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Thread: Sila and Delma - 24th and 25th October 2016

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    Sila and Delma - 24th and 25th October 2016

    A big trip out west for me this week with an overnight on Delma Island. Sila was pretty quiet with three RBFs in the plantations and a brief but very close view of a Water Rail just before I left to catch the ferry. As for the island, it has been a couple of years since I was last on Delma and it was great to be back. All the usual sites are still there and the place looked quite green overall. I had some good Delma records such as an Oriental Honey Buzzard which was unfortunately being mobbed by about 500 House Crows. The hospital grounds were really overgrown and almost unworkable in parts but were teeming with warblers including a nice Sedge Warbler.

    Sila 24th October 06:00


    Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 7
    Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 1
    Common Teal (Anas crecca) 2
    Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) 1
    European Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus) 1
    Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) 3
    European Roller (Coracias garrulus) 1
    Turkestan Shrike (Lanius phoenicuroides) 3
    Daurian Shrike (Lanius isabellinus isabellinus) 2
    Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 15
    Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) 2
    Eastern Olivaceous Warbler (Iduna pallida) 2
    Asian Desert Warbler (Sylvia nana) 2
    Desert Whitethroat (Sylvia minula) 13
    Menetries's Warbler (Sylvia mystacea) 6
    Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata) 2
    Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva) 3
    Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra) 1
    Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka) 12
    Red-tailed Wheatear (Oenanthe xanthoprymna) 1
    Desert Wheatear (Oenanthe deserti) 3
    Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina) 1
    Western Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava) 1
    Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) 2
    White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) 15
    Tawny Pipit (Anthus campestris) 3
    Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis) 1
    Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta) 2

    Delma Island - 24th October 16:00

    Socotra Cormorant (Phalacrocorax nigrogularis) 15
    Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) 20
    Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) 1
    Crested Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus) 1
    Slender-billed Gull (Chroicocephalus genei) 30
    Steppe/Caspian/Heuglin's Gull (Larus sp.) 5
    Little/Saunders's Tern (Sternula albifrons/saundersi) 5
    Lesser Crested Tern (Thalasseus bengalensis) 35
    Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse (Pterocles exustus) 19
    Blue-cheeked Bee-eater (Merops persicus) 5
    Turkestan Shrike (Lanius phoenicuroides) 3
    House Crow (Corvus splendens) 350
    Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 6
    Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) 3
    Desert Whitethroat (Sylvia minula) 15
    Menetries's Warbler (Sylvia mystacea) 2
    Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis) 1
    Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata) 4
    Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva) 3
    Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka) 2
    Desert Wheatear (Oenanthe deserti) 3
    White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) 4

    Delma Island - 25th October 06:00

    Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca) 4
    Grey Francolin (Francolinus pondicerianus) 12
    Socotra Cormorant (Phalacrocorax nigrogularis) 35
    Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) 2
    Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) 3
    Crested Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus) 1
    Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus) 7
    Slender-billed Gull (Chroicocephalus genei) 45
    Lesser Crested Tern (Thalasseus bengalensis) 24
    Blue-cheeked Bee-eater (Merops persicus) 10
    European Roller (Coracias garrulus) 1
    Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri) 8
    Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio) 1
    Turkestan Shrike (Lanius phoenicuroides) 2
    Southern Grey Shrike (Lanius meridionalis) 1
    Masked Shrike (Lanius nubicus) 1
    House Crow (Corvus splendens) 500
    Crested Lark (Galerida cristata) 5
    Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 20
    Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer) 5
    Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) 6
    Plain Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus neglectus) 6
    Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus) 1
    Asian Desert Warbler (Sylvia nana) 1
    Desert/Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia minula/curruca) 70
    Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia curruca) 2
    Menetries's Warbler (Sylvia mystacea) 20
    Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis) 3
    Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata) 7
    Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva) 4
    Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros) 1
    Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka) 2
    Desert Wheatear (Oenanthe deserti) 3
    Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina) 2
    Purple Sunbird (Cinnyris asiaticus) 1
    White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) 3
    Richard's Pipit (Anthus richardi) 2
    Long-billed Pipit (Anthus similis) 1
    Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis) 1
    Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis) 2
    Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta) 2

    Mirfa Water Treatment Plant - 25th October 15:00

    Common Teal (Anas crecca) 5
    Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) 6
    Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus) 4
    Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) 25
    Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) 1
    Common Redshank (Tringa totanus) 1
    Ruff (Calidris pugnax) 4
    Temminck's Stint (Calidris temminckii) 1
    Dunlin (Calidris alpina) 5
    Little Stint (Calidris minuta) 90
    Turkestan Shrike (Lanius phoenicuroides) 1
    Sand Martin (Riparia riparia) 1
    Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 6
    Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata) 1
    White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) 4
    Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis) 1

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    Simon L

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    Nice records! Hospital wood is sounding good for a winter thrush hideaway. Must get over there sometime.

    Isn't the pictured pipit a first winter Red-throat? Can't see it on your list.
    Mark

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    Yes, well spotted Mark. That's Red-throated Pipit.
    Simon L

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