Chae Son National Park: 15 December 2011






15 December 2011.
Cool and sunny with blue sky.
Chae Son National Park.

Left a cool Chiang Mai early and stopped en route for fuel and a quick coffee. At the fuel station the locals were all clutching their drinks, shivering and bemoaning the cold weather, even though the temperature was at least 18 degrees; goes to show it's all relative and what you are used to.

Painted Jezebel
Painted Jezebel

Plumbeous Water Redstart
Plumbeous Water Redstart

Little Pied Flycatcher
Little Pied Flycatcher

Yellow-bellied Warbler
Yellow-bellied Warbler

Arrived at the start of the Chae Son access road around 07:30 and spent the first part of the morning birding the lower forest around 600 metres. Nothing surprising, although a male Slaty-backed Flycather and a Rufous-winged Buzzard were notable. Moving higher, the next stop was to look around the old weir, which recently has become viewable from the road in passing due to some forest clearance. This proved rather interesting with both Slaty-backed Forktail and Plumbeous Water Redstart. A few butterflies were also present, and this looks potentially a good puddling area in the dry season.

As usual at this time of year, few butterflies present, though a number of jezebels and blues were on the wing. In the afternoon the higher sections of the road had Sapphire Flycatcher, Martens's Warbler and an overhead Crested Hawk Eagle. A slow return back to the main highway later in the day and back to Chiang Mai.

Species List

  Common Name Count
  Rufous-winged Buzzard 1
  Changeable Hawk-Eagle 1
  Common Emerald Dove 1
  Green-billed Malkoha 1
  Asian Emerald Cuckoo 1
  Crested Treeswift 5
  Great Barbet 4
  Blue-throated Barbet 10
  Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker 3
  Bay Woodpecker 1
  Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike 20
  Rosy Minivet 2
  Scarlet Minivet 10
  Grey-backed Shrike 1
  White-bellied Erpornis 6
  Ashy Drongo 10
  Bronzed Drongo 4
  Greater Racket-tailed Drongo 4
  White-throated Fantail 5
  Grey Treepie 6
  Grey-headed Canary-Flycatcher 10
  Yellow-cheeked Tit 3
  Black-crested Bulbul 5
  Sooty-headed Bulbul 6
  Flavescent Bulbul 20
  Puff-throated Bulbul 4
  Grey-eyed Bulbul 15
  Mountain Bulbul 3
  Black Bulbul 40
  Yellow-bellied Warbler 10
  Radde's Warbler 1
  Yellow-browed Warbler 40
  Greenish Warbler 1
  Martens's Warbler 1
  Rufescent Prinia 25
  Common Tailorbird 3
  White-browed Scimitar Babbler 2
  Rufous-fronted Babbler 10
  Pin-striped Tit-Babbler 6
  Brown-cheeked Fulvetta 20
  Yunnan Fulvetta 6
  Puff-throated Babbler 2
  Japanese White-eye 30
  White-rumped Shama 1
  Plumbeous Water Redstart 1
  Slaty-backed Forktail 1
  Grey Bush Chat 1
  Slaty-backed Flycatcher 1
  Taiga Flycatcher 5
  Little Pied Flycatcher 2
  Sapphire Flycatcher 1
  Verditer Flycatcher 1
  Hill Blue Flycatcher 4
  Blue-winged Leafbird 2
  Orange-bellied Leafbird 8
  Plain Flowerpecker 20
  Ruby-cheeked Sunbird 1
  Olive-backed Sunbird 6
  Black-throated Sunbird 4
  Little Spiderhunter 1
  Streaked Spiderhunter 2
  Grey Wagtail 2
  White Wagtail 1