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UAE - Club 300/400 - an informal look at the more-or-less active UAE toplisters.


Rarity report assessments, taxonomic changes and status reviews will sometimes cause the numbers listed here to go up or down … rather like the stock-exchange, in fact! The Lesser Black-backed Gull complex and Stonechats are prime examples.

Species not formally submitted, or awaiting assessment by the EBRC, are not displayed, unless conclusive photos have been presented.

 

Above 400 species:

 

1. Steve James - 411 species (all in the UAE database)
Cares mostly about his Year List where he usually leads supreme. Potential new addition to his List will be twitched. Relentlessly.
In UAE from 1992 until August 2014.

Last additions:

  • 403 - Great Stone-curlew - 03.03.2012 (Musaffah)
  • 404 - White-rumped Sandpiper - 18.05.2012 (Al Ain)
  • 405 - Himalayan Griffon Vulture - 13.10.2012 (DDRC)
  • 406 - Cinereous Vulture - 26.10.2012 (DDCR)
  • 407 - Greater Scaup - 10.11.2012 (Ruwais WTP)
  • 408 - Mesopotamian Crow - 01.12.2012 (Siniyah Island)
  • 409 - Red-headed Bunting - 25.03.2012 (Emirates Palace)
  • 410 - Cretzschmar's Bunting - 26.03.2013 (Jebel Dhanna--hotels)
  • 411 - Roseate Tern - 13.09.2013 (Fujairah Port Beach)

 

2. Simon Aspinall - 408 species (all in the UAE database)
What list? Was inn danger of becoming a Mammal Lister as a result of having seen all the birds of the UAE.
UAE's top birder and naturalist. Always has been. Always will be.
In UAE from 1993 until 2009, a scarce but much appreciated winter visitor up to 2011. With us in spirit from 31 Oct 2011 onwards.

Last additions:

  • 406 - Red-flanked Bluetail - 08.12.2008 (Safa Park)
  • 407 - Pied Cuckoo - 05.01.2009 (Ajban Farms)
  • 408 - Wilson's Phalarope - 04.01.2010 (Al Wathba Lake)

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Above 300 species:

3. Tommy Pedersen - 391 species (all in the UAE database)
Cares more about other people's Lists (too busy fathering, flying and website updating to worry about birding for his own List)
In UAE from February 2002 until today and aims to stay here for quite some time.

Last additions:

  • 380 - Roseate Tern - 14.09.2013 (Fujairah Port Beach)
  • 381 - Pheasant-tailed Jacana - 30.11.2013 (Zakher Lake)
  • 382 - Long-toed Stint - 09.12.2013 (Al Hamraniya Nursery)
  • 383 - Cory's Shearwater - 20.06.2014 (Khor Kalba Pelagic)
  • 384 - Watercock - 06.11.2014 (Nad al-Sheba area)
  • 385 - Collared Flycatcher - 08.10.2015 (Al Mamzar Park)
  • 386 - Great White Pelican - 26.12.2015 (Ra's al-Khor--Mangrove Hide)
  • 387 - Pin-tailed Sandgrouse - 10.02.2016 (Saih al Salam--Expo Lake)
  • 388 - Blyth's Reed Warbler - 20.08.2016 (Mushrif Palace Gardens)
  • 389 - Superb Starling - 25.09.2016 (Sharjah University City)
  • 390 - Common Crane - 09.10.2016 (Zakher Lake)
  • 391 - Little Bunting - 12.11.2016 (Emirates Palace)

 

4. Mark Smiles - 388 species (all in the UAE database)
Out birding more often than not and twitching to the max. The most consistently correct replier to the UAE ID-help Forum.
In UAE from July 2009 until today, and holds the record of species seen over a 5-year period!

Last addition:

  • 380 - Collared Flycatcher - 03.10.2015 (Al Mamzar Park)
  • 381 - Great White Pelican - 01.01.2016 (Mangrove Hide)
  • 382 - Pin-tailed Sandgrouse - 10.01.2016 (Saih al Salam--Expo Lake)
  • 383 - Alpine Swift - 04.03.2016 (Wamm Farms)
  • 384 - Superb Starling - 05.03.2016 (Sharjah University City)
  • 385 - Common Crane - 08.10.2016 (Zakher Lake)
  • 386 - Little Bunting - 12.11.2016 (Emirates Palace)
  • 387 - White-capped Bunting - 22.11.2016 (Al Ain)
  • 388 - Little Bustard - 03.12.2016 (Wamm Farms)

 

5. Oscar Campbell - 384 species (all in the UAE database)
Will try to convince you that he most definitely does not care about his List. Out birding a lot; mostly finding his own MEGA's and
helping others twitching them.
In UAE from August 2006 until today.

Last additions:

  • 375 - Pacific Swift - 12.09.2014 (Wamm Farms)
  • 376 - Collared Flycatcher - 09.10.2015 (Al Mamzar Park)
  • 377 - Great White Pelican - 08.01.2016 (Ra's al-Khor)
  • 378 - European Honey Buzzard - 30.09.2016 (Wamm Farms)
  • 379 - Pin-tailed Sandgrouse - 07.10.2016 (Saih al Salam)
  • 380 - Common Crane - 08.10.2016 (Zakher Lake)
  • 381 - Little Bunting - 12.11.2016 (Emirates Palace)
  • 382 - Little Swift - 27.01.2017 (Ajman WTP)
  • 383 - Superb Starling 10.02.2017 (Sharjah Airport)
  • 384 - Common Reed Bunting - 18.03.2017 (Al Wathba Wetland Reserve)

 

6. Colin Richardson - 381 species (289 species in the UAE database)
Former UAE Bird Recorder, currently Cyprus Bird Recorder. Founding father of this whole List-thingie.
In UAE from 1981 to 2004. As rare as a Dusky Warbler after that.

Last additions:

  • 378 - Red-knobbed Coot - 22.08.2002 (Wimpey Pits)
  • 379 - Whooper Swan - 09.02.2003 (Wimpey Pits)
  • 380 - Mute Swan - 09.02.2003 (Wimpey Pits)
  • 381 - Spur-winged Lapwing - 13.02.2004 (Al Wathba Lake)

 

7. Simon Lloyd - 379 species (all in the UAE database)
Finder of an 'Arabian First' and had Safa Park as his local patch. Mostly finds his own rarities when not teaching.
In UAE from 2008 until today.

Last addition:

  • 370 - Large-billed Leaf Warbler - 11.10.2014 (Al Mamzar Park)
  • 371 - Watercock - 06.11.2014 (Al Warsan Lakes)
  • 372 - Brambling - 13.02.2015 (Safa Park)
  • 373 - Collared Flycatcher - 06.10.2015 (Al Mamzar Park)
  • 374 - Great White Pelican - 26.12.2015 (Ra's al-Khor--Mangrove Hide)
  • 375 - Green Warbler - 04.05.2016 (Mushrif Palace Gardens)
  • 376 - Superb Starling - 07.10.2016 (Sharjah University City)
  • 377 - Common Crane - 08.10.2016 (Zakher Lake)
  • 378 - Little Bunting - 12.11.2016 (Emirates Palace)
  • 379 - Little Bustard - 03.12.2016 (Wamm Farms)

 

8. Andrew Twyman - 376 species (all in the UAE database)
One of the great UAE birding veterans. Probably the luckiest twitcher ever in the country.
In UAE from 1993 until July 2012.

Last additions:

  • 372 - Black Drongo - 20.01.2012 (Al Barsha Pond Park)
  • 373 - Black-naped Oriole - 24.02.2012 (Safa Park)
  • 374 - Great Spotted Cuckoo - 20.04.2012 (Wamm Farms)
  • 375 - Long-tailed Skua - 11.05.2012 (Khor Kalba pelagic)
  • 376 - White-rumped Sandpiper - 26.05.2012 (Al Ain WTP)

 

9. Andrew Ward - 372 species (all in the UAE database)
Former Mr Lulu, now rapidly becoming Mr Emirates Palace. Loves a Twitch when not too busy running things in Abu Dhabi.
In UAE from 1996-2002 and from 2007 until today.

Last additions:

  • 365 - Great White Pelican - 30.12.2015 (Mangrove Hide)
  • 366 - White-breasted Waterhen - 05.04.2016 (Ghantoot)
  • 367 - Blyth's Reed Warbler - 18.08.2016 (Mushrif Palace Gardens)
  • 368 - Superb Starling - 01.10.2016 (Sharjah University)
  • 369 - Pin-tailed Sandgrouse - 01.10.2016 (Saih al Salam)
  • 370 - Brambling - 11.11.2016 (Emirates Palace)
  • 371 - Little Bunting - 12.11.2016 (Emirates Palace)
  • 372 - Redwing - 03.02.2017 (Mushrif Palace Gardens)

 

10. Neil Tovey - 369 species (all in the UAE database)
Lists eagerly (often seen Listing to the right when out on the town with Steve, pre- or post burding). Now married. Listing less.
In UAE from 2005 until 2014, when he started his Kuwait MEGA-list!

Last additions:

  • 360 - Mesopotamian Crow - 07.12.2012 (Siniyah Island)
  • 361 - Red Knot - 14.12.2012 (Al Jazeerah Khor)
  • 362 - Water Rail - 14.12.2012 (Al Warsan Lakes)
  • 363 - Little Crake - 25.09.2012 (AD Golf & Equestrian Club)
  • 364 - Roseate Tern - 04.10.2013 (Fujairah Port Beach)
  • 365 - Long-toed Stint - 23.11.2013 (Hamraniyah Nursery)
  • 366 - Pheasant-tailed Jacana - 30.11.2013 (Zakher Lake)
  • 367 - Great White Pelican - 22.02.2016 (Mangrove Hide)
  • 368 - Swinhoe's Storm Petrel - 24.06.2016 (Khor Kalba Pelagic)
  • 369 - Arctic Tern - 24.06.2016 (Khor Kalba Pelagic)

 

11. Rob Quested - 369 species (303 species in the UAE database)
Has a List. Keen to add more.
In UAE from 1989 until 2013.

Last additions:

  • 365 - Asian Martin - 07.03.2008 (Ain al Fayda Park)
  • 366 - Sooty Tern - 07.11.2008 (Khor Kalba)
  • 367 - Brown Shrike - 13.11.2008 (Jebel Hafit)
  • 368 - Grey Phalarope - 09.04.2011 (Al Wathba Lake)
  • 369 - Cretzschmar's Bunting - 26.03.2013 (Jebel Dhanna--hotels)

 

12. Khalifa Al Dhaheri - 367 species (all in the UAE database)
Covering the Far West and most deepwater pelagics. Started recording his bird sightings in November 2009.
In the UAE since birth.

Last addition:

  • 360 - Collared Flycatcher - 08.10.2015 (Al Mamzar Park)
  • 361 - Great White Pelican - 30.12.2015 (Mangrove Hide)
  • 362 - Grey-headed Swamphen - 05.05.2016 (Al Wathba Wetland Reserve)
  • 363 - Pin-tailed Sandgrouse - 10.06.2016 (Saih al Salam--Al Qudra Lake)
  • 364 - Blyth's Reed Warbler - 19.08.2016 (Mushrif Palace Gardens)
  • 365 - Common Crane - 10.10.2016 (Zakher Lake)
  • 366 - Brambling - 14.11.2016 (Emirates Palace)
  • 367 - White-capped Bunting - 22.11.2016 (Al Ain)

 

13. Derrick Wilby - 359 species (all in the UAE database)
Enjoys birding, twitching and wildlife photography.
In UAE from 2006 until today.

Last additions:

  • 355 - Black Scrub Robin - 18.01.2013 (Sila'a--general area)
  • 356 - Mesopotamian Crow - 21.01.2013 (Khor al-Beida)
  • 357 - Red Knot - 23.01.2013 (Al Jazeerah Khor)
  • 358 - Roseate Tern - 30.07.2014 (Fujairah Port Beach)
  • 359 - Great White Pelican - 10.01.2016 (Ra's al-Khor)

 

14. Nick Moran - 357 species (all in the UAE database)
Cared about his List during the years he was here, holds a respectable 358 species seen in 5 years.
In UAE from 2004 until July 2009, made UK Birdbrain 2010.

Last additions:

  • 350 - Black-winged Kite - 08.12.2008 (Sila Harbour)
  • 351 - Golden Eagle - 09.12.2008 (Sila Peninsula)
  • 352 - Red-flanked Bluetail - 10.12.2008 (Safa Park)
  • 353 - Pied Cuckoo - 05.01.2009 (Ajban Farms)
  • 354 - Red Knot - 08.03.2009 (Khor al Beida)
  • 355 - Pin-tailed Sandgrouse - 02.02.2017 (Saih al Salam)
  • 356 - Black-legged Kittiwake - 03.02.2017 (UAQ harbour)
  • 357 - Great Spotted Cuckoo - 04.02.2017 (Wamm Farms)

 

16. Huw Roberts - 353 species (all in the UAE database)
One of our main Al Ain birding residents, EBRC member, photographer of all wildlife and soon-to-be author.
UAE bird sightings recorded from December 2003 onwards.

Last additions:

  • 350 - Great White Pelican - 12.01.2016 (Ra's al-Khor)
  • 351 - Common Crane - 08.10.2016 (Zakher Lake)
  • 352 - White-capped Bunting - 20.11.2016 (Al Ain)
  • 353 - Redwing - 04.02.2017 (Mushrif Palace Gardens)

 

15. Graham Talbot - 352 species (all in the UAE database)
Avid twitcher, the fastest climber on the Club 300 list. Ever. The founding father of the UAE pelagics.
In the UAE off and on from 2007 until 2012.

Last additions:

  • 350 - Kurdistan Wheatear - 31.03.2012 (Jebel Dhanna)
  • 351 - Great White Pelican - 07.02.2016 (Mangrove Hide)
  • 352 - Black Drongo - 09.02.2016 (Mushrif NP)

 

17. Mike Barth - 350 species (all in the UAE database)
Aviation photographer turned Bird photographer in March 2008 - 5 star photos all around.
In the UAE since 2004 until February 2017.

Last addition:

  • 345 - Gadwall - 13.02.2016 (Saih al Salam--Al Qudra Lake)
  • 346 - Pin-tailed Sandgrouse - 18.04.2016 (Saih al Salam--Al Qudra Lake)
  • 347 - Blyth's Reed Warbler - 26.08.2016 (Mushrif Palace Gardens)
  • 348 - Superb Starling - 02.10.2016 (Sharjah University City)
  • 349 - Little Bustard - 03.12.2016 (Wamm Farms)
  • 350 - Little Swift - 28.01.2017 (Ajman WTP)

 

18. Peter Hellyer - 343 species (322 species in the UAE database)
UAE veteran birder supreme. Casual Lister grateful for every new addition that happen to pass close to his office.
In UAE from 1975 until today.

Last additions:

  • 340 - Great Knot - 23.03.2013 (Balghelam)
  • 341 - Savi's Warbler - 31.03.2014 (Mushrif Palace Gardens)
  • 342 - Taiga Flycatcher - 17.04.2014 (Mushrif Palace Gardens)
  • 343 - Thrush Nightingale - 07.05.2014 (Mushrif Palace Gardens)

 

19. Adrian Chapman - 334 species
One of the first pioneers here, who took birding to a new level in the UAE.
In UAE from 1981 to 2000; sadly passed away in 2009.

Last additions:

  • 334 - Lesser White-fronted Goose - December 2007 (Al Ain)

 

20. Clive Temple - 331 species (all in the UAE database)
Listed mainly at the Dubai Pivot Fields. Twitched on occation.
In UAE from 2000 until 2012, and again from 2015 until today.

Last additions:

  • 325 - Eastern Cattle Egret - 11.04.2015 (Wamm Farms
  • 326 - Great White Pelican - 02.01.2016 (Mangrove Hide)
  • 327 - Black Drongo - 11.11.2016 (Mushrif National Park)
  • 328 - Redwing - 04.02.2017 (Mushrif Palace Gardens)
  • 329 - Mistle Thrush - 06.02.2017 (Safa Park)
  • 330 - Superb Starling - 10.02.2017 (Sharjah University)
  • 331 - Pin-tailed Sandgrouse - tbc

 

21. Dave Clark - 326 species (all in the UAE database)
Was the main Al Ain Lister and the first Al Ain resident to join the Club 300. Likes to photograph dragonflies in flight.
In UAE in 2000 and from 2005 until September 2012.

Last additions:

  • 323 - Marbled Duck - 24.12.2011 (Zakher Lake)
  • 324 - Black Drongo - 19.01.2012 (Al Barsha Pond Park)
  • 325 - Black-naped Oriole - 24.02.2012 (Safa Park)
  • 326 - White-rumped Sandpiper - 18.05.2012 (Al Ain)

 

22. Jacky Judas - 325.5 species
Co-discovered the Omani Owl in the UAE, but still needs to see it for it to count more than half a point ;-)
In UAE from 2004 until present
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Last additions:

  • 320 - Savi's Warbler - 25.09.2016 (Mushrif Palace Gardens)
  • 321 - Lesser Short-toed Lark - 08.10.2016 (Wamm Farms)
  • 322 - Common Crane - 08.10.2016 (Zakher Lake)
  • 323 - European Golden Plover - 29.10.2016 (Wamm Farms)
  • 324 - Little Bustard - 01.12.2016 (Wamm Farms)
  • 325 - Cinereous Bunting - 13.03.2017 (Wadi Wurrayah)

 

Greg Askrew - 310 species (all in the UAE database)
One of our Al Ain rep's. Present since 2010.

Last additions:

  • 305 - Eurasian Scops Owl - 24.02.2016 (Bab Oilfield)
  • 306 - Whinchat - 17.04.2016 (Bab Oilfield)
  • 307 - Common Crane - 08.10.2016 (Zakher Lake)
  • 308 - White-capped Bunting - 22.11.2016 (Al Ain)
  • 309 - European Golden Plover - 02.12.2016 (Wamm Farms)
  • 310 - Little Bustard - 02.12.2016 (Wamm Farms)

 

23. Ahmed Al Ali - 307 species (all in the UAE database)
Finder of UAE's first Pied Cuckoo and Long-billed Dowitcher.
Deeply involved with UAE nature and conservation in the Sharjah emirate. Will twitch!
In UAE since birth.

Last addition:

  • 300 - Upcher's Warbler - 17.04.2015 (Wamm Farms)
  • 301 - Great White Pelican - 12.12.2015 (Ajman WTP)
  • 302 - Ferriginous Duck - 01.01.2016 (Ajman WTP)
  • 303 - Superb Starling - 11.06.2016 (Sharjah University City)
  • 304 - Arctic Tern - 24.06.2016 (Khor Kalba Pelagic)
  • 305 - Amur Falcon - 04.11.2016 (Wamm Farms)
  • 306 - European Robin - 12.11.2016 (Al Mamzar Park)
  • 307 - Black-winged Kite - 03.03.2017 (Hamraniyah Fields)
  • 308 - Pin-tailed Sandgrouse.......

 

24. Alan Galbraith - 306 species
In UAE from 2001 to 2006; sadly passed away in 2013.

Last additions:

  • 304 - Pale Martin - 13.01.2006 (Al Wathba Lake)
  • 305 - Streak-throated Swallow - 13.01.2006 (Al Wathba Lake)
  • 306 - Little Swift - 17.03.2006 (Abu Dhabi)

 

25. Bruce Hansen - 304 species (all in the UAE database)
Visiting Norwegian birder annually seen in the UAE since October 2001. Twitched Dusky Thrush by plane from Oslo!

Last addition:

  • 302 - Eurasian Scops Owl - 08.03.2011 (Al Mamzar Park)
  • 303 - Grey Phalarope - 13.03.2011 (Al Wathba Lake)
  • 304 - Black Drongo - 17.06.2015 (Mushrif NP)

 

26. Alan Jones - 301 species (all in the UAE database)
Listed as often as his busy work schedule let him.
In UAE in the very early days and from 2007 until 2009. Annual visitor after that.

Last addition:

  • 300 - Eastern Imperial Eagle - 02.02.2014 (Zakher Lake)
  • 301 - Merlin - 11.02.2014 (Al Warsan Lakes)
  • 302 - Pin-tailed Sandgrouse - soon..........
  • 303 - Superb Starling - soon..........

 

Scott Young - 299 species (all in the UAE database)
Our bearded man in Al Ain. Present since Sept 2010 until 2015.

Last additions:

  • 295 - Watercock - 06.11.2014 (Al Warsan Lakes)
  • 296 - Mourning Wheatear - 02.12.2014 (Saih al Salam--bike cafe)
  • 297 - Buff-bellied Pipit - 19.12.2014 (Hamraniyah Nursery)
  • 298 - Blyth's Pipit - 28.12.2014 (Wamm Farms)
  • 299 - Pin-tailed Snipe - 28.12.2014 (Wamm Farms)