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Recent significant UAE bird sightings

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

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Little Curlew

Ra's al-Khor WS--Mangrove Hide 21 Mar 2024
© Khalifa Al Dhaheri

Great Black-backed Gull

Ra's Dibba, 17 Dec 2023
© Oscar Campbell

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2024


 

11 Jun

A Medium Egret at Ra's al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary--Mangrove Hide, probably continuing bird.

5 Jun

A male Asian Koel seen and heard calling in Al Ain Zoo.

22 May

The Red-footed Booby still present, off Ra's Dibba, resting on the fish-farms. One Sooty Shearwater also present.

7 May
Two Eastern Cattle Egrets at Al Marmoom DCR, nest with 2 chicks found. First breeding attempt in the UAE.

6 May

One Spur-winged Lapwing Ruwais STP 19th UAE record.

27 Apr

1 Red Knot at Maha Forest--southern desert lakes. 14th UAE record.

21 Apr

2 Black-winged Pratincole at Abu Dhabi Golf and Equestrian Club.

15 Apr

The Medium Egret still showing well at Ra's al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary--Mangrove Hide.

7 Apr

The Eastern Cattle Egret seen today along the publicly acessible Al Marmoom DCR--Road to Oryx Viewpoint & Expo 2020 Lake.

6 Apr

A Black Scrub Robin at Sila'a--general area. 11th UAE record.

Wire-tailed Swallow still showing well at Ajban Farms--northern saline lakes.

1 Apr
Adult Wattled Starling at Al Maha Forest--Pivot Fields (no access), probably same as seen in January.

31 Mar

The Eurasian Siskin irruption is still going strong, with 3 in Al Mamzar Park.

29 Mar

One Eastern Cattle Egret in Al Marmoom DCR. 18th UAE record.

25 Mar

One Streak-throated Swallow in Al Marmoom DCR. 19th UAE record.

24 Mar
The Eastern Cattle Egret still at the Al Maha Forest--Pivot Fields (no access).

Also present were 2 Amur Falcon.

23 Mar

One Eastern Cattle Egret at the Al Maha Forest--Pivot Fields (no access). 17th UAE record.

Two Spur-winged Lapwing Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. 18th UAE record.

The Little Curlew still present at Ra's al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary--Mangrove Hide (last date seen). The Medium Egret also present.

22 Mar

The Little Curlew still present at Ra's al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary--Mangrove Hide. The Medium Egret present again.

21 Mar

The Little Curlew showing well from Ra's al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary--Mangrove Hide.
One Black Drongo Al Marmoom DCR--general area. 18th UAE record.

20 Mar

One Little Curlew at Ra's al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary--Mangrove Hide. 1st UAE record.

One Medium Egret also seen from the hide. 9th UAE record.

17 Mar

The Red-footed Booby still off Ra's Dibba, resting on the fish-farms.

The Eurasian Siskin irruption is still going strong, with 2 on Lulu Island.

16 Mar

The male Citrine Wagtail (Black-backed) still at Al Maha Forest--southern desert lakes, with one adult Wire-tailed Swallow and two Pale Martin.

Two Black Drongo still at Mushrif NP.

14 Mar
Adult male Citrine Wagtail (Black-backed) at Al Maha Forest--southern desert lakes. 1st UAE record of this subspecies.

13 Mar

Three Wire-tailed Swallow still at Ajban.

11 Mar

The Spur-winged Lapwing still in Mirfa Harbour.

8 Mar

One Spur-winged Lapwing in Mirfa Harbour. 17th UAE record.

Two Moustached Warbler still at Al Marmoom DCR--Al Qudra Pivots (no access).

4 March

Two Barn Swallow (Tytler's) still present.

29 Feb
One Black Drongo Al-Zora Golf Club. 17th UAE record.

28 Feb
Two Wire-tailed Swallows at Al Marmoom DCR--general area.
One Pale Martin at Al Maha Forest--southern desert lakes. Two Barn Swallow (Tytler's) also present.

25 Feb

The Red-footed Booby still off Ra's Dibba, resting on the fish-farms, with a Masked Booby close by.
Also present were early Bridled Tern and Brown Noddy.

17 Jan

The Great Black-backed Gull still off Ra's Dibba, resting on the fish-farms.

9 Feb

Four Wire-tailed Swallow still at Ajban Farms.

26 Jan

The Red-footed Booby again seen off Dibba--Royal Beach Resort.

22 Jan

The Pied Kingfisher still at Al Maha Forest--southern desert lakes.

21 Jan
One Spur-winged Lapwing at the Al Marmoom DCR--general area. 16th UAE record.

One Pied Kingfisher at Al Maha Forest--southern desert lakes.

20 Jan

Two Forest Wagtail still in Mushrif Palace Gardens.

12 Jan

The two Ashy Drongo still in Al Mamzar Park.

11 Jan

One Cinereous Vulture over Al Marmoom DCR--Flamingo Lakes. 4th UAE record.

10 Jan
One Black Drongo still in Mushrif NP.

6 Jan

The immature Great Black-backed Gull, as well as the Red-footed Booby still off Ra's Dibba, resting on the fish-farms.

Al Maha Forest--Pivot Fields (no access) held a Hen Harrier, the two Common Cranes, the 7 Amur Falcons, the Spur-winged Lapwing,

32 Sociable Lapwings and the Wattled Starling.

5 Jan

The Intermediate Egret still at Meydan Horse Race and Golf Course.

The two Forest Wagtail still in Mushrif Palace Gardens. Five Hooded Wheatears on Jebel Hafit.

4 Jan

An Intermediate Egret at Meydan Horse Race and Golf Course. 8th UAE record.

3 Jan

The two Common Crane still at Al Maha Forest, with an unprecedented 7 Amur Falcons.

2 Jan

The three Paddyfield Pipit still at Wamm Farms.

1 Jan

Two Ashy Drongo in Al Mamzar Park.  12th UAE record.

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2023

28 Dec

The immature Great Black-backed Gull, as well as the Red-footed Booby still off Ra's Dibba, resting on the fish-farms.

Now three Paddyfield Pipit at Wamm Farms.

45 Eurasian Siskin at Dibba--Holiday Beach Motel.

26 Dec

The Yellow-browed Warbler still at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club (restricted access).

25 Dec

Three Asian Koel in Al Murajeeb Ladies Park - two males and one female/immature.

23 Dec

Two Paddyfield Pipit at Wamm Farms. 3rd UAE record.

322 Dec

Two Forest Wagtail now in Mushrif Palace Gardens.

21 Dec

A record 80 Eurasian Siskin at Al Sufouh--open beach.

20 Dec

Three Black Drongo together in Mushrif NP, as well as three Black Drongo in nearby Quranic Park, most likely different birds.

19 Dec

One Wire-tailed Swallow still in Ajban Farms

17 Dec

An immature Great Black-backed Gull present off Ra's Dibba. 1st UAE record.

The Red-footed Booby still off Ra's Dibba, resting on the fish-farms.

Wamm Farms held 15 Eurasian Siskin, one Pintail Snipe and two Oriental Skylarks.

16 Dec

Four Eurasian Siskin in Dubai Creek Park.

14 Dec

Two Wire-tailed Swallows in Ajban Farms. 28th UAE record.

12 Dec

20 Eurasian Siskin on Lulu Island. The influx continues.

10 Dec

One Red-footed Booby off Ra's Dibba resting and fishing from the fish-farms. 7th UAE record.

One Forest Wagtail and one Green Warbler in Mushrif Palace Gardens.

One Asian Koel in Dubai Creek Park. 36th UAE record.

9 Dec

One Streak-throated Swallow in Al Marmoom DCR. 18th UAE record.

1 Dec

One Yellow-browed Warbler at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club (restricted access). 22nd UAE record.

The Asian Koel still in Abu Dhabi Formal Park.

29 Nov

Seven Eurasian Siskin at Al Sufouh--open beach, one in Heritage Park.

28 Nov

Four Eurasian Siskin at Sir Bani Yas--southern area. An European Golden Plover same place.

27 Nov

Now ten Eurasian Siskin in Heritage Park.

26 Nov

Now 2 adult Common Cranes at Al Maha Forest--Pivot Fields.

25 Nov

One Eurasian Woodcock in Mushrif Palace Gardens. 24th UAE record.

One Eurasian Siskin in Heritage Park.

Two Eastern Yellow Wagtail still at Al Hamriyah E-11 overpass (not yet assessed by the EBRC).

19 Nov

One Black Drongo at Sharjah Safari (Restricted access) in the Al Dhaid area. 17th UAE record.

One Olive-backed Pipit at Sila'a WTP and six Eurasian Siskin at Sila'a--general area.

18 Nov

Two Golden Eagle at Jebel Hafit. Not recorded in the UAE since June 2021.

The Blyth's Pipit still on the Al Hamriyah E-11 overpass.

Six Eurasian Siskin on Sila'a--general area.

15 Nov
One Blyth's Pipit on the Al Hamriyah E-11 overpass.
Two Eastern Yellow Wagtail also reported at the overpass.

13 Nov

One Asian Koel in Heritage Park. 35th UAE record.

12 Nov

One Moustached Warbler at Al Marmoom DCR--Al Qudra Pivots (no access). 22nd UAE record.

The Dusky Warbler still in Heritage Park.
Three Eastern Yellow Wagtails on the 
Al Hamriyah E-11 overpass. (not yet assessed by the EBRC).

11 Nov
One Asian Koel in Abu Dhabi Formal Park. 34th UAE record.

The Common Crane still at Al Maha Forest--Pivot Fields.

10 Nov

Adult Common Crane at Al Maha Forest--Pivot Fields. 12th UAE record.

9 Nov

One Dusky Warbler Heritage Park. 10th UAE record.

7 Nov

The Levant Sparrowhawk still at Al Maha Forest--Pivot Fields.

4 Nov

One immature Levant Sparrowhawk at Al Maha Forest--Pivot Fields - 1st proven UAE record. eBird 1  -  eBird 2

The Spur-winged Lapwing still at Al Maha Forest--Pivot Fields.

1 Nov
A Griffon Vulture over Al Marmoom DCR--Flamingo Lakes. 18th UAE record.

The male Wattled Starling still at Al Maha Forest--Pivot Fields.

3 Nov

The White-breasted Waterhen still at Al-Zora Protected Area.

2 Nov

One White-breasted Waterhen at Al-Zora Protected Area.

29 Oct

The male Red-headed Bunting still in Al Itihad Park.

28 Oct

Two Eastern Yellow Wagtail on the Al Hamriyah E-11 overpass. (not yet assessed by the EBRC).

27 Oct

One male Red-headed Bunting in Al Itihad Park. 10th UAE record if deemed wild.

25 Oct

One Temminck's Lark at Al Marmoom DCR--south cycle track area, likely a released/escaped bird.

10 Oct

One Black Drongo back in Mushrif NP.

3 Sep

A pelagic trip out of Khor Kalba produced 1 Jouanin's Petrel, 11 Wilson's Storm Petrel and 3 Persian Shearwater.

2 Sep

One Green Warbler in Heritage Park. 26th UAE record.

26 Aug
One Eastern Cattle Egret at the Al Maha Forest--Pivot Fields. 16th UAE record.

13 Aug
One male Wattled Starling Al Maha Forest--Pivot Fields. 7th UAE record.

9 July
One Spur-winged Lapwing Al Maha Forest--Pivot Fields. 15th UAE record.

23 June

The White-crowned Wheatear still on Jebel Hafit.

19 June

One White-crowned Wheatear on Jebel Hafit. 16th UAE record.

17 June

One Swinhoe's Storm Petrel (15th UAE record), 2 Jouanin's Petrel (32nd UAE record) and 1 Long-tailed Skua (25th UAE record), during a Khor Kalba Pelagic.

30 May

One Sooty Shearwater off Al Aqah--Le Meridien and beach camping. 35th UAE record.

29 May

One Eastern Cattle Egret on Sir Bani Yas. 15th UAE record.

18 May

One Alpine Swift over Al-Zora Nursery. 34th UAE record.

4 May

One Icterine Warbler Sila’a--Public Park. 19th UAE record.

30 Apr

One Little Swift on Jebel Hafeet. 42nd UAE record.

15 Apr
One Wire-tailed Swallow (27th UAE record) and two Barn Swallow (Tytler's) at Al Maha Forest--Pivot Fields.

12 Apr
The two Eastern Yellow Wagtail ssp. and a Putative Eastern Yellow Wagtail (Green-headed) still at Al Hamriyah E-11 overpass.

8 Apr
Two Western Yellow Wagtail (White-headed) at Al Hamriyah E-11 overpass. First confirmed UAE record of this ssp!

2 Apr

One adult male Wattled Starling in Al Mamzar Park. 6th UAE record.

1 Apr
One Streak-throated Swallow Al Maha Forest--southern desert lakes. 17th UAE record. Not recorded since Dec 2021.

26 Mar

The Asian Brown Flycatcher re-found in the off-limit and private Jebel Dhanna--housing area.

23 Mar

Two early Cinereous Bunting (Yellow-bellied) at Khor Khalid--Al Majaz Park

The Eastern Yellow Wagtail still presen at Ajman Water Treatment Plant.

22 Mar

A 1st-cal Mediterranean Gull at Rugheilat Beach. 14th UAE record.

17 Mar 2023

The Temminck's Lark now in the Al Marmoom DCR--Al Qudra Lake and surroundings.

16 Mar

The Ashy Drongo still in Dubai Creek Park - last date seen.

15 Mar 2023

One Spur-winged Lapwing at Al Marmoom DCR--Al Qudra Lake and surroundings (presumed same seen in area 9 Oct-15 Dec 2022).

9 Mar

The Eastern Cattle Egret now at Mushrif Palace Gardens helipad.

The adult male Little Crake still at Al Marmoom DCR.

7 Mar

The Eastern Cattle Egret now at Khor al-Maqta'a Park.

The Pied Kingfisher still at Al Rafa'a bridge and beach

6 Mar

One adult male Little Crake at Al Marmoom DCR. 30th UAE record.

1 Mar

One (returning?) Eastern Cattle Egret at Abu Dhabi Officers' Club. 14th UAE record.

One Brahminy Starling Ajban Farms, possible vagrant.

19 Feb
The Wire-tailed Swallow still at Al Wathba Wetland Reserve.

17 Feb

Two Asian Koel still in Al Murajeeb Ladies Park.

12 Feb

The male Asian Koel in Abu Dhabi Formal Park. Might it be the same bird Oct/Nov moulting to male plumage?
Sociable Lapwings still being seen in the Hamraniyah Fields--northern area.

11 Feb

Two Moustached Warblers Al Marmoom DCR. 21st UAE record.

One female Red-crested Pochard Al Falah overflow. 36th UAE record.

9 Feb

Two (male and female) Asian Koel in Al Murajeeb Ladies Park. 33rd UAE record.

8 Feb

One Eastern Yellow Wagtail at Ajman Water Treatment Plant. 2nd UAE record.

6 Feb

A female Hen Harrier at Al Adlah--roundabout.

3 Feb 2023
One Ashy Drongo in Dubai Creek Park. 11th UAE record.

1 Feb 2023

1 Pied Kingfisher at Al Rafa'a bridge and beach

22 Jan 2023

One Eurasian Woodcock in Mushrif Palace Gardens. 23rd UAE record.
One Pale Martin in Al Maha Forest--Pivot Fields (no access).
One European Robin in Heritage Park.
The Pied Kingfisher still at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club (restricted access).

21 Jan 2023
Two Buff-bellied Pipit at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club (restricted access).

20 Jan 2023

One Little Swift photographed at Akoya Lake.

12 Jan

Two Eastern Yellow Wagtail at Al Hamriyah E-11 overpass. 1st UAE record!

3 Jan 2023
One Brahminy Starling on Sir Bani Yas. The 17th UAE record of a presumed vagrant bird.

1 Jan 2023

One Asian Brown Flycatcher in the off-limit and private Jebel Dhanna--housing area. 1st UAE record!

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2022

 

27 Dec 2022

One Pied Kingfisher at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club (restricted access).

20 Dec 2022

A male Asian Koel in Abu Dhabi Formal Park.

27 Nov 2022

A Wire-tailed Swallow at Al Maha Forest--southern desert lakes. 24th UAE record.

The White-eyed Gull still present along Kalba Corniche.

26 Nov 2022

A Pheasant-tailed Jacana in Al Marmoom DCR, 11 km away from Flamingo Lakes. Same bird as 12  Nov?

20 Nov 2022

The female-coloured Asian Koel still in Abu Dhabi Formal Park.

15 Nov 2022

The Brambling still at Al Saad Farms--Remah.

14 Nov 2022

One Brambling at Al Saad Farms--Remah.

12 Nov 2022

One Pheasant-tailed Jacana at Al Marmoom DCR--Flamingo Lakes. 7th UAE record.

One Amur Falcon at Al Maha Forest--Pivot Fields

One Forest Wagtail at Abu Dhabi--The Club.
Around 50 Sociable Lapwings reported from various sites these days. See eBird for details.

11 Nov 2022

Two Temminck's Lark now reported from Al Marmoom DCR--south cycle track area. Most likely escaped or released birds.

10 Nov 2022

The White-eyed Gull now present in Khor Kalba Harbour.

8 Nov 2022

The White-eyed Gull still showing well along Kalba Corniche.

 

5 Nov 2022
The Temminck's Lark still reported from Al Marmoom DCR--south cycle track area.

4 Nov 2022
A White-eyed Gull along Kalba Corniche. 4th UAE record, not reported since 9 Nov 2002.

The Temminck's Lark still reported from Al Marmoom DCR--south cycle track area.

29 Oct 2022
A Spur-winged Lapwing in Al Marmoom DCR. Possibly returning bird. 13th UAE record.

A Temminck's Lark from Al Marmoom DCR--south cycle track area. It is possible it is a released bird.

23 Oct 2022

An Icterine Warbler in Heritage Park. 18th UAE record.

The Asian Koel and a Blyth's Reed Warbler still in Abu Dhabi Formal Park.

22 Oct 2022

The Black-winged Pratincole still at Al Maha Forest--Pivot Fields (restricted access).

20 Oct 2022

One Asian Koel in Abu Dhabi Formal Park. 31st UAE record.

5 Oriental Turtle Dove still at Wamm Farm.

18 Oct 2022

A record number of 6 Oriental Turtle Dove at Wamm Farm. Previous high count was 4 on Abu Dhabi island 21 Sep 1992.

11 Oct 2022

One Caspian Plover Wamm Farms.

9 Oct 2022

One Black-winged Pratincole at Al Maha Forest--Pivot Fields (restricted access). 30th UAE record, not recorded since Aug 2019.

8 Oct 2022

The Green Warbler still in Abu Dhabi Formal Park.

Also 1 Blyth's Reed Warbler present.

2 Oct 2022

A Green Warbler in Abu Dhabi Formal Park. 25th UAE record.

1 Oct 2022

An Oriental Turtle Dove at Wamm Farm.

10 Sep 2022

A Large-billed Leaf Warbler in Abu Dhabi Formal Park. 2nd UAE record.

Also 6 Blyth's Reed Warbler present.

25 June 2022

A Masked Booby Khor Kalba Pelagic. 46th UAE record.
105 Wilson's Storm Petrel also recorded.

5 Jun 2022

A Brown Booby off Sharm breakwaters and beach.  Presumed same as two days earlier.

3 Jun 2022

A Brown Booby off Al Aqah--Le Meridien and beach camping. 18th UAE record.
Fledgling Black Drongo out of the nest, with both parents, in Dubai.

21 May 2022

A Masked Booby Offshore Fujairah. 45th UAE record.

The River Warbler still in Abu Dhabi Formal Park.

20 May 2022

An Icterine Warbler in Al Mamzar Park. 17th UAE record.

A new River Warbler at Emirates Palace. 14th UAE record.

18 May 2022

The Common Chaffinch and River Warbler still in Abu Dhabi Formal Park.

 

14 May 2022
A River Warbler in Abu Dhabi Formal Park. 13th UAE record and not recorded since May 2013.

12 May 2022
First record of Black Drongo nesting in the UAE (undisclosed area).

6 May 2022

A male Common Chaffinch in Abu Dhabi Formal Park. 7th UAE record.

An unseasonally late Semicollared Flycatcher also present.

26 Apr 2022

Two Sooty Shearwater off Faqiat Beach (Dibba Family Picnic Area). 34th UAE record.

19 Apr 2022

One Black Tern off Dibba Rock. 17th UAE record. One immature Sooty Tern, also off Dibba Rock. 25th UAE record.

Also one Sooty Shearwater off Dibba Rock. Not recorded since May 2019.

17 Apr 2022

One Griffon Vulture at Private estate near Green Mubazzarah. 17th UAE Record.

16 Apr 2022
One Red Knot Al Jazirah Khor. 13th UAE record.

15 Apr 2022

One Masked Booby off Khor Kalba--Kingfisher Retreat. 44th UAE record.

12 Apr 2022

Three Griffon Vulture at Al Marmoom DCR--Al Qudra Lake and surroundings. 16th UAE Record.

26 Mar 2022

The White-throated Kingfisher still present in Sila'a--Public Park.

22 Mar 2022

Two Cinereous Bunting (Yellow-bellied), one at Abu Dhabi--The Founder's Memorial and one Baynona Park.

20 Mar 2022

Two Barn Swallow (Tytler's) at Al Maha Forest--Pivot Fields (no access). One adult Wire-tailed Swallow same place (24th UAE record)

The Long-tailed Shrike still at Al Zorah Nursery.

18 Mar 2022

One Dusky Thrush at Emirates Palace. 5th UAE record.

15 Mar 2022
The Buff-bellied Pipit still at Al Hamriyah E-11 overpass.

14 Mar 2022

Immature Black-legged Kittiwake Al-Zora shoreline. 8th UAE record.

25 Feb 2022

One Long-tailed Shrike at Al Zorah Nursery, possibly returning bird from 2021. 10th UAE record.

19 Feb 2022

The female Eversmann's Redstart still on Jebel Hafit.

15 Feb 2022

Two Black Drongo in Mushrif National Park. Same as in Quranic Garden?? A visit to both places on the same day needed.

The Radde's Accentor still in Wadi Shees Park.

14 Feb 2022

Two Black Drongo still in Quranic Garden.

10 Feb 2022
The Bay-backed Shrike still present in Ajman BBQ Park (Ghabat Al Regayeb).

5 Feb 2022

A Wire-tailed Swallow at Khudhairah farms. 23rd UAE record.
The White-throated Kingfisher still in Sila'a--Public Park.

30 Jan 2022
Two Black Drongo in Quranic Garden.

19 Jan 2022
A new count of TWO Wire-tailed Swallows at Al Maha Forest--Pivot Fields (no access).

14 Jan 2022
Five Sociable Lapwing at Al Rawdha.

12 Jan 2022
A Hen Harrier at Al Maha Forest--Pivot Fields (no access). Not seen in the UAE since Nov 2020.

9 Jan 2022

A Long-eared Owl on Lulu Island. 17th UAE record.

8 Jan 2022

Three Spanish Sparrow in Sila'a--Harbour Marsh. 14th UAE record since summer 2007, not recorded since March 2013 (Lulu Island)

A Forest Wagtail at Sila'a WTP (14th record away from Abu Dhabi island), and the White-throated Kingfisher still in Sila'a--Public Park.

The Wire-tailed Swallow still at Al Maha Forest--southern desert lakes.

5 Jan 2022

A male Eversmann's Redstart in a private garden in Al Ain.

3 Jan 2022

A record count of 16 Little Swift at Al Ain Water Treatment Plant. 42nd UAE record.

2 Jan 2022

The Yellow-browed Warbler still in Abu Dhabi Formal Park.

1 Jan 2022

One Long-eared Owl Al Wathba Wetland Reserve. 16th UAE record, not recorded since 2013.

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