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U-TINY BIRD WATCHING

BIRD WATCHING 

I just stayed at U-Tiny Boutique Home for 2 nights. I found the service and food (including the complimentary breakfast buffet) to be excellent. Wang (the manager) and the staff were very attentive to my needs. The room was new, clean, and modern. Located only a few minutes from the airport, you'd think it would be noisy, but it's situated down a side street hundreds of meters from the busy roads and so is quiet. I'm a bird-watching guide in Panama and a life-long birder, and I'd assumed there would be some good birds in the garden. 
There were. But what was unexpected was there are many great birds in the adjacent neighborhood and marsh. I saw more than two dozen species including Pink-necked Green Pigeon, Lesser Coucal, Plaintive Cuckoo, Common Tailorbird, Oriental Magpie-Robin, Pied Fantail, Red-whiskered Bulbul, Yellow-vented Bulbul, Streak-eared Bulbul, Asian Koel, Ashy Woodswallow, Chinese Pond Heron, Yellow Bittern, Scaly-breasted Munia, White-rumped Minia, Common Iora, plus the usual common herons, mynas, doves, and sparrows. If I ever go to Bangkok again, I'd definitely stay at U-Tiny.

U-TINY BIRD WATCHING

  • BASHY WOOD SWALLOW (นกแอ่นพง)

  • SPOTTED DOVE (นกพิราบ)

  • BARN SWALLOW (นกนางแอ่นบ้าน)

  • COMMON IORA (นกเอี้ยงสาริกา)

Ashy wood swallow        (นกแอ่นพง)
This woodswallow's soft-plumage is charcoal grey apart from the white underparts that give the species its English and scientific names, in contrast to the related great woodswallow whose upper side is a more glossy black. Despite its brush-tipped tongue, usually associated with nectar feeders, it catches insects on the wing.

Common myna                (นกขมิ้นน้อยธรรมดา)
The common myna is readily identified by the brown body, black hooded head and the bare yellow patch behind the eye. The bill and legs are bright yellow. There is a white patch on the outer primaries and the wing lining on the underside is white. The sexes are similar and birds are usually seen in pairs.

Red collared dove           (นกเขานกพิราบแดง)
This dove is essentially a plains species, extending to Taiwan and the Philippines but uncommon on the Malaysian archipelago, avoiding rocky foothill and an oriential species. There is however a summer migration into the broader cultivated valleys of Afghania where it breeds. It is the most common dove throughout Punjab. It is a summer migrant visitor to India, where it is more or less resident. They prefer better-wooded tracts such as canal or roadside tree plantations and avoid extensive desert regions. When they first arrive they are often in small flocks, but they soon split up and start pair formation and breeding.

Barn swallow                   (นกนางแอ่นบ้าน)
The barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) is the most widespread species of swallow in the world. It is a distinctive passerine bird with blue upperparts and a long, deeply forked tail. It is found in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. In Anglophone Europe it is just called the swallow; in Northern Europe it is the only common species called a "swallow" rather than a "martin".

Eurasian tree sparrow    (นกกระจอกบ้าน)
The is a passerine bird in the sparrow family with a rich chestnut crown and nape, and a black patch on each pure white cheek. The sexes are similarly plumaged, and young birds are a duller version of the adult. This sparrow breeds over most of temperate Eurasia and Southeast Asia, where it is known as the tree sparrow, and it has been introduced elsewhere including the United States, where it is known as the Eurasian tree sparrow or German sparrow to differentiate it from the native unrelated American tree sparrow. Although several subspecies are recognised, the appearance of this bird varies little across its extensive range.

Red whiskered bulbul     (นกปรอดหัวโขน)
The red-whiskered bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus), or crested bulbul, is a passerine bird found in Asia. It is a member of the bulbul family. It is a resident frugivore found mainly in tropical Asia. It has been introduced in many tropical areas of the world where populations have established themselves. It feeds on fruits and small insects. Red-whiskered bulbuls perch conspicuously on trees and have a loud three or four note call. They are very common in hill forests and urban gardens within its range.

Common iora                   (นกเอี้ยงสาริกา)
The common iora (Aegithina tiphia) is a small passerine bird found across the tropical Indian subcontinent with populations showing plumage variations, some of which are designated as subspecies. A species found in scrub and forest, it is easily detected from its loud whistles and the bright colours. During the breeding season, males display by fluffing up their feathers and spiral in the air appearing like a green, black, yellow and white ball.

Peaceful dove                  (นกเขาชวา)
The peaceful dove (Geopelia placida) is a pigeon native to Australia and New Guinea. The peaceful dove is closely related to the zebra dove of south-east Asia and the barred dove of eastern Indonesia. Until recently, the three were classed as a single species, Geopelia striata, known as peaceful dove or zebra dove.

Yellow vented bulbul       (นกปรอดหน้านวล)
The peaceful dove (Geopelia placida) is a pigeon native to Australia and New Guinea. The peaceful dove is closely related to the zebra dove of south-east Asia and the barred dove of eastern Indonesia. Until recently, the three were classed as a single species, Geopelia striata, known as peaceful dove or zebra dove.

Pied fantail                       (นกอีแพรดแถบอกดำ)

Rhipidura nigritorquis is a species of bird in the family Rhipiduridae. It was formerly considered conspecific with the Malaysian pied fantail. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Spotted Dove                   (นกพิราบ)
The spotted dove (Spilopelia chinensis) is a small and somewhat long-tailed pigeon that is a common resident breeding bird across its native range on the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. The species has been introduced into many parts of the world and feral populations have become established.

Cuckoo                             (นกกาเหว่า)
The cuckoos are a family of birds, Cuculidae, the sole taxon in the order Cuculiformes.The cuckoo family includes the common or European cuckoo, roadrunners, koels, malkohas, couas, coucals and anis. The coucals and anis are sometimes separated as distinct families, the Centropodidae and Crotophagidae respectively. The cuckoo order Cuculiformes is one of three that make up the Otidimorphae, the other two being the turacos and the bustards.