Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Chestnut-winged Cuckoo and Forest Wagtail

Both Monday and Tuesday morning I spent birding around Wat Tham Pha Plong and the Gully at Chiang Dao, there were plenty of birds around, with many birds singing and a few migrants. Both days a Chestnut-winged Cuckoo was around the temple car park and on Tuesday a Forest Wagtail was also present. Over the last few day there seems to have been an influx of Hoopoe's with at least three between Malee's and the temple on both mornings. Also perhaps newly arrived or just beginning to become more vocal were two Large Hawk Cuckoo and a single Indian Cuckoo both of which were singing yesterday just before dawn. Small numbers of Pin-tailed Green Pigeon and Thick-billed Green Pigeons were present both mornings and several Emerald Ground Dove were calling. The usual pair of Streaked Wren Babblers were present along the steps, along with an Orange-breasted Trogon, White-browed Piculet and several Yellow-bellied Warbler.  

Single pairs of both Northern White-crowned and Slaty-backed Forktail were present in the gully, along with a pair of Red-headed Trogon, two pairs of Scaly-breasted Partridge, several Brown-cheeked Fulvetta and Buff-breasted Babbler, 3 Eye-browed and one Pygmy Wren Babbler, Asian Stubtail, two Siberian Blue Robin, two Collared Babbler, a calling Rusty-naped Pitta, Bay Woodpecker and best of all a male and female Pin-tailed Parrotfinch into drink.

Opposite the wildlife sanctuary turning a pair of Speckled Piculet were feeding young, and gave excellent views if given some space, also around here the Spot-bellied Eagle Owl showed most evenings over the last week if looked for.

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