Friday, 30 January 2015

Big Nuthatches and Parrotbills at Doi Lang

A rather quiet day by Doi Lang standards started with a calling Giant Nuthatch beside the road, with a pair of Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-babblers, 3 Olive-backed Pipits and a brief Chestnut Bunting nearby. The top forest held a large flock that we just caught the tail-end of with several Grey-headed Parrotbills, Short-billed Minivet, Black-winged Cuckooshrike, Rufous-backed Sibia and others.

Way too far for a photo - but it's a Giant Nuthatch

 Along the road a flock of Grey-cheeked Fulvettas held both Golden and Rufous-fronted Babblers. The Spot-breasted Parrotbill was also in attendance, along with Himalayan Bluetail, Siberian Rubythroat, and a few Silver-eared Laughingthrushes.

Silver-Eared Laughingthrush is common here

Another White-gorgeted Flycatcher...

Driving down the mountain a pair of Giant Nuthatches looked fantastic in the scope and we came across another flock of Grey-headed Parrotbills, and a group of Black-throated Bushtits. Just a shame a Speckled Piculet flew off before everybody saw it. And then it was a long drive to the Inthanon Highland Resort where we will be staying for the next 3 nights.

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