A large area of traditional and private farms on the southern border with Saudi Arabia. Access to any of the farms is by private agreement with the owners. This large area of private, traditional farms is located near the border with Saudi Arabia, in southern Kuwait. The extensive farm habitat here is similar to that of Abdaly in the north. Greenery and orchard-like environments next to the desert attract both migrants and desert birds to this extensive oasis-like environment.
A large and generally under-birded area, primarily due to lack of access to farms.
Breeding records have included Black-crowned Sparrow Lark and White-eared Bulbul and Blue-cheeked Bee-eater has also bred. Migrants like Egyptian Nightjar and Basra Reed Warbler are regular.
Winter records have produced Eversmann’s Redstart and Masked Wagtail.
Obviously with so much habitat on private farms, there may be other specials waiting to be discovered, but area is productive during passage, as well as winter and summer for some species that breed in and around the farmland. Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark and White-eared Bulbul breed here annually. Although very little birding has been done here, the discovery of an Eversmann’s Redstart in January 2011 and a second Masked Wagtail illustrates the potential of this extensive area on the southern Kuwait border.
Reach out and request the owners to grant permission on a restricted basis for access by selected birders to ensure that on-going surveys can be conducted.