Sunday 29 March 2015

Birding in Taiwan VII

Day 5 Guguan (谷関) & Basianshan (八仙山)

We started our last birding day with Ko-san at 6 in the morning in Guguan.

They were House Swifts (Hime Amatsubameヒメアマツバメ), Pacific Swifts (Amatsubameアマツバメ) & Asian House Martins (Iwatsubameイワツバメ) and more than 30 of them were flying high in the morning sky. 

On a high wall by the side of the road, there was an ideal bush for many birds.

a pair of Collared Finchbills (Kayanoboriカヤノボリ)

a very blurred image of a male Black-naped Monarch (Kuroerihitakiクロエリヒタキ)...

Taiwan Scimitar Babbler (Taiwan Himemaruhashiタイワンヒメマルハシ)

We also saw Grey-capped Woodpecker, Grey-chinned Minivet, White-bellied Erpornis, Thick-billed Crow, Varied Tit, Light-vented Bulbul, Black Bulbul, Japanese White-eye, Brown Dipper, Little Egret, Great Egret, Plumbeous Redstart, Grey Wagtail and White Wagtail just before breakfast. 

When we were checking out our hotel, a pair of Cattle Egrets were standing by the river just outside our hotel window! Ko-san said it was unusal to see them up in the river so they could have stopped there (during the migration?). 

Basianshan Forest Recreation Area (八仙山森林遊楽區)

We were hoping to see Taiwan Blue Magpies again (but no luck!) and but saw the following instead.

Crsted Serpent Eagle (Kammuriwashiカンムリワシ)
Grey Treepie (Taiwan Onagaタイワンオナガ)
Taiwan Barbet (Goshikidoriゴシキドリ) & Black Bulbuls (Kurohiyodoriクロヒヨドリ)
Taiwan Hwamei (Taiwan Gabichoタイワンガビチョウ) 
White-rumped Munia (Koshijiro Kimparaコシジロキンパラ)
  Grey Wagtail (Kisekireiキセキレイ) got a large snack - a dragonfly!
a pond was full of tadpoles
many beautiful butterflies
a lizard

We also saw/heard Eurasian Jay, Grey-cheeked Fulvetta, Daurian Redstart, Dusky Fulvetta.

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