My Saudi list (333) and targets


I worked  in Saudi Arabia from September 21st 2011 until July 15th 2014. I saw 333 species on the conservative Clements count used by e-bird. 



I intend to return after some service in Oman and the list immediately below are the next most like 39 birds to be seen and where I am most likely to see them.
There is lots more birding in Saudi Arabia to be done! 
  
Species
Where it is most likely
Dark chanting goshawk
SW western slopes
Hobby
passage
Levant sparrowhawk
West coast passage
Black shouldered kite
SW western slopes
Bonelli’s eagle
Tabuk (Bajda) and south west
Sandwich tern
East coast
Red-billed tropic bird
Off Farasan islands, far SW esp March
Red-wattled lapwing
East (esp. Khafji and Jubail) and esp. in winter
Parasitic jaeger
Off SW coast
Klaas’ cuckoo
SW western hillsides summer
Dideric’s cuckoo
SW uplands summer
Lanner falcon
SW
Peregrine falcon
Coasts passage
Little crake
SW winter and all passage
Lesser flamingo
Jizan coast
Common crane
North west winter
Stone curlew
North winter esp NW coast
Western barn owl
Zulfi and Kharj
Short eared owl
North winter
Little owl
North semi desert
Arabian spotted eagle owl
SW wadis
Montane nightjar
SW uplands
Plain nightjar
SW western hillsides summer
Pied kingfisher
Northern and central water winter
Indian roller
East winter
Dunns lark
Northern  not degraded semi-desert (central in winter too)
Blandford’s lark
SW highlands
Basra reed warbler
Mid west to north east passage
Hume’s whitethroat
East coast winter
Wood warbler
SW winter
Sub alpine warbler
NW winter
Red breasted flycatcher
Passage: east to north west
Robin
NW and NE winter
Rook
Arar winter
Red rumped wheatear
Far NNW farms
Black-crowned Tchagra
SW western slopes and wadis
Greenfinch
North winter
Arabian Golden-winged Grosbeak
SW western hillsides
European linnet
Northern farms winter


My Saudi list and when and where first seen

Species Location Date
Grey Heron Wadi Hanifah 29-Sep-11
Purple Heron Wadi Hanifah 29-Sep-11
Little Egret Wadi Hanifah 29-Sep-11
Cattle Egret Wadi Hanifah 29-Sep-11
Squacco Heron Wadi Hanifah 29-Sep-11
Black-crowned Night-Heron Wadi Hanifah 29-Sep-11
Common Moorhen Wadi Hanifah 29-Sep-11
Eurasian Collared-Dove Wadi Hanifah 29-Sep-11
Laughing Dove Wadi Hanifah 29-Sep-11
Green Bee-eater Wadi Hanifah 29-Sep-11
Red-tailed Shrike Wadi Hanifah 29-Sep-11
Crested Lark Wadi Hanifah 29-Sep-11
Barn Swallow Wadi Hanifah 29-Sep-11
Red-rumped Swallow Wadi Hanifah 29-Sep-11
White-eared Bulbul Wadi Hanifah 29-Sep-11
Black Scrub-Robin Wadi Hanifah 29-Sep-11
Booted Eagle Wadi Hanifah 6-Oct-11
Green Sandpiper Wadi Hanifah 6-Oct-11
Namaqua Dove Wadi Hanifah 6-Oct-11
Eurasian Hoopoe Wadi Hanifah 6-Oct-11
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Wadi Hanifah 6-Oct-11
Common Kestrel Wadi Hanifah 6-Oct-11
Willow Warbler Wadi Hanifah 6-Oct-11
Isabelline Wheatear Wadi Hanifah 6-Oct-11
Common Myna Wadi Hanifah 6-Oct-11
House Sparrow Wadi Hanifah 6-Oct-11
Indian Silverbill Wadi Hanifah 6-Oct-11
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Al Ha'ir new quarry pools 20-Oct-11
Spotted Crake Al Ha'ir new quarry pools 20-Oct-11
Little Ringed Plover Al Ha'ir new quarry pools 20-Oct-11
Dunlin Al Ha'ir new quarry pools 20-Oct-11
Isabelline Shrike Al Ha'ir new quarry pools 20-Oct-11
White Wagtail Al Ha'ir new quarry pools 20-Oct-11
Sand Partridge Al Ha'ir dam 27-Oct-11
Greater Spotted Eagle Al Ha'ir dam 27-Oct-11
Rock Dove Al Ha'ir dam 27-Oct-11
Desert Lark Al Ha'ir dam 27-Oct-11
Graceful Prinia Al Ha'ir dam 27-Oct-11
Blue Rock-Thrush Al Ha'ir dam 27-Oct-11
Blackstart Al Ha'ir dam 27-Oct-11
Red-tailed Wheatear Al Ha'ir dam 27-Oct-11
Great Egret Al Ha'ir new quarry pools 27-Oct-11
Eurasian Marsh-Harrier Al Ha'ir new quarry pools 27-Oct-11
Common Sandpiper Al Ha'ir new quarry pools 27-Oct-11
Masked Shrike Al Ha'ir new quarry pools 27-Oct-11
Brown-necked Raven Al Ha'ir pivot fields and river 27-Oct-11
Wheatear Al Ha'ir pivot fields and river 27-Oct-11
Western Yellow Wagtail Al Ha'ir pivot fields and river 27-Oct-11
Spanish Sparrow Al Ha'ir pivot fields and river 27-Oct-11
Streaked Weaver Al Ha'ir pivot fields and river 27-Oct-11
Ring-necked Parakeet Al Sharbatly Village compound, Jeddah 2-Nov-11
House Crow Al Sharbatly Village compound, Jeddah 2-Nov-11
White-spectacled Bulbul Al Sharbatly Village compound, Jeddah 2-Nov-11
Nile Valley Sunbird Al Sharbatly Village compound, Jeddah 2-Nov-11
Rueppell's Weaver Al Sharbatly Village compound, Jeddah 2-Nov-11
Striated Heron Corniche, Jeddah 3-Nov-11
Black-winged Stilt Corniche, Jeddah 3-Nov-11
Kentish Plover Corniche, Jeddah 3-Nov-11
Common Ringed Plover Corniche, Jeddah 3-Nov-11
Ruddy Turnstone Corniche, Jeddah 3-Nov-11
White-eyed Gull Corniche, Jeddah 3-Nov-11
Steppe Eagle Wadi Uranah 5-Nov-11
Black Kite Wadi Uranah 5-Nov-11
African Silverbill Wadi Uranah 5-Nov-11
Fan-tailed Raven south Taif 6-Nov-11
Arabian Babbler south Taif 6-Nov-11
Black Redstart south Taif 6-Nov-11
Tristram's Starling south Taif 6-Nov-11
Yemen Linnet south Taif 6-Nov-11
Greater Flamingo Coast near Dhahban, Jeddah 7-Nov-11
Western Reef-Heron Coast near Dhahban, Jeddah 7-Nov-11
Common Redshank Coast near Dhahban, Jeddah 7-Nov-11
Little Stint Coast near Dhahban, Jeddah 7-Nov-11
Crab Plover Coast near Dhahban, Jeddah 7-Nov-11
Slender-billed Gull Coast near Dhahban, Jeddah 7-Nov-11
Whiskered Tern Coast near Dhahban, Jeddah 7-Nov-11
White-throated Kingfisher Al Ha'ir pivot fields and river 11-Nov-11
Bluethroat Al Ha'ir pivot fields and river 11-Nov-11
Desert Wheatear Al Ha'ir pivot fields and river 11-Nov-11
Red Avadavat Al Ha'ir pivot fields and river 11-Nov-11
Red-vented Bulbul Al Waha compound, Riyadh 13-Nov-11
Booted Warbler Al Waha compound, Riyadh 13-Nov-11
Northern Shoveler Kharj fish and turf farm 17-Nov-11
Northern Lapwing Kharj fish and turf farm 17-Nov-11
Spur-winged Lapwing Kharj fish and turf farm 17-Nov-11
Temminck's Stint Kharj fish and turf farm 17-Nov-11
Rosy Starling Kharj fish and turf farm 17-Nov-11
Mallard Al Ha'ir new quarry pools 24-Nov-11
Osprey Al Ha'ir new quarry pools 24-Nov-11
Pallid Swift Al Ha'ir new quarry pools 24-Nov-11
Rock Martin Al Ha'ir new quarry pools 24-Nov-11
Common Chiffchaff Al Ha'ir new quarry pools 24-Nov-11
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler Al Fal compound, Riyadh 1-Dec-11
Grey Wagtail Riyadh Intercontinental Hotel 8-Dec-11
Hypocolius Riyadh Intercontinental Hotel 8-Dec-11
Common Snipe Al Ha'ir pivot fields and river 9-Dec-11
Southern Grey Shrike Al Ha'ir pivot fields and river 9-Dec-11
Tawny Pipit Al Ha'ir pivot fields and river 9-Dec-11
Eurasian Coot Al Ha'ir pivot fields and river 15-Dec-11
Asian Desert Warbler Al Ha'ir pivot fields and river 15-Dec-11
Desert Whitethroat Al Ha'ir pivot fields and river 15-Dec-11
Long-billed Pipit Al Ha'ir pivot fields and river 15-Dec-11
Water Pipit Al Ha'ir pivot fields and river 15-Dec-11
White-tailed Wheatear tip close to Dirab 16-Dec-11
Mourning Wheatear wadi east of Dirab 16-Dec-11
Eurasian Wryneck Al Ha'ir old village 16-Dec-11
Wood Sandpiper Al Ha'ir pivot fields and river 22-Dec-11
Citrine Wagtail Al Ha'ir pivot fields and river 22-Dec-11
Black Stork Al Ha'ir pivot fields and river 23-Dec-11
Meadow Pipit Al Ha'ir pivot fields and river 23-Dec-11
Long-legged Buzzard Al Sahba 23-Dec-11
Marsh Sandpiper Al Sahba 23-Dec-11
Ruff Al Sahba 23-Dec-11
Common Pochard Wadi Al Thumayah 23-Dec-11
Tufted Duck Wadi Al Thumayah 23-Dec-11
Greater Hoopoe-Lark desert SW of Kharj 23-Dec-11
Bar-tailed Lark desert SW of Kharj 23-Dec-11
Imperial Eagle Al Monsor Dairy Farm 29-Dec-11
Cream-colored Courser Al Monsor Dairy Farm 29-Dec-11
Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse Al Monsor Dairy Farm 29-Dec-11
Lesser Short-toed Lark Al Monsor Dairy Farm 29-Dec-11
Skylark Al Monsor Dairy Farm 29-Dec-11
Desert Finch Al Monsor Dairy Farm 29-Dec-11
Northern Goshawk Diplomatic Quarter, Riyadh 7-Jan-12
Eurasian Teal river south of pivot fields 13-Jan-12
Common Quail Al Ha'ir pivot fields and river 13-Jan-12
Garganey river south of pivot fields 27-Jan-12
Ferruginous Duck river south of pivot fields 27-Jan-12
Oriental Honey-buzzard King Fadh park, Najran 2-Feb-12
Palestine Sunbird King Fadh park, Najran 2-Feb-12
Olive-rumped Serin King Fadh park, Najran 2-Feb-12
Common Buzzard Al Ha'ir pivot fields and river 7-Feb-12
Woodchat Shrike Al Ha'ir pivot fields and river 7-Feb-12
Little Grebe river south of pivot fields 9-Feb-12
African Collared-Dove Al Waha compound, Riyadh 10-Feb-12
Pied Wheatear Al Ha'ir new quarry pools 16-Feb-12
Lesser Whitethroat Al Ha'ir pivot fields and river 17-Feb-12
Bank Myna Al Ha'ir pivot fields and river 17-Feb-12
Alpine Swift river south of pivot fields 17-Feb-12
Little Bittern Al Ha'ir pivot fields and river 23-Feb-12
Common Swift Al Ha'ir pivot fields and river 23-Feb-12
Menetries's Warbler Al Ha'ir pivot fields and river 23-Feb-12
Starling Al Ha'ir pivot fields and river 23-Feb-12
Arabian Partridge Al Baha 1-Mar-12
Dusky Turtle-Dove Al Baha 1-Mar-12
Common House-Martin Al Baha 1-Mar-12
White-breasted White-eye Al Baha 1-Mar-12
Little Rock-Thrush Al Baha 1-Mar-12
Siberian Stonechat Al Baha 1-Mar-12
Arabian Wheatear Al Baha 1-Mar-12
Yemen Thrush Al Baha 1-Mar-12
Song Thrush Al Baha 1-Mar-12
Cretzschmar's Bunting Al Baha 1-Mar-12
Philby's Partridge Al Baha 2-Mar-12
Arabian Woodpecker Al Baha 2-Mar-12
Scrub Warbler Al Baha 2-Mar-12
Brown Woodland-Warbler Al Baha 2-Mar-12
Redstart Al Ha'ir new quarry pools 8-Mar-12
Black-eared Wheatear Al Ha'ir new quarry pools 8-Mar-12
Eurasian Reed-Warbler river south of pivot fields 8-Mar-12
Rufous-tailed Scrub-Robin Mansouriyah 9-Mar-12
Eurasian Crag-Martin Mansouriyah 15-Mar-12
Nightingale Bird ringing centre, Al Ha'ir 16-Mar-12
Pallid Harrier Rawdhat Khuraim 23-Mar-12
European Bee-eater Rawdhat Khuraim 23-Mar-12
Lesser Kestrel Rawdhat Khuraim 23-Mar-12
Greater Short-toed Lark Rawdhat Khuraim 23-Mar-12
Whitethroat Rawdhat Khuraim 23-Mar-12
Tree Pipit Rawdhat Khuraim 23-Mar-12
Red-throated Pipit Rawdhat Khuraim 23-Mar-12
Pale Rockfinch Rawdhat Khuraim 23-Mar-12
White Stork Al Ha'ir pivot fields and river 28-Mar-12
Eurasian Oystercatcher Jizan bay 5-Apr-12
Grey Plover Jizan bay 5-Apr-12
Pacific Golden-Plover Jizan bay 5-Apr-12
Lesser Sand-Plover Jizan bay 5-Apr-12
Whimbrel Jizan bay 5-Apr-12
Bar-tailed Godwit Jizan bay 5-Apr-12
Curlew Sandpiper Jizan bay 5-Apr-12
White-cheeked Tern Jizan bay 5-Apr-12
Lesser Crested Tern Jizan bay 5-Apr-12
African Palm-Swift Jizan bay 5-Apr-12
Pink-backed Pelican Jizan city 5-Apr-12
Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark Jizan city 5-Apr-12
Abyssinian Roller Sabya countryside 5-Apr-12
African Grey Hornbill Wadi ar Rayth 5-Apr-12
Arabian Warbler Wadi ar Rayth 5-Apr-12
Common Greenshank Jizan industrial city 6-Apr-12
Sanderling Jizan industrial city 6-Apr-12
Sooty Gull Jizan industrial city 6-Apr-12
Lesser Black-backed Gull Jizan industrial city 6-Apr-12
Caspian Tern Jizan industrial city 6-Apr-12
White-throated Robin Bird ringing centre, Al Ha'ir 12-Apr-12
Ortolan Bunting Al Ha'ir pivot fields and river 12-Apr-12
Red-backed Shrike Al Ha'ir pivot fields and river 19-Apr-12
Terek Sandpiper Riyadh river, further south 19-Apr-12
Eurasian Blackcap Mansouriyah 20-Apr-12
Rufous-tailed Rock-Thrush Mansouriyah 20-Apr-12
Spotted Flycatcher Al Ha'ir pivot fields and river 20-Apr-12
Great Cormorant Lake Asfar, Hofuf 26-Apr-12
Little Tern Lake Asfar, Hofuf 26-Apr-12
Common Cuckoo Lake Asfar, Hofuf 26-Apr-12
Lesser Grey Shrike Lake Asfar, Hofuf 26-Apr-12
Clamorous Reed-Warbler Lake Asfar, Hofuf 26-Apr-12
Whinchat Lake Asfar, Hofuf 26-Apr-12
European Roller upper Wadi Hanifah 3-May-12
Upcher's Warbler Wadi Arar lakes,KSA 10-May-12
Sedge Warbler Wadi Arar lakes,KSA 10-May-12
Trumpeter Finch Wadi Arar lakes,KSA 10-May-12
Great Reed-Warbler Arar city parkland.KSA 11-May-12
Eurasian Nightjar al Jouf, KSA 11-May-12
Collared Pratincole Al Ha'ir pivot fields and river 18-May-12
Glossy Ibis south of Taif 18-Aug-12
Little Swift south of Taif 18-Aug-12
Gambaga Flycatcher south of Taif 18-Aug-12
Thrush Nightingale south of Taif 18-Aug-12
Semicollared Flycatcher south of Taif 18-Aug-12
Striolated Bunting south of Taif 18-Aug-12
Cinnamon-breasted Bunting south of Taif 18-Aug-12
Yemen Serin south of Taif 18-Aug-12
Marsh Warbler Al Baha 19-Aug-12
Arabian Waxbill Al Baha 19-Aug-12
Bruce's Green-Pigeon south of Baha 19-Aug-12
Yemen Warbler south of Baha 19-Aug-12
Violet-backed Starling south of Baha 19-Aug-12
Shining Sunbird Doos area, North of Baha 20-Aug-12
Olive-tree Warbler Ash Shafa, Taif 21-Aug-12
Sand Martin Al Ha'ir pivot fields and river 21-Sep-12
Barred Warbler Heet 28-Sep-12
Eurasian Spoonbill Jizan industrial city 28-Sep-12
Eurasian Curlew Jizan industrial city 28-Sep-12
Saunders's Tern Jizan industrial city 28-Sep-12
Gull-billed Tern Jizan industrial city 28-Sep-12
European Turtle-Dove Desert stop, 150km east of Riyadh 3-Oct-12
Grey-headed Swamphen Sebkhet al Fasl 4-Oct-12
Pied Avocet Sebkhet al Fasl 4-Oct-12
White-winged Tern Sebkhet al Fasl 4-Oct-12
Great Crested Grebe High tide roost, Khobar 5-Oct-12
Black-tailed Godwit Dammam coast 5-Oct-12
Broad-billed Sandpiper Dammam coast 5-Oct-12
Black-headed Gull Dammam coast 5-Oct-12
Great Crested Tern Dammam coast 5-Oct-12
Common Kingfisher Near Riyadh cricket club 9-Nov-12
Sociable Lapwing North of Tabuk 15-Nov-12
Stonechat North of Tabuk 15-Nov-12
Corn Bunting North of Tabuk 15-Nov-12
Common Raven Haql road out of Tabuk 15-Nov-12
Finsch's Wheatear Haql road out of Tabuk 15-Nov-12
Moustached Warbler Waste water lake, Tabuk 16-Nov-12
Goldfinch south of Tabuk 16-Nov-12
Temminck's Lark East of Rumah 23-Nov-12
Short-toed Snake-Eagle river south of pivot fields 20-Dec-12
Great Snipe river south of pivot fields 20-Dec-12
Gadwall river south of pivot fields 21-Dec-12
Northern Pintail river south of pivot fields 21-Dec-12
Great Bittern Lake Maliki 27-Dec-12
White-tailed Lapwing Lake Maliki 27-Dec-12
Spotted Redshank Lake Maliki 27-Dec-12
White-browed Coucal Lake Maliki 27-Dec-12
Fan-tailed Warbler Lake Maliki 27-Dec-12
Red-eyed Dove Fifa 28-Dec-12
Singing Bushlark Road north of Jizan 28-Dec-12
Arabian Golden Sparrow Road north of Jizan 28-Dec-12
Griffon Vulture Escarpment north of Dhurma 24-Jan-13
Egyptian Vulture Wadi Rabigh 31-Jan-13
Barbary Falcon Wadi Rabigh 31-Jan-13
Greater Sand-Plover Thuwal 31-Jan-13
African Reed-Warbler Thuwal 31-Jan-13
Hooded Wheatear "Edge of the world", Riyadh 8-Feb-13
Brown Booby Mangroves north of Al Shuqaiq 14-Feb-13
Great White Pelican Mangroves north of Al Shuqaiq 14-Feb-13
Collared Kingfisher Mangroves north of Al Shuqaiq 14-Feb-13
Helmeted Guineafowl Wadi Juwa 15-Feb-13
Tawny Eagle Wadi Juwa 15-Feb-13
Bimaculated Lark Zulfi 2-Mar-13
Rueppell's Warbler Desert south of Duba road, Tabuk 7-Mar-13
Sinai Rosefinch Desert south of Duba road, Tabuk 7-Mar-13
Northern Harrier Waste water lake, Tabuk 8-Mar-13
Jack Snipe Waste water lake, Tabuk 8-Mar-13
Cyprus Wheatear Wadi Rabigh 14-Mar-13
Great Spotted Cuckoo Yanbu waste treatment lake 14-Mar-13
Eastern Orphean Warbler Al Ha'ir pivot fields and river 4-Apr-13
Cinereous Bunting KSU university farm 10-Apr-13
Montagu's Harrier Al Ha'ir pivot fields and river 12-Apr-13
Black-winged Pratincole Farm near Mithnab 25-Apr-13
Garden Warbler Abha dam 2-May-13
Shikra South of Tanumah 2-May-13
Grey-headed Kingfisher South of Tanumah 2-May-13
African Paradise-Flycatcher South of Tanumah 2-May-13
Common Magpie South of Tanumah 2-May-13
Red-breasted Wheatear South of Tanumah 2-May-13
Eurasian Golden Oriole Farm on edge of Abha 3-May-13
Greater Painted-Snipe Sabya waste water lakes 16-May-13
Pied Cuckoo Sabya waste water lakes 16-May-13
Abdim's Stork Ad Dabi town 16-May-13
Gabar Goshawk Ad Dabi town 16-May-13
White-throated Bee-eater Ad Dabi town 16-May-13
Lichtenstein's Sandgrouse Abu Arish waste water lakes 16-May-13
Nubian Nightjar Abu Arish waste water lakes 16-May-13
Socotra Cormorant South corniche Khobar 6-Jun-13
Common Tern South corniche Khobar 6-Jun-13
Black-headed Bunting Jebel Lawz 13-Jun-13
Egyptian Nightjar KSU university farm 3-Sep-13
European Honey-buzzard Thuwal 20-Sep-13
Corn Crake Thuwal 20-Sep-13
African Swamphen Thuwal 20-Sep-13
Demoiselle Crane Thuwal 20-Sep-13
Black-necked Grebe Half Moon Bay 3-Oct-13
Chukar Jebel Lawz 17-Oct-13
Sardinian Warbler Haql 17-Oct-13
Little Bunting Haql 17-Oct-13
Yellow-browed Warbler Haql road out of Tabuk 17-Oct-13
Eurasian Wigeon Waste water lake, Tabuk 19-Oct-13
Water Rail Waste water lake, Tabuk 19-Oct-13
Red-necked Phalarope Sebkhet al Fasl 8-Nov-13
Caspian Plover Southern farms, Wadi Dawasar 29-Nov-13
Merlin Desert SE of Tabarjal 13-Dec-13
Pharaoh Eagle-Owl Tabarjal and near-by farms 14-Dec-13
European Golden-Plover South corniche Khobar 3-Jan-14
Hamerkop Wadi Haly 10-Jan-14
Common Shelduck Sebkhet al Fasl 17-Jan-14
Pallas's Gull Sebkhet al Fasl 17-Jan-14
Thick-billed Lark Below Buwaiq escarpment, North of Thumamah 7-Feb-14
Muscovy Duck Riyadh river, further south 21-Mar-14
Common Ostrich Mahazat As-Sayd reserve 11-Apr-14
Lappet-faced Vulture Mahazat As-Sayd reserve 11-Apr-14
Macqueen's Bustard Mahazat As-Sayd reserve 11-Apr-14
Rameron Pigeon Raydah escarpment 10-May-14
Brown Noddy Jizan-Farasans ferry 6-Jun-14
Goliath Heron Farasan Kabir harbour 6-Jun-14
Sooty Falcon Mangroves on Farasan kabir 6-Jun-14
Bridled Tern Boat trip round smaller Farasan islands 7-Jun-14
African Stonechat Azizah 4-Jul-14

2 comments:

  1. great list, it seemed that you have enjoyed birding in Saudi more than many here including me.
    my life list here in Jeddah is only 131.

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  2. Duha, I travelled everywhere in Saudi Arabia for this. From Arar to Wadi Dawasir to Tabuk to Jizan etc If you had a family outing to Abha and Jizan or even Wadi Rabigh you could add many more!

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