Today I took my two daughters out birding for a few hours after being away for a week. Temperatures are still low – this morning it was below zero. So migration has been but on hold to some extent. But I went to Mogan anyways. And it was obvious that in spite of the low temperatures migrants are arriving.
The first good birds were two Chukars. It is actually the first time I have seen them in the area. They showed quite well and my daughters were happy to get good views of those weird chickens.
After that we saw 3 Glossy Ibises foraging in a flooded area. But there is much less water in the area than last year. It will be exciting to see, what impact it will have on the bird life in the area.
Several other migrants have arrived too. Good numbers of Water Pipits were present – some of them in the rosy summer plumage. Many white and a few Yellow Wagtails were also present. Most Yellow Wagtails were superciliaris joined by a few feldeggs. If we get warmer and more unstable wether numbers will increase a lot during the next few weeks.
Several shore birds have also arrived including Wood and Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Little Ringed Plover and Ruff.
All in all spring is really coming. Now we just need some warmer temperatures and migration will surely explode.
The last nice surprise were two Hoopoes giving extremely good views.