Pulau Ubin Bird Census – September 6, 2009

I signed up to help in the 6th Fall census on Migrating bird by NSS Birdgroup. I have been to the previous 2 census at Ubin West led by Willie Foo. Tina joined me in the previous 2, but this time she decided to sleep in. ๐Ÿ™‚ I was caught in the traffic jam as there was a Yellow Ribbon Run starting at 7:30am at Changi Village. Finally managed to get through and park my car at about 7:35am and Willie just finished his breakfast and we met at the car park.

Took a boat ride to Pulau Ubin, the weather was cloudy and a little drizzle. As sson as we arrived, a Common Sandpiper was sitting at a rock next to the jetty greeting us. That is our first migrant of the day. ๐Ÿ™‚

We took a van to the formal Thai Temple and walk back to the town covering the western part of Ubin. As soon as we got off the Van, the rain started to come. ย I forgot my rain caot but have a large garbage bag to protect my 40D and 100-400mm. Saw a pair of Brown Throated Sunbirds and many Asian Glossy Starling (mainly Juvenile). As we were about to move on, there were 2 wildboar piglet crossing the road. We suspect the adult may be nearby and were worried that it will charge at us. Willie has his tripod as “weapon” and he asked me to look for a tree branch just in case the adult charge at us. ๐Ÿ™‚ As we moved further down, the adult did show up on the trail, we stopped immediately and the adult was scared of us and quicly make a move into the forest. The trio was within the vicinity and we spotted them a few times after that.

Nothing too interesting for arinny Sunday morning. We saw 2 juvenile White Rumped Sharma, a few Oriental Magpie Robin, 6 Oriental Pied Hornbill stealing papaya from a Kampong house, ย a pair of Pied Fantail singing their heart out and a pair of Common Kingfishers. We also counted 57 Grey Heron at the quarry but there is no Night Heron. I am not sure if it was due to the construction/development at the quarry.

We walked back to the jetty at about 11:15am and waited for a boat for about 20 minutes. ย The species seen was less than the last few counts could be due to the poor weather.

NPSS will have an outing there the following Saturday on Spetember 12. Hopefully the weather will be good and with many photogrpahy opportunities.

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