Sunday, October 14, 2012

Oriental Pratincoles

Saturday morning I arrived on the patch just after dawn and almost immediately it was apparent that large numbers of Oriental Pratincole were around, by the end of my visit I estimated that around 5500 were either feeding over the site or had quickly headed south, whether this was a genuine movement or birds leaving a nearby roost I do not know. On 14th October 2007 even greater numbers were present when an absolute minimum of 8500 Oriental Pratincole were noted.

Numbers of winter visitors increased again for a second day with 3 Grey-headed Lapwing, 15 Brown Shrike, 8 Dusky Warblers, a single Lanceolated Warbler and 20 Eastern Stonechats. The only definite passage migrant was a female type Yellow-rumped Flycatcher, which was probably one of the birds from the previous day.

Also noted during the morning were single Cotton Pygmy Goose, Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker, Stork-billed Kingfisher, 40 Marsh Sandpiper, 5 Greater Painted Snipe, 15 Yellow Bittern, male Eastern Marsh Harrier, 80 Baya and 10 Asian Golden Weaver and a single Red Avadavat.

Raptors moving south over the house, seemingly following the main road south included 27 Oriental Honey Buzzard, 61 Chinese Sparrowhawks, whilst two Black Kites and a single Bhraminy Kite may have been local birds.

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