Sunday, December 22, 2013

20th-22nd December 2013

On  Friday and Sunday morning I spent several hours birding around Wat Tham Pha Plong Chiang Dao, also walking along the first several hundred meters of the gully trail, plenty of birds around including a party of 6 Collared Babblers in the gully and in a large feeding flock a Pallas's Warbler, though not rare in Northern Thailand this is the first time that I have seen this species so low down. Other highlights over the two days included several Green-legged Partridge with a pair which showed well both mornings from the bridge over the gully, 3 Bay Woodpecker, White-browed Piculet, 2 Maroon Oriole, 3 White-throated Fantail, several Great Iora, 4 Siberian Blue Robin, pair of Northern White-crowned Forktail, 2 Sultan Tit, 3 Asian Stubtail, 10+ Claudia's Leaf Warbler, 3 Grey-Crowned Warbler, 5 Marten's Warbler, 6 Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush, 2 Streaked Wren Babbler, 4 Grey-throated Babbler, 3 Ruby-cheeked Sunbird and a single Purple-naped Sunbird.

Birds noted in a brief visit to the rice paddies yesterday included 2 Green and one Common Sandpiper, Rufous-winged Buzzard, Richard's Pipit and 5 Wire-tailed Swallow.

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