Tuesday 23 May 2023


Our last day in Saudi Arabia saw us visit Corniche Park just a couple of minutes away from our hotel. What a good move it turned out to be as we found at least 3 Barred WarblersGreat Reed WarblerMarsh Warbler, a few Garden Warblers, several BlackcapsGreater Whitethroat (4), a Thrush NightingaleRufous Bush-RobinTree PipitWoodchatLesser Grey (3) and Red-backed Shrike (7). 

Barred Warbler

This Great Reed Warbler looked quite interesting to begin with...

Lesser Grey Shrike

Rufous Bush-Robin

Seeing all of these migrants with 4 Abdim’s Storks patrolling the lawns and White-eyed Gulls out in the bay made for a great session. Returning to the hotel for breakfast we were amazed to see a few White-eyed Gulls loafing around our swimming pool…! 

Abdim's Stork

Afterwards we drove to a few sites around Jizan, notching up first class views of Crab-Plovers, a flock of 6 Broad-billed Sandpipers, Eurasian Curlew (trip tick), Terek Sandpiper, White-winged Terns and plenty of previously seen species. 

Broad-billed Sandpipers

The one and only Crab-Plover

We returned to the hotel before 1pm, had lunch and a rest before leaving for the airport at 4pm and our flight back to Riyadh and the conclusion of a very successful tour. To have seen 194 species in 9 days in Saudi Arabia is pretty good going.

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