Waste Water Site - update

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Waste Water Site - update

Postby Lesser Spot Finder » Sat Feb 20, 2010 7:47 am

All my birding in the last two weeks has been at the Airfield Waste Water Site. It is obvious that this place will improve over the next few weeks and bird numbers have been steadily building up. Daily species include Water Pipit, Masked Wagtail, Crested Lark and most recently Citrine Wagtail, which now makes an almost daily appearance. This species is now moulting into breeding plumage and looks stunning. 4+ were present on the 16th February.

New species for Bastion have been Tawny Pipit with one on the 10th February, Trumpeter Finch (first I have seen on the ground) with three on the 16th and a Desert lark on the 19th.

Other notable species have included Short-toed Lark with two on the 17th (my birthday) and a Greenish Warbler (this time rather a dull bird) on the 16th. My identification of Rosy Pipit has been confirmed with a bird today in almost breeding plumage. The pair of Starlings has continued to appear on and off with only one present today.

I have been in email contact with Frank Gardner, the BBC security correspondent and an ardent birder. He has been in Kandahar and couldn't make it up to Bastion and I couldn't get down to Kandahar. He had seen a number of species whilst not transmitting to the world and had managed to see Red-wattled Lapwing behind the RSOI tents.

A much improved two weeks with light at the end of the tunnel and the promise of an afternoon's birding at Tunnel Beach, Episkopi in the offing.


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