Birding this morning was really quite productive, with me getting two patch ticks - firstly a real bogey bird in the form of a pair of Great White Egrets (amazingly common in Thailand, but seemingly not so in the inner city) - and the other being a 1cy Cinnamon Bittern that flushed from the Lilly Pond, showing well in flight a couple of times. I have previously found a dead Cinnamon Bittern close to my house (in Nov 2008), and Graham Gordon saw one in Suan Rot Fai in April this year, so this is a species that has been "on the cards". Other highlights this morning were a pair of Black Bazas circling low over the park at about 7am (I presume they had roosted in the park) and a Peregrine.
|1cy Cinnamon Bittern|
|One of two Great White Egrets|
Passerine migrants were somewhat more run-of-the-mill, with one or two Eastern Crowned, one Arctic and one Pale-legged Leaf Warbler, at least five Asian Brown and 15+ Taiga Flycatchers; a single leucogenis Ashy Drongo a showy Brown Shrike (very preoccupied with devouring a large bush cricket), ten or so Barn Swallows and four Black-naped Orioles. I also spent some time checking open grassland for pipits, in the hope of picking up a Richard's, but only came away with six Paddyfields.
|1cy cristatus Brown Shrike|
|Asian Barred Owlet|