Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Turut Track, SBWR, Tuas 19Dec15

From KH

Danny and JS got a wedding lunch to attend, so only Con and I birded today. We started at Turut Track and got 1 Watercock, 3 Black-browed reed warblers, 3 Oriental reed warblers.

Next up, Sungei Buloh. A loop round the old Route 1 revealed 2 Estuarine crocodiles. A loop round the new route revealed 2 female Copper-throated sunbirds, as well as 3 Ospreys at Eagle Point.

Last stop was Tuas. The highlight was a female Green-backed flycatcher. ©Con Foley

Turut Track, BTNR 12Dec15

From KH

1 Black baza, 2 Watercocks, 1 Wood sandpiper, 1 Lanceolated warbler, 1 Rusty-rumped warbler (heard), a few Black-browed reed warblers at Turut Track early morning with Con and Jia Sheng.

1 OHB over Senapang Trail, Bukit Timah late morning with Con, Jia Sheng and Choon How.

Went to Tuas with Jia Sheng after lunch, but nothing much. Started drizzling, so left.
BTNR 8Dec15

From KH

This Barred eagle owl at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve carpark was first seen by Kennie Pan today. With modern communication tools, news of such a rarity quickly spread and I managed to tick it off at about 6:30 pm.


Barred eagle owl ©Con Foley
Pulau Ubin 5Dec15

From JS

5/12/15 12-2pm
  • 2 Juvenile Japanese sparrowhawks (1 seen heading north while another was seen heading south)
  • 6 unid sparrowhawks (2 seen heading north while the other 2 were seen heading south)
I guess the accipiters saw the impending heavy afternoon rain and decided to do a U-turn...
Bidadari 2Dec15

From Con

Narcissus flycatcher. Female.


Ruddy kingfisher still here too.
Admiralty Park 5-28Nov15

From KH

Spent 15 days surveying Admiralty Park and got 57 species, including a noisy escaped/released lovebird on 23 Nov.

Species Count
1 Cinnamon bittern 1
2 Striated heron 1
3 Little egret 1
4 Black baza 1
5 Oriental honey buzzard 2
6 White-bellied sea eagle 3
7 Grey-headed fish eagle 1
8 Japanese sparrowhawk 1
9 Changeable hawk eagle 1
10 White-breasted waterhen 5
11 Common sandpiper 2
12 Spotted dove 2
13 Emerald dove 1
14 Zebra dove 2
15 Pink-necked green pigeon 8
16 Red-breasted parakeet 4
17 Lovebird 1
18 Asian koel 2
19 Little bronze cuckoo 1
20 Banded bay cuckoo 1
21 Large hawk cuckoo 1
22 Dollarbird 3
23 White-throated kingfisher 3
24 Collared kingfisher 2
25 Common kingfisher 2
26 Blue-tailed bee-eater 4
27 Sunda woodpecker 1
28 Banded woodpecker 1
29 Laced woodpecker 2
30 Common flameback 4
31 Common iora 5
32 Ashy minivet 1
33 Brown shrike 1
34 Long-tailed shrike 1
35 Black-naped oriole 2
36 Greater racquet-tailed drongo 1
37 House crow 12
38 Yellow-vented bulbul 10
39 Olive-winged bulbul 3
40 Barn swallow 3
41 Pacific swallow 1
42 Common tailorbird 1
43 Dark-necked tailorbird 1
44 Rufous-tailed tailorbird 1
45 Ashy tailorbird 2
46 Pin-striped tit-babbler 5
47 Oriental white-eye 5
48 Asian glossy starling 50
49 Javan myna 10
50 Common myna 2
51 Oriental magpie robin 1
52 White-rumped shama 1
53 Asian brown flycatcher 3
54 Orange-bellied flowerpecker 1
55 Scarlet-backed flowerpecker 2
56 Olive-backed sunbird 3
57 Scaly-breasted munia 6

Details for the raptors:

Black baza 1 on 9-Nov
Oriental honey buzzard 2 on 12-Nov; 1 on 17-Nov
White-bellied sea eagle 2 on 13, 26 & 28-Nov; 3 on 20-Nov
Grey-headed fish eagle 1 on 26 & 27-Nov
Japanese sparrowhawk 1 on 25-Nov
Changeable hawk eagle 1 on 6, 9, 19, 24 & 25-Nov

On the 28 Nov, a Striated heron was having happy hour with frogs on the menu, lots of them!

Monday, 28 December 2015

Tuas 28Nov15

From KH

Tuas 28 Nov 2015 9:30am-3pm with Danny and Jia Sheng
  1. 1 Common kestrel
  2. 1 Peregrine falcon
  3. 5 OHB
  4. 3 unid accipiters
  5. 2 CHE (1 dark, 1 pale)
  6. 3 Black-winged kites
  7. 3 Brahminy kites
Other migrants of note: 14 Little ringed plovers and 1 snipe
Turuk Track, Tuas 21Nov15

From KH

Turuk Track 7:15 - 8:45 am
  • 3 Black bazas
  • 1 Black bittern
  • 3 Yellow bitterns
  • 2 Oriental reed warblers
  • 3 Black-browed reed warblers
With Con, Danny, Jia Sheng.

Tuas 10 am - 1 pm
  • 215 OHB
  • 21 Japanese sparrowhawk (juv.)
  • 3 unid accipiters
  • 70 PGP
  • 10 Oriental pratincole (1 flock of 6 + 1 flock of 4)
With Con, Danny, Jia Sheng, Choon How, Francis, See Toh


Female Japanese paradise flycatcher ©Con Foley


Female Japanese paradise flycatcher ©Danny Lau
Tuas 17Nov15

From Con

Northern boobook at Tuas again.

Changi 14Nov15

From KH

Today, the four of us joined the NSS raptor survey at Changi. We recorded the following raptors:
  1. Eastern marsh harrier 1 male
  2. Japanese sparrowhawk >2
  3. Chinese sparrowhawk >2
  4. Oriental honey buzzard >5
  5. Black baza >2
  6. Peregrine falcon 1
  7. Changeable hawk eagle >2
  8. White-bellied sea eagle >2
  9. Brahminy kite >5
  10. Black-winged kite >2

Halus 15Nov15

From KH

Today Danny and I do our annual raptor watch at Halus. We had some volunteers joining us too.


9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1 1-2 2-3
Oriental Honey Buzzard 1 2
Brahminy Kite 3 5 3
White-bellied Sea Eagle 1 3 1 1
Japanese Sparrowhawk 1 1
Changeable Hawk Eagle 2 1
Unid. Raptor 1
Tuas 11Nov15

From GC

1 Greater spotted eagle (record shot) just after 12pm, and 1 Osprey before that - Tuas South

Coney Island, Tuas 10Nov15

From KH

I started at Coney Island myself and joined the rest later at Tuas.

Coney Island on 10 Nov 2015 7:45 - 11 am
  • 1 Booted eagle (juvenile dark morph)
  • 1 Chinese sparrowhawk (adult)
  • 2 Black bazas
  • 2 Brahminy kites (adult)
  • 1 White-bellied sea eagle
Plus lots and lots of people, the whole 2.2 km main path and all the beaches!

Danny reported Chestnut-winged cuckoo, Brown-chested jungle flycatcher and Arctic warbler at Tuas before I reached, but no sign of boobook.
Tuas 9Nov15

From Con

One of at least 2 Northern boobooks.

Bidadari 8Nov15

From JS

At least 20 folks, including us, scattered around the Ruddy kingfisher, Black-backed kingfisher and Ferruginous flycatcher.

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Serangoon, Poyan 6Sep15

From KH

I did the fall migration census at Serangoon and Danny did his at Poyan as usual.

Serangoon Poyan
1 Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker 8 1 Sunda Woodpecker 1
2 Oriental Dollarbird 1 2 Banded Woodpecker 1
3 Common Kingfisher 1 3 Laced Woodpecker 3
4 White-Throated Kingfisher 4 4 Common Goldenback 2
5 Collared Kingfisher 1 5 Lineated Barbet 2
6 Blue-Tailed Bee-Eater 1 6 Coppersmith Barbet 5
7 Little Bronze-Cuckoo 3 7 Oriental Dollarbird 3
8 Asian Koel 3 8 White-Throated Kingfisher 2
9 Red-Breasted Parakeet 2 9 Collared Kingfisher 2
10 Swiftlet Spp 7 10 Blue-Throated Bee-Eater 2
11 Common Pigeon 15 11 Banded Bay Cuckoo 2
12 Spotted Dove 9 12 Little Bronze Cuckoo 2
13 Zebra Dove 4 13 Asian Koel 1
14 Pink-Necked Green Pigeon 2 14 Lesser Coucal 1
15 White-Breasted Waterhen 5 15 Red-Breasted Parakeet 42
16 Common Sandpiper 8 16 Long-Tailed Parakeet 15
17 Little Tern 1 17 Swiftlet Spp 19
18 White-Bellied Sea Eagle 1 18 Spotted Dove 26
19 Grey Heron 1 19 Zebra Dove 11
20 Striated Heron 16 20 Pink-Necked Green-Pigeon 34
21 Black-Crowned Night Heron 1 21 White-Breasted Waterhen 2
22 House Crow 1 22 Red-Wattled Lapwing 5
23 Black-Naped Oriole 9 23 Brahminy Kite 1
24 Pied Fantail 8 24 Changeable Hawk-Eagle 1
25 Common Iora 6 25 Golden-Bellied Gerygone 2
26 Asian Glossy Starling 17 26 Large-Billed Crow 1
27 Common Myna 1 27 Black-Naped Oriole 14
28 White-Vented Myna 20 28 Pied Triller 3
29 Pacific Swallow 4 29 Greater Racket-Tailed Drongo 1
30 Yellow-Vented Bulbul 8 30 Common Iora 12
31 Yellow-Bellied Prinia 4 31 Oriental Magpie-Robin 3
32 Common Tailorbird 4 32 Asian Glossy Starling 66
33 Ashy Tailorbird 8 33 Common Myna 1
34 Scarlet-Backed Flowerpecker 2 34 White-Vented Myna 19
35 Brown-Throated Sunbird 6 35 Pacific Swallow 10
36 Olive-Backed Sunbird 14 36 Straw-Headed Bulbul 5
37 Eurasian Tree Sparrow 7 37 Yellow-Vented Bulbul 14
38 Paddyfield Pipit 1 38 Olive-Winged Bulbul 4
39 Scaly-Breasted Munia 6 39 Oriental White-Eye 17
Total No. 220 40 Common Tailorbird 4
41 Dark-Necked Tailorbird 2
42 Striped Tit-Babbler 2
43 Scarlet-Backed Flowerpecker 3
44 Brown-Throated Sunbird 2
45 Olive-Backed Sunbird 4
46 Baya Weaver 2
47 Scaly-Breasted Munia 5
Total No. 381