Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler

Red-wattled Lalwing

This morning visited the local patch for the first time in nearly a month, there was very little standing water left on site apart from one large fish pond, the site being dominated by a mono culture of waist high rice. There had clearly been an increase in the number of warblers, especially Locustella warblers with at least 12 Pallas's Grasshopper and 4 Lanceolated Warblers seen some of which were almost trodden on before flushing. Other warblers present included 20 Oriental and 8 Black-browed Reed Warbler, a Thick-billed Warbler and at least a dozen Yellow-browed. A few damp corners and ditches remained where there were still a few waders including 8 Pintail Snipe, 22 Common Snipe, 5 Wood Sandpiper, 30 Black-winged Stilt, single Little-ringed Plover and Common Sandpiper. Other notable counts and species included 15 Common Kingfisher and 7 Black-capped Kingfisher, 3 Ruddy-breasted Crake, Whiskered Tern, 12 Yellow and 7 Cinnamon Bittern, 12 Plain-backed Sparrow and 8 Asian Golden Weaver.

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