Saturday, August 24, 2013

What waders stay in SEA in summer?


It was today, Saturday 08/24/2013, I went out to Can Gio, a birding spot nearby Ho Chi Minh city with a businessman from Australia (Simon Blanchflower, he is a good birder) where we hoped to see a young Spoon-billed Sandpiper might stay at winter migration spot during breeding time and also looking for some normal birds for my weekend. We did about an hour in early morning and a couple hours after lunch birding in mangroves where nothing made me excited at all: Collared Kingfisher, Ashy Tailorbird, Laced Woodpecker, Racket-tailed Treepie, Yellow-vented Bulbul, Golden-bellied Gerygone, Pied Fantail, Mangrove Whistler, Common Kingfisher, Greater Coucal, Pink-necked Green Pigeon, Olive-backed Sunbird, Oriental Skylark, Spotted and Red-collared Doves, Little Cormorant, Little and Cattle Egrets, Purple Heron, Little (Striated) Heron, Baya Weaver, Plain and Yellow-bellied Prinias… well I might forget some other stuffs but no problem.

Things are interests even though no Spoon-billed Sandpiper, a lot of waders we saw in about three hours looking around un-using salt-pans and on the muddy beach. There were not only juvenile but also many of them were in breeding plumage such as Red-necked Stint, Greater Sand-Plover.

I don’t know what waders can be seen this time of year in other places and other countries in SEA (Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia…) but this result made me very surprised. I didn’t know there are still many shorebirds staying around, what I thought is they should be all in their breeding territory!

Let have look the table below and if any experienced birder incidentally see this note, please leave your comment.        
SCIENTIFIC NAME
ENGLISH NAME
Note for 2013/08/24
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)

Charadrius mongolus
Lesser Sand-Plover
5
Charadrius leschenaultii
Greater Sand-Plover
20
Charadrius alexandrinus
Kentish Plover
8 (5 white-faced)
Charadrius dubius
Little Ringed Plover
13
Himantopus himantopus
Black-winged Stilt
10
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)

Xenus cinereus
Terek Sandpiper
30
Actitis hypoleucos
Common Sandpiper
6
Tringa brevipes
Gray-tailed Tattler
2
Tringa nebularia
Common Greenshank
6
Tringa stagnatilis
Marsh Sandpiper
2
Tringa totanus
Common Redshank
7
Numenius phaeopus
Whimbrel
15
Limosa limosa
Black-tailed Godwit
2
Calidris ruficollis
Red-necked Stint
8 (6 adults)
Calidris subminuta
Long-toed Stint
4
Philomachus pugnax
Ruff
2
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