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The return is not far away

Permalink 12:09:58 pm, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Having spent the last few weeks watching the same species birding here. It is beginning to hot up aaround the Farm at Badaan as the spring passage starts to make itself felt. Some of the first species to be noted are Hoopoe and Chiffchaff - to start with in one’s or two’s but soon they will become as common as the wintering species we have become accustomed to lately.

White Wagtail - a very common wintering species
White Wagtail

Western Reef Heron - dark morph - a resident breeding species
Western Reef Heron

Purple Heron - a wintering individual - recorded throughout the year most often during autumn passage
Purple Heron

Great White Egret - an irregular migrant most often seen in winter
Great White Egret

Curlew Sandpiper - always a few around with large numbers occurring on passage autumn and spring
Curlew Sandpiper

Dunlin - one of the most common wintering species seen on the shore.

Greenshank - easily found throughout the year, numbers peak in winter

Grey Plover - always a few around throughout the year, larger numbers in winter
Grey Plover

Lesser Sand Plover - availiable throughout the year with largest influx on passage in September with another smaller influx again in spring in April and May
Lesser Sand Plover

Lesser Sand Plover

Little Stint - a very common wintering species often totally absent in July
Little Stint

Ringed Plover - Common wintering species often totally absent from mid May through to early August.
Ringed Plover

Terek Sandpiper - a regular throughout the year with a distict peak in numbers during the spring passage.
Terek Sandpiper

Gull-billed tern - A common species throughout the year with large numbers present in winter
Gull-billed tern

Pacific Golden Plover - a regular migrant and wintering species in small numbers
Pacific Golden Plover

Pacific Golden Plover

Kestrel - recorded most months throughout the year but often absent during summer months has breed locally in the past.

Pallid Swift - Spring breeding migrant but occurance pattern can seem irregular as it is often absent or not observed some months
Pallid Swift

Chiffchaff - one of the first spring migrant seen but a few do overwinter.


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