Thursday, 23 February 2012

North Thailand 20th Jan 2012

Another day and another mountain – this time Doi Lang. The continuing feature of this tour is the availability of feeding stations and there were two here today, the first of these was behind some huts strung along the road. At first just groups of noisy Dark-backed Sibias arrived, but soon after a superb Spectacled Barwing appeared and began to tuck into the fruit put out for the birds. Then a female Himalayan Bluetail flew in, and a male Large Niltava followed soon after. Just a few hundred metres further along the road at another feeding station, two normally shy, retiring and extremely skulking White-gorgeted Flycatchers fed out in the open, along with a pair of Himalayan Bluetails. Overhead a few Cook’s Swifts (recently split from Pacific Swift) flew over. Then Chestnut-crowned Warbler and Black-throated Tit were found which gave nice views and then we birded along the road for several kilometres finding a fruiting tree with Crested Finchbill, Rufous-backed Sibia and Striated Bulbul present. Other birds seen included groups of Grey-cheeked and Rufous-winged Fulvettas, Streaked Spiderhunter, Whiskered Yuhina, Brown-throated Treecreeper, Eurasian Jay, Shikra and Mountain Hawk-eagle. A Black-eared Shrike-babbler was found before we stopped at a scenic spot along the ridge where we could look over into Myanmar and countless forested ridges stretching to the horizon. The afternoon was a little slower so we headed down the mountain, stopping to view a male Rufous-bellied Niltava at a stake-out before reaching an open area of paddyfields half way down the mountain. Here we saw Himalayan and Grey-faced Buzzards, as well as our first Oriental Turtle-doves. Further down we found Bronzed and Spangled Drongos, Grey Treepie and
then did battle with a group of Mountain Bamboo-partridges that despite calling incessantly for 40 minutes only showed to me - but got some cool recordings.

White-gorgeted Flycatcher

Himalayan Bluetail

Spectacled Barwing

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