Monday, January 27, 2014

Swiftlets, Buttonquails and Ibis

Lots of birds on the patch this morning, with some surprises 3 Indochinese Swiftlets and a pair of Barred Buttonquail were both new for the site list, best birds though was a flock of 13 Glossy Ibis only the third site record the two previous records both being flyovers.
Glossy Ibis
A great selection of waders this morning with 180 Wood Sandpiper, 40 Red-wattled Lapwing, 33 Black-winged Stilt, 17 Little Ringed Plover, 11 Greenshank, 8 Pintail Snipe, 5 Common Sandpiper, 3 Pacific Golden Plover, 2 Common Snipe and single Temminck's Stint, Spotted Redshank and Green Sandpiper. Other waterbirds included 1200 Lesser Whistling Duck, 35 Little Grebe, 3 Ruddy-breasted Crake, 7 Pheasant-tailed and 2 Bronze-winged Jacana, 21 Whiskered Tern, single Grey, Purple and Night Heron, 4 Little Heron, 5 Yellow Bittern and 18 Common Kingfisher.

Siberian Rubythroat
Lots of winter visitors with 8 Brown Shrike, 4 Taiga Flycatcher, 6 Siberian Rubythroat (including 2 singing males), 16 Eastern Stonechat, 10 Sand Martin, 5 Red-rumped Swallow, 20 Black-browed and 25 Oriental Reed Warbler, 3 Pallas's Grasshopper, 30 Dusky and 5 Yellow-browed Warbler, 10 Red-throated and 3 Richard's Pipit.

Male Plaintive Cuckoo
Female Plaintive Cuckoo

Resident species included 15 Blue-tailed Bee-eater, 6 Plaintive Cuckoo, 2 Vinous-breasted Starling, 4 Yellow-vented Bulbul, 150 Zitting Cisticola, 80 Plain Prinia, 2 Yellow-bellied Prinia, 2 Brown-throated Sunbird, 4 Plain-backed Sparrow, 60 Baya and 30 Golden Weaver.


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