Mike Pope, my good birding friend from Kuwait came to visit for a few days so we spent some time driving around in the heat and dust to see what we could find out there. I took him to see the family of Lilith Owls I have been watching. It looks like the parents are now forcing the adult sized youngsters to disperse and find their own territories. We also saw the parents chase off a fox that had ventured into their turf by dive-bombing it a few times.
Adult Lilith Owl looking out over its territory from a vantage point
One of a few Bridled Terns seen flying along the coast near Al Ruwais. A new Qatar tick for me.
An adult Striated Heron did a fly-by at the same spot
A concerned Red-wattled Plover parent flies overhead as the two surviving chicks lie motionless on the ground below
The Black-crowned Sparrow-Larks are back on the farm. Here is an image of an unmistakable male
Female Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark
The first sighting of a Greater Hoopoe-Lark that I have recorded on the farm this Spring
A smart looking Corn Bunting
Other species included: Crested Larks everywhere, Western Reef Herons, Red-vented Bulbul, White-eared Bullbul, Slender-billed Gull, Lesser Sand Plover, Namaqua Dove, Caspian Tern, Bar-tailed Godwit, Terek Sandpiper, Common Redshank, Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin, Whimbrel, Eurasian Curlew, Ruddy Turnstone, Barn Swallow, Grey Plover and the rest.