York Road 20Oct13From Danny
Went on my Sunday morning walk around York Road/Royal Road area, parked my car at the back gate of Eton Hall. Along York Road about 20 meters from Alexandra Road entrance, there was a large Banyan Tree (behind Lamp Post 7).The tree when fruiting typically attracts pigeons and starlings to feast on the fruits. This morning not fruiting but flowers attract insects and birds including migrants like warblers. I spent almost an hour trying to take pictures of the fast EC Warblers which at times flew down low due to the low hanging branches typical of Banyan Tree. They have intervals flying in like bird wave every 15 to 20 min intervals. Each wave consists of AB Flycatchers, Yellow-rumped FC, APFC, sunbirds, Oriental White-eyes and 3 species of warblers .
Refer to pics below, could see the differences between Eastern Crowned and Yellow-browed Warblers. The Yellow browed warbler has worn plumages, thin wing bars, thin pale fringes on tertials but lower mandible was orangey yellow with dark tip unlike the plain, clean, yellowish lower mandible of the EC warbler. The call heard was different from the thrills of the arctic warblers, more musical but no recording, as too busy trying to take pics. Proportionally the EC has longer tail.
Eastern Crowned Warbler