Thursday, October 7, 2010

Phylloscopus pitfalls

Went back to "The Ramble" first thing this morning to try to clinch the ID on yesterday's tentative pale-legged leaf warbler; after spending an hour watching it, mostly in poor light with obscured views I concluded that it was actually a poorly-marked ARCTIC WARBLER, and eventually got good views of it along with a better marked Arctic.  Why it was feeding at ground level I'm not sure, but is certainly wasn't a Pale-legged - though it took me a long time to confirm the ID.  Major headache!  Not much else in "The Ramble" other than one calling ASIAN BROWN FLY.  Elesewhere in the park I picked up a SIBERIAN STONECHAT (I've only seen one on the patch before), GREATER RACKET-TAILED DRONGO (a long overdue patch tick), 1st winter BLACK DRONGO, four TAIGA FLYCATCHERS   heard single BLACK-NAPED ORIOLE and YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER, and saw BLACK-CAPPED, WHITE-THROATED and COMMON KINGFISHERS.


Taiga Flycatcher

 Coppersmith Barbet (taken at the Skytrain station!)

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