Thursday, November 12, 2015

Slaty-legged Crake - Doi Inthanon

Have just spent the last two nights at Doi Inthanon, again staying at Lung Deang's, despite lots of rain good numbers of species seen, the star bird being a Slaty-legged Crake present in the gully at the back of Mr Deang's, throughout our stay.  

During the drier interludes I made several visits to most of the key birding areas. Lots of birds at summit and around the boardwalk, including 8 Rufous-throated Partridge, 2 Ashy Woodpigeon, a Dark-sided Thrush, 2 Snowy-browed Flycatcher, White-browed Shortwing, 2 Northern White-crowned Forktail, Yellow-browed Tit, 8 Buff-barred Warbler, 2 Pygmy Wren Babbler  as well as the usual Dark-backed Sibia, Bar-throated Minla, Silver-eared Laughingthrush, Ashy-throated WarblerGreen-tailed and Mrs Gould's Sunbirds

Silver-eared Laughingthrush
by Fred Rowe
The roadside forest beyond the second checkpoint were full of birds, after a couple of visit I had managed decent list just from this area alone, best species in addition to many common ones  included 2 Stripe-breasted Woodpecker, 2 Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker, 3 Speckled Woodpigeon, 2 Barred Cuckoo Dove, 25 Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon, Peregrine, 3 Maroon Oriole, 35 Eye-browed Thrush, Grey-chinned, Short-billed and Long-tailed Minivet, a male Zappy's Flycatcher, White-gorgeted Flycatcher, Large, Small  and Rufous-beilled Niltava, 2 Chestnut-vented Nuthatch, Yellow-browed Tit, several Mountian Tailorbird and Slaty-bellied Tesia, 3 Hume's Warbler, 2 Chestnut-crowned Warbler, 2 Clicking Shrike Babbler, 6 Blue-winged Minla, 5 Spectacled Barwing and 3 Rufous-backed Sibia.   

Grey-chinned Minivet
by Fred Rowe
Over two visits to the track at kilometer 34.5, I saw many of the species previously mentioned as well as 2 Lesser Yellownape, Asian Emerald Cuckoo, 5 Oriental Turtle Dove, Black Eagle, 8 Long-tailed Broadbill, 2 Slender-billed Oriole, 5 Fire-capped Tit, 4 White-bellied Redstart all calling from scrub in the valley at the end of the trail, 2 Hume's Treecreeper, 40 White-headed Bulbul in flowering trees, 2 Russet Bush Warbler which as usual were heard but not seen, 2 Buff-throated Warbler, single Pallas's and Chinese Leaf WarblerBlack-eared Shrike Babbler, 2 Rusty-cheeked Scimiter Babbler, 30 Silver-eared Mesia and 15 Grey-headed Parrotbills.  

One of the most conspicuous species throughout the time I was at Doi Inthanon, were White-eyes with flock of birds up to a hundred strong everywhere, with Chestnut-flanked dominating. 

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