Saturday, November 3, 2012

Black-backed Forktail

Orange-breasted Trogon
Chiang Dao
This morning walked the first eight kilometers of the Muang Khong Road or Checkpoint Road, the birding was hard going at times, but on the stream which passes under the road several times there were two pairs of White-crowned Forktail and surprisingly a pair of the much scarcer Black-backed Forktail, a Little Heron was also flushed from the same stream. All the way along the road numerous blue and orange flycatchers were seen or heard singing, those seen well all appeared to be Hill Blue Flycatcher with a total of around 20 along the 8km stretch. A party of three Orange-breasted Trogons showed well and a Collared Falconet was another local scarcity. Plenty of birds were heard singing or calling along from the side of the road including three Drongo Cuckoo, two Banded Bay Cuckoo and Scaly-breasted Partridge from at least four different localities. There was plenty of birds by the checkpoint and beyond including a Bay Woodpecker, ten Thick-billed Green Pigeon, 13 Mountain Imperial Pigeon, Great Barbet, three Oriental Pied Hornbill, 20 Spangled Drongo, Grey-backed Shrikes, 8 Asian Fairy Bluebirds, numerous Blue-winged Leafbirds, four Blyth's Leaf Warblers, 3 Omei Warbler, a Grey-crowned Warbler and various other common species.

Blue Rock Thrush
Chiang Dao
Back at Malee's an Arctic Warbler, Blue Rock Thrush and two Puff-throated Babblers were present in the garden.    

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