The migrants are back – August 2014 edition

A quick trip to Seletar Dam/Yishun Dam mudflats this afternoon to look for early migrants yielded quite a number of birds. The Lesser Sand Plovers were present in good numbers (>300 birds). There was the rarer Greater Sand Plover, the Common Sandpipers, Common Redshank and a Pacific Golden Plover. Residents sighted at the mudflats include a few Striated Herons, a non-breeding Little Tern and unexpected flocks of Pink-necked Green Pigeons and Asian Glossy Starling that seem to be feeding at the outer edges of the mudflats.

It is still early days for the migrants and we expect more birds to come. The little mudflat at Seletar has proven to be a good ground to observe shorebirds. Most will be passage migrants, staying for a few days to a few weeks. A brief stop for food and needed rest before journeying further south.

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