2006 March 19 - ABC 2006

Photos by Ivy Tan.

Met up with Nessie, Fee and Ivy for the Annual Bird Census 2006.
We started from the bend of Malcolm Park behind St. Joseph’s Institution.

Perched on the bare branches in the background were some Blue-throated Bee-eaters, a Dollarbird and some Pink-necked Green-pigeons. Javan Mynas were on the ground.
In the trees on the right side of the road, 2 Straw-headed Bulbuls were singing aloud.
Calls of the Collared Kingfisher and Common Iora were heard.

Then we proceeded along Malcolm Road and down the slope to Goldhill garden.
Some men and a ground digging vehicle were by the road.
Some trees were felled and there were patches of soil where the trees used to be.

A lot more Javan Mynas moving on the ground and up in the trees as well.
Long-tailed Parakeets making their noisy calls while perched and also in flight. So were the Collared Kingfishers.

A Tanimbar Cockatoo was making loud harsh screeches up in the tree. Then we saw it chasing after a Rainbow Lorikeet.

Nessie was looking at an Asian Brown Flycatcher, and we were looking for an Asian Koel when a brownish bird flew into the heliconia bush.
I only managed to see some white patches on the wings and the long tail has white outer feathers.
There were 2 eggs lying side by side on the ground. They were about the size of quail eggs, pale brown with black speckles.
We stayed a while longer, hoping to see the bird come back to her eggs. But we were also worried that we could be giving her undue stress by staying too near for too long, so we moved off quite reluctantly.
Going back to where we started, the Common Iora finally showed up, after we had a good view of an Oriental Magpie-robin.
After the census, we went back to where the eggs were.
The Large-tailed Nightjar was resting on her eggs!
It’s a relief to know that she did not abandon them.

Full list of birds recorded:
  1. Banded Woodpecker
  2. Laced Woodpecker
  3. Common Flameback
  4. Dollarbird
  5. White-throated Kingfisher
  6. Collared Kingfisher
  7. Blue-throated Bee-eater
  8. Blue-tailed Bee-eater
  9. Asian Koel
  10. Greater Coucal (heard only)
  11. Tanimbar Cockatoo
  12. Red-breasted Parakeet
  13. Long-tailed Parakeet
  14. Large-tailed Nightjar
  15. Spotted Dove
  16. Pink-necked Green-pigeon
  17. White-breasted Waterhen
  18. Golden-bellied Gerygone (heard only)
  19. Brown Shrike (heard only)
  20. House Crow
  21. Large-billed Crow (heard only)
  22. Black-naped Oriole
  23. Greater Racket-tailed Drongo
  24. Common Iora
  25. Asian Brown Flycatcher
  26. Oriental Magpie-robin
  27. Asian Glossy Starling
  28. Javan Myna
  29. Hill Myna
  30. Pacific Swallow
  31. Straw-headed Bulbul
  32. Yellow-vented Bulbul
  33. Common Tailorbird (heard only)
  34. Dark-necked Tailorbird
  35. Rufous-tailed Tailorbird (heard only)
  36. White-crested Laughingthrush
  37. Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker
  38. Olive-backed Sunbird
  39. Crimson Sunbird
  40. Swiftlet spp
  41. Rainbow Lorikeet

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