Sunday, 13 December 2015

13th December 2015 Doi Lang and Doi Ang Khan

Another very early start being our last chance to see Mrs. Hume's Pheasant at Doi Lang but it still necessitated a couple of overtaking manoeuvres of other would-be Pheasant-watchers to ensure we were in poll position that paid off handsomely as we came across a small group feeding at the edge of the road - brilliant - bird of the trip! After they had vanished into the undergrowth we continued along the road seeing a Mountain Bamboo Partridge. We birded along the road until 11am and then drove the incredibly steep road from Fang to Doi Ang Khan where there was a shortage of available accommodation although we eventually found a room in a reasonably-priced place adjacent to the King's Project. We birded the busy King's Project finding a quiet bamboo-strewn gully that played host to a fine male Black-breasted Thrush. 

Mountain Bamboo Partridge 1
Little Egret 1
Spotted Dove 6
Mountain Imperial Pigeon 1
Cook's Swift c.300
Golden-throated Barbet 1
Stripe-breasted Woodpecker 1
Ashy Woodswallow 2
Common Iora 1
Grey-backed Shrike 1
Ashy Drongo 2
Grey Treepie 1
Grey-headed Canary-Flycatcher 2
Great Tit 2
Yellow-cheeked Tit 1
Black-crested Bulbul 2
Red-whiskered Bulbul 2
Flavescent Bulbul 4
Mountain Bulbul 2
Black Bulbul 2
Barn Swallow 50
Yellow-bellied Warbler 1
Davison's White-tailed Leaf-Warbler 4
Blue-winged Minla 10
Spectacled Barwing 4
Dark-backed Sibia 15
Spot-breasted Parrotbill 1
Japanese White-eye 20
Oriental Magpie-Robin 2
Rufous-bellied Niltava 1
Large Niltava 2
White-bellied Redstart 1 
White-tailed Robin 2
Taiga Flycatcher 2
Grey Bush Chat 6
Orange-bellied Leafbird 1 male
Mrs. Gould's Sunbird 10
Black-throated Sunbird 1
Tree Sparrow 30
Grey Wagtail 1
Olive-backed Pipit 5
Crested Bunting 1 male

Male Mrs. Hume's Pheasant at Doi Lang
One of a group of six seen at dawn proving my tenth new bird of the trip

Mountain Bamboo Partridge at Doi Lang

Spectacled Barwing at Doi Lang

Dark-backed Sibia allopreening at Doi Lang

Golden-throated Barbet at Doi Lang

Leaving Doi Lang
Orange groves are unfortunately creeping ever higher on the lower slopes

Our accommodation adjacent to the King's Project at Doi Ang Khan

Male Mrs. Gould's Sunbird at the King's Project, Doi Ang Khan