What day is "today"? Or perhaps I am too dense to detect where the date is marked on these posts. I was at the Botanical Gardens yesterday (15/02/11) and must have seen some of the same birds. As it turns out I had been in touch with Florian about birding in Dalat and he said I should feel free to do a guest post or two here. So I'll put my birds up from yesterday and maybe the regular Hanoi birding community will correct any errors...
I was in there on Sunday morning and was most of the usual suspects, and * Taiga Flycatcher * Orange flanked bush robin * Grey headed Canary flycatcher * ??? BlackbirdHow do you distinguish Chinese blackbird from Eurasian blackbird, as that is what I thought the blackbird I saw was???Wayne
Hi Wayne,Chinese Blackbird = Eurasian Blackbird, if I may say so (me=lumper):-)Cheers,Falk
Come on Falk they're huge! Totally different shape, alarm calls differ and I'm told so does the song. Those massive blackbirds are one of my favorite birds in wintery Hanoi!Simon
I stopped being lazy and googled for differences in these two blackbirds. Is a good list of distinguishing features at http://www.birdskorea.org/Birds/Significant_Records/New_Birds/BK-NB-Chinese-Blackbird.shtml I will check my photos tonight, but after reading it, I do think I have seen both in VietnamWayne