Cropped from a photo by Viv Wilson
Viv Wilson was our host on the second day there last month. Viv is a local birder who hadn't seen a Sinai rosefinch either up to that date.
He got in touch earlier this week to say last week he had seen the bird featured in these two photos in the desert. This was about 25 kilometres west of Tabuk in the foothills of the western mountains.
Second view of a Sinai rosefinch by Viv Wilson
Since Viv asked me to identify it and I wasn't sure, I posted it on BirdForum. It seems he had indeed found a Sinai rosefinch. This was an immature male who is just starting to show the bright rose-red features he should gain by spring. My own main guide only shows a mature male and a female. Both look quite different from this!
Sinai rosefinch is scarce wherever it is found by nature of its chosen habitat. However, in countries like Jordan it is known where you can have the best chance to see it. Viv has made a start in us getting to the same position in KSA.
I am grateful to Viv for sharing his information and pictures.