He kindly showed us two or three new spots which didn't know about before.
One of the spots was a wadi near Heet where a pharaoh eagle owl lives. We visited it in the middle of the day when the owl was almost certainly asleep (and was not seen) however we look forward to visiting there in early morning or late evening when it is active.
Nevertheless, the wadi turned out to be very interesting for another reason. The few scattered trees were full of warblers on passage.
A male blackcap
The first two warblers we identified were a male blackcap and a lesser whitethroat.
A second male blackcap
Rather strangely there were 5 times more males than females.
many blackcap in one tree
I was very pleased to see three barred warbler travelling with them. This is the first time I had seen barred warbler in KSA. It makes number 228 on my Saudi list.
We reckon there were also at least three lesser whitethroat in the wadi and an Upcher's warbler but the vast majority were blackcap.
first year ortolan bunting
A single ortolan bunting was also seen. It was easy to approach and was probably very tired. I am proud to say I resisted the temptation to get too close and it was not disturbed off its resting perch.
blue rock thrush
The final bird of this wadi was a blue rock thrush, the first I have seen this season. it flew up the wadi's hill side towards where we believe a pharoah eagle owl was sleeping.
Many thanks to Mansur al Fahad for showing us this new site.