Migrant Birds Thailand Autumn 2018

Taiga Flycatcher

This is a record of the Migrant Birds(non-raptor) observed from my home in Na Ngua,  Phetchabun, Lower Northern Thailand. Migrants usually start arriving in early September.

All the birds featured here have been seen in my garden or very nearby. They are either on passage(heading further south) or will remain in the local area until around April next year.

Here is a list of the species observed with the date that they were first seen. I shall add to this post as and when any new migrants arrive. Images, where available. may be view by clicking on the birds name.

1. Pond Heron(Chinese). These are non-breeding birds so hard to tell from Javan. That said Javan are not recorded locally. This year the first record was made on  21st August 2018.

2. Brown Shrike. Usually the first small migrant to appear here. A bird that over-winters in and around the garden. This year the first record was made on 7th September 2018.

3. Amur Paradise Flycatcher Only the 2nd record I have of this bird here which I assume was on passage further south. This year the first record was made on 7th September 2018.

4. Hair Crested Drongo Probably on passage further south, but may be present in local national parks. This year the first record was made on 19th September 2018.

5. Black Drongo. Not necessarily the first Drongo to arrive as it is often preceded by, Bronze,  Crow-billed and others. Migrants usually include first winter birds that can be recognised by the white feathers on the breast and under-wing. Some Black Drongo have a white spot at the base of the bill. Many of these birds over-winter in the area. This year the first record was made on 21st September 2018.

6. Black-winged Cuckooshrike A passage migrant. A new record for this location. This year the first record was made on 30th September 2018.

7. Taiga Flycatcher. Usually the first Flycatcher to arrive here. A little brown job like many flycatchers but it is quite easy to ID with it’s frequent tail-cocking, distinctive white plumage on the tail and it’s call. Usually over-winters in the garden. This year the first record was made on 1st October 2018.

8. Ashy Minivet. Another beautiful grey/white bird, usually seen in flocks. A passage migrant here and a first record for this location. This year the first record was made on 6th October 2018.

9. Greenish Two barred Warbler. As with most phylloscopus warblers it can be difficult to ID. On passage  but could over-winter here. Another new species for the garden. This year the first record was made on 6th October 2018.

10. Ashy Drongo. A beautiful light grey bird in two different morphs. One of the two light morphs, the Chinese White Face, is the bird I have recorded locally. A passage migrant. This year the first record was made on 8th October 2018.

11. Dusky Warbler. Perhaps one of the easier leaf warblers to recognise since it is fairly plain and has a distinctive call. Over-winters on my patch and frequently visits the garden. This year the first record was made on 12th October 2018.

12. Asian Brown Flycatcher. Another little brown job but has distinctive white fringes to wing coverts. Often over-winters in the garden. This year the first record was made on 21st October 2018.

13. Blue-tailed Bee-Eater. A colourful Bee-eater with distinctive blue markings to the wings and tail. A passage migrant and first record here. This year the first record was made on 23rd October 2018.

14. Yellow-browed Warbler. A regular winter visitor to my garden. This year the first record was made on 1st November 2018.

15. Thick-billed Warbler. Another regular that over-winters in the garden and surrounding areas. This year the first record was made on 8th November 2018.

You can read about my observations of the Thailand Raptor Migration Autumn 2018 here.