Mirfa is a small town 100 km west of the city of Abu Dhabi.
It is rarely visited by birders, but has great potential.
Directions and access:
Easily reached from the main highway west of Abu Dhabi.
The Water treatment plant is on the opposite side of the highway, and well worth a stop.
Explore the following eBird Hotspots;
This hotspot covers the entire area
As you drive in from Abu Dhabi, this shoreline and mangroves towards town is a good first stop.
After the shoreline, a stop here can be productive. Check out the surrounding trees and wet areas.
To the immediate south lies:
A small park that can hold migrants and wintering birds
Worth a stop for wintering seabirds, gulls and terns.
A larger park that is a must-stop before driving to the hotel.
The classic birding destination. Check the whole garden with trees and shoreline.
A great stop for food and refreshments.
Has been great in the past. I'm not sure of the water situation these days.
200 species (excluding escapes) have been recorded as of January 2020.
Rarities and uncommon species have included;
- Pectoral Sandpiper
- Short-eared Owl
- Egyptian Nightjar
- Grey Hypocolius
- Oriental Skylark
- Hume's Leaf Warbler
- Garden Warbler
- Black-throated Thrush
- Pied Bush Chat
- Mourning Wheatear
- Olive-backed Pipit
- Eastern Cinereous Bunting