Spring migration has officially started, here in Hanoi, with Sulphur-breasted Warbler, Hainan Blue (a male with a white throat-triangle), Hill/Chinese Blue and Mugimaki Flycatchers, Black-naped Monarchs, Chestnut Bunting, Ashy Drongo, Eastern Crowned Leaf-Warbler, Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher (usually small flocks).
A male Fujian Niltava was also picked up by Richard (Craik) one week ago around the toilet block of the Botanical Gardens, probably a migrant from further south.
male Mugimaki Flycatcher
This bunch of migrants was seen in mid-March in some old orchards around the city. Surprisingly, very few migrants in my favorite downtown patch, the Botanical Gardens, but a patch tick : Olive-backed Sunbird (small flock). I am wondering about the status of this species, here in the Hanoi area. That’s only my third observation of Olive-backed Sunbird in/around the city - always in March-April. It’s certainly not a resident here ; I could have miss it but I don’t think so - not really the kind of bird easy to overlook. I think they are passage birds.
male Black-naped Monarch