It was just over a week ago when a rare passage migrant, White’s Thrush, was sighted in Phutthamonthon Park. It was seen on two mornings, I tried to find it on the second of those mornings from 11am and tried again at 7am the following day. Both attempts were unsuccessful.
Many people exercise in Phutthamonthon early on the weekends, so White’s Thrush may have not come out of hiding (The second day I went to find it, it was Saturday morning). I heard that Zoothera thrushes are unpredictable and shy. And I have been learning this first hand.
To my surprise, yesterday, it was sighted by Nick Upton. Most people would have believed it was long gone after last week’s brief glimpses. The weather was great at midday: light drizzle, cool breeze and no hot sun. I will cut to the chase, I did not see it over the time I was there.
It was an okay day still with the birds I did find, which included Large Hawk-cuckoo, Chinese Blue Flycatcher and the currently present group of Oriental Scops-owls.
It was a quiet day without the White’s Thrush but I shouldn’t have spoken too soon. As when I was leaving the park, just before the sun fully set, I was greeted with sightings of three birds of prey. First was a Peregrine Falcon, then Japanese Sparrowhawk and finally Oriental Honey-buzzard.
So it was far from a bad day of birding. Phuttamonthon always has great potential. I tend to upload all my photos from these visits to ebird, so if you’re interested in yesterday’s you can contact me for the details.
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