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Jebel Dhanna is an under-watched area 180 km west of the city of Abu Dhabi.
Directions and access:
Easily reached from the main Abu Dhabi to Sila'a highway, and a 5-star hotel is located on the beach.
The best areas to bird are the grounds of the two hotels and the nearby beach, as well as the marsh near the jetty.
Other areas are fenced in with no access.
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Jebel Dhanna--general area
This is a migration hotspot, especially in March and April, when the hotel area can be alive with birds.
222 species (excluding escapes) have been recorded as of January 2020.
Rarities and uncommon birds have included;
- Crested Honey Buzzard
- Corn Crake
- Short-eared Owl
- White-throated Kingfisher
- Barbary Falcon
- Grey Hypocolius
- Eurasian Crag Martin
- Hume's Leaf Warbler
- Garden Warbler
- Hume's Whitethroat
- Brahminy Starling
- Ring Ouzel
- Common Blackbird
- Black-throated Thrush
- Thrush Nightingale
- Hooded Wheatear
- Mourning Wheatear (the best wintering site in the UAE, but not open to public)
- Kurdish Wheatear
- Cretschmar's Bunting (2nd UAE record)