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23 April 2012

Tam Dao, Watertank trail, 22-4-2012

Hi all,

An evening stroll along the first part of the watertank road produced very few birds, as expected. Cars (predominantly big, black, expensive ones), people on motorbikes carrying out forest products, and hunters were around.
Nevertheless the following birds were encountered,

a few singing Chestnut and Black Bulbuls, a flock of Silver-eared Mesias, large numbers of Indochinese Yuhina, a Common Green Magpie, Rufous-capped Babblers feeding their offspring, Spot-necked Babblers, a lone Streaked Wren Babbler, one Streak-breasted Scimitar-babbler showed surprisingly well, a White-browed Scimitar-babbler called nearby, 2 Orange-bellied Leafbirds flew overhead, 2 Collared Owlets were calling. Flocks of Grey Laughingthrushes were only heard, as was a Blue-rumped Pitta. Grey-cheeked (Schaeffer's) Fulvettas were very obvious, unlike my nemesis-bird. No migrants were seen...



  1. Hi Falk,

    Your nemesis-bird (ie the Short-tailed Parrotbill if I am not wrong) have been spotted one or two week ago by a visiting birder from UK, David Walsh, along the Watertank Trail. The bird was singing ;)


  2. I know - everyone is seeing this bird! I've seen rarer birds in Tam Dao but this guy is freaking me out!!!

    I forgot to mention 2 singing Hodgson's Frogmouth...