Report and image by Lim Kim Chye
Period: Oct 2-8, 2010
As in the first week, Chinese Sparrowhawks continued to dominate the skies over the count site, overshadowing the total for Oriental Honey Buzzards. This migration pattern is typical for Taiping, with Chinese Sparrowhawks being first to pass through in large numbers during late September and early October, before Oriental Honey Buzzards take over by mid October.
Daily counts at the beginning of the week were in the high hundreds and climbed to 2,043 raptors on 4 October. However, over the next 2 days, the counts plummeted down and on 6 October, only 59 raptors were recorded. But on the next day 7 October, there was a sudden spike in the count, with 2,542 raptors counted. The seemingly erratic daily counts may be explained by weather conditions in the north. Storms cause raptor flocks to stop migrating and to take shelter; when the weather improves, they resume migration en masse.
A total of 9,070 raptors were counted during Week 2, bringing the total to date to 23,480 raptors. The week also saw the first Grey-faced Buzzard for the season, recorded on 7 October.