Thursday, March 8, 2012

Asian Brown Flycatcher

A walk around the patch yesterday, produced a single Asian Brown Flycatcher, which was surprisingly a new bird for the site, though I suspect they are a regular passage migrant in the autumn, but over recent autumns I have not been able to get around the site due to flooding. Plenty of Oriental Pratincoles were again present and at least nine Whiskered Terns were around the site. An isolated large tree held two Fulvous-breasted Woodpeckers, which were checking out an old nesting hole. There were very few waders on site apart from good numbers of noisy Red-wattled Lapwings and a few Little Ringed Plovers which were also displaying. A single Eastern Marsh Harrier was consistently flushing the thousand or so Lesser Whistling Duck and half a dozen Cotton Pygmy Geese. Up three pairs of Yellow-vented Bulbuls were present and several Yellow-bellied Prinias were singing from the larger areas of reeds. Both Baya and Asian Golden Weavers were busy nest building, with several male Golden Weavers now in very bright plumage. Also noted were Bhraminy Kite, Shikra, Yellow and Cinnamon Bittern, Watercock, Thick-billed Warbler, Green-billed Malkoha, Black-naped Oriole and two Siberian Rubythroats.

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