Ok, went over to Al Ain on Friday to see if I could locate some of the Upcher's Warblers reported there. Success ! Some pics attached. Also seen were Common Whitethroat, Barred Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher and a lovely male Rock Thrush. Would have loved to stay a little longer but had to make the hour and half dash back for the Dubai St Georges Society Ball with the band of the Royal Marines - Great night !
Common Whitethroat Upcher's Warbler Upcher's Warbler Upcher's Warbler Spotted Flycatcher Common Whitethroat Rock Thrush
Went over to the Dubai Pivot fields Friday afternoon, not much about but a couple of Collared Pratincoles were obliging. A Brown Shrike made a brief appearance, would have preferred more more time with it !
A few Cattle Egret in breeding plumage seem to be appearing now too.
Didn't fancy travelling too far this morning so decided to go to Mamzar Park (between Dubai and Sharjah) with my friend Ahmed Al Ali. Temperatures around 35c took their toll and went home at lunchtime. Migrants have been few this year but I did manage to get some shots of a Common Redstart and a male White-Throated Robin, only seen females before ! A Reed Warbler and Ménétrie’s warbler (my first) were also seen but only poor photos - they weren't too keen to show themselves. First Arabian Babbler I had seen in the park too.