Sunday, December 23, 2012

Violet Cuckoo

Earlier in the week I was sure that I had heard the distinctive chee-vit call of a Violet Cuckoo, I only heard it twice and not seeing the bird soon forgot about it, believing Violet Cuckoo would be very unlikely around Suphanburi. Yesterday morning in almost the same area I once again heard the same call and located a bird flying between tall trees around the local prison. Eventually it landed and it was a Violet Cuckoo an immature/female type bird. Looking at field guides it is perhaps not such a big surprise, maps suggesting it to be a winter visitor around Bangkok.

Paddyfield Pipit

Otherwise there was very little new on the patch yesterday, the four Black Baza remained, what was probably the same Watercock was flushed from the same rice paddy. 14 Wood Sandpiper were still present and a single Green Sandpiper was new. Other species included a Bhraminy Kite, 2 Ruddy-breasted Crake, 15 Night and 2 Purple Heron, Black-naped Oriole, 4 Yellow-vented Bulbul, 2 Richard's, 11 Paddyfield and 9 Red-throated Pipit.

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