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Author: Webcreeper    Time: 14/10/2006 23:04     Subject: Ng Tung Chai 梧桐寨 2006 Autumn 秋

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Author: Webcreeper    Time: 14/10/2006 23:05

by Mike Kilburn on 09/27/06 at 09:53:37

Big News! a Speckled Piculet was seen for arond two minutes this morning in Ng Tung Chai! If accepted, this will be the third record for Hogn Kong.

The bird was seen with a loose feeding flock which included Rufous-capped Babbler, Blue-winged Minla, an Asian Paradise Flycatcher and juvenile Chestnut Bulbul.

Follow the concrete/stone path  from the village that goes up to and past the Man Duk Yuen Temple, and go past the steep track going straight up to Tai Mo Shan (on the right hand side of the path). Do not take this track but go straight ahead (sign posted to Bottom Falls), for around 100m.

Look for an obvious tree standing alone on the left of the path - it has a distinctive fork close to the ground and and the bark is somewhat orange in tone. I have put some sticks in the fork to mark the spot. Close-by, on the other side of the path I have placed some sticks upright against a rock.

As with all forest birds it will probably range widely, so I would recommend looking between the spot marked and the lower falls, but concentrating on the lower section.

Other birds seen today include:

Asian Paradise Flycatcher - 1 (+1 Paradise Flycatcher sp)
Arctic Warbler - 1
Eastern Crowned Warbler - 1
Pale-legged/Sakhalin Leaf Warbler - 1h

Lesser Shortwing - 1 h
Pygmey Wren Babbler - 1 h
MountainTailorbird - 4h

Mike K
Author: kmike    Time: 15/10/2006 23:36

A Black-winged Cuckoo-shrike was seen in the village this morning.

Mike K
Author: kmike    Time: 16/10/2006 10:35     Subject: Siberian Thrush & Grey-headed Flycatcher arrive

A wonderful morning inthe forest between 0705 and 0945 produced the following birds:

Grey-chinned Minivet - a flock of 80 or more
Scarlet Minivet - at least 2

Lesser Shortwing - 2 singing

Siberian Thrush - 1st winter male (seen about 200m above the village - before the slope down to the small farm by the river)

Greenish Warbler - 1

Asian Paradise Flycatcher - 1
Grey-headed Flycatcher -1 (first of the autumn)

Striated Yuhina - 20

Hair-crested Drongo - first for a few months

Mike K
Author: kmike    Time: 17/10/2006 10:13

The following birds were seen this morning between 0705 and 0835.

Black-winged Cuckoo-shrike - 1 (village)
Grey-chinned Minivet - 62

Lesser Shortwing - 2 singing

Pygmy Wren Babbler - 1 singing

Arctic Warbler - 1
Eastern Crowned Warbler - 1
Dusky Warbler - 1
Mountain Tailorbird - 4

Asian Paradise Flycatcher - 1
Grey-headed Flycatcher - 1

Mike K
Author: kmike    Time: 25/10/2006 08:10

A very surprising morning!

Looking at the Black-winged Cuckooshrike that has returned to winter sitting in the bare tree in the fields next to the carpark and I found a 1st winter  Black-headed Bunting sitting in the same tree along with it!

I first saw it at about 0720 and it flew off about 0745.

The only species that really needs to be separated is female/immature Common Rosefinch, but tht usually shows two strong wingbars (this was very plain on the upperparts, with the exception of a a line of dark  lesser coverts) and is a more greyish colour, has a more conical, shorter  and greyer bill (this bird had a a pale pinkish and more pointed bill) and whitish rather than the yellow-tinged underparts shown by this bunting.

The bunting also had fine black streaks on the crown and back, and one of the pix shows a clearly paler collar whick also suggests the hooded effect you get on many BH Buntings.

Never thought I'd see one of these at NTC!

Mike K
Author: kmike    Time: 27/10/2006 18:01

This morning at Ng Tung Chai the following birds were seen between 0700 and 0845:

Black-winged Cuckooshrike - 1

Lesse Shortwing - 2h

Yellow-browed Warbler - 1

Grey-headed Flycatcher - 4
Black-naped Monarch - 1 male
Sooty Flycatcher - 2
White-throated Fantail - 1 (NB escape)

Yelloe-cheeked Tit - 1

Mike K
Author: kmike    Time: 30/10/2006 00:17

Sunday 29th Oct the followin birds were at Ng Tung Chai between 0700 and 0940.

Crested Goshawk - 1

Black-winged Cuckooshrike - 1
Grey-chinnd Minivet - 17
Scarlet Minivet - 3

Lesser Shortwing - 3
Pygmy Wren Babbler - 2

YBW - 5
Mountain Tailorbird - 6

Blue-and-white Flycatcher - 1 imm male
Black-naped Monarch - 1 f/imm
Grey-headed Flycatcher - 3

Yellow-cheeked Tit  - 1

Buff-bellied Flowerpecker - 1m

Mike K
Author: kmike    Time: 2/11/2006 01:16

Weds morning the following birds were seen between 0730 and 0925:

Black-winged Cuckoo-shrike - 1

Blyth's Leaf Warbler (white-bellied type) - 1
Yellow-browed Warbler - 2

Verditer Flycatcher - 1 male
Black-naped Monarch - 1 male
Grey-headed Flycatcher - 3


Mike K
Author: kmike    Time: 9/11/2006 00:58

Weds 8 Nov: A very nice morning between 0730 and 0930:

Black-winged Cuckooshrike - 1
Grey-chinned Minivet - 12
Scarlet Minivet - 3

Lesser Shortwing - 5 singing

Pallas' Leaf Warbler - 1
YBW - 1
Blyth's Leaf Warbler - 1 (white-bellied)

Grey-headed Flycatcher - 3
Black-naped Monarch - perfect male
Blue-and-white Flycatcher - 1
Verditer - 1 fine male
White-throated Fantail - seen well

Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker - 1 male
Buff-bellied Flowerpecker - 1 male

Ashy Drongo - 1

Author: kmike    Time: 21/11/2006 01:38

This morning I had a new bird for Ng Tung Chai (no 168 for me) - a Wryneck on the small patch of grass in front of my house for a few minutes.

A Black-winged Cuckooshrike and a pair of Scarlet Minivets were in the bare tree close to the car park , and yesterday in the forest were a couple of Asian Stubtails, 2 Grey-headed Flycatchers, 2 singing Lesser Shortwings and a calling Pygmy Wren Babbler.

I also heard and had very brief views of a probable Red-tailed Robin.

Mike K
Author: kmike    Time: 22/11/2006 14:05

A wet and misty morning in Ng Tung Chai, but once again a good range of forest and farmland edge birds between 0800 and 1200.

The highlight was a fine female Bull-headed Shrike which gave very good views around the field close to the carpark. This is bird no 169 in my personal Ng Tung Chai list.

Other good birds seen today include:

Black-winged Cuckooshrike - 1 male
Orange-bellied Leafbird - 3 (scarce in NTC)

Pygmy Wren Babbler - 1 heard
Lesser Shortwing - 3 singing
Rufous-tailed Robin - 2

Yellow-browed Warbler - 3

Mugimaki Flycatcher - 1st winter male
Grey-headed Flycatcher - 3 heard
Asian Brown Flycatcher - 1

Grey Treepie - 2

Mike K

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Author: kmike    Time: 23/11/2006 09:39

The Bull-headed shrike was again present this morning between 0700 and 0745.However it flew off strongly down the valley.

It was also seen yesterday afternoon at about 1540.

Black-winged Cuckooshrike and a female Daurian Redstart were also present this morning.

Author: kmike    Time: 24/11/2006 10:57

Although there was no sign of the Bull-headed Shrike it was a good morning in Ng Tung Chai, with a fine male Fujian Niltava the highlight of a morning with an obvious arrival of migrants:

Grey-chinned Minivet - 6
Scarlet Minivet - 2

Lesser Shortwing - 4 (inc 1 seen well!)
Turdus sp - 2
Pygmy Wren babbler - 1h

Greenish Warbler - 1
Yellow-browed warbler - 3
Asian Stubtail - 5
Mountain Tailorbird - 3 (1nc 1 seen)

Grey-headed Flycatcher - 2
Black-naped Monarch - 1 fine male
Fujian Niltava - 1 fine male

Velvet-fronted Nuthatch - 2

Grey Treepie - 1h


Mike K
Author: kmike    Time: 29/11/2006 11:35

A late start this morning,, meant I was in the forest from 0830 until 1100.

Daurian Redstart - 1f
Red-flanked Bluetail - 1f (first of the autumn)
Rufous-tailed Robin - 3
Lesser Shortwing - 3 heard

Pygmy Wren Babbler - 1 seen and heard very well

Chinese Blackbird - 1
Grey-backed Thrush -1m (first of the autumn)

Pallas' Leaf Warbler - 2
Yellow-browed Warbler - 3
Greenish Warbler - 1
Asian Stubtail - 3h

Grey-headed Flycatcher - 1
Black-naped Monarch - 1f
Asian Brown Flycatcher - 1
Verditer - 1m

Buff-bellied Flowerpecker - 1f
Scralet-backed Flowerpecker - 1m

Grey Treepie - 2h

Mike K

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