Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Huge numbers of Lesser Whistling Duck on the patch/over this patch this morning with a minimum of at least 2000 present, among them a Garganey was a good local patch bird and was only the third I have recorded here.
Little Grebe
A brood of newly hatch Little Grebe on one of the fish ponds was a bit of a surprise, along with three Cotton Pgymy Geese.  Lots of Kingfishers around this morning with 12 Common, 5 White-throated, 3 Black-capped and two Stork-billed

Common Kingfisher
Though the numbers of waders has fallen, still a decent selection around with 35 Wood Sandpiper, 15 Little Ringed Plover, 11 Marsh Sandpiper, 5 Grey-headed Lapwing, 4 Temminck's Stint, 3 Pintail Snipe and 2 Common Sandpiper. Other wetland birds included a Ruddy-breasted Crake,  8 Pheasant-tailed and 2 Bronze-winged Jacana, 8 Yellow Bittern and 4 Purple Heron

The usual selection of migrants/winter visitors present with 32 Oriental Reed Warbler, 16 Brown Shrike, 15 Eastern Stonechat, 14 Dusky Warbler, 10 Taiga Fycatcher, 7 Yellow-browed Warbler, 5 Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Black-naped Oriole and a mouhoti type Ashy Drongo.  

Red-collared Dove
Common residents especially evident this morning included at least a 300 Red-collared Dove and good numbers of mynas.  

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