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Beetle 11/09/2008 17:20

Ng Tung Chai 梧桐寨 Autumn 2008 秋

A walk from 10:30am to 2:00pm

Not much seen/heard in the country park area between the temple and the two waterfalls.

-Mountain Bulbul
-Mountain tailorbird
-Silver-eared Mesia and Red-billed Leiothrix
-etc... common birds.

On the way back i found a Asian Paradise Flycatcher.
It was with the scarlet minivets, bulbuls and sunbirds.
Luckily i got nice views of it.

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kmike 13/09/2008 21:41

This morning I walked up to the lower falls starting at 0730.

Migrants today: Two each of [b]Pale-legged /Sakhalin Leaf Warbler, Arctic Warbler[/b] and [b]Hainan Blue Flycatcher[/b] (a male and a female)

A pair of [b]Crested Serpent Eagles[/b] and a displaying[b] Crested Goshawk[/b] added some interest.

Back in the veggie patch at Ping Long the [b]Black-necked Starling[/b] creche was at least 60 birds - the soil is newly turned and planted after lying fallow for couple of months, so there are lots of worms available.

other than birds an adult [b][i]Red-necked Keelback[/i][/b] showed well at the side of the path and a newly minted [b][i]Blue-tailed Skink [/i][/b]was just my third ever in HK. It is are a stunning lizard - its well worth having a look here.

Mike K

Beetle 12/10/2008 00:34

Nothing special seen today in Ng Tung Chai....probably because i was visiting in the afternoon.
Only one Paradise Flycatcher was seen from distance, but i am not sure is it an Asian or a Japanese.
Besides there is an unknown small-sized bird, producing strange "tack tack" sound (different from dusky warbler) inside dense bushes near the ground, about 100m before the bottom fall. see if anybody lucky enough to identify it.(Lesser shortwing??)

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whomoya 25/10/2008 18:57


  I was kindly acquainted to the joys of birding Ng Tung Chai this morning by the man who knows it best- Mike Kilburn (thanks Mike!).  Had a few decent bird waves, and I was able to add a few ticks to my modestly growing Hong Kong list (nearing 200 now).

- 1 Eurasian Woodcock was probably bird of the day.  Per usual, it was solitary and sitting just above a small, sheltered stream.
- 2 Asian Paradise Flycatchers were quite nice to see, as well as a couple of Mountain Bulbuls.
- Other birds of note: Scarlet and Grey-throated Minivets, two Grey-cheeked Fulvettas, a few Mountain Tailorbirds, two Arctic Warblers, an Eastern Crowned Warbler, a few Streak-breasted Scimitar-babblers, a Black-winged Cuckoo-shrike, one Olive-backed Pipit, and several Rufous-capped Babblers, Silver-eared Mesia, Blue-winged Minla, and Chestnut Bulbuls.

Good birding,
Wes Homoya

HKBWS Surveyor 29/10/2008 15:52

Records from 27Oct, between the temple and main fall

Arctic Warbler - 1
Eastern Crowned Warbler – 2
Goodson’s Leaf Warbler – 1
Yellow-browed Warbler – 6+
Greenish Warbler - 1
Asian Stubtail – 1
Dark-sided Flycatcher – 1
Grey-headed Flycatcher – 1

kmike 23/11/2008 00:26

I finally got out into the forest behind Tai Om today and it was well worth it.

Before that I had a surprise in the shape of a female [b]Plaintive Cuckoo[/b] in the Cuckooshrike tree (which did, again, have a female [b]Black-winged Cuckooshrike[/b] in it today), and a trio of [b]Chestnut Buntings[/b] in front of the blue and white house across the valley from me. Birds washing in the stream just here included a female [b]Fork-tailed Sunbird[/b], three [b]Black-throated Laughingthrushes[/b] (showing the all-dark cheeks we see on some birds here) and a [i]turdus sp[/i]. , which squeaked as it whipped out before I could get onto it.

As I went up the hill opposite the house I picked up an [b]Asian Brown Flycatcher[/b] in the [i]feng shui [/i]wood behind Tai Om village, and a couple of [b]Hair-crested Drongos[/b]regally surveying the scene from the crown of a tree, and then nothingat all until I had crested the hill and dropped down into the forestaround the abandoned village of Tai Om Shan.

The first good birds here were a singing [b]Fork-tailed Sunbird [/b]and a [b]Yellow-browed Warbler[/b], swiftly followed by the first of four [b]Asian Stubtails[/b].These are one of my favourite winter birds - small as a wren, a tinystub of a tail, dark chestnut upperparts, a big cream supercilium andblack eyestripe , pale pinkish feet, and a very confiding manner (theyare easily pished in) combine with a distinctive call and piercing songto make them birds of real character.

Other warblers included a very active [b]Blyth's Leaf Warbler[/b]a surprise [b]Yellow-bellied Prinia[/b] away from its more usual grassland habitat, [b]Common and Monuntain Tailorbirds[/b] and a couple each of [b]Yellow-browed and Pallas' Leaf Warbler[/b].

Other good new winter records for the valley included a vocal [b]Black-naped Monarch[/b] giving its rasping double "jreek-shreek", five [b]Oriental Turtle Doves[/b], and a curious [b]Rufous Tailed Robin[/b]which sat unusually high, flicking its wings and tail as it examined mebefore dropping back to the tangles on the forest floor.

I was also happy to lure in a [b]Lesser Shortwing[/b] to acorridor of visibility through the undergrowth where I could see himand he could see me, but with sufficient distance between us for him tofeel safe. Its always feels special to see this small secretive birdwith a short silvery white eyebrow flicking into view and calling a fewtimes before disappearing again.

Other good birds included a female [b]Grey-chinned Minivet[/b], several [b]Chestnut Bulbuls[/b], and an adult [b]Crested Serpent Eagle[/b], which  I flushed on the way out of the forest.

Other than these there were good numbers of [b]Rufous-capped Babblers[/b], three [b]Streak-breasted Scimitar Babblers[/b], while   around the house the usual suspects added to a pretty good list for the day: [b]Crested Myna, Black-necked Starling, Chinese[/b] and [b]Crested Bulbuls, Chinese Pond Heron and White-breasted Waterhen, White-throated Kingfisher, Olive-backed Pipit, White[/b] and [b]Grey Wagtails, Tree Sparrow, Siberian Stonechat, Chinese Blackbird, Spotted Dove[/b], an unusually large flock of of 100 [b]Scaly-breasted Munias[/b], and a [b]Great Tit[/b].

I'm hoping the [b]Silky Starling[/b], which has now been around for three days, will stay for the winter.

Mike K

wgeoff 23/11/2008 03:54

Welcome back, Mike. Good birds.

kmike 23/11/2008 14:19

Thanks Geoff.  I was out again this morning:

Another couple of hours in the forest this morning, and again a couple of additions to the winter list just around the house - a female [b]Black-faced Bunting[/b] was ticking quietly to itself on the way out, and on the way back a female [b]Daurian Redstart[/b] showed briefly before being chased off by a Crested Bulbul.

This was really "Skulkers Sunday" - [b]Lesser Shortwing, Pygmy Wren Babbler[/b] and [b]Russet Bush Warbler [/b]all showed, albeit briefly, except for the PWB, which put on a pretty good show in response to my pishing.  The shortwing appeared when I was trying to tease out one of two Russet Bush Warblers which, being bradypterus were extremely reluctant to show, but eventually flipped out of the grass and away after sneaking in as close as it dared.

I also heard and did not see a Siberian Rubythroat - with its miniature bark, a [b]Rufous-tailed Robin[/b], several [b]Asian Stubtails, Yellow-browed, Dusky[/b] and [b]Pallas' Leaf Warblers[/b].

Birds not seen yesterday included a Crested Goshawk and a [b]Common Buzzard[/b], a [b]Red-throated Flycatcher[/b], and a male [b]Buff-bellied Flowerpecker[/b], while the flock of 50 [b]Grey-chinned Minivets[/b] were a dramatic improvement on yesterday's lone female.

The male [b]Black-naped Monarch[/b] was not new, but this morning I had much better views of this charismatic winter visitor.

Mystery of the day was hearing a[b] Black-throated Laughingthrush[/b] giving the distinctive "one more bot-tle" call of Indian Cuckoo.  This is strange because Indian Cuckoo is a pretty scarce migrant and I  have only heard it in the valley on two or three occasions in the last 6 years, and Black-throated Laughingthrush is thought to be rather sedentary. This strongly suggests an impressive feat of memory - hearing a call a few times in a day and then repeating it accurately several months later.


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kmike 30/11/2008 19:34

A quieter day today, despite going up the waterfall trail - 2 each of [b]Rufous-tailed Robin[/b], [b]Asian Stubtail[/b] and [b]Grey-backed Thrush[/b] (both males), about 15 [b]Chinese Blackbirds[/b] a [b]Velvet-fronted Nuthatch [/b] on the big tree above the carpark.

I did finally get reasonable views of both [b]Yellow-browed[/b] and [b]Pallas' Leaf Warblers[/b] for the first time this winter, but had only the briefest of views of a larger phyllosc which may have been a Greenish Warbler.

Other than that a [b]Mountain Tailorbird [/b] and a [b]Mountain Bulbul [/b]performed well and a small group of [b]Red-billed Leiothrix[/b] were more confiding than usual.

However I again failed to connect with Grey-headed Flycatcher (haven'teven heard one yet this winter), and Red-Flanked Bluetails also appearto be in short supply.

Perhaps more interesting were two [b]Swintail Snipe[/b] in the village yesterday morning, and a flock of 20 [b]Silky Starlings[/b] and a lovely male [b]Daurian Redstart [/b]feeding in a tree next to the Pin Long bus stop.

Also as I came hoe this evening a [b]Night Heron [/b]flew over the village

Mike K
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