Sunday, April 20, 2014

Birding Chiang Dao and Doi Lang with Friends - March 2014

Silver Pheasant (Lophura nycthemera)
An invitation from, our friend Lioe, to join their trip saw us back again in Doi Lang/Doi Angkhang. We had been here last September, but the chance of new birds was enough for us. We flew Tiger Airways on the 15th directly to Chiangmai from Singapore and stayed the night in the Old City.
Sunday morning at 5 am Uthai collected us from our guesthouse and we were soon on our way to the Chiangdao temple.   

Silver Pheasant (Lophura nycthemera)

At the top of the temple forest we were very lucky to see the beautiful Silver Pheasant strutting its stuff. There were other birds, of course, but this was definitely the standout of the morning.
After an excellent American breakfast at the nearby Nest resort, we were heading for Angkhang and the Ban Luang Resort, where we had stayed 2 years ago. 

Siberian Blue Robin (Luscinia cyane)-F

Ban Luang is a great place to see birds and a favourite with local birders.
The garden has plenty fruit trees and there is a waterfall and stream only metres away.

White-browed Scimitar Babbler (Pomatorhinus schisticeps)

Some of the winter migrants had already left on their way home but there was still much to see. There were White-browed Scimitar Babblers nesting not far from our room.

Taiga Flycatcher (Ficedula albicilla)

We visited the King's Project and had good views of the Hill Blue Flycatcher, White-tailed Robin, Rufous-bellied Niltava, White-capped Redstart, Taiga Flycatcher and a pair of Silver-eared Mesia.
White-tailed Robin (Myiomela leucura)

White-tailed Robin (Myiomela leucura)

Hill Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis banyumas)

Rufous-bellied Niltava (Niltava sundara)

White-capped Redstart (Chaimarrornis leucocephalus)
Silver-eared Mesia (Leiothrix argentauris)

Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola rufiventris) -F
Red-whiskered Bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus)

We drove to the  Thai-Burma Border at Nor-Lae lookout; enjoyed the view and saw the Daurian Redstart very clearly. Later we visited Doi Pha Hom Pok Nat'l Park and got the Eurasian Kestrel, Asian Barred Owlet and Olive-backed Pipit among or sightings.
We then drove to Fang and checked in at the Vieng Kaew Resort for a good nights rest before hitting Doi Lang next morning.
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus)

Asian Barred Owlet (Glaucidium cuculoides)

Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni)

At 6 am we were on our way and spotted a Yellow-throated Marten crossing the road, followed soon after by a pair of Mountain Bamboo Partridges, one of our target birds. unfortunately no Mrs Hume's Pheasant!

Mountain Bamboo Partridge (Bambusicola fytchii)
Rufous-bellied Niltava (Niltava sundara)-F
Along the way, with the help of Uthai, we lured the Ultramarine Flycatcher out for some very good views.

Ultramarine Flycatcher (Ficedula superciliaris)

Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler (Pomatorhinus erythrogenys)
Later we saw the White-browed Laughingthrush, Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler and feeding above in some red flowers were the Grey-headed Parrotbill, Spot-breasted Parrotbill and one Eyebrowed Thrush. On a low branch near to our hide was a nesting Hodgson's Frogmouth, which we tried not to disturb.
Siberian Rubythroat
Hodgson's Frogmouth

The following morning we tried again for Mrs Hume's with no luck, but we did see the the Siberian Rubythroat before she headed North.
In the afternoon we headed back to Chiangmai and stayed, again, in the Old City for our last night.
We enjoyed the trip, even though we missed some of the migrants, and still managed 7 lifers.
Link to Chiang Dao Photos Doi Angkhang Photos Doi Lang Photos