Today I was joined by Uthai from Chiang Mai Birding (http://www.chiangmaibirding.com/), we decided that we would try birding along the lower levels of the DYK road, parking at the first checkpoint and walking up hill for several kilometers. One of the first birds we heard and saw briefly was a Blue Pitta my second in two days. The habitat along at least the first five kilometers of the track all looked suitable for Blue Pitta and may be worth, visiting birders putting a bit of effort in to see this species here, this is the third time I have seen them along here, the other two times were birds in the road when returning from the DYK sub-station.
A bird which I seldom if ever see or hear around the temple is White-crested Laughingthrush, whilst walking along the track we heard or saw at least three different groups. Several other species were also relatively common throughout the morning with at least 15 Yellow-bellied Warbler, 13 Grey-crowned Warbler (including several in song), 9 Rufous-fronted Babbler,7 Puff-throated Babbler and numerous Hill Blue Flycatchers. The only raptors seen was a displaying male Crested Goshawk and what was probably a distant Changeable Hawk-eagle. Other species present included Maroon Oriole, 2 Linneated and 2 Blue-throated Barbet, Large Cuckooshirke, 2 Lesser-racket Tailed Drongo, 3 Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker, 6 Ashy Minivet, White-browed Piculet, 3 Great Iora, 2 Claudia's Leaf Warbler, 12 Brown-cheeked Fulvetta and several Plain Flowerpecker.