Birding Mount Makiling, IRRI and other Philippine locations
Monday, April 23, 2012
Week ending 22nd April - IRRI
Plenty of passage this week, with flocks of hundreds of Yellow Wagtails (with the occasional Grey Wagtail), large numbers of Blue-tailed Bee-eaters and Oriental Pratincoles. House Swifts were very low over Baker Field, along with Palm Swifts and Striated Swallows. The Long-toed Stints from last week were present through most of the week. On Monday 23rd a Slaty-breasted Rail showed well on the upland farm.
Yellow Wagtail, M. f. tshutshensis. A fairly typical individual with a clear white supercilium and grey ear coverts...
A less typical bird, with very dark ear coverts, and no visible supecilium, looking more like M. f. macronyx or M. f. thunbergi, aside from the white throat. Hybrid?