Saturday, October 12, 2013

Garden Visitors

The best birds today were both in the garden, the first a fine male Crimson Sunbird and at lunch a Chestnut-winged Cuckoo in the hedge by the restaurant, which was the first time i have seen this species at Chiang Dao at this time of year.

No raptors on the move today with just a local Oriental Honey Buzzard and a Crested Serpant Eagle a species which is often conspicuous by its absence at this time of year, but surprisingly common by the end of December once birds are vocal and displaying. Bee-eaters however were on the move south this morning with 65 Little Green and a flock of 27 Chestnut-headed.

Lots of Grey-backed Shrikes  around currently with 2 around the garden, 2 along the road to the temple and a further one in the temple car park. The pair of Blue-bearded Bee-eater were once again in roadside trees as well as 8 Thick-billed Green Pigeon.

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