27th February 2023
I wasn’t expecting to catch up with Siberian Rubythroat and so far I’ve come across five, all males, including the two individuals today
Headed north again and turned out to be a crackin day with two new species. The car park where I left the scooter, overlooks a river and on there were Black-winged Stilt, 2 Temminck’s Stint, 3 Green Sandpiper and what I was very pleased to see again, were 20 Small Pratincole. Both Armur Wagtail and Stonechat were in the area but it was when I entered a large marshy part covered in scrub, tall weeds and brush, that it started to improve. I’ve now got the call of Siberian Rubythroat and after a short time, I got two males out in the open. Thick-billed and Black-browed Reed , Dusky and Radde’s Warbler were in very small numbers but it was a call that got my attention. Well, a few calls. I thought I had 2 Pallas’s Grasshopper Warbler vocal in front me and started recording them to try identify later. There was another rattle goin on nearby, but was slightly different to the PGTips. The species involved was showing well out in the open, I could see that it was the first new species of the day, Baikal Reed Warbler. By the time I changed from bins to camera, it had disappeared deeper into cover. It was then I could hear more Baikal Reed Warbler and put the recorder on. There were also Golden-headed Cisticola hanging out with the warblers.
I had 2 Siberian Rubythroat calling to each other but this individual that showed off
I scootered across the other side to some ponds and here I could hear Radde’s Warbler all over the shop and got some very close views along with 6 Chestnut-tailed Starling and 3 Taiga Flycatcher. Distantly with a Eastern Buzzard, there were single Rufus-winged and Oriental Honey Buzzard on the same thermals. I moved further east along a track and took a right to the west deeper into the forest. With in ten minutes I had seen 2 Oriental Honey Buzzard including a perched bird at very close range on the side of the road. The track got narrower when I flushed a Forest Wagtail off the track only for it to drop into the leaf litter on the side. It showed well but disappeared round the corner where I lost it. So loved to have got a pic but couldn’t ask for more as it was a first for myself and one I was hoping to see while I was in Thailand. Returning back along the track there were 2 Shrika and I kicked another Oriental Honey Buzzard on the track. This individual being almost white from the other dark buzzards I had earlier, making it four for the day.
There were up to 3 Taiga Flycatcher
One of the 4 Oriental Honey Buzzard from today
Later on I sent all the recordings I got to Paul Farrell and he replied that I had Baikal Bush and Lanceolated Warbler which both sound very similar to that of Pallas’s Grasshopper Warbler.