Garganey at Cousine
Becky Hodgkiss and James McClelland have reported a Garganey at Cousine. Garganey is an annual visitor to the inner islands and Amirantes in small numbers, but this is the first report from Cousine. Unfortunately the bird was in exhausted condition and died.
SBRC has collected reports of 348 Garganey in Seychelles. This is the peak period for sightings with reports in all months but a steady decline in numbers through the migration season.
Western Marsh Harrier at Silhouette
Francois Baguette, Licia Calabrese and Teesha Baboorun reported a Western Marsh Harriercover the marsh at La Passe, Silhouette on 3 December 2017. It was seen again on 13 December and photographed by Said Harryba on 14 December.
SBRC has accepted four previous records of this species.
Broad-billed Roller at Alphonse
Christopher Narty has reported a Broad-billed Roller at Alphonse on 11 December.
This species is an annual visitor to the Aldabra Group and a vagrant elsewhere in Seychelles. SBRC has accepted 26 records east of Aldabra, including 10 from Alphonse.
Amur Falcon and Tree Pipit at Cousine
Amur Falcon (left), Tree Pipit (right); photos by Rebecca Hodgkiss.
Rebecca Hodgkiss and James McClelland have reported an Amur Falcon present on Cousine 3-6 December and a Tree Pipit present 4-9 December, both in the hotel area.
The first ever report of an Amur Falcon was also from Cousine, almost 22 years ago to the day on 2 December 1995. This bird remained present until early February 1996. Since then, SBRC has collected reports of 475 birds, with around 93% of records in November and December. Records have been confined to the inner islands and Amirantes, with no reports whatsoever south of Alphonse and no evidence of a return migration through Seychelles.
SBRC has collected reports of 267 Tree Pipit sightings and again there is a peak in October-December with 88% of sightings during this period. However, in contrast to Amur sightings are spread throughout the islands from Bird and Denis in the north to the Aldabra Group in the south. Unlie Amur Falcon, there is a small blip in the number of sightings in March possibly indicating a small percentage of birds on northern migration.
Northern Shoveler at La Promenade
Accompanied by Michael Betts, we found a Northern Shoveler at La Promenade, Victoria today. SBRC have accepted 13 previous records of this species.
Tree Pipit at Sihouette
Teesha Baboorun has reported a series of sightings of a Tree Pipit at La Passe, Silhouette from 18-28 November. The bird was also seen by Francois Baguette and Dina Dominique. This is the first report from Silhouette of this annual visitor to Seychelles since 2013.
Eurasian Bittern at Cousine
Stuart and Bronwyn Dunlop have reported a Eurasian Bittern at Cousine, present on 8 November.
SBRC has accepted ten previous records of this species.
Amur Falcon at Aride
Amur Falcon sightings continue. One individual in exhausted condition has been present on Aride from 29 November to 3 December