Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Malaysian Pied Fantail

Over the weekend we spent a couple of days visiting family at Tung Kwian north of Lampang in northern Thailand, birding opportunities were limited but I did manage to sneak in a couple of early morning walks around scrub, paddies and secondary growth at Tung Kwian. A couple of surprises, the first a Malaysian Pied Fantail which seems a long way north of ranges shown in field guides and three Wire-tailed Swallow which are towards the southern limit of their range. 

Thick-billed Warbler
Thick-billed Warbler were especially common in the area with at least 8 seen each morning and others heard, both Siberian Rubythroat and Indochinese Bushlark were also relatively common with half a dozen on each day. Others species noted included a Rufous-winged Buzzard,  many Green Bee-eaters, Pied Bushchat, 50 Baya Weaver and several thousand Eurasian Swallow gathered on overhead electric cables. 

Blue Pansy
A decent selection of common butterflies were also noted including numerous Blue Pansy. 

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