Saturday, October 26, 2013

Chestnut-headed Bee-eater

Lots of Chestnut-headed Bee-eater on the move yesterday morning with a total of 178 south between 0830-1100hrs, with several other high flocks heard but not seen the total was probably over two hundred. Each year when at Chiang Dao I record a southward passage of the species during October and early Nov, with the species being largely absent in the area during Nov to Feb, birds beginning to reappear during the second half of February. Very little else moving yesterday with a single Amur Falcon north, 3 Oriental Honey Buzzard and 2 Grey-faced Buzzard south. The local Oriental Hobby was seen several times during the morning as well as 20 Brown-backed Needletails.

Usual species present around the temple car park, with five White-headed Bulbul the only new species.

This morning cloudy and grey, but it did not stop Amur Falcons heading north with 52 through by 1200hrs. Little else of note apart from 470 Indonchinese Swiftlet south and a fast moving flock of 35 Striated Yuhina through the garden.

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