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 Warblers, Great Reed Warbler, Marsh Warbler, a few Garden Warblers, several Blackcaps, Greater Whitethroat (4), a Thrush Nightingale, Rufous Bush-Robin, Tree Pipit, Woodchat, Lesser Grey (3) and Red-backed Shrike (7).
|This Great Reed Warbler looked quite interesting to begin with...|
|Lesser Grey Shrike|
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…!
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.
|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.