Friday, 18 December 2015

18th December 2015 Doi Inthanon

We first tried the Km34.5 track hoping it might be more active in the early morning but that didn't prove to be the case. We then walked the Km37 trail that runs through pristine habitat although very few birds were seen until we were on our way out when an Eye-browed Wren-Babbler and a pair of Slaty-bellied Tesias were encountered. We then revisited the Summit Marsh where we found a Grey-sided Thrush showing alongside a couple of Dark-sided Thrushes. We made another evening visit to the campsite pools where we succeeded in hearing but not seeing Black-tailed Crake. Having bumped into Bengt Legnell birding at the Summit Marsh we spent an enjoyable evening at Mr. Deang's Shop chatting with him and Chintana.   

Rufous-throated Partridge 2
Crested/Oriental Honey Buzzard 1
Eurasian Sparrowhawk 1
Eastern Buzzard 1
Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon 2
Grey-chinned Minivet 4
Maroon Oriole 1
Hair-crested Drongo 10
Yellow-bellied Fantail 1
Yellow-cheeked Tit 10
Flavescent Bulbul 6
Ashy-throated Warbler 6
Hume's Leaf Warbler 2
Rufous-winged Fulvetta 12
Pygmy Wren-Babbler h
Eye-browed Wren-Babbler 1
Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush c.10
Chestnut-tailed (Bar-throated) Minla 20
Dark-backed Sibia 10
Dark-sided Thrush 3
Grey-sided Thrush 1
Red-flanked Bluetail 3
Blue Whistling Thrush 1
Snowy-browed Flycatcher 2
Grey Bush Chat 2
Streaked Spiderhunter 2
Olive-backed Pipit 6

Km34.5 Jeep Trail at Doi Inthanon National Park

Km37 trail at Doi Inthanon National Park

Slaty-bellied Tesia along the Km37 trail at Doi Inthanon

King Inthanon's Shrine at the summit of Doi Inthanon
Elephants clearly playing an important role

Ashy-throated Warbler at the summit of Doi Inthanon

Rufous-winged Fulvetta at the summit of Doi Inthanon

Chestnut-tailed (Bar-throated) Minla at the summit of Doi Inthanon

Flavescent Bulbul at the summit of Doi Inthanon

Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush at the summit of Doi Inthanon

Doi Inthanon Summit boardwalk

Rufous-throated Partridge at the Summit Marsh, Doi Inthanon

Dark-sided Thrush at the Summit Marsh, Doi Inthanon

Grey-sided Thrush at the summit marsh at Doi Inthanon
Always nice to find a rarity and with a small global population this certainly qualifies. Seldom recorded in its small breeding range in China the odd wintering bird found annually in Thailand probably offers the best chance of seeing what was once known as Fea's Thrush.