Phutthamonthon, Once Again

It’s to be expected, with spring migration, things have been busy with birds. I don’t know where to start, but I will try to summarise some recent times and focus on my visit today to Phutthamonthon Park. Last year I went here over 50 times, but since focusing on my Bangkok list, I hadn’t been here for a long time!

Hooded Pitta yesterday at Rot Fai Park.

The main target was the nesting Indian Nightjar but it was an incredibly birdy day with plenty of migrants. I’ve been searching out migrants at my favourite spots in the last month or so, mainly trying to get the usual passage Ficedulas at Benjakitti which proved to be an incredibly long task. I managed it in the past 2 days with a male Mugimaki Flycatcher and a male Yellow-rumped Flycatcher the following day.

Yellow-rumped Flycatcher (21st April) & Mugimaki Flycatcher (20th April) were indescribably satisfying to find at Benjakitti after long and fruitless searching.

Back to Phutthamonthon, we started with the Indian Nightjar and then proceeded to stumble upon an onslaught of Cuckoos. Including: Chestnut-winged Cuckoo, Himalayan Cuckoo, Large Hawk-Cuckoo and the resident Plaintive Cuckoo. Because I think it’s peak time for Mugimaki Flycatcher and I didn’t have one at this park, it was my main target for the visit.

Took some finding but we found her, we kept our distance and didn’t disturb.
Hepatic Himalayan Cuckoo

At this Cuckoo area we also had our first Yellow-rumped Flycatcher and a male Chinese Blue Flycatcher. There was a phylloscopus Leaf Warbler flitting around but the light was poor and we didn’t get a good view.

Female Yellow-rumped Flycatcher
Male Chinese Blue Flycatcher

We moved deeper into the park to find the first ‘rarity’ of the visit. Malayan Night Heron that was 90% in adult plumage! It was so good to see, I had missed the adult which stayed at Sirikit Park for 1 day 3 days back, previously only photographing immature plumaged individuals.

The most stunning individual I’ve seen showing the barring from imm. plumage and the beautiful rufous of adult.

One of the pictures taken took a more sinister turn when I put it on my computer, near the entrance, a Plain-backed Sparrow was attacking the camera next to the couple’s nest. At home, I noticed the carcass of a chick that became entangled in the nesting material:

Male attacking the camera with the female on top, beside the nest and hanging baby.

Nearer the end of the walk, after checking every appropriate tree for Mugimaki Flycatchers, I eventually found one! After this it was a long hot walk back to the car. I decided to take the road around the park before leaving, luckily I did, I found the 2nd rarity: Indian Pond Heron. It was a good time at Phutthamonthon.

Most satisfying find was the female Mugimaki!
2nd ‘rarity’ Indian Pond Heron!

I’ll leave you with a couple of other shots from today, I’ve probably been behind on writing here due to daily posting on twitter, so you can check that out if you’d like!

Whiskered Tern
Bank Swallow or Sand Martin
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