Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Doi Lang (cont)

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. 

Ashy-throated Warbler.

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.

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