After seeing so many Hume's, this bird was spotted this morning by my daughter Sarah. I had her on the lookout for a Hooded Wheatear as we drove through the wadi! It was hopping on and off the wall at the side of the road through the village. By now others have also seen it, so hopefully there should be a few more photos soon.
Thx for the update
The bird is still there
The star is still present today from 11am to 2:30pm
Thanks again to Steve for getting the news out quickly enough for the mega-twitch to take place. And great to see everyone who turned up!
And for the twitchers in the days to come: Drive to the pink waste-bin and park here: 25.481514N,56.137583E Walk to the bottom of the new wall (looks like a dam wall, but it's not) here: 25.482132N,56.139507E Check the top of the wall. Ot perches here quite often, sometimes with a Hume's Wheatear. You could also drive or even better, walk, up to the top of the wall from here: 25.480750N,56.141315E If it's not present here, climb the hill with the antennae, here: 25.481061N,56.138620E It has been seen around the fences and power lines to the south. I also saw it forage on the floor of the track, here: 25.483067N,56.140284E Good luck :-)
A jolly day out, twitching. Mark - you were sorely missed! (& these are with the P1000 - an INSANELY cool piece of kit)
White-crowned Wheatear Oenanthe leucopyga
1. One female Das Island 11 Apr 1987 (L Reaney).
2. One Das Island 2-3 Feb 1994 (L Reaney, M Wood).
3. One Sila’a--general area 20 Feb 1996 (A Rollo).
4. One Das Island 26 Jan 1997 (L Reaney, M Wood).
5. One Das Island 7 Mar 1997 (L Reaney, M Wood).
6. One Das Island 3-15 Apr 1997 (L Reaney).
7. One Das Island 25-26 Jun 1997 (L Reaney, M Wood).
8. One Das Island 8-13 Apr 1998 (SJ Aspinall, M Wood, L Reaney).
9. One Qarn Nazwa 6-8 Feb 1999 (C Richardson).
10. One Das Island 9-13 Apr 1999 (L Reaney, M Wood).
11. One Das Island 5-7 Apr 2002 (L Reaney, M Wood).
12. One Das Island 9-10 Apr 2002 (L Reaney, M Wood).
13. One Jebel Hafit 29 Oct 2015 (S Böhner).
14. One Al Jaroof village 9 Nov 2019 (S Taylor, S Taylor et al).
Well done Sarah! We are very grateful for your keen eyes. Impressive find in a remote place. Your photos are the best I think, Steve. It was moving a lot once Simon and his tribe got there at 2:50. It was gone when Kris and I arrived at 3:05 but re-found on the ‘wall’ that looks like a dam wall at 3:20 Then present for Mohamed, Vlad and Leticia at 3:35 And finally for Khalifa at 4:35, driving all the way from Ruwais!!!!! One description for today; EPIC TWITCH With a 15-minute high pulse for me when we searched the area 😎 Thank you, Sarah and Steve