Sunday, March 4, 2012

Siberian Rubythroat

After a week up north, Thursday we returned to Suphanburi, highlight on the drive south was a Rufous Treepie across the road near Mae Tang. For various reasons I wasn't able to get out onto the local patch at Suphanburi until this morning, the first time for ten days. With temperatures now reaching 37 Celsius during the day an early start was essential so I was on site by 630am, lots of birds were flying over, including a single Painted Stork and a group of nine White-shouldered Starlings. Good numbers of Oriental Pratincoles were present, with at least 120 feeding widely across the site. Waders numbers were very poor with just eight Common Snipe, six Black-winged Stilts, five Little Ringed Plovers, five Pintail Snipe and three Common Sandpipers. Several Siberian Rubythroats were noted including one which showed especially well and was heard in sub song briefly.

A dozen Red Avadavat, eight Ruddy-breasted, two Baillion's Crakes and a Watercock was also noted, otherwise there was little change in numbers or species from a couple of weeks ago.  

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