Desmond, Oscar & Simon.
This area has good coastal vegetation
& natural bushes.
Sila is surrounded by desert, so any vegetation
proves very attractive for migrant birds.
Remnants of a Palm plantation.
Even small roundabouts are a haven
for migrant birds
The UAE is getting very developed these days & the Sila area is one of the very few which has a range of habitats that attract migrants. It is a long drive from Abu Dhabi though, & a day birding this area is always a super long day.
A scarce, but regular migrant.
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler
Black crowned Night Heron
This individual is very late.
Purple Heron 1; Grey Heron 1; Black crowned Night Heron 1; Squacco Heron 3; Oriental Honey Buzzard 1; Pallid Harrier 1; Hen Harrier 1; Eurasian Hobby 2; Black winged Stilt 10; Red wattled Lapwing 10; Little Ringed Plover 2; Kentish Plover 1; Curlew Sandpiper 1; Little Stint 2; Common Snipe 1; Marsh Sandpiper 2; Wood Sandpiper 1; Rose ringed Parakeet 3; Feral Pigeon 10+; European Turtle Dove 4; Namaqua Dove 10; Laughing Dove 30+; Eurasian Collared Dove 300+; Pallid Swift 15; Grey Hypocolius 1; European Hoopoe 2; European Bee-eater 70+; Eurasian Cuckoo 1; Red backed Shrike 2; Red tailed Shrike 65+; Lesser Grey Shrike 4; Masked Shrike 1; Greater Short toed Lark 4; Crested Lark 8; Barn Swallow 50+; Sand Martin 12; Willow Warbler 35; Eastern Olivaceous Warbler 25+; Upcher's Warbler 4; Clamorous Reed Warbler 3; Graceful Prinia 1; Eurasian Blackcap 3; Barred Warbler 25; Lesser Whitethroat 28; Common Whitethroat 7; Spotted Flycatcher 7; Rufous tailed Scrub Robin 15; Common Nightingale 2; Common Redstart 15; Rufous tailed Rock Thrush 8; Whinchat 12; Northern Wheatear 3; Desert Wheatear 1; Isabelline Wheatear 3; Yellow Wagtail 3; Tawny Pipit 2; Red throated Pipit 5; Ortolan Bunting 6.
This was an excellent days birding & thank you guys for being great companions. Till the next time!