Thursday, December 26, 2013

Red-billed Blue Magpie and Little Grebe

A strange pair of species for a post title, but one was the best looking bird during a walk yesterday morning around ponds, scrub and dry forest just out of Chiang Dao and the other the rarest. A noisy flock of 7 very smart looking Red-billed Blue Magpie showed well in dry forest, whilst on one of the fish ponds a Little Grebe was a new Chiang Dao bird for me. Lots of Siberian Rubythroats recorded with 2 seen and a further 9 heard, also present in the area were 2 Rufous-winged Buzzard, 3 Eastern Buzzard, single Biakal Bush Warbler, 2 Grey Bushchat, 20 Green Bee-eater, 1000 Indochinese Swiftlet drinking at the ponds, single Pallas's Grasshopper, Lanceolated and Thick-billed Warbler, 10 Dusky and 2 Radde's Warbler and 15 Common Rosefinch.

In a brief walk to the nearby temple this morning 10 White-headed Bulbuls were the only birds of note. 

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