Saturday, December 1, 2012

Rails and Crakes

Black-winged Stilt

Wednesday morning I seemed to hit it pretty luck with crakes and rails on the local patch, with single Slaty-breasted Rail, Baillon's Crake, Watercock, six Ruddy-breasted Crakes and three White-breasted Waterhens during a couple of hours walk around. There was still a fair scattering of waders around the site, including 50 Black-winged Stilts, 25 Pintail and 17 Common Snipe, ten Marsh Sandpiper and single Green and Common Sandpiper. Around 2500 Lesser Whistling Ducks were on one of the fishponds, along with seven Cotton Pygmy Geese and half a dozen each of Pheasant-tailed and Bronze-winged Jacanas.

Also present were at least 20 Blue-tailed Bee-eaters, a Stork-billed Kingfisher, Eastern Marsh Harrier, four Yellow Bittern and two Cinnamon Bittern, male Siberian Rubythroat and Bluethroat, good numbers of Pallas's Grasshopper, Dusky, Black-browed and Oriental Reed Warblers, eight Brown Shrikes and six Eastern Yellow Wagtails.

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