Saturday, October 13, 2012

Migrants and Winter Visitors Continue to Arrive

With much less rain over the last few days, the local patch was a little drier on Friday (October 12th), though  large areas still remain underwater. There had clearly been an increase in the number of passage migrants and winter visitors. Passage migrants  included a superb leucogenis Ashy Drongo, juvenile Oriental Cuckoo, two female type Yellow-rumped Flycatcher, single Arctic and Two-barred Warblers and a Black-naped Oriole. Winter visitors which had also increased in numbers included 8 Common Kingfisher, 15 Oriental Reed Warblers, 6 Sand Martin, 4 Red-rumped Swallow, 4 Yellow-browed Warblers, 8 Brown Shrikes, 6 Eastern Stonechats and 9 Taiga Flycatchers. Dusky  and Black-browed Reed Warblers numbers still remain low with counts of just 4 and 2 respectively. Small numbers of waders were also present with 100 Black-winged Stilts, 260 Oriental Pratincole, 12 Common Snipe, 10 Wood Sandpiper and a single Common Sandpiper. Others species noted during the morning included 400 Lesser Whistling Ducks, a Watercock, Purple Heron, 11 Yellow Bittern and single Cinnamon and Black Bitterns.

Between 10am and mid day, there was once again a southerly passage of raptors over the house with 19 Oriental Honey Buzzards, 19 Chinese Sparrowhawks and another Osprey.

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