Monday, March 26, 2012
On Thursday evening I spent a couple of hours around dusk watching nightjars and looking for owls around Wat Tham Pha Plong, Chiang Dao. Well before dusk a Brown Hawk Owl called non stop from alongside the road and as dusk approached many Asian-barred Owlets made their presence heard. At dusk at least six Large-tailed Nightjar and two Great-eared Nightjars showed reasonably well near the wildlife HQ, where a Grey Nightjar was also heard. Several Mountain and Collared Scops Owl were calling around the temple car park and nearby forest, along with at least three Blyth's Forgmouths none of which were seen. As I wandered back to Malee's the Brown Hawk Owl was on a telegraph pole just at the end of the drive and a Banded Bay Cuckoo sang loudly in the dark.