Birding Trip Reports by bird guide Htay Ngwe

Birding Trip Reports, January/February 2017

Ayeyawady Bulbul (Pycnonotus b. blanfordi)

Ayeyawady Bulbul (Pycnonotus b. blanfordi)

First trip: The two Canadian birders named Ms. Sharon Lee and her husband Barry trip was started on 3/1/17 and finished on 16/1/17. They all were keen birders especially they wanted to see Myanmar endemic species and highlight species of birds. Fortunately, not only 8 Myanmar endemic species  but also highlight species such as Osprey,Pied Harrier,Peregrine Falcon,Long-billed Pipit,Red Avadavat,Little Bunting, Black-bibbed Tit, Chin Hills Wren-Babbler, Babax, Cutia , Darjeling Woodpecker,Barwings,Shrike Babblers,Jerdon’s Bushchat, Burmese Yuhina and Collared Myna had been wounderfully seen. Total species 280  were found. 59 species were lifers for them.
Second trip: From 20/1/17 to 4/2.17
Mr. Mark Cowel and Ms. Tammie are from  USA. Mark is a teacher who taught  the University students about waders ( shore birds). Now he is already retired from his job.Tammie  helped us to find Jerdon’s Minivet in Bagan and other species in the trip. Total bird species 271 were recorded including all Myanmar endemic species and highlight species such as Chin Hills Wren Babbler, Babax, Darjeling Woodpecker,Jerdon’s Bushchat. Unfortunately, we missed Collared Myna….in that trip. Chestnut-headed Tesia and Spot-breasted Parrotbill were unexpected species.
Burmese Collared-dove

Burmese Collared-dove

Third trip: From 6/2/17 to 10/2/17
Peter is USA birder.That trip was short period one day was in Bagan and two days were in Natmataung.7 endemic species and rare species such as Chin Hills Wren Babbler, three different species Laughingthrushs, two different species Barwings, Babax and Darjeling Woodpecker,….. were  happily found. . Except Jerdon’s Minivet.
Fourth trip:From 14/2/17 to 1/3/17
Vanda and David are UK birder who carried each Swarovski brand Binocular and Scope. Total bird species 302 had been recorded with them. All Myanmar endemic species,Chin Hills Wren Babbler, Babax, Darjeling Woodpecker, Large Hawk Cuckoo, Crested Treeswift, Grey Nightjar, Pied Harrier,Black-headed Ibis,Small Minivet, Sapphire Flycatcher, four different Shrike Babbler, Jerdon’s Bushchat and Collared Myna were joyfully found. Windy made to miss Burmese Yuhina,….. Large Hawk Cuckoo, Red-faced Liocichla, Black-tailed Crake and Ruddy-breasted Crake were unexpected species.
Let’s me report about my day return trip to Hlawgar on 25/3/2017 with Peep who comes from Estonia . The temperature was about 36 Celsius and fine weather.On that day, 75 species of birds were recorded including Racket-tailed Treepie, Chinese Francolin, Plaintive Cuckoo, White-throated Babbler, Abbott’s Babbler, Puff-throated Babbler, Chestnut-capped Babbler,Ayeyawady Bulbul, Black-headed Bulbul and Stripe-throated Bulbul(davasoni).
Best regards,
Htay Ngwe (Bird Guide)