July 26, 2007

Long-toed Stint in Noyon Khangai National Park - K. Schleicher

Konrad Schleicher found recently a Long-toed Stint in Noyon Khangai National Park, Khangai Mountains. The bird had most likely a nest there, as it was circling Konrad and calling constantly, and disappearing in the vegetation when landing. A. Braunlich had a similar indirect breeding record at Lake Khuvsgul, northern Mongolia in June 1996.

Long-toed Stint. Photo © K. Schleicher

The habitat in Noyon Khangai. Photo © K. Schleicher


Igor said...

That's very interesting. What is a habitat: either by sedges & herbs or/and by mosses or/and by dwarf willows/birches?

konchog said...

I saw a single Long-toed Stint in the Burdene Bulag region of the Eastern Gobi in May of 2005. It's a very interesting site where springs create wetlands right next to pure sand dunes. An amazing desert trap for migrating water birds. Unfortunately it's quite remote and rarely, if ever, birded.

Veery said...

Interesting post. That is a rare sighting in that area?

Igor said...

Dear Konchog and Veery,
indeed in May the LTS is more widely to be seen during a migration.
As for a rarity of the sighting, it is likely so. Unfortunately there is no checklists of birds of Mongolia like Bold et al.'s one in hand, but I do not remember if LTS was seen in that area in the breeding time and (!!) in so suitable habitat, that may be basing for a nesting presumption for this sporadical breeder.

Konrad said...

Hello Igor
The habitat where I observed the LTS was a mix of sedge, herbes and dwarf willows, small shallow ponds and muddy areas at about 2240 meter above sea level. The sedges dominate. Mosses grow between the sedges. The willows were scattered small bushes of about 1 meter height; although a big patch of thick bushes of about 1,8 m height grows only a few meters away from my observation point. The water in the wetland was mostly slowly running.

Igor said...

Hello Konrad,
very similar habitat to ones where LTS is nesting at Lake Baikal.