Observations – October 2020

Sightings for October 2020 as reported to the Qatar Birds Records Committee.

31 October 2020 – 1 Greater Spotted Eagle – Saliya Lagoons

30 October 2020 – 1 Short-Toed Snake Eagle, 1 Black-Winged Kite (subsp. vociferus), 1 Steppe Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 1 Caspian Plover – Irkayya Farm/Lagoons

28 October 2020 – 1 “Levant” Barn Swallow (subsp. transitiva) – Saliya Lagoons. 1 Pin-Tailed Snipe – Irkayya Farm

26 October 2020 – 1 Sociable Lapwing each at Irkayya Farm and Saliya Lagoons

28 October – 1 Pin-Tailed Snipe

25 October 2020 – 1 Masked Wagtail – Saliya Lagoons

23 October 2020 – 3 Sociable Lapwing, 2-3 Caspian Plover, 1 Steppe Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 1 Crested Honey Buzzard, 1 Greater Spotted Eagle – Irkayya Farm. 3 Pacific Golden Plover, 1 Greater Spotted Eagle – Saliya Lagoons

22 October 2020 – 1 Spur-Winged Lapwing – Saliya lagoons

21 October 2020 – 1 White-Tailed Plover – Abu Naklah. 1 Spotted Crake, 1 Great Bittern – Saliya Lagoons

17 October 2020 – Pin-Tailed Snipe – Sealine Resort

16 October 2020 – 1 Peregrine – Irkayya Farm

14 October 2020 – Red-Breasted Flycatcher – Wakra Park

9 October 2020 – 3 Garganey 3, 1 European Scops Owl – Irkayya Farm

2 October 2020 – 3 Red-Necked Phalarope – Irkayya Farm

Red-Necked Phalarope © Simon Tull

Update to Qatar List

The Qatar Bird List has been updated to 2020. This is the first major update since 2016. The following species have been added, bringing the total number of bird taxa for Qatar to 338. Species added, with their year of their first record, are as follows:

SpeciesScientific NameYear
Lesser FlamingoPhoeniconaias minor 2013
Long-tailed DuckClangula hyemalis2016
Indian Pond Heron Ardeola grayii2016
Moustached Warbler Acrocephalus melanopogon2016
Allen’s Gallinule Porphyrio alleni2017
ShikraAccipiter (badius) cenchroides2017
Pin-Tailed SnipeGallinago stenura2017
Brown-necked RavenCorvus ruficollis2017
Wood Warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix 2017
Basra Reed WarblerAcrocephalus griseldis2017
Calandra LarkMelanocorypha calandra 2018
Greater Painted-Snipe Rostratula [benghalensis] benghalensis 2019
Griffon VultureGyps fulvus2020
Ashy / Black Drongo Edolius macrocercus/ E. leucophaeus2020
Stock Dove Columba oenas oenas2020
Purple Sunbird Cinnyris asiaticus2020
Updates to Qatar List, 2020

Observations – June to August 2020

22 August 2020 – Caspian Plover, 2 juv; White-throated Robin – Irkayya Farm

Caspian Plover © Simon Tull

10 August 2020 – Rosy Starling, juv – Irkayya Farm

6 to 16 July 2020 – Greater Spotted Cuckoo – Irkayya Farm

13 June 2020 – Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse – Karaana

Chestnut-Bellied Sandgrouse © Simon Tull