Birding on the street where I live..
When? Ongoing Weather: Hot
I bird regularly on my travels but sometimes, birding in my own garden and on the street where I live is not bad….after we moved into our little house, we tried planting flowering plants to attract our avian friends.
our little pond
flowering water lily
As our garden matured, we started seeing some local birds…
the ubiquitous yellow vented bulbul is always present and flies in and out of our front hedge
the sunbirds are very active in the two trees in front of the house and I can reliably find these guys almost every day
another view of male olive backed sunbird
The white headed munias are always a welcome guest
white headed munia
Asian glossy starlings are ever present and the red eye is a wonderful contrast to the glossy dark plumage
A pink-necked pigeon
and we get loads of these little guys, the oriental white eye that zips around in groups of 3-4 birds…
A pair of them liked our garden so much that they built a nest and laid some eggs…
Here, the eggs finally hatched and the baby birds were constantly calling for Food…more food!
sometimes, the most surprising things show up…..here a Sunda Pygmy woodpecker!
and amongst my brilliant Tecoma stans flowers, this little sunbird…I think a female olive backed sunbird flitted around
A red whiskered bulbul also showed up recently… as did a crimson sunbird which I unfortunately wasn;t quick enough to shoot…
and just last week, this lovely lineated barbet came to feed
and finally, one day we heard a thump in the garden and this poor little dark browed warbler had crashed into our windows….we comforted it for a while and then it flew off…
Of late, I’ve seen a few more new species in my garden….there was a crimson sunbird who came and went before I could get my camera and then today…
the brilliantly coloured scarlet backed flower pecker !
a pair of them were chip chip chipping in the garden and posed for a few moments….what a treat to see them in my garden!
Of course the birds in my garden do not appear all at once and these pictures are collected over a few months….
November 2018….A few more sightings updated
another lineated barbet perched right outside my upstairs window
the oriental white eyes has returned
the male olive backed sunbird is my most frequent visitor
and yesterday, I finally managed to snap the aforementioned elusive Crimson Sunbird, the national bird of singapore! It’s not uncommon but just pretty hard to snap..
A changeable lizard amongst my heliconia
a white frangipani flower contrasted against a dark thundery sky
So the street where I live continues to amuse me without my having to go far afield to bird!
And as if to see the new year in on this last day of 2018….these visitors amused me today….
the scarlet backed flowerpecker is always a welcome sight
blue throated bee eater on an old TV aerial
the olive backed sunbird is of course our most frequent visitor
the lovely brown throated sunbird
My garden continues to entertain me with the avian visitors…let’s hope 2019 continues in the same vein.
Here are some birds from 2019 on the street where I live….
A pair of raucous pied oriental hornbills zipped around the trees and aerials (yes..some houses still have old style TV aerials!)
the brilliant crimson sunbird is always a treat as it’s hard to spot and photograph
A pair of racquet tailed drongos
common flameback woodpecker
first appearance on my neighbour’s aerial…a tanimbar corella
and just this evening also a first appearance on my street, right outside my house was this pair of blue crowned hanging parrots, picking fruit off the palm tree…the blue crown is clearly seen on the male bird with the fruit
Here dear, why don’t you have some?
the blue crown is hardly present on the female blue crowned hanging parrot…
So not a bad start to 2019 with several first timers on my street!