Last Friday I made my first trip. I stopped at Shisr and then went on further north to Dawkah farm. This blog is about Shisr.
rosy starling (left) with house sparrow (right)
In the pivot fields, activity was quite limited despite my early arrival (before 7am). However a roving flock of rosy starling was a good start. This contained both adult and juvenile birds. It is quite unusual for them to be so far west and in such numbers so early in the autumn. I believe the large number of locusts in the area may have driven them here.
Much of the time they were associating with local house sparrow (with their distinctly white cheek reminiscent of Indian house sparrow).
pigeon with Eurasian collared dove
The most obvious birds at the farms are Eurasian collared dove with lesser numbers of pigeon and laughing dove.
black-crowned sparrow lark
juvenile black-crowned sparrow lark
Another resident bird is aucheri "Arabian grey shrike".
aucheri "Arabian grey shrike"
There are two wooded areas I know at Shisr and both had numbers of migrants despite the early stage of the season.
Spotted flycatcher were numerous.
eastern olivaceous warbler
one rufous bush robin
a second rufous bush robin
The final migrant was hoopoe. Several of these were seen.
The birds at Shisr were a promising start to my campaign of visiting desert farms during this autumn when I can at weekends. Dowkah was even marginally better. I will blog about that next.