Rainy Days in September

The last few days have been very rainy, I believe, right now, it’s by-product of the typhoon which arrived in Vietnam. Bangkok’s parks have been getting exciting with many migrants being spotted. Many sightings of rare and threatened Brown-chested Jungle-Flycatcher have occurred but I’ve missed out so far. Trying again this morning, I didn’t have any luck, although I had some luck to see a Chinese Blue Flycatcher.

Chinese Blue Flycatcher male. 29th September 2022.

It was flitting about in a densely covered banyan tree (I think) and I was lucky to make the shot. It was alongside lots of other birds foraging away, many of which were Leaf Warblers which I didn’t have the energy to identify (due to the dense vegetation and lack of light). My other photograph was of a Blyth’s Paradise Flycatcher, I was hoping for Amur as I hadn’t reported it here but I’ll take it with a nice photo.

Blyth’s Paradise Flycatcher, a brief moment of stillness.

On the way in I saw the back of a perched Accipiter, I promptly took out my camera but it was gone. Although later, I saw one flying, assumed Chinese, from 4 fingers on each wing. Two days back I was also at the park and was greeted by a descending Chinese Sparrowhawk.

1st calendar year Chinese Sparrowhawk. 27th September 2022.

I was corrected, thankfully, by David as I had called it Japanese in my ignorance. The interaction made me much more confident in Accipiter identification. The plain under-wing coverts, paired with the 4 fingers on the wings make this a Chinese Sparrowhawk. The adults are easy to identify as they sport black primary feathers.

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