Sunday, 27 January 2013

Heading Back to Bangkok

We had one last morning on Doi Inthanon, so returned to our favourite trail just after first light and spent the next few hours having a very enjoyable time amidst some very nice forest. We hit a flock almost immediately with all the usual suspects present and also added a female Vivid Niltava to the list as well. We messed around with a group of White-necked Laughingthrushes that called back to the ipod a little bit but didn’t want to show themselves and also saw a few previously seen species as well. We moved up to an area of pine trees and here we spotted a Silver-eared Mesia feeding in a tree at eye-level and it turned out to be the leader of a flock of maybe 7 or 8 birds. 

Nice scenery on Doi Inthanon

Then we walked out above the treeline and checked the scrub where we had a flyby Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-babbler, female Siberian Rubythroat, a Streaked Spiderhunter and also managed to call in a Banded Bay Cuckoo from about a mile away. 

Banded Bay Cuckoo

So we walked back down to the minibus and returned to the lodge, where after loading the luggage aboard managed to finally see the reported Lesser Shortwing – yayyyy! All that was left was to have lunch, drive back to Chiang Mai airport and fly to Bangkok for the night.

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