This is a shore lark video.
Birds flood Texel – 10/05/1910
The dike on the northern tip of Texel was full of them, tens of thousands of song thrushes [see also here] almost literally were falling from the sky. Additionally, bird photographer René Pop and other birders counted some 200 ring ouzel, many redwings, chaffinches, starlings, siskin and meadow pipits. Sil Boon, skipper of De Vriendschap, even had a remarkable stowaway: in Vlieland, a shore lark came on board. Arriving on Texel, he flew back to land … a little further south. Obviously, the bird migration is in full swing.
Britain: Swainson’s thrush, Syke’s warblers, myrtle warbler and a red-eyed vireo… more migration news on the blog: here.
What is the most beautiful songbird in the world? If we mean ‘musical to our ears’, then surely one of our favourites would be the Malabar Whistling Thrush, Myophonus horsfieldii, of India: here.
A single Golden Pipit has been showing well all week at the Pongola Nature Reserve. Its a bird from north-eastern Africa with a large range, it is found in the Sudan, Uganda, Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania, but certainly a rare vagrant here in Southern Africa. From the Rarities SA website this bird has only been recorded 12 times since the first time in 1906: here.