co-discovered the Omani Owl in the UAE, but still needs to see it for it to count more than half a point ;-)
In UAE from 2004 until present, mainly seen on the East Coast and in Wadi Wurrayah NP.

Last additions:

  • 330 - Superb Starling - 24.12.2017 (Sharjah University City)

  • 331 - Pale Martin - 12.01.2018 (Ajman WTP)

  • 332 - Streak-throated Swallow - 12.01.2018 (Ajman WTP)

  • 333 - Spotted Crake - 13.04.2018 (Private estate near Green Mubazzarah)

  • 334 - Little Swift - 21.04.2018 (Al Warsan Lakes)

  • 335 - Wood Warbler - 07.05.2018 (Mushrif Palace Gardens)

  • 336 - Leach's Storm Petrel - 25.05.2018 (Khor Kalba Pelagic)

  • 337 - Intermediate Egret - 25.10.2018 (Al Badia Golf Club)

  • 338 - Asian Koel - 22.11.2018 (D67--Plantation Equestrian & Polo Club)

  • 339 - Red-breasted Merganser - 20.03.2019 (Al Barsha Pond Park)

  • 340 - White-crowned Wheatear - 09.11.2019 (Al Jaroof village)

19. Clive Temple - 328 species (all in the UAE database)
Listed mainly at the Dubai Pivot Fields. Twitched on occation.
In UAE from 2000 until 2012, and again from 2015 until 2017.

Last additions:

  • 323 - Eastern Cattle Egret - 11.04.2015 (Wamm Farms

  • 324 - Great White Pelican - 02.01.2016 (Mangrove Hide)

  • 325 - Black Drongo - 11.11.2016 (Mushrif National Park)

  • 326 - Redwing - 04.02.2017 (Mushrif Palace Gardens)

  • 327 - Mistle Thrush - 06.02.2017 (Safa Park)

  • 328 - Superb Starling - 10.02.2017 (Sharjah University)

20. Dave Clark - 324 species (all in the UAE database)
Was one of the main Al Ain Lister and the first Al Ain resident to join the Club 300. Likes to photograph dragonflies in flight.
In UAE in 2000 and from 2005 until September 2012, when he left us for Sri Lanka.

Last additions:

  • 321 - Marbled Duck - 24.12.2011 (Zakher Lake)

  • 322 - Black Drongo - 19.01.2012 (Al Barsha Pond Park)

  • 323 - Black-naped Oriole - 24.02.2012 (Safa Park)

  • 324 - White-rumped Sandpiper - 18.05.2012 (Al Ain)

21. Ahmed Al Ali - 314 species (all in the UAE database)
Finder of UAE's first Pied Cuckoo and Long-billed Dowitcher.
Deeply involved with UAE nature and conservation. Will twitch!
In UAE since birth. Plans to stay.

Last addition:

  • 305 - Superb Starling - 11.06.2016 (Sharjah University City)

  • 306 - Arctic Tern - 24.06.2016 (Khor Kalba Pelagic)

  • 307 - Amur Falcon - 04.11.2016 (Wamm Farms)

  • 308 - European Robin - 12.11.2016 (Al Mamzar Park)

  • 309 - Black-winged Kite - 03.03.2017 (Hamraniyah Fields)

  • 310 - Grey Hypocolius - 16.02.2018 (Al Rahba Farms)

  • 311 - Intermediate Egret - 26.10.2018 (Al Badia Golf Club)

  • 312 - Pheasant-tailed Jacana - 10.11.2018 (Ajman WTP)

  • 313 - Eastern Cattle Egret - 12.04.2019 (Ajman WTP)

  • 314 - White-crowned Wheatear - 10.11.2019 (Al Jaroof village)

  • 31? - Pin-tailed Sandgrouse - ??
     

 

22. Greg Askrew - 310 species (all in the UAE database)

One of our trustworthy Al Ain rep's. Finder of many a local rarity.

Present from 2010 to 2017.

Last additions:

  • 305 - Common Crane - 08.10.2016 (Zakher Lake)

  • 306 - White-capped Bunting - 22.11.2016 (Al Ain)

  • 307 - European Golden Plover - 02.12.2016 (Wamm Farms)

  • 308 - Little Bustard - 02.12.2016 (Wamm Farms)

  • 309 - Sykes's Warbler - 05.12.2016 (Khor Kalba)

  • 310 - Pin-tailed Sandgrouse - 04.08.2017 (Saih al Salam)

23. Alan Jones - 301 species (all in the UAE database)
Listed as often as his busy work schedule let him. Often seen in the field with his lovely wife Anna.
In UAE in the very early days and from 2007 until 2009. Annual visitor after that.

Last addition:

  • 297 - Eastern Imperial Eagle - 02.02.2014 (Zakher Lake)

  • 298 - Eversmann's Redstart - 02.02.2014 (Jebel Hafit)

  • 299 - Merlin - 11.02.2014 (Al Warsan Lakes)

  • 300 - Pied Kingfisher - 13.03.2019 (Palm Jumeirah)

  • 301 - Pin-tailed Sandgrouse - 19.03.2019 (Bab al-Shams Desert Resort)

  • 302 - Superb Starling - soon..........

24. Bruce Hansen - 300 species (all in the UAE database)
Visiting Norwegian birder annually seen in the UAE since October 2001. Twitched Dusky Thrush by plane from Oslo!

Last addition:

  • 298 - Eurasian Scops Owl - 08.03.2011 (Al Mamzar Park)

  • 299 - Grey Phalarope - 13.03.2011 (Al Wathba Lake)

  • 300 - Black Drongo - 17.06.2015 (Mushrif NP)

---------------------------

Reaching for 300 species, and from the UAE database records:

Scott Young

Present Sept 2010 to 2015.

293 - Watercock - 06.11.2014 (Al Warsan Lakes)

294 - Mourning Wheatear - 02.12.2014 (Saih al Salam--bike cafe)

295 - Buff-bellied Pipit - 19.12.2014 (Hamraniyah Nursery)

296 - Pin-tailed Snipe - 28.12.2014 (Wamm Farms)

297 - Blyth's Pipit - 28.12.2014 (Wamm Farms)

Peter Arras

269 - Crab Plover

270 - Eurasian Woodcock

Stewart Kirkcaldy

260 - Great Crested Grebe

261 - Baillon's Crake

262 - Jack Snipe

263 - Eurasian Scops Owl

Andrew Bailey
232 - Trumpeter Finch

233 - Pale Martin

234 - Streak-throated Swallow

 

Fouad Itani
211 - Common Pochard


© 2018 Tommy Pedersen
Created with Wix.com