A view of the lower field with a small flock of Cattle Egret feeding in the flooded area.
And the road up to the farm. This does not really do it justice as the river was not just flooding the area but actively flowing through it. Farm Hands were all about as there was nothing much they could do until the waters receded.
|graceful prinia (Prinia gracilis)|
The water did not bother the Graceful Prinia one little bit and they were out in force today singing to the world.
|laughing dove (Stigmatopelia senegalensis)|
|streaked weaver (Ploceus manyar)|
Another very common sight at the moment is the Streaked Weaver which are in just about every bush and tree in the place.
|little green bee-eater (Merops orientalis)|
After an hour or so walking about the area I sat for a bit to take in the tranquility of the place. I must have been sitting very quietly because this Little Bee Eater landed right beside me and just sat there watching me for a few moments.
|black scrub-robin (Cercotrichas podobe)|
|bluethroat (Luscinia svecica)|
|common moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)|
|Spanish sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis)|
|house sparrow (Passer domesticus)|
|Indian silverbill (Lonchura malabarica)|
|white-throated kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)|
|barn swallow (Hirundo rustica)|
|turkestan shrike (Lanius phoenicuroides)|
|cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis)|
|wood sandpiper (Tringa glareola)|
|black-winged stilt, (Himantopus himantopus)|
|chiffchaff, (Phylloscopus collybita)|
|greater spotted eagle (Clanga clanga),|
|marsh harrier (Circus aeruginosus)|
I'm checking on this one
Barn Swallow Update.Continuing my little vigil at the site of the Barn Swallow nests I found this week that the chicks from two of the nests had fledged but probably over the last day or so as they were all still hanging around. In one case I noticed what looked to me like the parents trying to chase them off as they kept coming back to the nest, in one case making several sneaky approaches through a slightly open window close to the nest. In all from these two nests I am pretty sure there were 8 fledglings. There is plenty of food about at the moment with bugs everywhere so there is more than enough to keep them going as long as they can steer clear of the array of predators about the place.
In two of the other nests one or two of the eggs had hatched but by the look of them they had only just done so, the remainder of the nests still had eggs being attended by the parents.
What will be interesting over the next few weeks is whether any of the pairs try a second brood. I know, from being around this nest site slightly later in previous years, that they are generally empty by the end of March so we will see. It may be that they do not like the heat later in the month as it is climbing rapidly now as we approach summer and keeping nests cool may be an issue for them (34 to 36 degrees C and climbing at the moment).
As a little sidebar, the laughing dove which had taken over one of the old nests was sitting all through my visit. I guess there must be an imminent arrival there soon.