First ever sightings of 12 species of birds for Singapore in 2021, a summary

By Geoff Lim

The year 2021 was an incredible year with many species of birds seen for the first time in Singapore. Here’s a quick summary of what showed up.

1. Siberian House Martin Delichon lagopodum

Found by: Fadzrun A. (ID by Frank Rheindt)
Location: Neo Tiew Harvest Lane
Date: 3 January 2021
Remarks: another sighting on 28 December 2021 at Marina East by Oliver Tan

Siberian House Martin, 281221, MED, Art Toh, same 3

Siberian House Martin, photo by Art Toh, Marina East, 28 Dec 2021

2. Brown Fish Owl Ketupa zeylonensis

Found by: Jackie Yeo (ID by Tan Gim Cheong)
Location: Hindhede Nature Park
Date: 17 February 2021
Remarks: Jan Tan’s photo of an owl at Singapore Quarry on 3 August 2019 turned out to be a Brown Fish Owl , making hers the first sighting.

Brown and Buffy Fish Owl, 220221, Hindhede, TGC

Brown Fish Owl, shown next to a Buffy Fish Owl, composite photo by Tan Gim Cheong, Hindhede Nature Park, 22 Feb 2021

3. Wedge-tailed Shearwater Ardenna pacifica

Found by: William Khaw (ID by Eric Tan)
Location: Bishan – Ang Mo Kio Park
Date: 23 June 2021

Shearwater, 230621, BAMK, Art Toh

Wedge-tailed Shearwater, photo by Art Toh, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, 23 June 2021

4. Javan Plover Charadrius javanicus

Found by: Frankie Cheong (ID by James Eaton)
Location: Reclaimed land off northeast SG
Date: 16 July 2021
Remarks: another sighting on 17 December 2021 at Marina East by Pary Sivaraman

Javan Plover, 150721, Tekong, Frankie Cheong

Javan Plover, photo by Frankie Cheong, 16 July 2021

5. Ashy-headed Green Pigeon Treron phayrei

Found by: Yip Jen Wei ( ID with Martin Kennewell)
Location: Dillenia Hut, Central Catchment
Date: 9 October 2021

1, AHGP, Art Toh, 101021, crop

Ashy-headed Green Pigeon, photo by Art Toh, CCNR, 10 Oct 2021

6. Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata

Found by: Alex Kang (ID by Yang Chee Meng & Yong Ding Li)
Location: Kent Ridge Park
Date: 15 October 2021

4, Spotted FC, Geoff, 231021

Spotted Flycatcher, photo by Geoff Lim, Kent Ridge Park, 23 Oct 2021

7. Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis

Found by: Soo Kok Choong (ID by Vincent Yip)
Location: Ulu Pandan PCN – Clementi Road junction
Date: 23 October 2021

6, Tree Pipit, LKS, 311021

Tree Pipit, photo by Lim Kim Seng, Ulu Pandan PCN – Clementi Road junction, 31 Oct 2021

8. Pale-legged Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus tenellipes

Found by: Yong Ding Li, Sreekar Rachakonda
Location: Petai Trail, MacRitchie Reservoir
Date: 12 November 2021

Pale-legged Leaf Warbler, 251121, Petai, TGC

Pale-legged Leaf Warbler, photo by Tan Gim Cheong, Petai Trail, 25 Nov 2021

9. Long-eared Owl Asio otus

Found by: Choo Shiu Ling (ID by Tim Marshall)
Location: Marina East
Date: 20 November 2021

Long-eared Owl, 201121, MED, Shiu Ling FBBS, crop

Long-eared Owl, photo by Choo Shiu Ling, Marina East, 20 Nov 2021

10. Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros

Found by: Ian Cash (ID by Art Toh)
Location: Jambol Place
Date: 28 November 2021

Black Redstart, 061221, Jambol Place, Art Toh 1

Black Redstart, photo by Art Toh, Jambol Place, 6 Dec 2021

11. Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris

Found by: Gabriel Koh
Location: Marina East
Date: 13 December 2021

Common Starling, 141221, MED, Lee Chin Pong

Common Starling, photo by Lee Chin Pong, Marina East Drive, 14 Dec 2021

12. Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus

Found By: Cecilia Lee, Justin Jing Liang (ID by Martin Kennewell)
Location: Forest west of Tyersall Avenue
Date: 29 December 2021

Cinereous Vulture, 301221, SBG, Danny Khoo

Cinereous Vulture, photo by Danny Khoo, SBG, 30 Dec 2021

This is a summary of the birds seen for the first time in Singapore in 2021.

Accepted records will be inserted into the NSS Bird Checklist is due course.

Thanks to Art Toh, Tan Gim Cheong, Frankie Cheong, Geoff Lim, Lim Kim Seng, Choo Shiu Ling, Lee Chin Pong and Danny Khoo for allowing us to use their photos.

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