Sunday, March 18, 2012

Black-naped Orioles and Chestnut-winged Cuckoos

Yesterday morning on the local patch there had clearly been an increase in the number of Black-naped Orioles present, usually I note three or four on most visits this time at least twenty were present. When I was Cha-am earlier in the week there was quite a few around, including three groups totaling 14 which seemed to be moving north through beach front trees one morning. Star birds this morning were two possibly three Chestnut-winged Cuckoos, the third time I have recorded them on the patch, with both previous records also in March.

Two Hoopoes may have also been migrants as I have only recorded them once before. Good numbers of winter visitors still remain with estimates of 35 Dusky Warblers, 18 Pallas's Grasshopper Warblers, 15 Black-browed Reed Warblers, 11 Eastern Stonechats, nine Brown Shrikes and two Siberian Rubythroats. Also present were 50 Oriental Pratincoles, five Painted Snipe, eight Yellow and four Cinnamon Bittern and two Watercock.

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