Morning stroll today (9th May) at the
in the hope of picking up some interesting late migrants. The first bird I encountered after 2 minutes was a stonking male White-throated Rock Thrush, with the beak wide open gasping on a 40 degrees day ! At Lenin Park Hanoi, I always seen this species between the last week of April and the 1st week of May (2-3 sightings annually) ; it is obviously peak time for them to be passing through this part of . Interestingly, in all our Vietnam ’s birding spots, we have not a single sighting during the autumn passage. Hanoi
The peak time for Brown/Burmese Shrikes and Ashy/Spangled Drongos is definitely behind us. Only 1 single Brown Shrike seen this morning.
The unexpected bird of the day was a Cinnamon Bittern (patch tick, # 111), seen around the small wet patch where the local trapper set up (every day !!!) his mist net.