Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Red Collared Dove

Red  Collared Dove
by Fred Rowe
Sunday/Monday was spent visiting relatives in Phitsunalok, despite this did manage to jam in a quick walk around some local scrub and paddies, though not rare the most unimpressive sighting was the huge numbers of Red Collared Doves present, birds were everywhere at least 800 on roadside wires and additional birds as far as the eye could see. Also of note was an Oriental Darter over head, good numbers of Blue-tailed Bee-eater, a couple of Black-caped Kingfisher, Purple Heron, Ruddy-breasted Crake and two Grey-headed Lapwings.

Before heading back we made a quick visit to the nearby temple Doi Suthep 2, which is situated on a nearby forested covered hill. Lots of Olive-backed Subirds  in flowering trees and shrubs, as well as single Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Black-naped Monarch and a couple of male blue and orange flycatchers which i saw only briefly.

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