Monday, April 9, 2012

Chinese Penduline Tit


Chinese Penduline Tit Remiz consobrinus
Chinese Penduline Tit Remiz consobrinus
  A walk through the fields near my apartment yielded some interesting birds this morning.  Aside from the steadily decreasing numbers of Spot-billed Ducks, notable were several dozen Buff-bellied Pipits noisily foraging in the rice fields.  Most exciting was a loose group of about 50 Chinese Penduline Tits moving lazily through the reeds.  I've never seen Pendulines in these fields, so they must be moving through.
  On the weekend I witnessed a dozen Grey Herons performing deft aerial maneuvers better suited to Rollers or Swallows!  It was quite uncharacteristic and impressive to watch - I'm guessing it was part of a courtship display.

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