Mae Ping: 13-14 October 2010






13-14 October 2010
Variable. Showers and cloudy. Cool.
Mae Ping National Park.

13 Oct. With Steve Tibbett. First off, having ruled out park accommodation, we looked for accommodation in the small town of Li, and settled on the Palm Tree Resort. Headed initially for the Thung Kik road. Due to the cool and showery weather, temperatures were down and bird activity good most of the afternoon. Heavy rain the previous week meant that driving off road was impossible, and walking off road was somewhat tedious due to the claggy mud sticking to boots. However, the birding produced a good collection of birds including Crow-billed Drongo (a bird infrequently seen in northern Thailand), Greater Yellownape and Great Slaty Woodpecker. Remained out till dark, when several Oriental Scops Owl started singing as well as spot-lighting Brown Hawk Owl, handily above the car. Overnight at the Palm Tree with dinner in the local restaurant next to the PTT station.

14 Oct. Back along the main Thung Kik road but failed to add significantly to our list from the previous day, though a few migrating Black Baza were noted. Late in the morning drove the main road out toward Kor, noting good forest along the way which will be investigated at a subsequent visit. On this trip we had been hopeful of connecting with the rare Rufous-bellied Woodpecker and White-browed Fantail, both of which have been recorded, but failed to put in an appearance.

Species List

  Species Count
  Black Baza 9
  Indian Roller 2
  Spotted Dove 20
  Thick-billed Green Pigeon 4
  Green-billed Malkoha 2
  Banded Bay Cuckoo 4
  Oriental Scops Owl 4
  Brown Hawk-Owl 1
  Lineated Barbet 5
  Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker 4
  Greater Yellownape 3
  Black-headed Woodpecker 12
  Grey-headed Woodpecker 1
  Common Flameback 10
  Rufous Woodpecker 2
  Great Slaty Woodpecker 8
  Large Woodshrike 1
  Large Cuckooshrike 10
  Indochinese Cuckooshrike 6
  Ashy Minivet 2
  Scarlet Minivet 12
  Brown Shrike 3
  Black-naped Oriole 12
  Black-hooded Oriole 6
  Black Drongo 15
  Ashy Drongo 4
  Crow-billed Drongo 1
  Hair-crested Drongo 10
  Greater Racket-tailed Drongo 10
  Black-naped Monarch 6
  Red-billed Blue Magpie 4
  Rufous Treepie 10
  Eastern Jungle Crow 8
  Grey-headed Canary-Flycatcher 2
  Black-crested Bulbul 5
  Red-whiskered Bulbul 2
  Stripe-throated Bulbul 2
  Streak-eared Bulbul 2
  Yellow-browed Warbler 2
  Thick-billed Warbler 1
  Rufescent Prinia 10
  Common Tailorbird 2
  Pin-striped Tit-Babbler 4
  Puff-throated Babbler 2
  White-crested Laughingthrush 20
  Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush 10
  Burmese Nuthatch 20
  Oriental Magpie-Robin 2
  White-rumped Shama 2
  Taiga Flycatcher 15
  Tickell's Blue Flycatcher 3
  Golden-fronted Leafbird 10
  Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker 5
  Grey Wagtail 2
  White Wagtail 2