Monday, December 21, 2015

Kinabalu Park 12 Dec. to 16 Dec. 2015

Bornean Green Magpie
This short 5-day trip was a quick decision that transpired through a couple of e-mails about our friends’ recent trip to Kinabalu Park.

As they had enjoyed their stay at the “Nepenthes Lodge” we said we would join them if they go again.  To our surprise their reply was they can revisit if were interested.  

So it was a revisit after 6 weeks for Lioe and Linda and our first trip to Mt Kinabalu Park.   Linda booked the Nepenthes lodge for 12 to 17 Dec 2015.  This lodge has 2-bedroom units for 4 pax and 2 units were booked for our group of 6 pax.  While we went with Silk Air that arrives in the early afternoon on 12th,  Linda and Lioe came the next evening on Air Asia with Jerry and Valerie.








We had arranged airport transfer with LGM Enterprise (Tel 0138734208) RM250 one-way from Kota Kinabalu Airport to Kinabalu Park HQ rather than take an airport taxi to the city center to get the local minibus (RM20 per pax one-way) up to the Park. It seems taxi’s at the airport would not go all the way to the HQ which was 2.5-3 hours drive depending on the traffic on the mountain road. The late evening transfer would cost RM350 for the group of 4.                                                                                    



Sunda Laughingthrush


On 12th we arrived at the Park and were impressed with the service and accommodation which is managed by Sutera Harbour Resorts.  The rooms were clean and there was daily room service.  The Nepenthes Lodges (10 units) over-look the main road and trees in front of the balcony provided good views of the birds feeding in the morning and evening as they move from the ground up to the canopy. 

At Kinabalu Park the birding route was quite simply the main Power Station road from HQ to Timpohon Gate where the climbers start their ascent.  This 4.5 km road uphill has winding bends at some sections so walking up would be quite tiring.  There were trails along this main road for one to venture but we decided to stick to the road.






Bornean treepie


On 13th we were woken by the sounds of birds at 6 am and as we walked along the road to the HQ which was about 20 mins we saw birds feeding at the various drains and especially the Liwagu River paths.  We had breakfast at the Balsam restaurant and from our tables we can see White-eyes and Yuhinas flying into the trees across the restaurant.  We spent our day birding along the road and also at the Botanical Gardens.   In the late evening, the 4 arrived after a late dinner in town.












On 14th after our breakfast we got a ride from the
Bornean Whistler
Reception to the Timpohon Gate and did our birding walking down.   There are rest stops along the road and bird waves were encountered but the tall trees with dense foliages make it difficult to get clear shots of these birds.  The trails look promising but we did not have time to venture too far.  It took us 3 hours walking down in a leisurely manner.   Lunch was at the Liwagu Restaurant which is the the only outlet at the park with an a’ la carte menu.

The next couple of days were quieter with less bird waves as the sky turned grey each afternoon.   However we were lucky that the afternoon rain, previously predicted, did not materialize during our stay.   We left on 16th morning while the rest enjoyed another day of the cool fresh air of Kinabalu Park.



  Birds Seen:

1
Bornean Whistling Thrush (Lifer)
13
Temminck’s Sunbird (Lifer)
2
Grey Wagtail
14
Grey-chinned Minivet
3
Sunda Laughingthrush (Lifer)
15
Yellow-breasted Warbler (Lifer)
4
Indigo Flycatcher
16
White-throated Fantail
5
Little Pied Flycatcher
17
Bornean Green Magpie (Lifer)
6
Bornean Treepie (Lifer)
18
Velvet-fronted Nuthatch
7
Chestnut-hooded Laughing Thrush (Lifer)
19
Pale-faced Bulbul (Lifer)
8
Chestnut-crested Yuhina (Lifer)
20
Mountain Leaf Warbler
9
Erponis
21
Black-capped White-eye (Lifer)
10
Mugimaki Flycatcher
22
Black-sided Flowerpecker (Lifer)
11
Ferruginous Flycatcher
23
Blue-and-white Flycatcher
12
Bornean Whistler (Lifer)







Hong Kong 1 Nov. to 4 Nov. 2015

Azure-winged Magpie
It was a special fare of S$249 return to HK that got us planning another trip to HK.  Although we were restricted to take an afternoon flight arriving almost 7 pm in HK we were keen to revisit the sites that we had been earlier in the year.  We were able to catch the local bus E34A from the airport which took 1.5 hours to our hotel in the New Territories.  Compared to a taxi ride (HK$380) the fare of HK$13.90 per person on the bus was worth taking for a 30 mins longer ride.  This bus terminates next to the Harbour Plaza Hotel less than 5 mins walk away. 
On Sunday 1st Nov after a good night's sleep, we took a taxi to Maipo village.   We walked along Tam Kon Chau Road and checked out the birds feeding in the canal and nearby abandoned fields.  There were sandpipers, egrets, commorants and on the trees bulbuls and Japanese white-eyes feeding on the fruits. The Azure-winged Magpies were easily seen as we approached Maipo Reserve.   At the visitor center we met a local birder who showed us his photographs of the Forked-tailed Sunbird.  This trip we did not apply for the permit to enter the reserve so we birded outside the area.  When it was time to leave for lunch the WWF staff was kind enough to call a taxi for us.   We asked to be taken to Sheung Shui MTR station as we knew there would be a minibus 51K that will bring us Long Valley for our afternoon birding.
Great Cormorant

We had lunch at Sheung Shui and arrived Hor Siong Heung after 2 pm.   We had bean curd for dessert at the Bean curd shop where visitors in bus loads come for their their sweet treat.  We walked to the farms, and the birds were similar to the ones we had seen in our previous trip with few migratory species yet.  The Black-winged Stilts, Plovers and Egrets, were feeding in the flooded fields, while some swallows were flying around.  Some photographers were taking shots of these Red-rumped Swallows.  We left at 4 pm, took the bus 51K back to Sheung Shui, and a taxi ride back to the hotel.
On Monday 2nd November we decided to take the local bus 276B to Sheung Shui then minibus 51K to Hor Sheung Heung.  We arrived 9.15 am, our second try for morning birds at Long Valley. It was the same few birds we saw yesterday and we left at 11 am.
Yellow-cheeked Tit
In the afternoon we went shopping at Mongkok.
On Tuesday 3rd Nov we met with Chun Fei at Shatin MRT and he suggested taking bus 28K to Tai Po Kau.  We walked up and along the way met Mike who asked if he can tag along since he was visiting Tai Po Kau for the first time.  As we walked past the rest area and up the slope, a bird wave greeted us.   Yellow-cheeked Tits and Grey-chinned Minivets were out feeding on the trees.  After this bird wave we came to a quiet picnic area where tables and benches were set out.  In the tall trees the Rhesus Macaques were playing and making a lot of noise.  We walked down at 11.30 am leaving Mike to continue exploring other trails.  We went back to the hotel to put away our camera and bins and took off for Mongkok again.   This time we found some outdoor clothes shops at Nam Cheong Street.  At Heng Chung Hang we bought some long-sleeve shirts, rain jacket and pants.
Erpornis

Wednesday 4th November morning we walked around Tin Sui Wai Park to test out the new 300mm Nikon lens.  Then it was a short trip to Yuen Long for some “wife cakes” from Hung Heung.  In the afternoon we took the Light Rail to HK Wetlands Park and did some birding along the boardwalks.  
Thursday 5th Nov early morning we checked out and took the hotel airport bus HK$60 per pax to the airport, it was an hour’s ride in the morning light traffic.




  Birds Seen:

1
Black-collared Starling
23
Chinese Bulbul
2
Chinese Pond Heron
24
Japanese White-eye
3
Little Grebe
25
Common Moorhen
4
Little Egret
26
Oriental Magpie Robin
5
Great Egret
27
Spotted Dove
6
Grey Heron
28
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
7
Masked Laughing Thrush
29
Yellow-cheeked Tit
8
Common Kingfisher
30
Black-winged Stilt
9
Siberian Stonechat
31
Scaly-breasted Munia
10
Grey Wagtail
32
White-rumped Munia
11
White Wagtail
33
Red-rumped Swallow
12
Plain Prinia
34
Grey-chinned Minivet
13
Great Comorant
35
Eurasian Magpie
14
Crested Myna
36
White-throated Kingfisher
15
Oriental Reed Warbler
37
Blue and White Flycatcher
16
Common Sandpiper
39
Fork-tailed Sunbird
17
Wood Sandpiper
40
Dark-sided Flycatcher
18
Little-ringed Plover
41
Dusky Warbler
19
Long-tailed Shrike
42
Mountain Bulbul
20
Azure-winged Magpie
43
Velvet-fronted Nuthatch
21
White-cheeked Starling
44
Erpornis
22
Red-billed Starling
45
Daurian Redstart
23
Red-whiskered Bulbul





Sunday, December 6, 2015

Laem Pak Bia, Pak Thale & Kaeng Krachan 22 - 27 November 2015

Laem Pak Bia wetlands and Pak Thale salt pans in Petchaburi are 2 sites well-known for waders and shorebirds and during Thailand’s dry “winter” months October to March when the birds migrate
Entrance road to Pak Thale
from the northern winter the critically endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper has been reported to be seen at Pak Thale.  Both sites are within 3 hours’ drive from Bangkok airport and we included them on this trip to Kaeng Krachan.  We booked the i Tara Resort & Spa, a seaside resort on the northern sandy beach of Petchaburi for 2 nights.  Nearby were some salt pans but generally the area is a village with a few shops and a couple of small establishments for dinning out, a peaceful place to stay for sun and sea without the crowds.





Black-winged Kite

On Sunday 22, Uthai from Chiangmaibirding picked our group of 4 from Don Meung airport. The Air Asia flight arrived at noon and after a quick stop at one of the highway cafes, we arrived Laem Pak Bia at 3.30pm.  We saw 2 Black-winged Kites and many Red-turtle doves on the wires along the country roads.
After checking into the i Tara Resort, we went to Pak Thale salt pans for a quick look before the sunset. 

Caspian Tern
The waders were feeding in flocks but quite far out and we spotted another vehicle near a shed. It was not easy trying to scope the "Spoonie" among the waders.  We saw lots of Plovers, Gulls, Sandpipers and Terns.  The driver of the vehicle passed us on his way out and mentioned he had seen 1 Spoonbill Sandpiper among the flocks.  We scrutinised the flocks with the scope but the sunlight was waning so we decided to leave and return the next morning for a longer stay. On Monday 23, after breakfast, we left at 7.30 am to the Laem Pak Bia King’s Project near us and drove along the bunds of the ponds. There were mainly Javan Pond herons, Black-winged Stilts and Egrets feeding with Little Commorants perched on sticks and structures in the ponds. 



Common Tern 
We took a short walk on the mangrove boardwalk and a couple of Pied Fantails and Yellow-bellied Gerygones were singing but hard to see in the thick foliage.  We then drove to Pak Thale and stayed till lunch time.  We moved quite close to the sea but each time we come close, the flocks would fly to another spot.  It was difficult spotting the tiny Spoon-billed Sandpiper.  We left at noon to escape the hot sun. There was time to kill after lunch so it was a relaxing spa treatment at the i Tara.  At 4pm we went back to Pak Thale but could not locate the star bird.

On Tuesday 24 we went to Laem Pak Bia King’s Project and this time we walked the full boardwalk
to the sea end and it was a spectacular view of the mangrove forest as we looked back.  As we had booked a visit to Lung Sin's hide at Kaeng Krachan in the afternoon, we left Laem Pak Bia around 10.30 am for the 2-hour drive.
We checked into Baan Song Nok around noon and had lunch at a nearby "restaurant" watching an Indian Roller who was hiding from the hot sun. 

On Wed 25, we left at 6 am to Paneongtung summit  which was 1.5 hours drive from the Park entrance.  
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater
Many visitors had camped overnight at the top to catch the sunrise over the white fluffy clouds.  There was a fruiting tree across the valley near the campsite and barbets, bulbuls and flycatchers were busy feeding in the early morning.   After our breakfast we drove up to another viewpoint looking for the dried bamboo flowers that the Pin-tailed Parrotbills feed on.   At 10 am a bird wave brought the parrot-bills but it was difficult to photograph these small birds so we waited for another round of feeding.  Near lunch time we drove down to Bang Krang campsite, while walking around the campsite we saw a pair of Violet Cuckoos feeding in the trees. On the way down we stopped by a couple of fig trees with birds feeding but the foliage was thick and hard to photograph the birds.   We went back to Ban Song Nok and birded at the hide till dinner time.


Thursday 26 we left at 6.30 am for the Park and stopped on the road near the big fig tree at km 8 to stake out the Black-thighed Falconets that had been regularly seen. It was still misty when 3 Falconets came but they flew off too quickly.  We waited for their return but they did not show after
Green Magpie
an hour or so, meanwhile we heard the knocking of wood and found a Heart-spotted Woodpecker building a nest hole.  She was then relieved by the male after some time.  The male extracted the chippings from the hole and continued with his pecking work.   We spent some time watching this pair then drove on to Bang Krang for lunch.  We left after a short stay and drove out of the Park to the coffee place opposite Sarman's Bird Camp and while having coffee we had good views of the Thick-billed Flowerpeckers feeding on the Indian Cherry trees.  Towards the late afternoon it was back to Auntie Aek's hide and it was the usual suspects that came to bathe at the 2 pools.


We left Friday 27 after breakfast and it was a longer drive back to Don Meung due to heavy traffic




Black-naped Monarch
Racket-tailed Treepie



Bar-backed Partridge

Large Scimitar Babbler

Kalij Pheasant - F

Kalij Pheasant












 Laem Pak Bia & Pak Thale Photos                     Kaeng Krachan Photos

Birds Seen at Laem Pak Bia and Pak Thale:

1
Black-winged Kite
                      18
White-throated Kingfisher
2
Red-wattled Lapwing
19
Common Kingfisher
3
Asian Openbill Stork
20
Black-capped Kingfisher
4
Grey-headed Lapwing
21
Intermediate Egret
5
Asian Pied Starling
22
Little Egret
6
Red Turtle Dove
23
Chinese Egret
7
Blue-tailed Bee-eater
24
Great Egret
8
Crested Myna
25
Little Cormorant
9
Curlew Sandpiper
26
Grey Heron
10
Kentish Plover
27
Brown-headed Gull
11
Black-winged Stilt
28
Common Tern
12
Streak-eared Bulbul
29
Caspian Tern
13
Javan Pond Heron
30
Heuglin's Gull
14
Yellow-eyed Babbler
31
Painted Stork
15
Whiskered Tern
32
House Sparrow
16
Common Sandpiper
33
Brahminy Kite
17
Wood Sandpiper
34
Pied Fantail





  Birds Seen at Kaeng Krachan:

1
Oriental Magpie Robin
27
Blue-throated Barbet
2
Indian Roller
28
Great Barbet
3
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater
29
Golden-throated Barbet
4
Grey-cheeked Fulvetta
30
Pin-tailed Parrotfinch
5
White-rumped Shama
31
Hainan Blue Flycatcher
6
Black-naped Monarch
32
Ashy Drongo
7
Verditer Flycatcher
33
Crow-billed Drongo
8
Striped-throated Bulbul
34
Black-headed Bulbul
9
Flavescent Bulbul
35
Black-crested Bulbul
10
Racket-tailed Treepie
36
Sooty-headed Bulbul
11
Pin-striped Tit Babbler
37
Taiga Flycatcher
12
Scaly-breasted Partridge
38
Siberian Blue Robin
13
Bar-backed Partridge
39
Abbot's Babbler
14
Puff-throated Babbler
40
Arctic Warbler
15
Red Jungle Fowl
41
Vernal Hanging Parrot
16
Greater-necklaced Laughing Thrush
42
Blue-bearded Bee-eater
17
Green Magpie
43
Common Flameback
18
Tickell's Blue Flycatcher
44
Greater Flameback
19
Large Scimitar Babbler
45
Heart-spotted Kingfisher
20
White-browed Scimitar Babbler
46
Violet Cuckoo
21
Emerald Dove
47
Oriental Pied Hornbill
22
Kalij Pheasant
48
Thick-billed Flowerpecker
23
Red Legged Crake
49
Brown-throated Sunbird
24
Slaty-legged Crake
50
Coppersmith  Barbet
25
Grey-eyed Bulbul
51
Lineated Barbet
26
Mountain Bulbul
52
Black-thighed Falconet




Thursday, April 16, 2015

Nam Nao, Phukieo & Khao Yai, 29 Mar - 4 Apr 2015

We heard Nam Nao Nat'l Park would be a reliable site to see the Red-headed and Orange-breasted Trogons but to go would require taking a domestic flight to Phitsanulok from Bangkok.  
Uthai C. from http://www.chiangmaibirding.com suggested that we include Khao Yai and also visit the wildlife sanctuary at Phukieo for a day visit during our 3 nights in Nam Nao.   


He helped to book accommodation inside the park, since Nam Nao is one of the least visited parks and no hotels outside to stay. We flew, with Lioe, on AirAsia to Bangkok on 28th March to connect NOK Air’s afternoon's flight to Phitsanulok, the nearest airport.  It was late afternoon when we arrived and Uthai picked us the next morning 29th March for the 3.5 hours drive to Nam Nao National Park.


The entrance fee was 200 baht per person and at the park HQ we got our keys to our chalet.  It was a newly renovated 2-bedroom unit with a fridge in the living room, which was better than we expected. There were not many visitors to Nam Nao except for a group of university students who left the next day.  It was very hot in the day walking the trails, but behind our chalet was the forest and some nice birds came in the late afternoon.  We saw the White-bellied Woodpecker, a Greater Yellow-naped and a Eurasian Jay from the veranda.   As it was low season, only 2 ‘restaurants’ were operating and food was good at both.  


The Red-headed Trogon was seen as we approached the camp ground the first afternoon. Unfortunately it flew into a bamboo grove and we did  not see it until our last afternoon.  On 31st March Uthai drove us to Phukieo Wildlife Sanctuary which was 3 hours away. We stopped at a 7-11 shop to purchase buns for lunch as there would be no food stalls at Phukieo.   When we arrived and enquired at the office, the park officer showed us a trail where a bird hide was located. As we approached the hide, leeches were wriggling on the dry leaves.  It was thus a short stay at the hide, and back to the camp grounds, where a flock of Red-billed Blue Magpies were foraging for food.  A pair of Siamese Firebacks came out from the forest to forage followed by a pair of Red Jungle fowls.  The Green Peafowls were quite tame walking around the camp grounds. 





We returned to Nam Nao in the afternoon and were rewarded with the Red-headed Trogon appearing near the camp ground and posed long enough for some good shots.




On 1st April we left Nam Nao at 06:30 am for the 5-hour drive to Khao Yai Nat'l Park.   We arrived Khao Yai in the afternoon, paid the entrance fee of 400 baht per person, and checked into our chalet, which we had previously occupied a few years ago.  Nearby was the former Boonsong Lekagul training center where a pair of Blue-bearded Bee-eaters were frequently seen.  Later we saw them nesting near one of the chalets.



We visited a couple of camp grounds and walked some trails for the next 2 days.  The Blue-throated barbet and the Green-eared barbet were calling all the time.   At the km 33 trail we saw the Great Hornbill and the Oriental Pied Hornbills, and had a glimpse of the Red-headed Trogon but this trail was busy with trekkers.   The next day we drove further towards Prachinburi and at  this waterfall location, we saw the Orange-breasted Trogon not too far from the trail entrance, and we saw a different pair on another trail.  We left on Saturday 4th April and Uthai drove us to Don Meuang, a 3-hour drive, for our flight home.   This trip we saw 69 species.


  Birds Seen:

1Abbot’s Babbler36Green-eared Barbet
2Ashy Bulbul37Grey Treepie
3Ashy Drongo38Grey-eyed Bulbul
4Ashy Drongo (White morph)39Grey-headed Woodpecker
5Ashy Minivet40Hill Blue Flycatcher
6Asian Barred Owlet41Hill Myna
7Asian Brown Flycatcher42Indian Roller
8Asian Fairy Bluebird43Little Cormorant
9Asian Openbill44Moustache Barbet
10Barn Swallow45Mugimaki Flycatcher
11Black-crested Bulbul46Orange-bellied Leafbird
12Black-crested Bulbul – Johnsonia47Orange-breasted Trogon
13Black-naped Monarch48Oriental Pied Hornbill
14Black-throated Laughing Thrush49Plain Flowerpecker
15Black-winged Cuckooshrike50Puff-throated Bulbul
16Black-winged Cuckoo-shrike51Radde's Warbler
17Blue Rock Thrush52Red Junglefowl
18Blue-bearded Bee-eater53Red-billed Blue Magpie
19Blue-throated Barbet54Red-headed Trogon
20Bronzed Drongo55Red-rumped Swallow
21Brown-cheeked Fulvetta56Red-wattled Lapwing
22Chestnut-headed Bee-eater57Scarlet Minivet
23Chinese Pond Heron58Siamese Fireback
24Common Woodshrike59Sooty-headed Bulbul
25Crested Serpent Eagle60Stripe-throated Bulbul
26Eastern Stonechat61Taiga Flycatcher
27Eurasian Jay62Thick-billed Green Pigeon
28Golden-fronted Leafbird63Velvet-fronted Nuthatch
29Great Barbet64White-bellied Erponis
30Great Hornbill65White-bellied Woodpecker
31Greater Yellow-naped Woodpecker66White-crested Laughing Thrush
32Greater-racket tailed Drongo67White-rumped Munia
33Green Magpie68White-rumped Shama
34Green peafowl69Yellow-browed Leaf Warbler
35Green-billed Malkoha

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Doi Inthanon, Mae Ping, Chiang Dao, Doi Ang Khang & Doi Lang, 10 -17 January 2015

We thought another trip to North Thailand in the winter months would give us another birding perspective even though this will be our 4th trip to Inthanon and the Doi’s.  This time we asked Uthai to plan the itinerary and he also helped to book the accommodation at Inthanon, Mae Ping, Doi Ang Khang and Doi Lang.   









We arrived Chiangmai on Saturday 10th January and stayed in the Old City district at the Royal Peninsula.   In the morning Uthai came at 0600 hours and we were at Mae Hia to look for the Spotted Owlet that he had seen.  Although we saw it fly overhead we could not get a good look as it was still dark.   We left and continue to the Doi Suthep area and got really good views of two Asian Barred Owlets high on a tree.  On the road to Inthanon Uthai stopped by a rice field when he spotted a Eurasian Wryneck and we got some good shots of it. 


Arriving Doi Inthanon we stopped by the bridge to look for the Collared Falconent and were able to see it, although far away on the tree top.  At 10.30 am we found the Black-backed Forktail at the small waterfall.  He had booked us at the King’s Project accommodation which was a chalet with breakfast at 1500B per night. As it was too early to check-in, we birded around the restaurant car park area where a flock of Yellow-bellied Fantails were feeding among the tea trees.  Lunch was at a local shop where Rainbow trout was its speciality.   After lunch we spotted Mrs Gould Sunbirds and a Banded Bay Cuckoo from the park HQ carpark.  The night was very cold.



Next morning after breakfast we were out birding at the summit at 7.30 am and just as we arrived some visitors were taking photographs of Mrs Gould and Green-tailed sunbirds at the entrance of the trail.   We entered the trail and at around the same spot on the boardwalk where we previously saw the Eurasian Woodcock, we were pleasantly surprised to see it again.  This time a good view.  The Brown-cheeked Fulvettas were also bathing while a Dark-sided Thrush was hiding nearby.  We drove to the big waterfall car park for lunch and later down to Li Town for our next birding site, Mae Ping.

It was late when we arrived and checked into Palm Resort.  The next day, Tues 13 Jan 6am, we started out for Mae Ping National Park for woodpeckers. The Great Slaty flew off too quickly but we later managed to get the Black-headed Woodpecker and the Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker.  We continued to the camp ground and saw a Drongo-cukoo, Blue Rock Thrush, Hainan Blue Flycatcher, Crested Serpent Eagle and Red-billed Blue Magpie.  Then  it was back to the hotel for lunch, and on to Chiang Dao where we checked into Maelee’s Resort at 6pm.


On Wed 14 Jan at 6.45 am, we went to the temple ground and a fruiting tree was full of Barbets, Asian Fairy Blue Birds, and Bulbuls.  We walked up to the top for the Asian Stubtail, and saw a White-tailed Robin, Buff-breasted Babbler and Dark-sided Thrush.  Then it was time to go back to Malee and checked out for Doi Ang Khang.  We arrived at The King's Project after lunch and proceeded to the hide behind the bamboo research garden. At the hide there were 3 photographers, one of them was Katy, whom we had met at Chumphon Raptor Watch 2 months ago. A Siberian Blue Robin, Rufous-bellied Niltava, White-tailed Robin, Black-breasted Thrush and a Blue Whistling Thrush were easily seen.  Katy had just taken the Rusty-naped Pitta but we waited till almost 3pm and it did not show.  At 4 pm it showed but was too shy and hid behind the bamboo.  In the evening we checked into Ang Khang Villa. The park was busy with many visitors who came to observe and take photos of the flowering trees.

On Thu 15 Jan 7.30 am we drove to the cemetery area for Mrs Hulme Pheasant, again it did not show, but we saw Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush, Crested Finchbill. Great Barbet, Brown-breasted Bulbul and Flavescent Bulbul.  We drove back to the Kings Project and got the Streak Wren Babbler at the hide. On our way out we saw the Yellow-cheeked Tit going into a hole in the tree and a Pygmy Blue Flycatcher.  We drove to Fang and checked into Vien Kaew Resort.



On Fri 16 Jan 6.15 am we checked out and it was on to Doi Lang.  On the mountain road we saw 5 Mountain Bamboo Patridges feeding on the road side and Mrs Hulme Pheasant appeared but moved away too quickly and did not reappear.  Further on we saw the Large Niltava, Rusty-cheeked Babbler, Silver-eared Laughing Thrush and Slaty Blue Flychatcher from a hide.   The Spot-breasted Parrotbill was calling from the same bush we had encountered on our last trip.  We walked to the guard post and looked into the Burmese side of Doi Lang but not many birds except for a Golden-throated Barbet, Giant Nuthatch and Chestnut-flank Nuthatch.  We left in the afternoon for the 3 hour drive to Chiangmai, and checked into Chiangmai Plaza Hotel for our last night, before flying home.  This trip was rather tiring doing 5 sites in 6 days however we managed to get 12 lifers and planned to have another trip with Uthai in March.











                         Jan. 2015 Northern Thailand Highlights

                      Birds Seen:

1)     Ashy Bulbul49) Grey Bushchat
2)     Ashy Drongo50) Grey Wagtail
3)     Ashy-throated Leaf Warbler51) Grey-backed Shrike
4)     Asian Barred Owlet52) Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker
5)     Asian Fairy Bluebird53) Grey-eyed Bulbul
6)     Asian Stubtail (L)54) Grey-headed Lapwing (L)
7)     Banded Bay-cuckoo55) Hainan Blue Flycatcher
8)     Black crested Bulbul56) Hil Blue FC Female
9)     Black-backed Forktail (L)57) Himalayan Bluetail  (L)
10) Black-breasted Thrush58) Indian Roller
11) Black-headed Bulbul59) Inornate (yellow-browed) Warbler
12) Black-headed Woodpecker (L)60) Japanese White-eye
13) Black-hooded Oriole61) Large Cuckoo Shrike
14) Black-throated Sunbird62) Large Niltava
15) Blue Rock Thrush63) Little Pied Flycatcher
16) Blue Whistling Thrush64) Little Spiderhunter
17) Blue-eared Barbet65) Long-tailed Shrike
18) Blue-throated Barbet66) Mountain Bamboo Patridge
19) Blue-winged Leafbird67) Mountain Bulbul
20) Blue-winged Minla68) Mrs Gould Sunbird
21) Blyth’s Leaf Warbler 69) Olive-backed Pipit
22) Bronzed Drongo70) Plumbeous Redstart
23) Brown-breasted Bulbul71) Pygmy Blue Flycatcher (L)
24) Brown-cheeked Fulvetta72) Radd’s Warbler
25) Buff-breasted Babbler (L)73) Red-billed Blue Magpie
26) Burmese Shrike74) Red-whiskered Bulbul
27) Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush 75) Rufous-bellied Niltava
28) Chestnut-flank White-eye76) Rufous-winged Fulvetta
29) Chestnut-tailed Minla77) Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler
30) Chinese White-eye78) Rusty-naped Pitta (L)
31) Collared Falconet (L)79) Scarlet Minivet
32) Common Rosefinch80) Siberian Blue Robin F
33) Coppersmith Barbet81) Siberian Ruby-throat
34) Crested Finchbill82) Silver-eared Laughing Thrush
35) Crested Serpent Eagle83) Slaty Blue FC F (L)
36) Dark-back Sibia84) Sooty-headed Bulbul
37) Dark-sided Thrush (L)85) Spot-breasted Parrotbill
38) Davidson Leaf Warbler (L)86) Streaked Wren Babbler (L)
39) Drongo Cuckoo87) Striped-throated Bulbul
40) Eurasian Woodcock88) Taiga Flycatcher F
41) Eursian Wryneck89) White-bellied Redstart F (L)
42) Fire-breasted Flowerpecker90) White-capped Redstart
43) Flavescent Bulbul91) White-gorgetted FC
44) Giant Nuthatch92) White-tailed Robin
45) Golden-fronted Leafbird (L)93) Yellow-bellied Fantail
46) Golden-throated Barbet94) Yellow-bellied Flowerpecker (L)
47) Gray-headed Canary Flycatcher95) Yellow-cheeked Tit
48) Green-tailed Sunbird