Saturday, September 28, 2013

Viz mig

I was late up and about yesterday after a busy day in Bangkok the day before, it was a clear warm sunny morning which felt good for a few raptors to be on the move south so spent most of the morning looking upwards. It was not long before the first raptor an Oriental Honey Buzzard was picked up heading high to the south. Over the next few hours a steady trickle of birds moved south, totals betweened 0830-1300hrs as follows;

Black Baza 3
Oriental Honey Buzzard 22
Eastern Marsh Harrier 2 adult males
Chinese Spaarowhawk flock of 19
Japanese Sparrowhawk 6

Local raptors included several Shikra, 3 (2 adults, 1 immature) Bhraminy Kite and the first returning Common Kestrel of the winter, which completed a respectable list of raptors for an inland non mountainous site.

 Good numbers of Oriental Pratincoles were moving in all directions it was impossible to know how many birds were seen but it was probably around 150-200. Several small groups of Blue-tailed Bee-eaters headed south and several hundred Swallows fed over the house. In nearby scrub there were single  Asian Brown Flycatcher, Brown Shrike and an Arctic Warbler.

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