My job has brought me to Hawaii again, and as always the birding here gets weird immediately. The Golden Plovers are expected here in winter, but it's still a shock to see one on the grassy strip along a busy Honolulu street. Then, in the city parks, the mix of Asian and South American species (and European, if you count House Sparrow) just doesn't seem right. When I got free at lunchtime today I walked through a park and saw Red-crested Cardinals, Common Mynas, Zebra and Spotted doves all competing for a scrap of food someone had
dropped. In the trees were several Red-vented Bulbuls, and the Java Sparrows were roaming around gleaning something from the grass.