Wednesday, September 14, 2011

12th - 14th September - IRRI

The week started well with a flock of 15-20 Philippine Green Pigeon (recently split from Pompadour G. P.) flying over my house on Monday, (and again at exactly the same times on Tuesday and Wednesday) close to Baker Field on UPLB campus. I saw them regularly at this time of year in 2008 and 2009, but not last year. They can't be long distance migrants as they are endemic, probably just local movements in response to trees fruiting, but the regularity of the daily schedule is interesting.

New migrants in the fields included plenty of Yellow Wagtails on Tuesday, joining the flocks of Oriental Pratincoles, Pacific Golden Plovers and Blue-tailed Bee-eaters. A few Long-toed Stints still in the paddies as well.

Yellow Wagtail, ssp. tschutschensis

Common Sandpiper 

A mixed flock of Oriental Pratincoles and Pacific Golden Plovers

Java Sparrow 

Juvenile White-breasted Waterhen

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