Phutthamonthon in Early March

Last week I went to Phuttamonthon Park for some non-rarities that I hadn’t spotted there. Birds in-mind were Bronze-winged Jacana and Ruddy-breasted Crake. Maybe it was a poor decision given I was under the weather and since they banned cars, it’s a very long walk. Funnily enough I decided to do a big loop around the park to check areas I’m less familiar with.

Highest bird counts usually go to the Red-wattled Lapwing.
3rd March 2022.
Traversing the road. 3rd March 2022.

Walking from the car park I made a stop at the nearby Spotted Owlet area. Today they were more animated than usual, with one perched out prominently. However many times I see them they won’t ever get boring. On this occasion I shot a short video.

Spotted Owlet. 3rd March 2022.

Since February, Himalayan Cuckoo has been reported a few times. A sign of spring migration, as they pass through to more northernly locations. Since I made a long loop around the park I was too tired to look around the ‘good’ spots for migrants on this day.

Siamese Blue-crested Lizard ran across the grass as I was walking into the park. 3rd March 2022.
Cattle Egret transitioning into breeding plumage. 3rd March 2022.

Near the herb garden, I caught a glimpse of a Yellow Bittern and Large Hawk-Cuckoo. I heard rumours that they shut off the herb garden due to people stealing. The gates were open today but where I was exiting was blockaded, I had to climb around it. At this point I had been walking for nearly 2 hours, making it to the bamboo area. Near the back I was searching for the Ruddy-breasted Crake. Long-story short, I heard it. And due to the nature of the bird it was wise to not wait around expecting to see it.

Nearby, Baya Weavers were making their nests. 3rd March 2022.

At this point, I didn’t have the energy to check around the other spots and took a look at the bamboo for Oriental Scops-Owls before starting the long walk back to the carpark. Walking into the area earlier, I couldn’t see the Owls. They can be incredibly hard to spot. Exiting, I managed to find two of them roosting.

Oriental Scops-Owls are still present, they’ve been roosting here for a few months. 3rd March 2022.

Heading for the carpark, an Oriental Honey-buzzard was flying around. I have seen one here before but the plumage was completely different, the previous one was all brown which is more unusual. Today it was the typical plumage.

Oriental Honey-buzzard, highlight for the day. 3rd March 2022.

It was an alright day given my personal circumstance. I will be back soon to see if I can see some migrants.

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