Saturday, 22 April 2017

Panti 08Apr17


Con and Danny went Panti today.
From Con
Brown Wood Owl.

Panti 06Apr17

From Con
A Malaysian Eared-nightjar perching high before dawn. This behavior is completely undocumented. But now have photos.

Bidadari 02, 04Apr17

From Con

2 Apr


At Bidadari today, the Indian Cuckoo (left) and the Hodgson's Hawk-cuckoo (right).


4 Apr


At Bidadari this morning, there were two Large Hawk-cuckoos, one in more adult plumage and the other in more juvenile plumage (perhaps the same one seen over the weekend). There was also a male Indian Cuckoo and a Hodgson's Hawk-cuckoo (but with more juvenile plumage than the one seen over the weekend). So the cuckoos really seem to passing through Singapore with Bidadari as a pit stop.


Large Hawk-cuckoos (left adult, right immature)

Panti 01Apr17

From JS
After more than a year, it is nice to be back birding at what used to be our weekend haunt. Panti has definitely changed since we last went birding together. There is a new super-wide road cutting through the forest. There are a lot of truck traffic. There are less bird activities.

Due to a jam at the checkpoint, we reached Panti after dawn. The first stop as a brief tour of the entrance to Elephant trail. We wanted to count the number of birds crossing the super-wide road. There was none. Easy.

Next, we drove to the small swamp with a couple of tiup-tiup trees. No rare flowerpeckers. But the male Blyth's paradise flycatcher was singing readily with its probable mate hanging around in the vicinity. There is a high chance that nesting is taking place at that spot. The only question is where is the nest. For the record, the Silver-rumped Needletails and Grey-rumped Treeswifts were seen at this spot.

At a spot 5m beyond the 5km stream, we found a pair of Spectacled Bulbuls and a feeding Spectacled Spiderhunter. The spiderhunter was an interesting fellow because it could have the whole tree of red flowers to itself but it still wanted to advertise the buffet.

With few birds showing, we decided to check out the trails and the Woodpecker trail came to mind. Upon entering, we flushed a flock of feeding Pink-necked Green Pigeon. True to the name of the trail, we saw woodpeckers. A pair of Olive-backed Woodpeckers kept us entertained until the swarm of leeches became unbearable.

Moving on, we went to check out the deciduous straggling fig near the second stream. Unfortunately, it was not figging. We did see one Black and Oriental Pied Hornbills. Today was beginning to feel like a day out for the Ruby-cheeked Sunbird. There was a male hanging around the last few leaves of the deciduous straggling fig. The best bird so far was the booming call of the Short-toed Coucal, heard in the vicinity.

On our return journey, we stopped at Temple trail. The temple had expanded and so did the population of the bats. The trail was really quiet. Only when we were about to leave did we see a pair of Buff-rumped Woodpecker.

With a bit of time left before noon, we decided to take a look at the Dip Trail. Less than fifty meters into the trail, we had a mini-birdwave consisting of one Spectacled Bulbul, one Chestnut-winged Babbler, one Sooty-capped Babbler, one Buff-rumped Woodpecker and one Arctic Warbler. Apart from a pair of Fluffy-backed Tit-babblers and a small party of Pin-Striped Tit-Babblers, the babblers were not showing and not calling until now. Back at the entrance of the trail, we found our rarest bird of the trip in another mini-birdwave, a blue morph Rufous-winged Philentoma. It was together with a family of Chestnut-winged Babblers, another philentoma with the typical plumage, a Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker, an immature Yellow-breasted Flowerpecker (spotting a small orange crown patch with little yellow on the breast) and Hairy-backed Bulbuls. What a farewell!


Blue morph Rufous-winged Philentoma ©Con Foley

Although we have been birding for more than a decade at Panti over hundreds of trips, we were still able to find something new... Amazing!
  1. Crested Serpent-Eagle 1
  2. Changeable Hawk-Eagle 2
  3. Asian Emerald Dove 2
  4. Little Green-Pigeon 3
  5. Pink-necked Pigeon 5
  6. Short-toed Coucal (H) 1 Heard
  7. Chestnut-bellied Malkoha 3
  8. Violet Cuckoo (H)
  9. Plaintive Cuckoo (H)
  10. Fork-tailed/Square-tailed Drongo-Cuckoo (H)
  11. Malaysian Hawk-Cuckoo (H)
  12. Indian Cuckoo (H)
  13. Silver-rumped Needletail 2
  14. Brown-backed Needletail 1
  15. Germain's Swiftlet 20
  16. House Swift 1
  17. Gray-rumped Treeswift 2
  18. Whiskered Treeswift 2
  19. Red-naped Trogon (H)
  20. Diard's Trogon (H)
  21. Black Hornbill 1
  22. Oriental Pied-Hornbill 1
  23. Rufous-backed Dwarf-Kingfisher (H)
  24. Banded Kingfisher (H)
  25. Red-bearded Bee-eater (H)
  26. Blue-throated Bee-eater 1
  27. Blue-eared Barbet (H)
  28. White-bellied Woodpecker (H)
  29. Banded Woodpecker (H)
  30. Crimson-winged Woodpecker (H)
  31. Olive-backed Woodpecker 2
  32. Buff-rumped Woodpecker 3
  33. Buff-necked Woodpecker 1
  34. Gray-and-buff Woodpecker 1
  35. Blue-crowned Hanging-Parrot 1
  36. Banded Broadbill (H)
  37. Black-and-yellow Broadbill (H)
  38. Golden-bellied Gerygone (H)
  39. Large Woodshrike (H)
  40. Black-winged Flycatcher-shrike 1
  41. Rufous-winged Philentoma 4
  42. Green Iora 3
  43. Lesser Cuckooshrike (H)
  44. White-bellied Erpornis 7
  45. Dark-throated Oriole (H)
  46. Greater Racket-tailed Drongo 1
  47. Amur Paradise-Flycatcher 2
  48. Blyth's Paradise-Flycatcher 2
  49. Malaysian Rail-babbler (H)
  50. Gray-bellied Bulbul 3
  51. Olive-winged Bulbul 1
  52. Cream-vented Bulbul 1
  53. Spectacled Bulbul 3
  54. Hairy-backed Bulbul 16
  55. Yellow-bellied Bulbul 2
  56. Buff-vented Bulbul 2
  57. Arctic/Kamchatka Leaf/Japanese Leaf Warbler 1
  58. Common Tailorbird (H)
  59. Rufous-tailed Tailorbird 1
  60. Yellow-bellied Prinia (H)
  61. Pin-striped Tit-Babbler 2
  62. Fluffy-backed Tit-Babbler 2
  63. Chestnut-winged Babbler 3
  64. Moustached Babbler (H)
  65. Sooty-capped Babbler 1
  66. Black-capped Babbler (H)
  67. White-chested Babbler (H)
  68. Dark-sided Flycatcher 1
  69. White-rumped Shama (H)
  70. Pale Blue-Flycatcher (H)
  71. White-crowned Forktail (H)
  72. Lesser Green Leafbird 1
  73. Blue-winged Leafbird 7
  74. Yellow-breasted Flowerpecker 1
  75. Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker 1
  76. Orange-bellied Flowerpecker (H)
  77. Ruby-cheeked Sunbird 5
  78. Spectacled Spiderhunter 1
  79. spiderhunter sp. 2

Singapore Botanic Gardens 29, 31Mar17

From Con
Both Hooded and Blue-winged Pittas were still at SBG.

Jelutong Tower 28Mar17

From Con
Got male Greater Green Leafbird at Jelutong.

Doi Lang 16-21Mar17

From Con
The bird of the trip for me was certainly the Green Cochoa (male).


Himalayan Cutia (male)


Hodgson's Frogmouth (male) brooding the young chick


Maroon Oriole (female).

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Seletar East, Pulau Punggol 18Mar17

From KH
Danny and I went to Seletar East grassland and there were only 6 Pintail Snipes left, not more than 100 as reported last week by Martin K.


Lesser Coucal preening as Pacific Swallow flew above

At the wooded area, many resident birds were nesting - Coppersmith Barbet, Laced Woodpecker, Common Iora, Olive-backed Sunbird, Eurasian Tree Sparrow, Scaly-breasted Munia. While some were already feeding juveniles, such as Asian Glossy Starling.


Female Common Iora collecting nesting material. Coppersmith Barbet working at nest hole


Laced Woodpecker. Sunda Woodpecker


Scaly-breasted Munia prospecting for nesting material

Other residents include a few Oriental White-eyes.


Oriental White-eye

This is the best time of the year where both Blue-tailed and Blue-throated Bee-eaters can be found at the same time.


Blue-tailed Bee-eater

Other migrants present were 2 Yellow Bitterns, 2 Arctic Warblers, 1 male Yellow-rumped Flycatcher and a few Asian Brown Flycatchers.


Yellow Bittern

After lunch, we went to out favourite place, Pulau Punggol, and got nothing much. Apparently, the Black-winged Kite chicks had fledged and the adults started mating again!

The only migrant raptor was a Black Baza.


Black Baza

The Baya Weavers were busy building nests and so were the African Golden Weavers.

Seletar East 15Mar17

From Con
Finally after several years of trying. I went to that place that Jia Sheng doesn't want to go and on my first try I got a Lanceolated Warbler. Wasn't lucky to get a rare open shot but still something recognizable. Plenty of LW out there but this was the only one to give a brief look.

Kranji Marsh 11Mar17


Con, Danny and JS went to Kranji Marsh today. Martin was also there. Here's their ebird list.
  1. 20 Lesser Whistling-Duck
  2. 2 Red Junglefowl
  3. 3 Yellow Bittern
  4. 2 Purple Heron
  5. 1 Intermediate Egret
  6. 2 Little Egret
  7. 1 Osprey
  8. 1 Black-shouldered Kite
  9. 12 Black Baza
  10. 1 Changeable Hawk-Eagle
  11. 1 Japanese Sparrowhawk
  12. 8 Brahminy Kite
  13. 3 White-bellied Sea-Eagle
  14. 2 Slaty-breasted Rail
  15. 4 White-breasted Waterhen
  16. 1 Watercock
  17. 12 Red-wattled Lapwing
  18. 1 snipe sp.
  19. 1 Common Sandpiper
  20. 2 Red Collared-Dove
  21. 6 Spotted Dove
  22. 4 Zebra Dove
  23. 12 Pink-necked Pigeon
  24. 3 Lesser Coucal
  25. 2 Asian Koel
  26. 2 Banded Bay Cuckoo
  27. 1 Plaintive Cuckoo
  28. 1 Common Kingfisher
  29. 1 Stork-billed Kingfisher
  30. 2 White-throated Kingfisher
  31. 1 Black-capped Kingfisher
  32. 24 Blue-throated Bee-eater
  33. 8 Blue-tailed Bee-eater
  34. 2 Dollarbird
  35. 2 Coppersmith Barbet
  36. 1 Lineated Barbet
  37. 1 Sunda Woodpecker
  38. 3 Common Flameback
  39. 20 Red-breasted Parakeet
  40. 10 Long-tailed Parakeet
  41. 1 Blue-crowned Hanging-Parrot
  42. 6 Common Iora
  43. 2 Brown Shrike
  44. 2 Long-tailed Shrike
  45. 12 Black-naped Oriole
  46. 1 Malaysian Pied-Fantail
  47. 2 Large-billed Crow
  48. 8 Barn Swallow
  49. 6 Pacific Swallow
  50. 4 Red-rumped Swallow
  51. 3 Red-whiskered Bulbul
  52. 20 Yellow-vented Bulbul
  53. 1 Black-browed Reed Warbler
  54. 1 Oriental Reed Warbler
  55. 1 Pallas's Grasshopper-Warbler
  56. 2 Zitting Cisticola
  57. 2 Common Tailorbird
  58. 2 Ashy Tailorbird
  59. 2 Yellow-bellied Prinia
  60. 5 Oriental White-eye
  61. 1 Pin-striped Tit-Babbler
  62. 4 White-crested Laughingthrush
  63. 3 Asian Brown Flycatcher
  64. 2 Oriental Magpie-Robin
  65. 20 Asian Glossy Starling
  66. 2 Daurian Starling
  67. 30 Javan Myna
  68. 1 Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker
  69. 2 Plain-throated Sunbird
  70. 6 Olive-backed Sunbird
  71. 2 Paddyfield Pipit
  72. 8 Baya Weaver
  73. 6 Scaly-breasted Munia
  74. 5 Chestnut Munia
  75. 100 swiftlet spp.
  76. 5 Ashy Minivet
  77. 1 Asian House-Martin
  78. 1 Lanceolated Warbler
Panti 10Mar17

From Con

Frilled tree frog (Kurixalus appendiculatus)

Sunday, 16 April 2017

NTL2 04-05Mar17

From Con

4 Mar


77 is the species count for NTL2 today in very overcast weather. Hope for more tomorrow.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34948174

5 Mar


1 Red Junglefowl 3
2 Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker 1
3 Banded Woodpecker 2
4 Laced Woodpecker 2
5 Common Goldenback 5
6 Lineated Barbet 2
7 Coppersmith Barbet 1
8 Oriental Dollarbird 4
9 Stork-Billed Kingfisher 1
10 White-Throated Kingfisher 4
11 Black-Capped Kingfisher 1
12 Collared Kingfisher 1
13 Blue-Throated Bee-Eater 20
14 Blue-Tailed Bee-Eater 12
15 Banded Bay Cuckoo 1
16 Plaintive Cuckoo 2
17 Asian Koel 3
18 Lesser Coucal 8
19 Red-Breasted Parakeet 22
20 Long-Tailed Parakeet 20
21 Swiftlet Spp 80
22 Spotted Dove 20
23 Red Turtle Dove 1
24 Zebra Dove 3
25 Pink-Necked Green Pigeon 60
26 Slaty-Breasted Rail 8
27 White-Breasted Waterhen 8
28 White-Browed Crake 1
29 Watercock 1
30 Purple Swamphen 1
31 Red-Wattled Lapwing 6
32 Osprey 3
33 Black Baza 7
34 Crested Honey-Buzzard 2
35 Black-Winged Kite 3
36 Brahminy Kite 22
37 White-Bellied Sea Eagle 4
38 Changeable Hawk-Eagle 1
39 accipter spp 1
40 Milky Stork 1
41 Little Egret 5
42 Purple Heron 4
43 Yellow-Billed Egret 2
44 Yellow Bittern 1
45 Brown Shrike 2
46 House Crow 25
47 Large-Billed Crow 3
48 Black-Naped Oriole 20
49 Pied Triller 10
50 Pied Fantail 1
51 Common Iora 6
52 Asian Brown Flycatcher 2
53 Oriental Magpie-Robin 2
54 Asian Glossy Starling 60
55 Common Myna 2
56 White-Vented Myna 60
57 Barn Swallow 12
58 Pacific Swallow 8
59 Red-Whiskered Bulbul 3
60 Yellow-Vented Bulbul 30
61 Zitting Cisticola 2
62 Yellow-Bellied Prinia 4
63 Oriental White-Eye 5
64 Black-Browed Reed-Warbler 2
65 Oriental Reed-Warbler 1
66 Common Tailorbird 3
67 Ashy Tailorbird 2
68 White-Crested Laughingthrush 6
69 Striped Tit-Babbler 1
70 Scarlet-Backed Flowerpecker 4
71 Brown-Throated Sunbird 4
72 Olive-Backed Sunbird 6
73 Baya Weaver 8
74 Scaly-Breasted Munia 9
75 Black-Headed Munia 1
Total No. 664

(after 10:30 am)
76 Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot 1
77 Long-tailed Shrike 2
78 Grey-headed Fish Eagle 1
79 Lesser Adjutant 1
80 Red-rumped Swallow 1
81 Yellow Wagtail 1
82 Common Sandpiper 1
83 Cinnamon Bittern 1
84 Common Kingfisher 1
85 Japanese Sparrowhawk 1

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34970957

Poyan 05Mar17

From Danny
1 Red Junglefowl 2
2 Banded Woodpecker 2
3 Laced Woodpecker 1
4 Common Goldenback 2
5 Lineated Barbet 3
6 Oriental Dollarbird 4
7 White-Throated Kingfisher 3
8 Collared Kingfisher 2
9 Blue-Throated Bee-Eater 2
10 Blue-Tailed Bee-Eater 8
11 Plaintive Cuckoo 1
12 Little Bronze-Cuckoo 1
13 Violet Cuckoo 1
14 Greater Coucal 1
15 Lesser Coucal 2
16 Red-Breasted Parakeet 6
17 Long-Tailed Parakeet 10
18 Swiftlet Spp 26
19 Grey-Rumped Treeswift 1
20 Spotted Dove 12
21 Common Emerald Dove 1
22 Zebra Dove 6
23 Pink-Necked Green Pigeon 23
24 Slaty-Breasted Rail 1
25 Red-Wattled Lapwing 2
26 Brahminy Kite 3
27 White-Bellied Sea Eagle 2
28 Changeable Hawk-Eagle 2
29 Yellow-Billed Egret 4
30 Blue-Winged Pitta 2
31 Golden-Bellied Gerygone 2
32 Long-Tailed Shrike 1
33 Large-Billed Crow 1
34 Black-Naped Oriole 9
35 Pied Triller 2
36 Greater Racket-Tailed Drongo 2
37 Common Iora 8
38 Asian Glossy Starling 41
39 Daurian Starling 4
40 Common Myna 1
41 White-Vented Myna 33
42 Barn Swallow 1
43 Pacific Swallow 2
44 Straw-Headed Bulbul 4
45 Yellow-Vented Bulbul 11
46 Olive-Winged Bulbul 3
47 Yellow-Bellied Prinia 2
48 Common Tailorbird 2
49 White-Crested Laughingthrush 3
50 Striped Tit-Babbler 2
51 Scarlet-Backed Flowerpecker 2
52 Brown-Throated Sunbird 2
53 Olive-Backed Sunbird 14
54 Crimson Sunbird 1
55 Paddyfield Pipit 1
56 White-Headed Munia 3
Total No. 293

Serangoon 05Mar17

From KH
The usual birds here for the Annual Bird Race. Interesting sighting is a pair of nesting escapees Red-Backed Mannikin (Lonchura Nigriceps).

1 Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker 1
2 Rufous Woodpecker 1
3 Laced Woodpecker 1
4 Common Goldenback 1
5 Oriental Dollarbird 1
6 Common Kingfisher 2
7 White-Throated Kingfisher 3
8 Collared Kingfisher 5
9 Blue-Tailed Bee-Eater 6
10 Plaintive Cuckoo 1
11 Rusty-Breasted Cuckoo 1
12 Little Bronze-Cuckoo 1
13 Asian Koel 4
14 Rose-Ringed Parakeet 8
15 Red-Breasted Parakeet 3
16 Swiftlet Spp 30
17 Common Pigeon 8
18 Spotted Dove 13
19 Zebra Dove 4
20 Pink-Necked Green Pigeon 1
21 White-Breasted Waterhen 1
22 Common Greenshank 1
23 Common Sandpiper 4
24 Black Baza 2
25 Brahminy Kite 1
26 Grey-Headed Fish Eagle 1
27 Little Egret 4
28 Grey Heron 1
29 Striated Heron 19
30 House Crow 2
31 Black-Naped Oriole 8
32 Pied Fantail 10
33 Common Iora 9
34 Asian Brown Flycatcher 2
35 Oriental Magpie-Robin 1
36 Asian Glossy Starling 2
37 Javan Myna 33
38 Barn Swallow 2
39 Yellow-Vented Bulbul 10
40 Yellow-Bellied Prinia 3
41 Common Tailorbird 3
42 Ashy Tailorbird 9
43 Scarlet-Backed Flowerpecker 3
44 Brown-Throated Sunbird 3
45 Olive-Backed Sunbird 10
46 Eurasian Tree Sparrow 2
47 Red-Backed Mannikin 2
Total No. 243

Fraser's Hill 24-27Feb17


Con, Danny and GC were at the 30th Fraser's Hill Bird Race.
From Con

Collared Owlet
From GC
  1. Long-tailed shrike - Shahzan Inn - 1304
  2. Oriental magpie robin
  3. Sultan tit - Telecom Loop - 1318
  4. Black-browed barbet
  5. Chestnut-capped laughingthrush
  6. Mountain fulvetta
  7. White-throated fantail
  8. Golden babbler
  9. Mountain tailorbird
  10. Streaked spiderhunter
  11. Malayan cuckooshrike
  12. Black-throated sunbird
  13. Little pied flycatcher
  14. Glossy swiftlet
  15. Buff-bellied flowerpecker
  16. Long-tailed broadbill
  17. Mountain bulbul
  18. Lesser racket-tiled drongo
  19. Black-eared shrike babbler
  20. Fire-tufted barbet
  21. Siberian thrush
  22. Orange-headed thrush
  23. Mugimaki flycatcher
  24. Rufous-browed flycatcher - Jln Valley - 1538
  25. Brown shrike
  26. Orange-bellied leafbird - Jln Lady Maxwell - 1554
  27. Silver-eared mesia - Jln Ampang - 1610
  28. Green magpie
  29. Pacific swallow
  30. Mountain leaf warbler
  31. Lesser yellownape
  32. Black-crested bulbul - New Road - 1804
  33. Dark-necked tailorbird
  34. Grey wagtail
  35. Silver-breasted broadbill
  36. Dark hawk cuckoo
  37. Large niltava - Jln Lady Guillemard - 0727
  38. Asian brown flyctcher - Jelai resort - 0740
  39. Blue-winged minla
  40. Stripe-throated bulbulb
  41. Slaty-backed forktail - New Road
  42. Ochraceous bulbul
  43. Yellow-bellied warbler
  44. Arctic warbler
  45. Pygmy wren babbler
  46. Blue-winged leafbird
  47. Grey-headed canary flycatcher
  48. Common tailorbird
  49. Wreathed hornbill
  50. Grey-chinned minivet
  51. Greater racket-tailed drongo
  52. Sooty barbet
  53. Black-thighed falconet
  54. Asian fairy bluebird
  55. Blue-crowned hanging parrot
  56. Rufescent prinia
  57. Pin-striped tit babbler - Old Road - 0924
  58. Crimson-winged woodpecker
  59. Bronzed drongo
  60. Yellow-crowned barbet
  61. Red-billed malkoha
  62. Crested honey buzzard
  63. Blue nuthatch
  64. Black-and-crimson oriole
  65. Eastern crowned warbler
  66. Chestnut-breasted malkoha
  67. Large woodshrike
  68. Red-headed trogon - Telecom Loop - 1116