Monday, February 18, 2013

Freckled-breasted Woodpeckers

Freckled-breasted Woodpecker
This morning the virtual daily pair of Freckled-breasted Woodpeckers were present, with another pair by the house. Freckled-breasted Woodpecker was formerly known as Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker but is treated as specifically distinct from Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker found in the Indian subcontinent.

A group of eight Painted Snipe were flushed from wet paddies and later seen settled and included three bright females. Other waders included 7 Grey-headed Lapwing, 100 Oriental Pratincole, 21 Wood Sandpiper, 11 Marsh Sandpiper, 4 Greenshank and 1-3 Common and Green Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover and a single Temminck's Stint. Verditer Flycatchers had increased to two, at least two of the wintering Black Baza were still present and there was perhaps some signs of northward passage with a group of 11 Black Baza north and single Greater Racket-tailed Drongo and 30 Ashy Minivet present which were not around a few days ago. Two Streaked Weavers where amongst a large flock of Baya and smaller numbers of Golden Weaver.

Also present were Watercock, 3 Yellow and 2 Cinnamon Bittern, 2 Pink-necked Green Pigeon, 4 Red Avadavat, Bluethroat, 2 Siberian Rubythroat and eight White-shouldered Starling.

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