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As I hit the north end of the Marsh and headed back south scrambling over boulders I heard a trilling call – something I hadn’t listened to before. I lifted my bins as a small passerine flew from the ground and landed on a reed stem. I immediately picked up the bright red (dark orange?) crown and dark, streaked body and identified it as the first lifer of the tour, a male Red-fronted Serin. It only perched for a few seconds before flying north but I am now pleased to have found a new site and a new bird on the first full visit.
This bird is primarily a mountain species and is perhaps heading north from the lowlands to the Hindu Kush. It is certainly a species that I hadn't expected to see and the lack of birds has well and truly been broken.
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