Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Get your Rocks off....

Productive morning on the patch, with some different (but expected) migrants/winter visitors showing up. The best being a THICK-BILLED WARBLER and a BLACK-NAPED MONARCH.  

I had given pride of place  to a male WHITE-THROATED ROCK THRUSH that I discovered feeding in a secluded shelter belt, however upon returning home I looked at the record shots that I had taken of the bird and I am rather devastated to see that it appears to have a damaged right leg and foot.

 Crippling...

The fact that this stunning bird is seriously injured is very upsetting. It also throws significant doubt on the origin of the other two WTRT that I found in the park last year. At that time I considered the risk of captive origin, but I had no evidence so gave the birds the "benefit of the doubt".  However I now see no alternative but to remove this species from the patch list.  I just hope that this particular individual is able to survive. I often think about visiting Chatuckak weekend market to see what birds are being sold, but it is such a depressing experience that I have avoided doing so for a long time.  However, given this situation I will probably pay a visit in the near future.

Other padders seen this morning included 1-2 ARCTIC WARBLERS 8+ TAIGA FLYS, 5+ BLACK-NAPED ORIOLES, 3+ BLACK-CAPPED KINGFISHERS, 30+ BARN SWALLOWS and 6 PADDYFIELD PIPITS



Paddyfield Pipit

EDIT:  Phil Round has commented as follows...

"I don't think we have seen White-throated Rock Thrush in trade and on balance, notwithstanding your bird with damaged foot, I would guess these are genuine migrants. In the absence of evidence to the contrary, I would count them [as wild]....the timing is spot-on for migrants. We have also seen females at other sites around Bangkok."

1 comment:

Ike said...

I would agree that this bird is most likely a genuine wild bird which may have been a victim of a bird snaer somewhere along it's migration route. I notice many mynas and doves often suffer from the same fate. At least it didn't end up in someone's pot of soup.