Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Birdathon - Gageo Island, May 11, 2013


Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax looking haggard
Black-faced Spoonbill Platalea minor - a Gageo first?
Chinese Pond Heron Ardeola bacchus - in winter plumage still
Japanese Waxwing Bombycilla japonica
Light-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus sinensis
Black Paradise Flycatcher (Japanese Paradise Flycatcher) Terpsiphone atrocaudata
Red-billed Starling (Silky Starling) Spodiopsar sericeus
Tristram's Bunting Emberiza tristrami
  Trying hard to catch up!  Here's my report from birdathon on May 11th:

  Hazy sun and very hot – the long hike to 2-Gu village at midday was probably a bad idea!  Some new arrivals like Black-Faced Spoonbill at mossy slab (a Gageo first?), a Black Paradise Flycatcher, Lesser Cuckoo, Goldcrest, as well as at least a dozen new Mugimaki Flycatchers on the way to 2-Gu village, a new arrival of Brown Shrikes, and a sizeable group of Yellow Wagtails at 2-Gu cliffs were good signs of migration on Gageo.  I recorded 69 species today which was my second highest total on Gageo, and probably a result of yesterday’s drizzle.
1.     Black-faced Spoonbill – 1 at mossy slab  (apparently a   Gageo first)
2.     Black-crowned Night Heron – 1 exhausted individual near quarry
3.     Chinese Pond Heron – 2 including one still in winter plumage
4.     Eastern Cattle Egret – 8
5.     Grey Heron – 5
6.     Intermediate Egret – 12
7.     Temminck’s Cormorant – 3
8.     Western Osprey – 1 in 1-Gu harbour
9.     Eurasian Sparrowhawk – 1
10.   Peregrine Falcon – 1
11.   Greater Sand Plover -1 at mossy slab
12.   Latham’s Snipe -2 
13.   Marsh Sandpiper – 1 near quarry
14.   Terek Sandpiper – 1
15.   Common Sandpiper – 3
16.   Black-tailed Gull - 6
17.   Black Wood Pigeon – 2 in hills above 1-Gu
18.   Oriental Turtle Dove – 1
19.   Lesser Cuckoo – 1 heard from 1-Gu hills
20.   Common Cuckoo – 1 heard from 1-Gu hills
21.   Oriental Scops Owl – 1 heard from 1-Gu hills
22.   Pacific Swift – 12 +
23.   Oriental Dollarbird – 3
24.   Black-capped Kingfisher – 1 near trash tip
25.   Ashy Minivet – 5
26.   Brown Shrike – 6 spread out around 1-Gu, probably new in
27.   Black (Japanese) Paradise Flycatcher -1 rufous-mantled male just above 1-Gu village
28.   Eurasian Magpie – 3 around 1-Gu village
29.   Japanese Waxwing – 2 at gully
30.   Varied Tit – 1 on the road to 2-Gu
31.   Light-vented Bulbul – 4
32.   Brown-eared Bulbul – 10
33.   Sand Martin -1 in 2-Gu
34.   Barn Swallow – 40+
35.   Red-rumped Swallow – 30+
36.   Japanese Bush Warbler – 8 heard
37.   Asian Stubtail – 1
38.   Dusky Warbler – 1
39.   Yellow-browed Warbler – 6
40.   Pale-legged Leaf Warbler – 4
41.   Eastern Crowned Warbler – 4
42.   Oriental Reed Warbler –4
43.   Japanese White-eye – 6
44.   Goldcrest – 1 at ‘big halfway tree’ on road to 2-Gu
45.   Red-billed Starling – 1
46.   Brown-headed Thrush – 1
47.   Siberian Blue Robin -1
48.   Rufous-tailed Robin – 2
49.   Stejneger’s Stonechat – 2
50.   Blue Rock Thrush – 4
51.   Grey-streaked Flycatcher – 11
52.   Asian Brown Flycatcher – 20+
53.   Yellow-rumped Flycatcher – 2
54.   Narcissus Flycatcher – 7
55.   Mugimaki Flycatcher – perhaps 12 (males and females) on the road to 2-Gu, probably fresh in
56.   Eastern Yellow Wagtail – 40+, including a group of perhaps 30 at 2-Gu village cliffs
57.   Grey Wagtail – 9
58.   White Wagtail – 3
59.   Richard’s Pipit – 4
60.   Olive-backed Pipit –  5
61.   Red-throated Pipit – 2
62.   Brambling – 1 in 2-Gu
63.   Chinese Grosbeak – 7 around gully
64.   Eurasian Siskin – 65+ including one interestingly marked with a bright orange chin
65.   Tristram’s Bunting – 7
66.   Little Bunting – 3 in 2-Gu
67.   Chestnut Bunting – 1 in 2-Gu
68.   Yellow Bunting – 1 in 2-Gu
69.   Black-faced Bunting – 20+

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