Monday, 2 June 2014

Parrotbill Mania..!!

Had to leave at 5am in order to reach the top of the mountain and another crack at Parrotbills, which had so far proved relatively elusive. We made good time up the bumpy forest road and after a quick picnic breakfast started walking towards the pass. We hadn’t gone far when a Great Parrotbill started calling but didn’t respond to the tape, but then another one started calling behind us and this time we had views, albeit rather poor, as it scaled a tall tree. 

Spotted Bush-warbler

Moving on we managed to reach the pass just after 9am and then staked out the marshy area where the Spotted Bush-warbler again showed very well and the Scaly-breasted Wren-babbler still refused to show. We heard the Plain-backed Thrush singing in the distance but it was too far away to see – this bird may be split in the future.

Brown Parrotbill

Eventually after all our hard work we got our just rewards when a Brown Parrotbill came in for close views, followed amazingly by a pair of Great Parrotbills. However Grey-hooded Parrotbill remained elusive and we had to give up and walk back to the coach. On the way down we had our first Chestnut Thrush, another Chestnut-headed Tesia and Alan saw a White-bellied Redstart.

Great Parrotbill

Other birds seen this morning included Stripe-throated Yuhina & Red-winged Laughingthrush

But now it was time to head to pastures new and our journey to the next hotel was punctuated by….. a puncture! During this frustrating period we occupied our time with some birding and had Ashy-throated Parrotbill, White-browed Laughingthrush, Brown-breasted Flycatcher, Russet Sparrow & Blue Whistling-thrush.

Once the tyre had been changed we drove to the nearby town and saw Asian House Martin and a pair of close Plumbeous Water-redstarts.

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