Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Chiang Saen Lake

Between the March 3rd and 4th we spent an afternoon and a full day birding around Chiang Saen Lake. As usual most of the ducks on the lake were very distant, frustratingly we were unable to arrange a boat trip, though we did have distant views of 9 Ruddy Shelduck and amongst the many of hundreds of Lesser Whistling Duck and Spot-billed Duck were at least 20 Northern Pintail and 40 Garganey. A few waders were also noted including a 2 Small Pratincole, 4 Oriental PratincoleGreen Sandpiper, three Little Ringed Plover, 6 Spotted Redshank and several Common Snipe. Several hundred Purple Gallinule were present, as was a White-browed Crake and good numbers of Moorhen, Coot and Pheasant-tailed Jacana. We spent one evening at the Wat Bamakno harrier roost where at least 265 birds came into roost, with around 165 of these Pied Harriers and the rest Eastern Marsh Harrier. Several Purple Heron were noted, along with at least 175 Open-billed Stork, several Yellow Bittern and Night Heron. Six Great Cormorants came into roost on the island in the center of the lake and in scrub around the lake none of the numerous Racket-tailed Treepie sat still enough for a good photo.

Additional species noted included a Barred Buttonquail which we nearly ran over, Freckled-breasted Woodpecker, White-browed Piculet, Lesser Coucal, Bluethroat, Black-collared Myna , 230 Chestnut-tailed Starling, Straited Grassbird, Dusky Warbler, Black-browed Reed Warbler, Ruby-cheeked Sunbird and several Citrine Wagtail.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Neil,

    How are you doing mate?

    I really enjoy your blog and I am writing to ask if you would consider contributing as a Guest Blogger to my new website that my team and I are currently working on.

    We are launching The Urban Birder Club later in the summer. It will be an online resource for Urban Birders everywhere and will feature all the information that an Urban Birder would want. From urban sightings news to conservation issues affecting the urban birding global village to the latest offers and discounts. It will be the first of it’s kind in the world and hopefully, serve a valuable purpose.

    We are also featuring guest blogs from bloggers like yourself, so to that end I would like you invite you to send us a blog for future publishing. We are looking for pieces between 600-800 words with pictures – if you can supply them and hold the copyright.

    The pieces should not be time sensitive i.e ‘My day on the patch yesterday’ but can be general i.e ‘ Santiago in the summertime’.

    We are specifically looking for pieces on the following subjects:

    General Urban Birding – a piece simply about the joys and occasional woes of urban birding.

    Urban Birding Tips – your personal advice and experience to help make urban birding even more enjoyable.

    Connecting with the public - your views and work towards getting city folk involved with nature. Getting volunteers, convincing politians, influencing industry and engaging ethnic minorities.

    Urban Bird Conservation – the latest research and conservation measures regarding urban ornithology. Note that our audience will be largely enthusiastic amateurs so please angle your piece towards laypeople and not scientists.

    My patch – an introduction to your local urban patch and the birds that you have found there.

    Urban art – a great chance to showcase your latest art project whether it be photography, painting, sculpturing or graffiti.

    You can either originate a piece or send our Guest Blog Editor a blog that you have previously written. If you are interested then please let us know and supply your piece to us by May 31st 2014.

    The address is:

    Many thanks

    David Lindo
    The Urban Birder