Dateline 6th August 2015
On the first day of this month, Zacc HD reported sightings of 8 Lesser Sand Plovers and 2 Common Sandpipers at Seletar Dam. On the same day over at Sungei Buloh, Adrian Gopal counted 11 Common Redshanks and 2 Common Greenshanks, The Common Redshanks went up to 137 and Common Greenshanks to 15 two days later according to a post by Lim Kim Seng. The Autumn migration has began. The shorebirds are on the way. Time to bring out the guide books, polish up on your shorebird ID and get ready with your long lenses for some mud flat birding.
So what can we expect to see in the next few weeks? The best guide is to go a year back and see which uncommon species turned up and where.
On 8th a Greater Sand Plover was picked up at Seletar Dam (Henry Koh). We then have to wait until the end of August before a flurry of sightings were reported at Sungei Buloh. An Asian Dowitcher made a quick one-day stop over (Ben Lee), followed by Terek Sandpiper ( See Toh Wai Yew). Then 6 Black-tailed Godwits, a Grey-tailed Tattler and a Curlew Sandpiper on the last day got every one excited.
Luckily the passerine migrants keep us busy during in the middle of the month. A Grey Wagtail was reported at the Japanese Gardens on 15th (KC Chan); an Asian Paradise Flycatcher at P. Ubin on 18th ( Akaikimgyo); an Asian Brown Flycatcher at Sime Forest on 18th (Lim Kim Seng); a Common Kingfisher at the Gardens by the Bay (Shirley Ng) ending with a Yellow-rumped Flycatcher at Bidadari (Lawrence Cher).
And for good measures, a non-breeding visitor Malaysian Hawk Cuckoo was photographed at Bishan Park on 22nd by Christina See. Time to stake out the migrant haven Bidadari soon. Please report your important sightings in any of the facebook groups and pages. Your sightings are a great help for us to monitor their migration pattern and behavoir. Thank you.