Friday, November 2, 2012

Dark-sided Flycatcher

Green-billed Malkoha
Chiang Dao
Spent most of the morning looking skywards from the old rooftop restaurant at Malee's in hope of catching some late raptor passage.Star bird though was a Dark-sided Flycatcher feeding from a dead snag for over an hour, a species I have only seen a handful of times at Chiang Dao. Raptor passage was disappointing, the only things definitely moving south were three Black Baza, local raptors including at least three displaying Crested Goshawk and single Oriental Honey Buzzard, Kestrel and Crested Serpant Eagle. A few passerines appeared to be on the move 9 White-shouldered Starling and 40 Ashy Minivet all heading south. Also noted were several calling Oriental Pied Hornbill, pair of Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker, singing Banded Bay and Drongo Cuckoo, male Violet Cuckoo, 20 Brown Needletail, Emerald Ground Dove, 8 Blue-winged Leafbird, Grey-backed Shrike, Blue Rock Thrush, 4 Grey-crowned Warblers in Bamboo, 3 Puff-throated Babbler and several Thick-billed and Yellow-vented Flowerpecker.

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