On 3rd June 2017, Flappy – the Oriental Bird Club sponsored Common Cuckoo – completed the round trip back from Mozambique, where she wintered, to her summer home in Olon Balj Basin National Park in northern Mongolia. Remarkably, the latest satellite signals reveal she is within 2-3 km of where she spent summer 2016.
Flappy is one of several cuckoos satellite tagged as part of the Beijing Cuckoo Project in May 2016 in Beijing, China.
Cover image: Female Sunda Frogmouth Batrachostomus cornutus brooding her chick, Arung Dalam, Koba, Bangka, Sumatra, Indonesia, 8 October 2014, by Syahputra
The December 2016 issue of BirdingASIA should have reached all members by now. As ever, the issue is packed full of information from the Oriental region, including an article on Breeding records of the Sunda Frogmouth Batrachostomus cornutus, which features on the cover. Non-members can find out just what they’re missing here, and they’d be more than welcome to join the Club online here.
In line with OBC policy, papers from back issues of the Club’s journal, Forktail, are made available for free download after three years. PDFs from the 2014 issue (Forktail 30) are now available.
Helmeted Hornbill Rhinoplax vigil © Muhammad Alzahri
Bee Choo Strange of the Hornbill Research Foundation is on an urgent mission to collate all records of Helmeted Hornbills Rhinoplax vigil within the species’s geographic range in preparation for a report to delegates attending the Helmeted Hornbill Conservation Strategy and Action Plan workshop in Sarawak, Malaysia, in May 2017.
Routes from Asia to Africa followed by Flappy (red), Skybomb (gold) and Meng (blue). Click on map to enlarge.
Flappy, the satellite-tagged Common Cuckoo sponsored by the Oriental Bird Club is currently in southern Mozambique, having crossed around 20 international borders on her migration south.
Flappy’s journey south, and that of two other satellite-tagged cuckoos, Meng and Skybomb, is shown in the map above.
The OBC Autumn Meeting, incorporating the 32nd AGM, will be held in the Wilkinson Room, St John the Evangelist, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8RN on Saturday 29th October 2016.
The meeting starts at 11:00 and all are welcome – please bring your friends. Snacks, cakes and hot and cold drinks will be available all day.
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Prize draw in aid of the OBC Conservation Fund
The AGM, at which only OBC members may vote, will be held at 12:10
Flappy’s position as on 8th September
Flappy, the satellite-tagged Common Cuckoo sponsored by the Oriental Bird Club has been making astonishing progress on her autumn migration and is currently in northern India, having crossed several international borders on her migration south.
Since the last update here on 15th July she crossed the Mongolian desert, arriving in Hebei Province, southwest of Beijing, on 1st August, where she stayed for a few weeks. Next stop ruled out Southeast Asia as a wintering destination, as she travelled an incredible 2,400 km southwest into Myanmar, arriving there on 1st September.
Spoon-billed Sandpiper photographed at Kock Kham. © Richard Thomas
Khok Kham, one of only two regular wintering sites in Thailand for the Critically Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper and other wader species of the East Asian-Australasian flyway is under threat from a solar farm development.
A number of Thai organizations and individuals are campaigning against the development. The Oriental Bird Club is offering our support to their efforts.
More information about the nature of the threat can be found in this article on the Birdguides website.
Oriental Bird Club members should now have received their latest issue of BirdingASIA.
Featuring a superb image of a Western Tragopan Tragopan melanocephalus photographed near Shilt, Great Himalayan National Park, Dirthan, Himachal Pradesh, India, by Jainy Kuriakose on the cover, the issue is packed full of bird news from around the region.
For anyone with an interest in birds of the Oriental region, subscribing to the Oriental Bird Club to receive your biannual BirdingASIA and the Club’s Journal, Forktail, is an absolute necessity – so if you haven’t done so already, subscribe today!
There was exciting news earlier this week when Flappy – or Flappy McFlapperson to give her full name: the female Cuckoo sponsored by the Oriental Bird Club through the Beijing Cuckoo Project—apparently began her southward migration.
Speculation was rife as to whether she would head towards Africa or South Asia. However, as the maps below demonstrate, she is not about to give her secret away just yet.