Qatar Natural History Group

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January Ramble: ECGC Birding Ramble

Saturday January 25th, 2020

Gathering Place and Time 

Date & Time: January 25th  Time: 06:00 am, 

Duration:   3 hours

Gathering/Meeting Place: 6:00am at meet at WCGC Clubhouse Staging Area

Leaders: Thierry Lesales QNHG

How to register:  Thierry Lesales at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We are limited to 25, so please register early


With thanks to the Education City Golf Club (ECGC) management team, we have kindly been invited to visit the back 9 holes of the Education City Championship Golf Course on Saturday morning. We are starting early at 06.00am (dawn) to get the maximum birding time before members reach the back 9 holes. We have been asked to show members all courtesy and to avoid any potential inconvenience to club members who will be playing through. We expect the golfers to reach the back 9 holes by around 08.30am when we will leave.

Upon arrival, our host will direct us from Staging for the short walk onto the 12th hole. We will then follow the cart path through the course in sequence and concluding on the 18th hole. This will probably take us at least 2 hours. The ECGC team have recommended we pay particular attention to the areas around holes 13/15/18 holes where they have areas of habitat where the course superintendent minimizes manpower and interference. A previous bird count at the ECGC yielded 35 species including many shrikes and wheatears.

We have been asked to share the bird list and a group photo so we can put out a joint ECGC-QNHG press release. It would be great if we could get some good photos of birds on the course for the management team.

QNHG recommends the eBird app from The Cornell Lab of Ornithology to record observations (see

What to bring?

  • Binoculars, camera and bird book

Notice: please remember that every person attending the Ramble is responsible for their well being and safety. Any questions or queries, contact Thierry Lesales at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


05.50am – meet at WCGC Clubhouse Staging Area. Please call if running late. Call Thierry on 553 05 402

06.00am – meet our hosts and walk from Staging to the 12th hole and commence circuit of golf cart track back to 18th hole.

08.30am – Leave golf course

 Photos Credit: Ouahiba Bouchenafa


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