the "winter" of 2006/2007 I have been receiving some good
records from Neil Lawton from some rice paddies near Chiang Dao.
Apparently Wire-tailed Swallow, Oriental Skylark, Grey-headed Lapwing
and Yellow-legged Buttonquail are all regular; species which don't
seem to make it onto very many trip reports. Here are the directions
he sent me.
Malee's heading back into Chiang Dao town, continuing across the
new by-pass, at the junction with the main Chaing Mai/Fang road,
take a right towards Chiang Mai and into Chiang Dao, about 1km
along this road in Chiang Dao you will see the 7/11 on your right,
about 50m before this on the left is a single flashing traffic
light with a left hand turn, take this turn, continuing along
the road for about 2km crossing the river and eventually reaching
the rice fields, there is usually somewhere just before the start
of the paddies to park a car. Ahead you will see the paddies with
small hills on the other side, you should have parked just before
a cross roads with a dirt track to the left and a small road to
the righ. The area around this junction and the buildings just
off the dirt track to the left are the best place to see Wire-tailed
Swallows, maybe they nest somewhere here. Then it is just a matter
of exploring dirt tracks and working your way across the paddies
using the bunds, staying out of any fields which contain crops."
With its close
proximity to Doi Chiang Dao
and Malee's, which remains well-visited by birders, this location
is surely worth a morning or an afternoon to observe some excellent
is a list of some of the best birds that are known to have been
seen at this location.
- male in 2005 which stayed faithfull to a
small dry paddie for several weeks often showing well.
Barred and Yellow-legged Buttonquail
Grey-headed Lapwing - up to 50 present oct-march
at least, best looked for in bare fields.
Painted Snipe - three birds seen.
Pintail and Common Snipe - common.
Rufous-winged Buzzard - in scrub at paddies
Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler
Thick-billed and Dusky Warblers
Richard's, Paddyfield and Red-throated Pipits
Plus usual open
country birds and common passage waders.
has also been posted on the forums (Chiang
Dao rice paddies) where comments or questions about this location
can be left.