Sunday, May 27, 2018

Chestnut Nature Park, Dairy Farm 01May18

From KH

Con, Danny and I started the day's birding at Chestnut Nature Park.

Long-tailed Parakeets were enjoying a feast: left adult male, right juvenile.


The Dark-necked Tailorbirds were bringing food back to someone. The male shows more extensive rufous on crown and face, and darker throat. The duller female has a spider in mouth.


Other denizens here include a snail and a millipede (Anoplodesmus saussurii).


  1. 1 Spotted Dove - Heard
  2. 1 Asian Emerald Dove
  3. 10 Pink-necked Pigeon
  4. 1 Asian Koel - Heard
  5. 10 dark swiftlet sp.
  6. 1 Collared Kingfisher - Heard
  7. 1 Dollarbird
  8. 1 Lineated Barbet - Heard
  9. 1 Common Flameback
  10. 5 Long-tailed Parakeet
  11. 2 Common Iora
  12. 2 Black-naped Oriole
  13. 2 Greater Racket-tailed Drongo
  14. 2 House Crow
  15. 1 Straw-headed Bulbul - Heard
  16. 1 Yellow-vented Bulbul
  17. 4 Olive-winged Bulbul
  18. 1 Arctic Warbler - Singing
  19. 2 Dark-necked Tailorbird - Food in mouth
  20. 1 Rufous-tailed Tailorbird - Heard
  21. 5 Oriental White-eye
  22. 4 Pin-striped Tit-Babbler
  23. 1 Abbott's Babbler - Heard
  24. 1 Asian Fairy-bluebird
  25. 20 Asian Glossy Starling
  26. 1 Common Hill Myna - Heard
  27. 6 Javan Myna
  28. 3 Orange-bellied Flowerpecker
  29. 2 Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker

Moving on to Dairy Farm, we had a Clouded Monitor high up on a palm tree!


  1. 1 Red Junglefowl (Domestic type) - Heard
  2. 1 Brush Cuckoo - Heard
  3. 1 Dollarbird
  4. 1 Black-naped Oriole
  5. 1 Greater Racket-tailed Drongo
  6. 1 Straw-headed BulbulSensitive - Heard
  7. 1 Yellow-vented Bulbul
  8. 3 Olive-winged Bulbul
  9. 1 Arctic Warbler
  10. 1 Dark-necked Tailorbird - Heard
  11. 3 Pin-striped Tit-Babbler
  12. 1 Asian Fairy-bluebird - Heard
  13. 5 Asian Glossy Starling
  14. 1 Common Hill Myna - Heard
  15. 2 Orange-bellied Flowerpecker
  16. 2 Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker
  17. 1 Crimson Sunbird
  18. 1 Little Spiderhunter - Heard

Republic Crescent 30Apr18

From KH

This poor Asian Emerald-dove most likely crashed into the window and suffered the consequence...


The Olive-backed Sunbird nest was still hanging on well to the cable.

Coney Island, Punggol Waterway 29Apr18

From KH

On Coney Island, a male Oriental Magpie-robin was singing away, while an Olive-winged Bulbul was seen with a spider in mouth before it disappeared into its well hidden nest.


  1. 1 Changeable Hawk-Eagle - Heard
  2. 2 White-breasted Waterhen
  3. 4 Spotted Dove
  4. 4 Zebra Dove
  5. 1 Little Bronze-Cuckoo
  6. 1 Plaintive Cuckoo - Heard
  7. 3 Collared Kingfisher
  8. 2 Rose-ringed Parakeet
  9. 8 Red-breasted Parakeet
  10. 1 Golden-bellied Gerygone - Heard
  11. 2 Common Iora
  12. 4 Black-naped Oriole
  13. 2 House Crow
  14. 1 Large-billed Crow - Heard
  15. 6 Yellow-vented Bulbul
  16. 2 Olive-winged Bulbul
  17. 4 Common Tailorbird
  18. 2 Ashy Tailorbird
  19. 3 Yellow-bellied Prinia
  20. 1 Pin-striped Tit-Babbler - Heard
  21. 4 Oriental Magpie-Robin
  22. 8 Javan Myna
  23. 4 Olive-backed Sunbird
  24. 5 Golden-backed Weaver

Outside Coney Island at the Serangoon Tidal Gate, there were a whole host of other activities.

The Golden-bellied Gerygones were feeding their own young, and not getting cuckolded.


The introduced Golden-backed Weavers were doing way too well here. I counted about 20 nests. There could be more hidden from view. This one appeared to be in immature male plumage.


The Scaly-breasted Munias should be nesting too as I found a nest earlier this month.


This Yellow-bellied Prinia was still bringing back nesting materials.


Beware of Asian Honey Bees!


  1. 1 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
  2. 10 Spotted Dove
  3. 5 Zebra Dove
  4. 1 Pink-necked Pigeon
  5. 1 Asian Koel - Heard
  6. 1 Little Bronze-Cuckoo - Heard
  7. 5 dark swiftlet sp.
  8. 2 Collared Kingfisher
  9. 1 Dollarbird
  10. 1 Sunda Woodpecker
  11. 2 Golden-bellied Gerygone
  12. 2 Common Iora - Heard
  13. 1 Pied Triller
  14. 1 shrike sp. - Heard
  15. 2 Black-naped Oriole
  16. 2 House Crow
  17. 1 Pacific Swallow
  18. 2 Yellow-vented Bulbul
  19. 1 Common Tailorbird
  20. 2 Yellow-bellied Prinia
  21. 10 Javan Myna
  22. 2 Olive-backed Sunbird
  23. 1 Scaly-breasted Munia
  24. 30 Golden-backed Weaver - About 20 nests
  25. 2 Baya Weaver

A quick look at Pasir Ris Farmway 3 revealed that some egrets (1 Intermediate and 3 Cattle) were still around.

What a big Green Tree Ant (aka Weaver Ant) at Sengkang!


Final birding destination for today was a quick one at Punggol Waterway Park.

There was a pair of Asian Glossy Starlings feeding 3 chicks!


This Common Bluetail (Ischnura senegalensis) was at rest, not distressed at all.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

SBWR 28Apr18

From KH

After SBG, we went for lunch and then to Sungei Buloh. The first animals we encountered were dragonflies - a Variegated Green Skimmer (Orthetrum sabina) feeding on a Common Parasol (Neurothemis fluctuans) - at the entrance pond.


Other denizens at the entrance were the Lesser Short-nosed Fruit Bats, many of the females were carrying a baby.


Then, a shy female Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker came a long.


So did an Arctic Warbler, which was singing away. Time for it to go back north to breed.


The Asian Glossy Starlings, the other hand, have already bred locally: adult (left), juvenile (right).


The star birds at the Mangrove Boardwalk were the Copper-throated Sunbirds. There was reportedly a nest there. This male, however, was showing off his copper throat and yellow armpit.


This Great Egret should be heading home to breed too.


  1. 2 Gray Heron
  2. 4 Great Egret
  3. 6 Little Egret
  4. 1 Striated Heron
  5. 1 White-bellied Sea-Eagle
  6. 1 Gray-headed Fish-Eagle
  7. 2 White-breasted Waterhen
  8. 2 Common Sandpiper
  9. 30 Common Redshank
  10. 2 Pink-necked Pigeon
  11. 1 dark swiftlet sp.
  12. 1 Oriental Pied-Hornbill
  13. 2 Collared Kingfisher
  14. 1 Laced Woodpecker
  15. 4 Common Iora
  16. 4 Black-naped Oriole
  17. 1 Malaysian Pied-Fantail
  18. 10 House Crow
  19. 4 Yellow-vented Bulbul
  20. 1 Olive-winged Bulbul
  21. 1 Arctic Warbler - Singing
  22. 4 Ashy Tailorbird
  23. 1 Oriental Magpie-Robin
  24. 10 Asian Glossy Starling
  25. 1 Javan Myna
  26. 1 Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker
  27. 2 Plain-throated Sunbird
  28. 1 Copper-throated Sunbird
  29. 1 Olive-backed Sunbird

SBG 28Apr18

From KH

After Bidadari, we went to the Singapore Botanic Gardens, but the Malayan Night-heron was gone. Fortunately, Oriental Magpie-robins, like this male, were always around.


A female Olive-backed Sunbird was also around, showing off her white outertail.


And we soon found out why: her nest was nearby, with a Scarlet Basker (Urothemis signata) as decor.


  1. 8 Red Junglefowl (Domestic type)
  2. 1 Changeable Hawk-Eagle
  3. 5 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
  4. 2 Spotted Dove
  5. 4 Pink-necked Pigeon
  6. 1 Little Bronze-Cuckoo
  7. 1 Collared Kingfisher
  8. 1 Sunda Woodpecker
  9. 2 Blue-crowned Hanging-Parrot
  10. 2 Common Iora
  11. 3 Black-naped Oriole
  12. 2 Pacific Swallow
  13. 5 Yellow-vented Bulbul
  14. 1 Olive-winged Bulbul
  15. 1 Common Tailorbird
  16. 3 Pin-striped Tit-Babbler
  17. 3 Oriental Magpie-Robin
  18. 10 Asian Glossy Starling
  19. 5 Javan Myna
  20. 3 Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker
  21. 5 Olive-backed Sunbird - Nesting
  22. 1 Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Friday, May 25, 2018

Bidadari 28Apr18

From KH

Danny and I started the day's birding at Bidadari.

Mr and Mrs Asian Koel were rather noisy.


Junior Lineated Barbet was in its nest, while the parent hung out with a Collared Kingfisher.


Male Oriental Pied-hornbill.


Brown Shrike lucionensis subspecies.


Two common birds: - male Pink-necked Green-pigeon and the introduced Red-breasted Parakeet.


Asian Glossy Starlings were feasting on the figs.


The introduced Variable Squirrels are clinging on despite the area being greatly reduced.


How long can a Ropalidia wasp nest be?


  1. 20 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
  2. 5 Spotted Dove
  3. 20 Pink-necked Pigeon
  4. 1 Lesser Coucal
  5. 4 Asian Koel
  6. 20 dark swiftlet sp.
  7. 2 Oriental Pied-Hornbill
  8. 3 White-throated Kingfisher
  9. 3 Collared Kingfisher
  10. 1 Coppersmith Barbet - Heard
  11. 3 Lineated Barbet - Pair feeding chick
  12. 1 Red-breasted Parakeet
  13. 2 Long-tailed Parakeet
  14. 4 Common Iora
  15. 1 Pied Triller
  16. 1 Tiger Shrike - Breeding pluamge
  17. 1 Brown Shrike
  18. 2 Black-naped Oriole
  19. 2 House Crow
  20. 5 Yellow-vented Bulbul
  21. 1 Arctic Warbler - Singing
  22. 1 Common Tailorbird
  23. 2 Oriental White-eye
  24. 10 Asian Glossy Starling
  25. 15 Javan Myna
  26. 5 Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker
  27. 2 Plain-throated Sunbird
  28. 2 Paddyfield Pipit

Republic Crescent 23-27Apr18

From KH

Olive-backed Sunbird incubating.


Why the size difference between these two Zebra Doves??


  1. 1 Little Egret
  2. 3 Spotted Dove
  3. 1 Asian Emerald Dove
  4. 4 Zebra Dove - 2 pairs
  5. 2 Pink-necked Pigeon
  6. 1 Asian Koel - Heard
  7. 4 dark swiftlet sp.
  8. 1 White-throated Kingfisher
  9. 4 Collared Kingfisher
  10. 1 Dollarbird
  11. 1 Sunda Woodpecker
  12. 1 Rufous Woodpecker
  13. 1 Laced Woodpecker - Heard
  14. 1 Common Flameback
  15. 3 Long-tailed Parakeet
  16. 1 Blue-winged Pitta - Heard
  17. 1 Golden-bellied Gerygone - Heard
  18. 4 Common Iora
  19. 1 Long-tailed Shrike
  20. 4 Black-naped Oriole
  21. 1 Greater Racket-tailed Drongo - Heard
  22. 1 House Crow
  23. 6 Yellow-vented Bulbul
  24. 1 Common Tailorbird
  25. 1 Dark-necked Tailorbird - Heard
  26. 2 Oriental White-eye
  27. 1 Pin-striped Tit-Babbler - Heard
  28. 1 Oriental Magpie-Robin - Heard
  29. 15 Asian Glossy Starling
  30. 3 Common Myna
  31. 20 Javan Myna
  32. 2 Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker
  33. 1 Plain-throated Sunbird
  34. 6 Olive-backed Sunbird - 1 incubating
  35. 2 Baya Weaver