Common Starling
open grass area of Marina East Drive
13 Dec 2021 to 15 Dec 2021


General details
Species
Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris
Record ID 10082
Date range 13 Dec 2021 to 15 Dec 2021
Location open grass area of Marina East Drive
Count 1 individual
Date added 14 Dec 2021

Record accepted.

Committee's view
Background
Multiple committee members raised that the possibility of some ship-assistance cannot be conclusively excluded, partly because some previous sightings from elsewhere in the region have been close to ports (and might themselves possibly have received some ship-assistance). While the records committee voted that another rarity found at the same site three weeks before this sighting (Long-eared Owl) was ship assisted, the vote for this record on balance was that it is a wild bird based on previous sightings of this species through Indochina, Peninsula Malaysia and Borneo suggesting vagrancy potential.
Vote results Cat A: 8
Verdict Accepted / Wild (Verifiable)
Placed in Cat A

Photo credit: Koh Tian Teck