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Kuwait’s Birdwatching Counts Birds Every Year at Sliveihat Beach

Participants use binoculars to observe the birds.

By Nawara Fattahova

Kuwait: Bird monitoring and conservation team Kuwait Environmental Protection Association (KEPS) yesterday counted the annual bird counts at Sulaibikhat Beach. According to the organizers, the best time to count birds is when migratory birds settle with local birds. “If you count during the transition, the numbers are incorrect. The migratory birds settled as winter visitors to Kuwait. The counts during this period are about 85 percent accurate,” said the head of the bird monitoring and conservation team. Mohammed Shah told the Kuwait Times.

In Kuwait during this period, about 410 species of birds can be seen, including migratory birds and local birds. “The total number of birds here can reach thousands during migration. We haven’t discovered any new migratory bird species this year, but they are generally high,” he said. .. “We chose this place for bird counting because it’s easy to access and there are a wide variety of birds in it. High tides bring birds closer to the beach, making it easier to count,” Shah said. I will explain.

A gray heron chasing a seagull that caught a fish on January 15, 2022 at Slivehat Beach in northern Kuwait City.

Some migratory birds stay in Kuwait for long periods of time. “For example, flamingos stay in Kuwait for most of the year. They leave only a few months during the summer to spawn in nearby areas. Some birds spawn on Bubiyan Island, which It is considered a resident bird, “he pointed out. Migratory birds come from the north to Kuwait, especially Siberia, Russia and Central Asia. “These migratory birds begin to migrate from early autumn to September. Most birds migrating from Scandinavian countries settle in Africa and only a few species remain on the Arabian Peninsula,” Shah concludes. rice field.
Dr. Wijdan Al-Eqab, President of KEPS, said hosting such an event is part of KEPS’s participation and support for environmental activities to raise awareness and protect domestic birds. “This event has a large number of participants of all ages and reflects the environmental interests of the community. This is the purpose of KEPS,” she says.
Eqab also called on individuals and institutions to protect Kuwait’s migratory and local birds and postpone hunting. “Kuwait is considered one of the most important routes for migratory birds during their annual migration from north to south and vice versa. Tidal flats and intertidal zones are habitats for many birds and their shells. People need to protect tidal flats and intertidal zones because of the components of marine life such as species, mudhoppers, and soft animals, “she added.

https://www.kuwaittimes.com/kuwait-birdwatchers-hold-annual-bird-count-at-sulaibikhat-beach/ Kuwait’s Birdwatching Counts Birds Every Year at Sliveihat Beach

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