Huay Tueng Tao: 31 August 2011


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31 August 2011.
Warm, sunny spells and scattered cloud.
Huay Tueng Tao.

Taking advantage of what seemed to be a rare dry day in Chiang Mai this August headed out to Huay Tueng Tao with the main aim of sketching out a map for the website. Always worth exploring the forest around here of course and nice to find that with the drying weather a fair number of dragonflies and butterflies were active on pools and stream edges. Humid and warm being pretty good for insects in general.

Dragonfly
Orthetrum pruinosum

Dragonfly
Unidentified

Dragonfly
Neurothemis sp

Longhorn
Longhorn sp

The lake was surprisingly, being a weekday and not a holiday, busy with fishermen, so headed into the forest starting from the bottom area of Doi Suthep-Pui national park and walking the trails back to the area around the big Buddha - the birding highlight being several Eastern Crowned Warbler. Other migrants included movement of Chinese Pond Heron.

Biggest surprise of the day was coming across two Indian Peafowl in the forest. Never seen or heard this species here before, but clearly escapees from captivity.

Species List

  Common Name Count
  Chinese Pond Heron 10
  Red-wattled Lapwing 2
  Spotted Dove 10
  Greater Coucal 3
  Long-tailed Shrike 1
  Greater Racket-tailed Drongo 3
  Black-naped Monarch 1
  Red-billed Blue Magpie 4
  Sooty-headed Bulbul 4
  Eastern Crowned Warbler 4
  Rufescent Prinia 3
  Plain Prinia 5
  Dark-necked Tailorbird 2
  Pin-striped Tit-Babbler 6
  White-crested Laughingthrush 6
  Great Myna 4
  Black-collared Starling 12
  White-rumped Shama 2
  Tickell's Blue Flycatcher 1
  Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker 4
  Ruby-cheeked Sunbird 1
  Olive-backed Sunbird 1
  Eurasian Tree Sparrow 1
  Grey Wagtail 1