Recent significant UAE bird sightings

All reports of rare birds are subject to assessment by the EBRC and should not be considered formal records.

White-crowned Wheatear

Al Jaroof village, 9 Nov 2019
© Stephen Taylor

2019

15 Nov 2019

The White-crowned Wheatear still present. See the Forum entry for location details.
 

9 Nov 2019

An adult White-crowned Wheatear discovered by Sarah & Steve Taylor in Al Jaroof village, the 14th UAE record, and only the second since 2002, and the first twitchable since 1999!

8 Nov 2019

The juvenile Common Crane still present at the Arabian Ranches Golf Club. Last date seen.

 

3 Nov 2019
A Cinereous Vulture in Al Marmoom DCR--general area, 3rd UAE record.
To be looked for from this location: 24.839162N , 55.318487E looking south  &  24.839966N , 55.326805E looking southwest.

1 Nov 2019

A Caspian Plover at Ajban farms.
A Mourning Wheatear at Al Maha Forest--pivot viewpoint.
Two Sociable Lapwings still at Al Saad Farms 5 (E16 northwest).

31 Oct 2019

A Streak-throated Swallow at Al Maha Forest (11th record). A Caspian Plover also present.
Two Sociable Lapwings back at Al Saad fields.

28 Oct 2019
1 Eurasian Bittern in Al Marmoom DCR (28th record)
1 juv Common Crane at Arabian Ranches Golf Club--restricted access. Seen after dark from the outside restaurant at 9pm (10th record).

18 Oct 2019

A Green Warbler in Mushrif Palace Gardens (23rd record).

12 Oct 2019
A fishing trip off Khor Kalba to international waters produced a Cory's Shearwater, just outside of the UAE waters, 60km off Iran.

11 Oct 2019
A Khor Kalba Pelagic produced 4 Jouanin's Petrel (28th record).

6 Sep 2019
A Khor Kalba Pelagic produced 1 Swinhoe's Storm Petrel (13th record), 4 Jouanin's Petrel (27th record) and 50 Wilson's Storm Petrel.

31 Aug 2019

One Blyth's Reed Warbler in Mushrif Palace Gardens.

23 Aug 2019

One Black-winged Pratincole at Wamm Farms, not recorded in the UAE since 2017.
The Black-winged Kite still at Banyan Fodder Field.

19 Aug 2019

One Blyth's Reed Warbler in Mushrif Palace Gardens.

18 Aug 2019

One Blyth's Reed Warbler Dubai Safari.

10 Aug 2019
The Black-winged Kite still at Wamm Farms.

20 July 2019
One Lesser Noddy (10th record), two Brown Noddy (40th record) and one immature Long-tailed Skua (23rd record), with 24 Wilson's Storm Petrel and 8 Persian Shearwater during a Khor Kalba Pelagic.

14 June 2019

One Flesh-footed Shearwater (24th record) 70 Wilson's Storm Petrel during a Khor Kalba Pelagic. Only 1 Persian Shearwater seen!

31 May 2019

Two Swinhoe's Storm Petrel (12th record) and a record 130 Wilson's Storm Petrel during a Khor Kalba Pelagic.

17 May 2019

One Sooty Shearwater during a Khor Kalba Pelagic. 31st UAE record.

6 May 2019

A 2cy male European Pied Flycatcher in Umm al-Emarat Park, 16 years almost to the date after the first. 2nd UAE record.

27 Apr 2019

A putative male Basra Reed Warbler at Emirates Palace, exactly 9 years after the first.

18 Apr 2019

A male Pied Bushchat at Green Mubazzarah--west wooded area.   21st UAE record.

15 Apr 2019

Two Intermediate Egrets , one in full breeding plumage at Ra's al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary--Mangrove Hide.

12 Apr 2019

One Eastern Cattle  Egret at Ajman WTP. 8th UAE record, and not seen at this site since April 2017.

6 Apr 2019
One Black-winged Kite at Hamraniyah--SW fields.

3 Apr 2019

One Eastern Cattle  Egret at Ajman WTP. 8th UAE record.
One Intermediate Egret in full breeding plumage at Ra's al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary--Mangrove Hide.

28 Mar 2019

One Bay-backed Shrike in Wadi Wurrayah NP.

20 Mar 2019

The two female Red-breasted Merganser still in Al Barsha Pond Park, 15 days after discovered. Flown off by 4pm.

17 Mar 2019
Unconfirmed report of adult male Frigatebird sp. over Jumeira 1 public beach at 6pm. First UAE record if confirmed.

16 Mar 2019

A Little Swift at Wamm Farms.

The Hume's Whitethroat still in Jebel Dhanna.

15 Mar 2019

A Black Scrub Robin at Sila'a Peninsula. 9th UAE record.
The Pied Kingfisher is still there as well.

The Hume's Whitethroat still in Jebel Dhanna.

14 Mar 2019

A Cretzschmar's Bunting in Abu Dhabi (no access location). 3rd UAE record!

13 Mar 2019

A Hume's Whitethroat in Jebel Dhanna. 2nd documented UAE record if confirmed.

A Hume's Whitethroat in Ain al-Waal. 3rd documented UAE record if confirmed.

A Pied Kingfisher on Palm Jumeirah at 3pm. Moving to trunk and in front of Sheikh's beach.

The Black Scrub Robin still at Jebel Dhanna--hotels.

12 Mar 2019

A Black Scrub Robin at Jebel Dhanna--hotels (Dhafra Beach Hotel). 8th UAE record.
Putative Hume's Lesser Whitethroat photographed.

11 Mar 2019

A White-breasted Waterhen at Al Ain Zoo-UAE World Desert.

6 Mar 2019

Two female-coloured Red-breasted Merganser in Al Barsha Pond Park. 6th UAE record!

5 Mar 2019

The Black-winged Kite still at Wamm Farms. As was a male Caspian Stonechat.

23 Feb 2019
1 male Eversmann's Redstart at Munay Dam.

14 Feb 2019
1 male Hume's Leaf Warbler in Safa Park 2.

12 Feb 2019
1 Black-winged Kite on Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, along the highway past Cranleigh School in the morning.
1 Spotted Eagle-owl (Arabian) in the Hajar Mountains.

9 Feb 2019

The Black-winged Kite still at Wamm Farms. One Buff-bellied Pipit and Oriental Skylark also noted.

8 Feb 2019

The Pied Kingfisher still at Sila'a Peninsula.

5 Feb 2019

1 Hume's Leaf Warbler still in Al Mamzar Park.

3 Feb 2019
1 immature Northern Goshawk at Wadi Wurayah NP--headquarter (7th UAE record, first since 2006).

1 Feb 2019
1 Eurasian Bittern in Saih al Salam (26th UAE record).

1 adult Caspian Gull at RaK--Lagoon Hide, first this winter.
Jebel Hafit: 1 Mourning Wheatear still present.
Khor al-Beida: 1 Great Knot present, but no Crab Plovers.

31 Jan 2019
1st winter Masked Wagtail in Zabeel Park--north

25 Jan 2019

Jebel Hafit: 1 Mourning Wheatear (long stayer), 1 Trumpeter Finch.
Hamraniyah--RAK Motocross track: 1 female-coloured Hen Harrier.
Hamraniyah Fields--northern area: 1 Buff-bellied Pipit.
Abu Dhabi Golf Club: 1 White-breasted Waterhen.

24 Jan 2019

1 Little Gull on Fujairah Port Beach (18th UAE record).

23 Jan 2019

The Black-winged Kite still at Wamm Farms.

22 Jan 2019

A Merlin over the racetrack near Qudra Lake.

12 Jan 2019
A Brown Noddy in Dibba Port, the first UAE winter record.

11 Jan 2019
One Black-winged Kite at Wamm Farms (33rd record).

9 Jan 2019

The Black Drongo back in Mushrif National Park.

4 Jan 2019
Two or three Hume's Leaf Warbler in Al Mamzar Park.

1 Jan 2019

The Great Bittern still at a private estate near Green Mubazzarah.

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2018

30 Dec 2018

One Eurasian Woodcock at a private estate near Green Mubazzarah. (19th record, not recorded in the UAE since 2013).

29 Dec 2018

One Great Crested Grebe at Ra's al-Khor Wildlife Reserve--Lagoon Hide (13th record, not seen since Feb 2000).
One Yellow-browed Warbler (20th UAE record) and one Hume's Leaf Warbler Al Mamzar Park.

22 Dec 2018

One Intermediate Egret reported from Mangrove Hide, with photo, on eBird

7 Dec 2018
Two Intermediate Egret reported from Ra's al-Khor Wildlife Reserve--Mangrove Hide.

6 Dec 2018
One Baillon's Crake at a private estate near Green Mubazzarah (33rd UAE record).

2 Dec 2018

Several Hypocolius on Dalma Island.

1 Dec 2018
Adult male Violet-backed Starling at Al Dhafra Beach Hotel. 2nd UAE record, first recorded in 2000; possibility of an escaped bird likely.
The Pied Kingfisher still at Sila'a--Harbour Marsh, with a male Caspian Stonechat.

27 Nov 2018

One European Robin in Al Mamzar Park.

24 Nov 2018

One immature Amur Falcon at Wamm Farms (23rd UAE record), Black-eared Kite also present.
One Masked Shrike in Al Mamzar Park.
No sign of the Ajman Pheasant-tailed Jacana.

22 Nov 2018
A male Asian Koel flying across the road near Emirates Road E611 and Global Village. 25th UAE record.

21 Nov 2018
Two Red-crested Pochard (male and female) at Sila'a--Harbour Marsh
One Pied Kingfisher also present.

20 Nov 2018
1 Long-tailed Shrike Al Saad Farms 1 (E22/E16) (7th UAE record).

19 Nov 2018
A male Eversmann's Redstart at Wadi Shawka pool.

18 Nov 2018

The Intermediate Egret photographed at Mangrove Hide.

16 Nov 2018
One Intermediate Egret at Ra's al-Khor--Mangrove Hide. Link here

One Merlin at Sila'a--large peninsula plantation. One male Caspian Stonechat as well, only our 4th autumn record.

One Caspian Plover at Khor al-Beida; on mudflat at far end. Two Great Knot also reported.

The Pheasant-tailed Jacana still at Ajman WTP.
The Great White Pelican still at Mangrove Hide, one Sociable Lapwing reported same place.

14 Nov 2018

The Intermediate Egret still present Al Badia Golf Club.

10 Nov 2018

The Pheasant-tailed Jacana still at Ajman WTP, seen from outside the fence. Eastern Imperial Eagle and Greater White-fronted Goose also present.

One Marbled Duck at Ra's al-Khor Wildlife Reserve--Mangrove Hide, origin uncertain.

The male Eversmann's Redstart still in Al Mamzar Park.
10 Sociable Lapwings in Al Saad.

9 Nov 2018

One Pheasant-tailed Jacana at Ajman WTP (4th UAE record).

One male Eversmann's Redstart in Al Mamzar Park.

27 Oct 2018

The Dusky Warbler still in Al Mamzar Park.

26 Oct 2018

The Intermediate Egret still present Al Badia Golf Club.

21 Oct 2018

One Intermediate Egret at Al Badia Golf Club (4th UAE record).

20 Oct 2018

One Dusky Warbler in Al Mamzar Park (7th UAE record).

16 Oct 2018

The Pectoral Sandpiper still in Dubai Safari--Hippo Pool.

14 Oct 2018

One Pectoral Sandpiper in Dubai Safari--Hippo Pool (7th UAE record).

12 Oct 2018

One Paddyfield Pipit at Wamm Farms (2nd UAE record).

One Long-tailed Skua and 21 Jouanin's Petrel on a Khor Kalba Pelagic Trip.

Two Great White Pelican together over Ra's al-Khor--Mangrove Hide, confirming the two-bird suspicion.
 

9 Oct 2018

Two Green Warbler in Al Mamzar Park (22nd record).

5 Oct 2018

A male Crowned Sandgrouse at Saih al Salam--Duck Lake and eastern plain, released bird (very tame).

4 Oct 2018

The juvenile Little Gull still in Kalba.

3 Oct 2018

One juvenile Little Gull in Kalba (17h record).

25 Sep 2018

One Blyth's Reed Warbler in Al Mamzar Park (20h record).

 

15 Sep 2018

One Blyth's Reed Warbler in Al Mamzar Park (19h record).

 

14 Sep 2018

One Spotted Eagle-owl (Arabian) at Fujairah mts--south wadi, possibly a new site for this species.

One Blyth's Reed Warbler on Sila'a Peninsula (18h record).

A Cinereous Bunting present in Sila'a--Public Park, only 4th autumn record and first since 1993.

8 Sep 2018

The Green Warbler still in Mushrif Palace Gardens, with a Blyth's Reed Warbler.

 

7 Sep 2018

One Green Warbler in Mushrif Palace Gardens (21st record). Also two Blyth's Reed Warbler.

 

25 Aug 2018

Four Blyth's Reed Warbler in Mushrif Palace Gardens: 2 front wood, 2 back wood.

 

22 Aug 2018

Two Blyth's Reed Warbler in Mushrif Palace Gardens: front wood.

 

20 Aug 2018

Three Blyth's Reed Warbler in Mushrif Palace Gardens: back wood.

 

19 Aug 2018

One Blyth's Reed Warbler in Mushrif Palace Gardens: back wood (17th record).

 

17 Aug 2018

The Great White Pelican seen at Al Warsan Lakes.

 

15 Aug 2018

One Red-knobbed Coot at Saih al Salam, showing clear signs of being released.

 

14 Aug 2018

The Great White Pelican still at Ra's al-Khor--Mangrove Hide.

 

25 June 2018

One Red-knobbed Coot at Hatta Dam (3rd UAE record).

 

25 May 2018

One Leach's Storm Petrel on a Khor Kalba Pelagic (1st UAE record).

 

16 May 2018

One male Bay-backed Shrike in Dubai (41st record).

 

12 May 2018

The Great White Pelican still at Ra's al-Khor--Mangrove Hide.

 

28 Apr 2018

The Red-knobbed Coot at Saadiyat Golf Club found dead.

 

27 Apr 2018

One exhausted Red-knobbed Coot at Saadiyat Golf Club (2nd record).

The Hume's Leaf Warbler in Mushrif Palace Gardens.

26 Apr 2018

One Bay-backed Shrike in Al Ain (private estate) (40th record).

One Hume's Leaf Warbler in Mushrif Palace Gardens.

23 Apr 2018

One Eastern Cattle Egret at Markaniyah Farm (7th record).

One Griffon Vulture on Jebel Hafit and Private estate near Green Mubazzarah (15th record if accepted).

22 Apr 2018

One female Red-footed Falcon over Saih al Salam--Oasis Lakes (3rd UAE record).

 

21 Apr 2018

One Icterine Warbler in Al Mamzar Park (15th record).

One Green Warbler in Safa Park (20th record).

20 Apr 2018

One immature Hen Harrier at Sila'a Peninsula.

 

19 Apr 2018

One, possibly wounded Greater White-fronted Goose at Hatta Lake, out of season.

 

18 Apr 2018

Two Spotted Eagle-Owl (Arabian) at Hajar Mts site A (pristine long wadi).

 

13 Apr 2018

One Spotted Eagle-Owl (Arabian) Hajar Mts site B (village and small side wadi).

 

31 Mar 2018:

One Spotted Eagle-Owl (Arabian) Hajar Mts site B (village and small side wadi).

 

27 Mar 2018

One male Bay-backed Shrike in Wadi Wurayah NP--Wadi Ghayl (39th record).

One Bay-backed Shrike at Saadiyat Beach Golf Course (38th record).

 

25 Mar 2018

One European Honey Buzzard over Jebel Dhanna--hotels (17th record).

 

22 Mar 2018

One male Pied Bushchat in Al Ain (private estate) (20th record).

 

21 Mar 2018

One Wattled Starling in Al Ain Zoo (2nd record if deemed wild).

 

18 Mar 2018

One Bay-backed Shrike in Al Ain (private estate) (37th record).

 

16 Mar 2018

One Mesopotamian Crow at Umm al-Qaiwain--Flamingo Beach Resort (3rd record).

One Spotted Sandgrouse at Sila'a Peninsula.

13 March 2018

A Common Wood Pigeon at UAQ--Royal Residence Resort. Probably escapee.

 

11 March 2018

The Great White Pelican still at Ra's al-Khor--Mangrove Hide.

The White-breasted Waterhen still at Hilton Al Hamra Beach and Golf Resort

 

10 March 2018

One Bay-backed Shrike at Wamm Farms.

 

8 March 2018

A White-breasted Waterhen at Hilton Al Hamra Beach and Golf Resort. Not recorded in the UAE since Apr 2016.

At least one, possibly two immature Great White Pelican at Al Wathba Wetland Reserve. A Baillon's Crake still present here.

 

2 March 2018

The Black-winged Kite still in Abu Dhabi Eastern Mangrove area.

 

29 Jan 2018

One Streak-throated Swallow still at Ajman WTP. Also one Pale Martin.

 

27 Jan 2018

One Moustached Warbler at Al Wathba Wetland Reserve (19th record), also 1 Baillon's Crake (31st record).

 

26 Jan 2018

A Black-winged Kite at Eastern Lagoon, Abu Dhabi (31st record).

The Calandra Lark still present Wamm Farms.

The Caspian Plover and Buff-bellied Pipit still present Hamraniyah Nursery.

 

24 Jan 2018

One Great White Pelican at Ra's al-Khor--Mangrove Hide (10th record, or returning bird from Nov 2017 and Zorah).

 

22 Jan 2018

One Brown/South Polar Skua off Mirbah (2nd record). First record was 8 Jan 2000.

 

21 Jan 2018

One Yellow-browed Warbler in Wadi Bih (19th record).

 

19 Jan 2018

Two Spotted Sandgrouse at Saih al Salam--Duck Lake and eastern plain. Now (Nov 2018) considered likely to be released captive-bred birds.

 

14 Jan 2018

Six Spotted Sandgrouse at Saih al Salam--Oasis Lakes. Now (Nov 2018) considered likely to be released captive-bred birds.

 

12 Jan 2018

Now five Streak-throated Swallow at Ajman WTP.

 

05 Jan 2018

One Red-crested Pochard at Al Barari (21st record).

 

04 Jan 2018

The Savi's Warbler and the Moustached Warbler still at Saih al Salam--Al Qudra Lake.

 

03 Jan 2018

One Savi's Warbler at Saih al Salam--Al Qudra Lake (first UAE winter record).

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