Monthly Roundup: Sep 2023
A good variety of species made this the best season for rare migratory shorebirds in recent years, with Asian Dowitcher, Eurasian Curlew, and Broad-billed Sandpiper all being recorded. September is also the month for Swinhoe's Storm Petrels in the Singapore Strait, with a lucky group encountering three birds on the last day of the month.
Introducing the Visual Guide to Singapore Raptors
Our new, comprehensive Visual Guide to Singapore Raptors will be your best friend as you scan the skies. In this guide, we have plates individually capturing each of Singapore’s 25 (as of writing) non-vagrant raptors, meaning every raptor species which appears more or less annually has its own page, including all residents. The remaining species are also illustrated on a smaller page. We also highlight the other migratory birds which are often seen from raptor watch sites like Henderson Waves on a separate panel.
Monthly Roundup: Jul 2023
The Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoo was a lifer for many birders this July, as it has not been recorded in several years, and for those who missed the Great Slaty Woodpecker earlier this year, the one at Ulu Sembawang seems to be sticking around a lot longer. Unfortunately, the Black-thighed Falconet and White-chested Babbler were less obliging.
Sand plovers in Singapore: two species or three?
Might Singapore have three species of sand plover? It might seem an odd question – we usually only mention the Lesser Sand Plovers, which are pretty common, with the rare Greater sometimes turning up. What’s the third one then?
A Student’s Big Year
By Kaeden Sim Twitching and dipping, words I have never heard before. Now, during my Big Year (a personal challenge to see as many species of birds as possible in one calendar year), I would never be more familiar with those two words. I remember seeing Jen Wei’s Facebook post summarising his epic 2021 Big […]
How our migrant bar charts work
In a recent post, we covered the 'why' of our migrant bar charts – what motivated us to design a new way to present migration data? In this post, we will try to explain how our methodology works, and look at some examples of the algorithm in action.