Wednesday, 9 December 2015

9th December 2015 Wat Bamakno, Chiang Saen lake

Walked the Bird Trail at dawn hoping for a Pitta on the trail but it wasn't to be. Left Phu Suan Sai National Park at 8am to make the long drive to Chiang Saen lake where we arrived just in time to see c.75 Pied Harriers arrive to roost at Wat Bamakno. Found a cabin to stay at Sanboonma Resort in Chiang Saen.

Asian Openbill 100
Eastern Cattle Egret 30
Great Egret 20
Eastern Marsh Harrier c.25
Pied Harrier c.75
Rufous-winged Buzzard 1
Purple Swamphen c.50
Spotted Dove c.20
White-throated Kingfisher 2
Common Kingfisher 1
Grey-backed Shrike 1
Black Drongo 10
Ashy Drongo 2
Large-billed Crow 1
Puff-throated Bulbul 4
Striated Swallow 2
Striated Grassbird 1
Common Myna 50
Black-collared Starling 2
White-tailed Robin 1
Blue Whistling Thrush 1
Taiga Flycatcher 2
Blue Rock Thrush 1

Traffic was heavy through the outskirts of Chiang Mai
Wat Bamakno Harrier roost, Chiang Saen Lake
Juvenile Pied Harrier at Wat Bamakno, Chiang Saen Lake
Female Pied Harrier at Wat Bamakno, Chiang Saen Lake 
Male Pied Harrier at Wat Bamakno, Chiang Saen Lake