Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Brown-throated Sunbird

Brown-throated Sunbird
This morning I spent around four hours on the local patch from dawn, but it was not until I was nearly home when the best birds of the day appeared with two Brown-throated Sunbirds feeding in roadside trees, a new and long overdue patch tick.  

I seemed to hit it lucky with Thick-billed Warblers this morning, seeing at least four some of which showed very well. Black Baza's had increased to at least four and a stunning male Pied Harrier appeared briefly. Other species seen today but not yesterday included single Watercock, Yellow-bellied Prinia, Painted Stork, Black-naped Oriole, 2 Black-naped Monarch and a Cinnamon Bittern. Apart from Red-wattled Lapwings, the only waders present were two Pintail Snipe, 17 Wood and a single Common Sandpiper.
Bronze-winged Jacana

Also noted this morning were 4 Spreckled-breasted Woodpecker, two Black-capped Kingfisher, 3 Ruddy-breasted Crake, 13 Bronze-winged Jacana, Siberian Rubythroat, 2 Lanceolated Warbler, 15 Red-throated Pipit and two House Sparrows (a locally increasing species).

Plain Tiger 
New butterflies continue to appear, with Plain Tiger, The Confucian Dart, Pea Blue and Common Grass Yellow all new.

Confucian Dart
Pea Blue
Common Grass Yellow

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