Passage Migrants

On March 16, I visited Chiang Mai University to look for some passage migrants that were reported earlier by a local birder. There was a particular tree which was full of worms and attracted many birds including a couple of Himalayan Cuckoos, Swinhoe’s Minivets, a pair of Greater Racket-tailed Drongos, a male Hill Blue Flycatcher and several Phylloscopus warblers.

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A female Himalayan Cuckoo in hepatic morph was located without much effort but it kept staying on the canopy and didn’t allow me any decent shot. A male bird was also reported earlier but I couldn’t find it. This species is one of the fairly common passage migrant in northern Thailand.

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Male Hill Blue Flycatcher

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Taiga Flycatcher moulting into breeding plumage

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One of the obliging Greater Racket-tailed Drongos that were guarding the area

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A flock of about 10 Swinhoe’s Minivets was also staying in the same area. Here’s one of the male birds.

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One of the several Phylloscopus warblers which turns out to be most likely a Yellow-browed Warbler. Despite the darkish legs and feet, the clear whitish wing bars and large median covert bar seem to suggest Yellow-browed rather than Hume’s Leaf Warbler.

After a while, I moved on to a different area in the university to look for a breeding pair of Brown Hawk Owl. As soon as I arrived at the area, I spotted one of the birds sitting right in the middle above the road. It was surprisingly tame and allowed me to get some satisfying shots and videos. I couldn’t locate another bird though. It was probably staying in the nest hole which I had no idea where it was.

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