Friday, April 8, 2016

I don't believe in Fairies

The first week on April has seen me pretty busy with limited birding opportunities, but I have managed a few hours (or less) here and there, and it being  April (the best month on my patch)  I have been pretty well rewarded with migrants, but then yesterday there came what can only be described as a substantial kick in the balls when one of the other SRF regulars found a FAIRY PITTA in the Canal Zone (photos here).  This is a monster patch bird, with one previous confirmed record in May 2013 and my possible/probable in April 2010 (details here) of a species that was only added to the Thailand list in April 2009, sadly it did not perform for me when I visited for half an hour between commitments yesterday and this morning it appears to have gone.

Gutted!!!!

Nonetheless, it is still pretty early in the months, so I have another 3-4 weeks of high potential patchwork ahead of me.  The goodies I have had so far include Eye-browed Thrush on my last three patch visits,  Sakhalin Leaf Warbler (one this morning, coming in very close when I played Sakhalin LW song), two female Mugimaki Flycatchers, at least four Yellow-rumped Flycatchers, plenty of Ashy Minivets (flocks up to 30 strong),  single Black-winged Cuckooshrike and Fork-tailed Drongo Cuckoo.

Mugimaki Flycatcher

Mugimaki Flycatcher

Ashy Minivet

1 comment:

graham gordon said...

Hi Dave

Still keeping in touch with your blog. April is the month I get the most vicarious thrill out of what's going on in SRF since I can imagine myself being there from previous visits. Fascinating to see the changes year on year. I would love to have seen Mugimaki Fly or Sakhalin Leaf there.
Graham Gordon