After all the hot weather in the past couple weeks, thunderstorms have finally come back to save us. Making the most of the overcast days, I have been checking the parks for migrants. Today was rather quiet, in terms of birds, but it was the day I finally encountered a Dark-sided Flycatcher.
Right off the bat I suspected it. Although in the past, the amount of times it had turned out to be the common wintering Asian Brown Flycatcher have been numerous enough to knock my confidence.
I have been in conversation with David Gandy for a while regarding this but today was the day. As he said, they are common passage migrants in late April and early May, today being the 20th of April. So thanks as always for dispensing the bird knowledge. I believe I have a better handle of this species’ identification now.
I didn’t encounter any other migrants but finally seeing a Dark-sided Flycatcher was more than enough for the day. One of the White-breasted Waterhen chicks is fairy large now, so at least one of them made it. Unfortunately there was another cat, though.
Afterwards, I headed into the neighbouring park to see if I could find anything. It was quiet so I ended up taking pictures of butterflies and a few insects for the remainder of the afternoon. That was until torrential downpour occurred and soaked everything that wasn’t under a roof.
After the rain finally stopped, it was getting late and there wasn’t much action at the park. The grating soundtrack of the omnipresent Eastern Jungle Crows does get old after hearing it for a few hours also!
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