Selected Bird News from Nial Moores
Arriving at lunchtime on the 10th, and birding only the NE corner of the island in the afternoon of the 10th (in gloriously calm and sunny weather) and for most of the morning of the 11th (before rain moved in from about 3PM), it was still possible to log more than 100 species, with very little overlap in birds seen by Tim Edelsten (present for several days now). Most notable records (with all images taken through a superb Swarovski scope and a handheld Sony RX100II) included:
Japanese Quail Coturnix japonica. Two on 10th and five on 11th.
Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus. Nine on the 10th and 3-5 on the 11th, all moving east.
Himalayan Swiftlet Aerodramus brevirostris. At least one in among a very large evening mixed flock of swifts and swallows (containing 1500+ birds) on the 10th.
White-throated Needletail Hirundapus caudacutus. Probably 20 on the 10th, and seven on the 11th.
Pacific Swift Apus pacificus. Probably 500 in the evening of the 10th; but only three seen on the 11th.
Oriental Dollarbird Eurystomus orientalis. Only one on the 10th, but probably 15 on the 11th including seven feeding together.
Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus. Eight on the 10th and four on the 11th. None were easily assignable to subspecies (though one greyish-brown crowned bird was either a lucionensis or a confusus with “lucionensis influence”).
Black-naped Oriole Oriolus chinensis. Three on the 10th and at least 155 on the 11th, including 125 counted heading east and south-east between 0740 and 0910, with most in groups of five to eight, but the two largest groups containing 20 and 31 birds.
Black Drongo Dicrurus macrocercus. One on the 10th.
Japanese Waxwing Bombycilla japonica. One on the 10th.
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica. Probably 300-500 on the 10th but only 50 on the 11th, including one or two birds with strong red(dish) tones to the underparts.
Red-rumped Swallow Cecropis daurica. Probably 500-700 on the 10th, most in a single flock of 1,500 birds hawking near the town in the evening; and 30 on the 11th.
Hume’s Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus humei. One heard calling and seen on the 10th, and perhaps the same bird (50m from the bird of the 10th) heard singing briefly on the 11th.
Thick-billed Warbler Iduna aedon. One heard singing on the 10th.
Chestnut-flanked White-eye Zosterops erythropleurus. At least 130 east on the 10th (in flocks of 60, 30 and 40).
Eyebrowed Thrush Turdus obscurus. At least 90 on the 10th and ten on the 11th.
Grey-streaked Flycatcher Muscicapa griseisticta. At least 40 (and probably closer to 100) seen on the 10th, with many making extended sallies off tree tops in the evening. Only ten seen on the 11th.
Blue-and-white Flycatcher Cyanoptila cyanomelana. At least four on the 10th and two on the 11th (most notable in that the three or so males appeared closest in plumage tones to the nominate subspecies, with only a hint of blueish tips admixed into the black of the throat ).
Bluethroat Luscinia svecica. One on the 10th.
Yellow-rumped Flycatcher Ficedula zanthopygia. 15+ on the 10th and five on the 11th.
Narcissus Flycatcher Ficedula narcissina. One 2cy male on the 10th.
Mugimaki Flycatcher Ficedula mugimaki. Rather scarce with only five on the 10th and three on the 11th (including two singing).
Forest Wagtail Dendronanthus indicus. Two on the 10th and one heard singing on the 11th.
Yellow-breasted Bunting Emberiza aureola. At least 15 on the 10th (most males were apparently of the nominate subspecies) and three on the 11th.
Yellow Bunting Emberiza sulphurata. At least two on the 10th and one on the 11th.