Since my first observation of the Blyth’s Pipit (Anthus godlewskii) at Mae Faek on 17 March 2021, I had been visiting it as often as possible. Towards the end of its stay, I went to observe it daily in the morning and evening. Eventually, it was last seen in the evening of 2 May 2021 and must have departed that night when the weather cleared up after a long period of rain storms. I’m really surprised about how long it had stayed in the same area.
In this post, I’d like to share photos of this bird taken throughout its long stay at Mae Faek. It had gone through a remarkable transformation from juvenile to adult plumage within the time span of roughly a month and a half. It was very interesting for me to observe the moulting progress of the same bird over such long period of time.
Dave Bakewell also made an incredible note on the moult of a Blyth’s Pipit in Malaysia here. The Malaysian bird looked very different from the Mae Faek bird but both shared a very similar pre-breeding moult strategy.
In the morning of 3 May 2021, I went out to look for it at 6.30 AM as usual. I sat and waited in the area where it usually appeared, but only managed to spot just few Paddyfield Pipits running around. The Blyth’s Pipit didn’t show up and I decided to leave around 9 AM. I returned in the afternoon and stayed until sunset but there was also no sign of it. The weather had cleared up since the night before with no cloud all the way from northern Thailand to China, so I guess it must have departed that night to its breeding ground in the north. I wonder how long it takes for it to reach the breeding ground. Hopefully, it will have a successful nesting season and return to Mae Faek again in the next winter.