Sunday, 1 March 2015

Doi Inthanon Does It Again.

We arrived at Doi Inthanon shortly after sunrise and had a quick check of a river where we briefly saw a Black-backed Forktail, and followed this with another stop that produced much better views of Slaty-backed Forktail. Other species seen here included Green-billed Malkoha, Plumbeous Water Redstart, and both Golden-fronted and Blue-winged Leafbirds. Moving higher up the mountain we spent the remainder of the morning walking our favourite trail and once again this turned out to be very productive as we began with an extremely confiding pair of Pygmy Wren-babblers literally giving superb close views down to 6 feet. We hadn’t really got over this when a flock of White-necked Laughingthrushes were lured into view and although they were in the canopy above us we had repeated looks at this very tricky species – and a lifer for yours truly. As if this wasn’t enough a flock of Black-throated Parrotbills were spotted by Roberta feeding high up in some very tall bamboo, and just around the corner were a pair of Vivid Niltavas. Wow! We walked a reasonable distance and also found Hume’s Treecreeper, Grey-throated Babbler, Martens’s Warbler, Chestnut-crowned Warbler, Streaked Spiderhunter, Fire-breasted Flowerpecker, Yellow-cheeked Tit, and several White-headed Bulbuls.

Green-tailed Sunbird - yes it has a blue tail and is endemic to this mountain..

Lunch was taken at Mr Deang’s where the 1st year male Siberian Blue Robin was still in attendance. Afterwards we drove to the summit and enjoyed really nice close views of Green-tailed Sunbird, Rufous-winged Fulvetta, Chestnut-flanked White-eye, Blyth’s Leaf Warbler and Chestnut-tailed Minla

Dark-sided Thrush

Along the boardwalk we found 3 Dark-sided Thrushes, Blue Whistling Thrush, White-crowned Forktail, Chestnut-headed Tesia, and an extremely confiding Snowy-browed Flycatcher

Snowy-browed Flycatcher

 Driving a little lower we had a pair of Small Niltavas, Grey-cheeked Fulvetta, Yellow-cheeked Tit and a female White-browed Shortwing coming in to a little feeding station. 

Female White-browed Shortwing

Yellow-cheeked Tit

We ended the day hearing Black-tailed Crake before driving to our lodge.

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