[Tweeters] Spring birding--Eurasia birding highlights from Dubai (UAE) & Russian Far East

Scott scottratkinson at hotmail.com
Wed Mar 30 13:09:34 PDT 2016


Spring has sprung here and elsewhere on the planet, as I discovered on still another trip over to Eurasia recently. A layover at Dubai (United Arab Emirates, also known as UAE) was a welcome addition to the usual Russia and South Korea route. I had just 24 hours in UAE, but was able to detect 106 species. Symbolic of a very different bird fauna than I was accustomed to was the showy GREEN BEE-EATER, birds being present at several sites:


Up near the Oman border, Wamm Farms were terrific, imagine a 6-wheatear, 6-pipit, 4 (5)-shrike day, with many other desert specialties:


The Russian Far East near Vladivostok was just hinting at spring, but locals said migration had already been underway since about March 10, about two weeks early. One of the exciting possibilities in late March is cranes, such as these northbound WHITE-NAPED CRANES:


But more impressive at this site was an amazing 49 northbound eagles, of 4 species, with WHITE-TAILED predictably being most numerous:


Scott Atkinson

Lake Stevens

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