Jordan Trip Report

1 – 8 March 2000

I benefited from a few days off to make a small birding trip in Jordan. Arriving in Amman, I hired a car after a long discussion on the model rented by the agency (attention, the agency OPINION of the airport is not honest), finally the departure. The long drive of almost 1500 km went very well, people are respectful of the highway code and the many police make sure that people observe the laws as in France (nothing like the madness of Lebanon).


Amman Airport, Dead Sea, Aqaba by the Jordan valley, Aqaba and its surroundings (birding and swimming), Wadi Rum (think of Laurence of Arabia), Pétra, Al Karak, Dead Sea (birding and swimming), Wadi ash to sir, Irâq Al Amir, Madaba, Amman, Al Amiriyya, Amman airport.

* Guide birds of Europe of North Africa and the Middle East by H. Heinzel
* Field Guides to the Birds of the Middle East by R.F. Porter.
The Birds of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan by Ian J Andrews (bought after consulting English ornithologists in Aqaba).

Weather: Sunny and an average temperature approx. 20-24°F

Splendid landscapes and nature much respected for the area;

Friendly people, polite who say hello. Only one problem Dinard Jordanien (JD) is worth approximately 10 FF. For a person, budget for 8 days: flight Beirut – Amman, good rented car with very good hotels, good food: was quite expensive. By reducing the comfort of the car and by sleeping more simply it is necessary to take 7-8,000 FF.

I met a group of English ornithologists at Aqaba and 2 German young women ornithologists (all the hardware in full sun, without car come there in taxi) at Irâq Al Amir. Almost the whole of the observations were carried out under good conditions: visibility and duration. Only exception the dust devls of the desert which crossed in front of the car. The birds do suffer persecution by the men, I saw only 2 hunters in the north of the Dead Sea – agricultural zone.

What I saw:

Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis

Little Egret Egretta garzetta

Shoveler Anas clypeata

Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis

Short-toed Eagle Circaetus gallicus

Black Kite Milvus migrans

Yellow-billed Kite Milvus migrans aegyptius

Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus

Steppe Buzzard Buteo vulpinus

Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus

Kestrel Falco tinnunculus

Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius

Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus

Spur-winged Plover Hoplopterus spinosus

Wood Sandpiper Tringa ochropus

Black-headed gull Larus ridibundus

Yellow-legged Gull Larus cachinnans

White-eyed Gull Larus leucophthalmus

Rock Dove Columba livia

Collared Dove Streptopelia decaosto

Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur

Palm Dove Streptopelia senegalensis

Great Spotted Cuckoo Clamator glandarius

Swift Apus apus

Hoopoe Upupa epops

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Mreops orientalis

Ring-necked Parakeet Psittacula krameri

Wryneck Jynx torquilla

Skylark Alauda arvensis

Crested Lark Galerida cristata

Desert Lark Ammonanes deserti

Bar-tailed Desert Lark Ammonanes cincturus

Pale Rock Martin Ptyonoprogne rupestris

Crag Martin Ptyonoprogne fuligula

Swallow Hirondo rustica

Red-rumped Swallow Hirondo daurica

House Martin Delichon urbica

Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis

Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus

White Wagtail Motacilla alba

Yellow-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus xanthopygos

Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus

‘Eastern Redstart’ Phoenicurus phoenicurus samamisicus

Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros

Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe

Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina

Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti

Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe hispanica

Hooded Wheatear Oenanthe monaca

Rock Thrush Monticola rubetra

Blue Rock Thrush Monticola saxatilis

Blackbird Turdus merula

Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla

Orphean Warbler Sylvia hortensis

Arabian Warbler Sylvia leucomelaena

Sardinian Warbler Sylvia melanocephala

Cyprus Warbler Sylvia melanothorax

Whitethroat Sylvia communis

Graceful Warbler Prinia gracilis

Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita

Palestine Sunbird Nectarinia osea

Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator

Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus

Jay Garralus glandarius atricapillus

Brown-necked Raven Corvus ruficollis

Fan-tailed Raven Corvus rhipidurus

House Crow Corvus spendens

Tristam’s Grackle Onychognathus tristamii

House Sparrow Passer domesticus

Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis

Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs

Linnet Carduelis cannabina

Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis

Greenfinch Carduelis chloris

Sinai Rosefinch Carpodacus synoicus

Trumpeter Finch Rhodospiza obsoleta

Cretzschmar’s Bunting Embriza caesia

Marc Almecija

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