Sunday, January 1, 2012

A modest start.


As soon as woke up this morning I heard a feral rock dove outside the window and had to accept my first birds of the year would be tedious. A tree sparrow (the most common sparrow in Taiwan) greeted me from the neighbor's balcony...

Various busy sights had to be visited. Was able to re-direct attention to Maolin for some butterfly viewing. The path behind the main village (evidence of a night of fireworks everywhere) turned up a couple decent birds - and my first endemic of the year the Taiwan Barbet.

Taiwan Barbet on a Flame Tree
 (Delonix Regia). Photo Rich Matheson.

Expect to be back soon in Maolin for proper exploring, in the meantime tomorrow is escape-to-Aogu day!

Birds of this first day must be the serpent-eagles, almost 10 were soaring not far away.

Species seen at, and on the way to, Maolin:

Crested Serpent-Eagle    Spilornis cheela    "Endemic subspecies (S. c. hoya)"
Rock Pigeon    Columba livia
Taiwan Barbet    Megalaima nuchalis    Endemic species
White-backed Woodpecker    Dendrocopos leucotos    "Endemic subspecies (D. l. insularis)"
Black Drongo    Dicrurus macrocercus    "Taiwan Endemic Subspecies (D. m. harterti)"
Pacific Swallow    Hirundo tahitica   
Light-vented Bulbul    Pycnonotus sinensis    "Taiwan Endemic Subspecies (P. s. formosae)"
Black Bulbul    Hypsipetes leucocephalus    "Taiwan Endemic Subspecies (H. l. nigerrimus)"
Little Egret    Egretta garzetta
Eurasian Tree Sparrow    Passer montanus  
White Wagtail    Motacilla alba   
Daurian Redstart    Phoenicurus auroreus