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Central and Northern Thailand Jan 2014

Central and Northern Thailand 09-22 January 2014

This turned out to be an excellent tour as Thailand experienced a long cold spell which brought an influx of Thrushes to the North. Some days were quite cold and birds scarce but the combination of crisp air, good stake outs and many migrants made for some great birding.

Manfred and Anne Schleuning from Germany were the participants on this private tour. The itinerary were set up to facilitate the Spoon-billed Sandpiper and as many species as possible without killing ourselves. Manfred and Anne are retired teachers and both had a very level headed approach to birding with Manfred leading the way. Their command of the English language was good and that along with my infant level of German made for many a good conversation.

Khok Kham: After picking them up at the airport we drove strait to Khok Kham near Bangkok. However it was late in the morning and not very good conditions for wader watching. We scanned some huge flocks of birds for awhile but then all birds took off and we decided to go on.

Paktaley and Lampakbia: We ended up spending one afternoon and one morning in the area. Got everything we wanted including the 3 big, Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Asian Dowitcher and Nordmann’s Greenshank. Also White-faced Plover and Chinese Egret were seen. As usual an incredible amount of shorebirds around.

Fields of Petchaburi: Found some great wetlands that were teeming with waterfowl: Both Jacanas, Cotton Pygmy Geese, Weavers, Kingfishers, Reed Warblers etc

Kaengkrachan: We only visited inside the park one morning. That was enough to see Orange-breasted Trogon, Great and Pied Hornbills and a few common species. A lot of heavy equipment was brought into the park to work the road in preparation for a Royal visit. We thus opted not to visit higher ground as we had time constraints.

Waterhole: Lung Sin’s waterhole was excellent with two Partridges and Siberian Blue Robin leading the way.

Khao Yai: General birding was again slow but we got cracking views of Silver Pheasant as well as Siamese Firebacks. Orange-headed Thrush, Grey and Eared Nightjars, White-throated Rock Thrush and Mugimaki Flycatcher were other highlites.

Doi Inthanon: Visited the regular spots and drew out most of the wanted stuff. No Black-tailed Crake though. Instead we had a stunning Black-backed Forktail, Scaly and Dark-sided Thrush in the bog as well as a Pygmy Wren Babbler totally in the open. Rufous-throated Partridges performed down to 3m away.

Doi Angkhang: Some cracking birds around: Hume’s Pheasant, Grey-winged Blackbird, Chesnut-bellied Rock Thrush, Black-breasted Thrush, loads of White-headed Bulbuls, Daurian Redstart, a white headed race of Black Bulbul, Rufous-winged Buzzard etc.

Doi Lang: As splendid as ever. New stars for this season: Ultra-marine Flycatcher, Golden Bush Robin, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Chestnut Thrush, Blue-fronted Redstart all seen very well. Many other good ones: White-bellied Redstart, White-browed Laughingthrush, Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler, Slaty-blue Flycatcher, Red-faced Liochicla, Spectacled Barwing, White-gorgeted and Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher and many more.

Chiang Saan Lake and Golden Triangle: 13 species of duck was amazing for Thailand.
A single male Baer’s Pochard the main highlite but Long-tailed Duck and Common Pochard were real rarities for Thailand as well.
Maekong river had a lot of water but a flock of 100 Small Pratincoles were worth the visit besides the views overlooking 3 countries while munching away on sumptuous Thai food by the river.

Huay Hong Krai: 8 Green Peafowl showed well.

Huay Teung Tao: 5 Blue Magpies was the highlite.

The list would probably have reached 400 if we had been able to spend more then half a day at Kaengkrachan. Still, a lot of birds came our way.

The sample photos were all taken during the tour. If you want to view more please go to my Thai bird gallery.

1. Little Grebe
2. Little Cormorant
3. Great Cormorant
4. Grey Heron
5. Purple Heron
6. Great Egret
7. Intermediate Egret
8. Little Egret
9. Chinese Egret – 3 seen well at LPB
10. Pacific Reef Egret
11. Chinese Pond Heron
12. Javan Pond Heron
13. Cattle Egret
14. Striated Heron
15. Painted Stork
16. Asian Openbill
17. Lesser Whistling Duck
18. Ruddy Shelduck – 1 at LPB, 5 at Chiang Saan Lake
19. Cotton Pygmy Goose
20. Eurasian Wigeon
21. Gadwall
22. Mallard
23. Spot-billed Duck
24. Gargeny
25. Northern Shoveler
26. Long-tailed Duck – a pair at Chiang Saan Lake
27. Common Pochard
28. Common Shelduck – 1 at CS
29. Ferruginous Pochard
30. Baer’s Pochard – 1 at CS
31. Tufted Duck
32. Osprey
33. Black Baza
34. Oriental Honey Buzzard
35. Black-shouldered Kite
36. Black-eared Kite
37. Brahimy Kite
38. Crested Serpent Eagle
39. Eastern Marsh Harrier
40. Pied Harrier
41. Crested Goshawk
42. Rufus-winged Buzzard
43. Grey-faced Buzzard
44. Common Buzzard
45. Eurasian Kestrel
46. Oriental Hobby
47. Rufous-throated Partridge
48. Bar-backed Partridge
49. Scaly-breasted Partridge
50. Mountain Bamboo Partridge
51. Red Junglefowl
52. Silver Pheasant – 8 at Khao Yai
53. Siamese Fireback – 3 at Khao Yai
54. Hume’s Pheasant – 3 at Doi Angkhang
55. Green Peafowl – 8 at Huay Hong Krai, Chiang Mai
56. White-breasted Waterhen
57. Ruddy-breasted Crake
58. White-browed Crake
59. Purple Swamphen
60. Common Moorhen
61. Eurasian Coot
62. Pheasant-tailed Jacana
63. Bronze-winged Jacana
64. Black-winged Stilt
65. Small Pratincole
66. Grey-headed Lapwing
67. Red-wattled Lapwing
68. Pied Avocet
69. Pacific Golden Plover
70. Grey Plover
71. Little Ringed Plover
72. Kentish Plover
73. Malaysian Plover
74. White-faced Plover
75. Lesser Sandplover
76. Greater Sandplover
77. Eurasian Woodcock
78. Pintail Snipe
79. Common Snipe
80. Asian Dowitcher
81. Black-tailed Godwit
82. Bar-tailed Godwit
83. Whimbrel
84. Eurasian Curlew
85. Terek Sandpiper
86. Common Sandpiper
87. Green Sandpiper
88. Spotted Redshank
89. Common Greenshank
90. Nordmann’s Greenshank – 5 birds at LPB
91. Marsh Sandpiper
92. Wood Sandpiper
93. Common Redshank
94. Ruddy Turnstone
95. Great Knot
96. Red Knot
97. Sanderling
98. Red-necked Stint
99. Temminck’s Stint
100. Long-toed Stint
101. Curlew Sandpiper
102. Dunlin
103. Spoon-billed Sandpiper – 1 at Paktaley
104. Broad-billed Sandpiper
105. Ruff
106. Heuglin’s Gull
107. Pallas’s Gull
108. Brown-headed Gull
109. Black-headed Gull
110. Little Tern
111. Gull-billed Tern
112. Caspian Tern
113. White-winged Tern
114. Whiskered Tern
115. Common Tern
116. Great Crested Tern
117. Lesser Crested Tern
118. Ashy Wood Pigeon
119. Red Collared Dove
120. Spotted Dove
121. Barred Cuckoo Dove
122. Emerald Dove
123. Zebra Dove
124. Thick-billed Pigeon
125. Pink-necked Pigeon
126. Mountain Imperial Pigeon
127. Red-breasted Parakeet
128. Vernal Hanging Parakeet
129. Banded Bah Cuckoo – H
130. Plaintive Cuckoo
131. Asian Drongo Cuckoo – H
132. Asian Koel
133. Green-billed Malkoha
134. Greater Coucal
135. Collared Scops Owl- H
136. Collared Owlet
137. Asian Barred Owlet
138. Large-tailed Nightjar - H
139. Great Eared Nightjar
140. Grey Nightjar
141. Himalayan Swiftlet
142. Germain’s Swiftlet
143. Asian Parm Swift
144. Fork-tailed Swift
145. Crested Treeswift
146. Orange-breasted Trogon
147. Common Kingfisher
148. White-throated Kingfisher
149. Black-capped Kingfisher
150. Collared Kingfisher
151. Green Bee-eater
152. Blue-tailed Bee-eater
153. Chestnut-headed Bee-eater
154. Indian Roller
155. Oriental Pied Hornbill
156. Great Hornbill
157. Wreathed Hornbill
158. Great Barbet
159. Lineated Barbet
160. Green-eared Barbet – H
161. Golden-throated Barbet
162. Blue-throated Barbet – H
163. Moustached Barbet
164. Blue-eared Barbet
165. Coppersmith Barbet
166. Grey-capped Woodpecker
167. Greater Yellownape
168. Black-headed Woodpecker
169. Common Flameback
170. Greater Flameback – H
171. Bay Woodpecker
172. Heart-spotted Woodpecker
173. Australasian Bushlark
174. Oriental Skylark
175. Barn Swallow
176. Wire-tailed Swallow
177. Red-rumped Swallow
178. Striated Swallow
179. Paddyfield Pipit
180. Richard’s Pipit
181. Red-throated Pipit
182. Olive-backed Pipit
183. White Wagtail
184. Yellow Wagtail
185. Grey Wagtail
186. Black-winged Cuckoo Shrike
187. Rosy Minivet
188. Brown-rumped Minivet
189. Short-billed Minivet
190. Scarlet Minivet
191. Grey-chinned Minivet
192. Crested Finchbill
193. Black-headed Bulbul
194. Black-crested Bulbul
195. Red-whiskered Bulbul
196. Brown-breasted Bulbul
197. Sooty-headed Bulbul
198. Stripe-throated Bulbul
199. Flavescent Bulbul
200. Streak-eared Bulbul
201. Puff-throated Bulbul
202. Ochraceous Bulbul
203. Grey-eyed Bulbul
204. Buff-vented Bulbul
205. Mountain Bulbul
206. Ashy Bulbul
207. Black Bulbul
208. White-headed Bulbul
209. Blue-winged Leafbird
210. Golden-fronted Leafbird
211. Orange-bellied Leafbird
212. Common Iora
213. Great Iora
214. White-throated Rock Thrush
215. Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush
216. Blue Rock Thrush
217. Blue Whistling Thrush
218. Orange-headed Thrush
219. Black-breasted Thrush
220. Grey-winged Blackbird
221. Chestnut Thrush
222. Grey-sided Thrush
223. Scaly Thrush
224. Dark-sided Thrush
225. Eyebrowed Thrush
226. White-browed Shortwing
227. Zitting Cisticola
228. Hill Prinia
229. Grey-breasted Prinia
230. Yellow-bellied Prinia
231. Plain Prinia
232. Chestnut-headed Tesia
233. Black-browed Reed Warbler
234. Oriental Reed Warbler
235. Thick-billed Warbler
236. Mountain Tailorbird
237. Common Tailorbird
238. Dark-necked Tailorbird
239. Dusky Warbler
240. Buff-throated Warbler
241. Radde’s Warbler
242. Buff-barred Warbler
243. Ashy-throated Warbler
244. Pallas’s leaf Warbler
245. Yellow-browed warbler
246. Arctic Warbler
247. Greenish Warbler
248. 2 barred Greenish Warbler
249. Eastern Crowned Warbler
250. Pale-legged Leaf Warbler
251. Claudia’s Leaf Warbler
252. Blyth’s Leaf Warbler
253. Davison’s Leaf Warbler
254. Yellow-bellied Warbler
255. Asian Brown Flycatcher
256. Mugimaki Flycatcher
257. Slaty-backed Flycatcher
258. Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher
259. Taiga Flycatcher
260. White-gorgeted Flycatcher
261. Little Pied Flycatcher – H
262. Verditer Flycatcher
263. Large Niltava
264. Small Niltava
265. Rufous-bellied Niltava
266. Hainan Blue Flycatcher
267. Chinese Blue Flycatcher
268. Hill Blue Flycatcher
269. Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher
270. Grea-headed Canary-Flycatcher
271. Slaty-blue Flycatcher
272. Ultramarine Flycatcher
273. Siberian Rubythroat
274. Red-flanked Bluetail
275. Himalayan Bluetail
276. Golden Bush Robin
277. Oriental Magpie Robin
278. White-rumped Shama
279. White-capped Redstart
280. Blue-fronted Redstart – 1 female at Doi Lang
281. White-bellied Redstart – 1 male at Doi Lang
282. Daurian Redstart
283. Siberian Blue Robin
284. White-tailed Robin
285. Slaty-backed Forktail
286. Black-backed Forktail – 1 at Doi Inthanon
287. Siberian Stonechat
288. Pied Bushchat
289. Grey Bushchat
290. Yellow-bellied Fantail
291. White-throated Fantail
292. Pied Fantail
293. Black-naped Monarch
294. Asian Paradise Flycatcher
295. White-crested Laughingthrush – H
296. Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush
297. Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush
298. White-browed Laughingthrush
299. Silver-eared Laughingthrush (Chestnut-crowned)
300. Red-faced Liochicla
301. Abbott’s Babbler
302. Puff-throated Babbler
303. Large Scimitar Babbler – H
304. Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler
305. White-browed Scimitar Babbler
306. Pygmy Wren Babbler
307. Rufous-fronted Babbler – H
308. Golden Babbler – H
309. Gray-throated Babbler
310. Striped Tit Babbler
311. Silver-eared Mesia – Doi Inthanon only
312. White-browed Shrike Babbler
313. Spectacled Barwing
314. Blue-winged Minla
315. Chestnut-tailed Minla
316. Rufous-winged Fulvetta
317. Brown-cheeked Fulvetta
318. Grey-cheeked Fulvetta
319. Rufous-backed sibia
320. Black-backed Sibia
321. Spot-breasted Parrotbill
322. Golden-bellied Gerygone
323. Japanese Tit
324. Yellow-cheeked Tit
325. Chestnut-vented Nuthatch
326. Velvet-fronted Nuthatch
327. Brown-throated Treecreeper – Doi Inthanon
328. Purple Sunbird
329. Olive-backed Sunbird
330. Gould’s Sunbird
331. Fire-tailed Sunbird – Doi Lang
332. Green-tailed Sunbird
333. Black-throated Sunbird
334. Little Spiderhunter
335. Streaked Spiderhunter
336. Yellow-vented Flowerpecker
337. Plain Flowerpecker
338. Buff-bellied Flowerpecker
339. Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker
340. Chestnut-flanked White-eye
341. Oriental White-eye
342. Japanese White-eye
343. Black-naped Oriole
344. Black-hooded Oriole – H
345. Asian Fairy Bluebird
346. Brown Shrike
347. Burmese Shrike
348. Long-tailed Shrike
349. Grey-backed Shrike
350. Black Drongo
351. Ashy Drongo
352. Bronzed Drongo
353. Lesser Racket-tailed Drong
354. Hair-crested Drongo
355. Greater Racket-tailed Drongo
356. Ashy Woodswallow
357. Eurasian Jay
358. Blue Magpie
359. Rufous Treepie
360. Grey Treepie
361. Racket-tailed Treepie
362. Large-billed Crow
363. Common Hill Myna
364. White-vented Myna
365. Common Myna
366. Vinous-breasted Starling
367. Black-collared Starling
368. Asian Pied Starling
369. Chestnut-tailed Starling
370. House Sparrow
371. Plain-backed Sparrow
372. Eurasian Tree Sparrow
373. Streaked Weaver
374. Baya Weaver
375. Asian Golden Weaver
376. Scaly-breasted Munia
377. Common Rosefinch
378. Crested Bunting
379. Little Bunting
Manfred and Anne
Manfred and Anne
Chinese Egret
Chinese Egret
Pallas's Gull
Pallas's Gull
Pacific Reef Egret
Pacific Reef Egret
White-browed Scimitar Babbler
White-browed Scimitar Babbler
Black Baza
Black Baza
Red-breasted Parakeets
Red-breasted Parakeets
Siamese Fireback
Siamese Fireback
Silver Pheasant
Silver Pheasant
Barred Cuckoo Dove
Barred Cuckoo Dove
Collared Owlet
Collared Owlet
Siberian Blue Robin
Siberian Blue Robin
Orange-headed Thrush
Orange-headed Thrush
Rufous-throated Partridge
Rufous-throated Partridge
Pygmy Wren Babbler
Pygmy Wren Babbler
Grey-backed Shrike
Grey-backed Shrike
Short-billed Minivet
Short-billed Minivet
Crested Treeswift
Crested Treeswift
Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler
Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler
White-browed Laughingthrush
White-browed Laughingthrush
Red-flanked Bluetail
Red-flanked Bluetail
Golden Bush Robin
Golden Bush Robin
Red-faced Liochicla
Red-faced Liochicla
Chestnut-headed Tesia
Chestnut-headed Tesia
Ultramarine Flycatcher
Ultramarine Flycatcher
Small Pratincole
Small Pratincole
Grey-winged Blackbird
Grey-winged Blackbird
White-capped Redstart
White-capped Redstart
Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush
Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush
Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush
Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush
White-headed Bulbul
White-headed Bulbul
Rufous-bellied Niltava
Rufous-bellied Niltava
Blue-winged Minla
Blue-winged Minla
Hill Blue Flycatcher
Hill Blue Flycatcher
Hume's Pheasant
Hume's Pheasant
Chestnut Thrush
Chestnut Thrush