Both walks around the local patch Thursday and Friday morning had to be cut short due to torrential downpours. Best bird of the two brief walks was a superb Ferruginous Flycatcher in scrub close to the house. There seemed to be a few extra migrants/winter visitors around with increases in the numbers of Eastern Stonechat, Yellow-browed Warbler and Taiga Flycatcher. Also present were two Asian Brown Flycatchers, single Eastern Crowned and Thick-billed Warbler, 4 Black-capped Kingfisher, 2 Black-naped Oriole and the first Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler of the winter. During better weather on Friday four adult Bhraminy Kite and two Black Kite were recorded over the house.
Most of today spent driving north to Lampang, birds on the way included a Rufous-winged Buzzard near Thoen, plenty of Black-shouldered Kite and once north of Thoen lots of Pied Bushchats on roadside wires.
Monday we move onto Chiang Dao, where we will be based for the next three months. Whilst there i hope to record the raptor migration over the area during the next three or four weeks as well as trying to see as many species as possible in the area during this time, i will keep you posted.