Joonam Reservoirs, December 15

Birds News from Nial Moores, Park Meena, Thomas Chojnicki, Jason Loghry and Subjohit Chakladar

A quick visit in mild (maximum of 12-13C) and foggy conditions to Joonam proved excellent for landbirds, with most notable a Red-breasted Flycatcher (heard and seen by all but SC, though only briefly: believed the first provincial record, and probably only the second national mid-winter record), two Red-billed Starling and 11 Common Starling (mixed in with a flock of c. 75 White-cheekeds) and a “Dark-throatedThrush (most likely a First-winter male). Other landbird highlights included single Eurasian Hoopoe and Eastern Yellow Wagtail (both excellent mid-winter records) in addition to single Eurasian Bullfinch and up to 50 thrush (mostly Dusky with at least two Naumann’s). A flock of c. 30 White-naped Crane appearing out of the fog, single Northern Goshawk and Eurasian Sparrowhawk and excellent views of a large-looking Amur Leopard Cat provided further memorable highlights.

Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris, Red-billed Starling Spodiopsar sericeus and White-cheeked Starling Spodiopsar cineraceus at Joonam, December 15th.


One comment on “Joonam Reservoirs, December 15

  1. There is one more record of Red-breasted Flycatcher.
    On 15/Nov.2012, a female type Red-breasted Flycatcher was photographed by Yang, Hyunn-Sook
    in Yangpiong Kyungkido (BirdDB website)

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