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?

White-collared Kingfisher
 House Swift over Baker Field


  1. Lots of migrant Yellow Wags around Hong Kong, too... but ours mainly taivana.

  2. We're supposed to get taivana too, but I never see them. What do you think of the second bird? tschutschensis?