Up early (of course!) and headed up to the higher reached of Doi Inthanon where at our special site we saw 2 Ashy Woodpigeons fly over and then at least 15 Speckled Woodpigeons perched in the treetops to catch the sun’s first rays.
|Speckled Woodpigeons in the early morning sunshine.|
We then spent most of the morning at the summit enjoying repeated views of most of the same birds as yesterday, but a Yellow-bellied Flowerpecker and Mountain Tailorbird were very nice and very new for the tour! There were several Ashy-throated Warblers around and Common Rosefinch was also new for our burgeoning lists.
A quick circuit of the boardwalk produced several views of male White-browed Shortwing, a Himalayan Bluetail, a Chestnut-headed Tesia played hard to get and a pair of Rufous-throated Partridges fed in the leaf litter. More Green-tailed and many Mrs Gould’s Sunbirds also showed particularly well.
Lower down the mountain the small feeding station had much the same as yesterday, but a singing Slaty-bellied Tesia was glimpsed a few times inside the forest. Along the Jeep Track we had a much better Tesia encounter, as well as a Large Niltava and not much else. So we headed to Mr Deang’s for lunch – including the blue robin again before driving to the campsite. The Black-tailed Crake came in close but never showed, however a few flocks passed by and we added Scarlet Minivet, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Black-winged Cuckooshrike, Sulphur-breasted Warbler and Ashy Bulbul to the list.
We ended the day at the base of the mountain where quite a few Blossom-headed Parakeets flew in and landed in the treetops in front of us. Also here was an Indochinese Bushlark, Rufous Treepie, and a Grey-headed Lapwing.