Sri Lanka White-eye
Sri Lanka Bush Warbler
At a roadside stop in now gloriously sunny conditions we made a short walk and spent a good hour at the roadside. Blyth's Reed Warbler, Ashy Prinia, Plain Prina and a lovely colourful Stripe-necked Mongoose all showed nicely and then a Dull Blue Flycatcher perched up albeit a bit distantly. a small flock of scarce Black-throated Munias were flying around and then a Yellow-eared Bulbul posed in the sun for us by the road. 5 Blue-tailed Bee-eaters were also added.
Dull Blue Flycatcher
We then grabbed a takeaway lunch back in town and after eating it back at the hotel Graham and I wandered along the lane by the hotel and found a very productive hedge alongside a small weedy field. Here we had Blyth's Reed Warbler, Purple Sunbird, Cinereous Tit, Red-vented Bulbul, Common Tailorbird, Scaly-breasted Munia, Sri Lanka White-eye and 2 Braminhy Kites over before we re-convened for the afternoon birding session.
Sri Lanka White-eye
Blyth's Reed Warbler
That session was a return visit to Victoria Park. This time we did pretty much the same tour around as yesterday. Starting with Brown Shrike, 2 Grey-headed Canary Flycatchers, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch and a flycatcher that turned out to be a Brown-breasted Flycatcher we then saw Common Sandpiper and 2 White-breasted Waterhens before a call from Indunil had us hot-footing it to a nearby corner of the park where we got some marvellous views of a 1w male Kashmir Flycatcher in cypress trees before it prompty vanished. Back at the shady clearing of yesterday we scored with both Indian Pitta and Forest Wagtail meaning we had well and truly cleaned up with the goodies the park has to offer!
Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher
Oriental Magpie Robin
The day was concluded with another vigil at the roadside spot SE of town where both Ruddy-breasted Crake and Slaty-legged Crake were both seen (proving a point ;-) ) plus 2 Indian Blackbirds and a lovely male Indian Blue Robin but alas no whistling thrush. Dusky Squirrels and Brown Rat were also feeding amongst the rubbish.