Thursday, March 1, 2012

Chiang Dao Rice Paddies

Red-wattled Lapwing

Tuesday evening I visited the rice paddies, south of Chiang Dao Town, some of the first birds I saw here were two Wire-tailed Swallows feeding alongside the road. Though most of the area was covered with knee high rice, eventually I did find an area of wetter paddies where four Grey-headed Lapwings were feeding, also here were at least 20 White Wagtails and half a dozen Eastern Yellow Wagtails. Four singing Oriental Skylarks were in the area along with good numbers of Red-throated Pipits and several Paddyfield and Richard's Pipit.

Grey-headed Lapwing Chiang Dao

Towards dusk large numbers of Himalayan Swiftlets and smaller numbers of Striated Swallows and Asian House Martins fed over the rice paddies. Additional species noted included Common Kingfisher, Lesser Coucal, Black-shouldered Kite, Brown and Long-tailed Shrike, Pied Bushchat, Thick-billed Warbler, Dusky Warbler and Plain-backed Sparrow. 

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