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12 March 2011

Red River Island, 12/03

Hi all,

This morning proved to be quite successful with a good variety of interesting species - spring has obviously arrived.
Most notable birds were:

- 5-10 Little Buntings
- at least 3 Black-faced Buntings
- around 30 Grey-capped Greenfinches
- 5-10 Citrine Wagtails
- many Red-throated and Olive-backed Pipits
- couple of Bluethroats
- around 5 Stonechats
- 2 Scaly Thrushes
- ca. 5 Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher
- 1 female Grey Bushchat
- 1 Thick-billed Warbler
- 1 Yellow-legged Buttonquail
- a flock of around 25 Oriental Turtle Doves
- a few Red Collared Doves
- 1 Common Buzzard
- Common Kestrel, Black-shouldered Kite and Pied Harrier (both male and female)
- Wood and Common Sandpipers, Little Ringed Plovers
- Little Grebe

Plus one mysterious songster in the little woodland which could have been a White-bellied Redstart (or a good mimicker)!

Simon and Falk

I (Sebastien) add some pics taken the same day, same place, but during the afternoon...
Little Buntings

Male Citrine Wagtail in transition to breeding plumage. The black nuchal band appear, the greyish crown disappear

Citrine Wagtail and Red-throated Pipit

I also spotted this female Eastern Marsh Harrier and a second male Pied Harrier with one leg hanging down and some broken primaries...

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