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Old Wednesday 20th July 2011, 15:54   #1
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Birding Sites in Saudi Arabia

I am looking for help indentifying good birding sites in Saudi Arabia. I am updating my website www.birdsofsaudiarabia.com and hope to include a section on the best birding locations in the country. Currently I have so few of them that it would be a very small section. Site details and maps (GPS ref) would be great.

Also any trip reports to the country with a link to them would be great as I have a section that needs updating as only one report is less than eight years old.

I know this is not going to be an easy task as very few people have birded Saudi Arabia over the years, and the chance of them seeing this post is also small, but any help or direction on where to find details would be gratefully received.

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Old Thursday 21st July 2011, 09:34   #2
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Hi, i'm surprised no-one with more knowledge than me has posted yet! There's plenty of info "out there" to get you started, and without doubt the first 2 ports of call have to be Mike Jennings, and also OSME.
Best bet is to join the MEBirdnews yahoo group, a recent post from the former is there.
Here's his archived website (the contact details are wrong but he supplies those in the MEBirdnews Yahoo group):
http://dspace.dial.pipex.com/arabian.birds/

OSME: http://www.osme.org/

There are birders/photographers who regularly post on BF - i think Ammadoux is one.

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Hello

i have just discovered this thread, hope i can be some help, i will return to it as soon as i have sometime later this morning.

i do agree with jogresh, Mike Jennings can help you so much regarding birding in the Southern Heights of Bahah and Asir.
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Old Sunday 31st July 2011, 06:54   #4
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Hello

i live in Jeddah and do bird watching since more then 10 years, but only started to take shots three years ago, when i joined BF.

many species of birds can be seen here during the Eurasian migrations as Jeddah lies on one of the way of it. which makes Jeddah and most of the locations on the eastern side of the red sea a very important place for birding, too bad so little people realize this.

there are six typical birds on the gardens, beside the typical house sparrows and rock doves and laughing doves.
yellow vented bulbul
Ruppell's weaver
Nile valley sunbird
Black bush robin
Indian and African silverbills
graceful pirina
those as well as the introduced species of ring necked parakeet and common Maynha


1- i do most of my birding at my house garden or at other friends gardens in different locations in Jeddah.

2- sometimes i go to the shore of a nearby town called Khoumrah, that is about 30 Km's South of Jeddah, there is a mangrove reserve where one can find many waders and also kingfishers, the sight of flamingos, spoonbills and pelicans are typical in summer time.

on migration time, Sep-Oct and Mar-May, many wheatears,stonechats and Ortolan buntings, will be around, specially if one goes early in the morning right after sunrise when no one there you can find them perched everywhere and so easy to capture.

3- a second birding site is the region of the musk lake in Buraiman (check the map) there is a lake that is created from the rain water, there one can find a family of Spur-winged Plover,Vanellus spinosus

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ammadou...in/photostream

and many carmonrats. as well as many other residents like the Nile valley sunbirds, Ruppell's weaver, green bee-eater and the crested lark, and if it is migration lots of possibilites are open, shrikes and many sub-speices of yellow wagtails. its a birding heaven.

4-a third birding place is the college (Alfaysaliah dis, in front of Erfan Hospital) ground and the desert bushes surrounding it. during the last migration i was able to record the following

whinchat, http://www.flickr.com/photos/ammadou...in/photostream
Northern wheatears, http://www.flickr.com/photos/ammadou...in/photostream
Pied wheatears, http://www.flickr.com/photos/ammadou...in/photostream
black eated wheatears,http://www.flickr.com/photos/ammadou...in/photostream
lesser gray shrikes, http://www.flickr.com/photos/ammadou...in/photostream
masked shrikes, was a bit shy i could not get near to it.
woodchat shrikes, http://www.flickr.com/photos/ammadou...in/photostream
red backed shrikes, came so late and staid until mid June.
so many yellow wagtails and pipits.

here is a google map of Jeddah, showing the two locations i have mentioned, Khoumrh and Buraiman.

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&tab=wl

hope that helps.
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Old Sunday 31st July 2011, 16:33   #5
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Doux,

Thanks so much for taking the time to send me the locations which are great.

The link you have for the map only takes you to a standard page of North America. Could you please post the link again for the map of the sites you mentioned.

I also know Mike Jennings so can get information from him without any problems.

Thanks again
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