Monday, October 17, 2011

Week ending 16th October - IRRI

More migrants in evidence this week, especially on the farms. New arrivals included a Common Kingfisher, Common Kestrel and Peregrine on Saturday. The latter quite possibly the same bird that was present most of last winter, though if it is it has arrived much earlier than last year (mid November).  Several Long-toed Stints still around, along with lots of Little Ringed Plovers. Also plenty of Yellow and Grey Wagtails.

Plenty of young Rallids around as well this week, with juvenile Buff-banded and Slaty-breasted Rails to go with the White-breasted Waterhen and Moorhens that have been visible for a while.

Juvenile Buff-banded Rail
Buff-banded Rail
Juvenile Slaty-breasted Rail
Peregrine, back on the same pylon as last winter,
but quite a bit earlier.

Painted Snipe hiding in a paddy

Long-tailed Shrike
Whiskered Tern

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