Saturday, March 31, 2012
Monday morning saw the final visit to local patch before heading back to the UK for another six month stint. Star bird this morning was a single Oriental Darter flying over, a new bird for the site. Good numbers of waders remained with totals of 300 Black-winged Stilt, 200 Marsh Sandpipers, 55 Wood Sandpipers, nine Greenshank and two Green Sandpipers. A male and female Eastern Marsh Harrier quartering the paddies flushed several Pintail and Common Snipe. Several breeding plumage Taiga Flycatchers were present as well as at least a dozen Dusky Warblers including some in song. Otherwise the site was fairly quiet, with only other birds of note three Purple Herons, two Watercock, two Siberian Rubythroat, two Bluethroat and six White-shouldered Starlings.