Mirfa

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.

Birding strategy:
Explore the following eBird Hotspots;
Mirfa--general area

This hotspot covers the entire area


Mirfa--eastern shoreline

As you drive in from Abu Dhabi, this shoreline and mangroves towards town is a good first stop.

Mirfa--Fodder Field

After the shoreline, a stop here can be productive. Check out the surrounding trees and wet areas.

To the immediate south lies:

Mirfa--plantations

Mirfa--Children's Park

A small park that can hold migrants and wintering birds

Mirfa Harbour

Worth a stop for wintering seabirds, gulls and terns.

Mirfa--Public Park

A larger park that is a must-stop before driving to the hotel.

Mirfa Hotel

The classic birding destination. Check the whole garden with trees and shoreline.
A great stop for food and refreshments.

 

Mirfa Water Treatment Plant

Has been great in the past. I'm not sure of the water situation these days.


Birds:
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

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