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Doi Lang & Thatorn, 28th November - 2nd December 2013
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When David Scott contacted me asking for my advice on an enjoyable short trip for the end of November/beginning of December I had no hesitation in recommending Doi Lang. Although we had visited this site together in the past, the opening of a new route up the mountain meant that there would be lots of new birds for David as well as great scenery. For some variation I decided to add some time at the nearby rice fields at Thatorn which continue to turn up rarities and to make a journey up Doi Pha Hom Pok - a site we had not been to before.
We used a four-wheel drive Ford Ranger which performed excellently on highways and proved to be essential on some of the muddy dirt tracks that we drove down to our accommodation and for birding. In the wet season there is always a distinct possibility of very muddy tracks and flooded roads so our decision to use a sturdy, four-wheel drive vehicle was a good one.

At Bueng Boraphet we took a boat out onto the lake with the Khun Phanom piloting the boat. The fee for boat trips is 500 baht per hour.

We spent four nights at Thatorn Garden Home, a place that I have been staying at for many years now. It is a simple but pleasant place with good food and the family that operate it do their best to accommodate all reasonable requests. Packed lunches to be taken onto the mountain can be ordered here.
There was a family event at our accommodation which meant that the restaurant was closed for the first two nights. We tried two different restaurants in Thatorn and the food was good in both of them, indeed decent meals can be found virtually anywhere in Thailand for low prices. Lunches on Doi Lang were sandwiches prepared by the lady at Thatorn Garden Home which is where we had breakfast at 6am each morning. On the way to and from Chiang Mai we stopped in local roadside places where we had a quick bowl of noodle soup.

The weather was really mixed; we had some nice sunny weather but also some rain and locked in cloud on mountain tops. Although November and December are regarded as being the dry season there can often still be rain and this was the second year in a row that I experienced rain in the north into December.

Notes on Finding Birds
Although bird activity was a little lower than may have been expected for the time of year (mixed flocks were found but far fewer than usual) we managed to see new species throughout every day; every time we got out of the vehicle to do some birding we saw another new species for the trip. By being patient and enjoying the forest and scenery we came across a large number of highly interesting birds and got good views of many northern speciality species as well as encountering a good number of scarce migrants. At times finding birds was extremely difficult due to fog and rain but we just drove around until we found clear patches and consequently more birds.
Field Guides
1. Birds of Southeast Asia by Craig Robson
2. Guide to the Birds of Thailand by Philip D. Round & Boonsong Lekagul
3. Birds of Thailand - Thai language field guide by various contributors
Birding Highlights

Doi Lang: Grey-headed Parrotbill, Lesser Rufous-headed Parrotbill, Spot-breasted Parrotbill, Eyebrowed Thrush, Grey-sided Thrush, Chestnut Thrush, Long-tailed Thrush, White's Thrush, Crested Bunting, Black-headed Greenfinch, Scarlet-faced Liocichla, Spectacled Barwing, Black-throated Tit, Crested Finchbill, Giant Nuthatch, Mountain Bamboo Partridge, Red-billed Scimitar Babbler, Collared Babbler, Pin-tailed Green Pigeon, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Spot-winged Grosbeak, White-bellied Redstart, Aberrant Bush Warbler

Thatorn: Russet Sparrow, Eastern Marsh Harrier, Pied Harrier, Rosy Pipit, Australasian Bushlark, Siberian Rubythroat

Doi Pha Hom Pok: Chestnut-headed Tesia, Black-throated Tit, Himalayan Bluetail

Daily Account

28th November - Chiang Mai to Doi Lang
Having met David at the Dhara Dhevi Hotel, Chiang Mai, we began heading towards Doi Lang at midday, stopping briefly for a light lunch. We headed straight up Doi Lang from the Fang bypass; the journey taking around 3 hours.

Once on the mountain we stopped at the first photographic stakeouts in some moist forest where we found the sign erected by the national park department ordering birders to avoid using call playback, meal worms and staking out nest sites. Sometimes mealworms and call playback are overused, and certainly these techniques to see birds should not be used near known nests, but interest in birds and conservation is growing rapidly in Thailand because of the photo opportunities created by meal worm stakeouts. In a country where governments ignore wildlife conservation at best, the only way for progress to be made is for large numbers of people to be aware of nature and enjoy it, and in my opinion, the ever-increasing popularity of birds is worth the disturbance to a small number of birds lured in by mealworms.

On this occasion we did not use meal worms to see any birds as we were not photographing them and enjoying birding as we walked along the road was more important to us than sitting at stakeouts. This way we came across a few Spot-winged Grosbeaks and a group of White-browed Laughingthrushes then further along we found a feeding flock that included a Grey-headed Parrotbill, Spectacled Barwing, several species of warblers and Rufous-backed Sibia.

We decided to explore further along the road and drove to a small farmed area a little beyond the army checkpoint, and parked our vehicle. We hung around this area until leaving and as the day ended there was a lot of activity including large numbers of Little Buntings and Olive-backed Pipits with a few Crested Buntings to join them. While watching these a larger bird landed on an isolated tree and a quick look confirmed it as a Giant Nuthatch - seldom has this species been so easy to find! Many birds were skulking in the undergrowth and a little "pishing" made an Aberrant Bush Warbler show itself and eventually we saw a female White-bellied Redstart. In fact many individuals of this species were calling and we saw glimpses of several more. With the light and activity fading we drove down the mountain to our accommodation at Thatorn.

29th November - Doi Lang
We had our breakfast at our accommodation at 6am, taking some nice spicy pork and basil sandwiches with us as a packed lunch. Heading up the mountain from Thatorn provided us with a bumpy ride due to lots of potholes and we made our first stop at the large concrete bridge which gives a nice view of the forest canopy as the first sunshine hits the treetops in the early morning. Here we saw the expected Blue-throated Barbets and a Great Barbet as well as several Grey Treepies. More of a surprise was a Slender-billed Oriole presenting itself nicely on an exposed tree and 2 Pin-tailed Green Pigeons flying past at head height.

We then proceeded, driving fairly slowly so that we could find a pair of Mountain Bamboo Partridges on the road before making a quick stop at the hill tribe rice fields where we spotted the regular Grey-faced Buzzard and Oriental Turtle Doves, as well as commoner species such as Grey-breasted Prinia and Grey Bushchat, before moving on.

Our next stop was on a steep stretch of road in some moist forest where we flushed a White's Thrush which had been feeding in leaf litter. We managed to refind the bird after it flew away, but we did not get the best of views. However, while viewing a Golden-throated Barbet we noticed another thrush in the treetops which revealed itself to be a Grey-sided Thrush - a scarce winter visitor. In the same area a small flock of Eyebrowed Thrushes passed through, alerting us to the fact that migration was actively occurring and that anything could turn up. Indeed, I have often found that falls of migrants can occur in the north in the last week of November and first week of December.
Sunset on Doi Lang
(Photo by Nick Upton)
Our next stop was at the border police checkpoint, a spot that always has some wonderful birds to see. We quickly found the Scarlet-faced Liocichlas that frequent the feeding station here enjoying close-up views of this amazing bird; Dark-backed Sibias, Silver-eared Laughingthrushes and Spectacled Barwings joined the party as usual. Walking along the road from here revealed a few flocks of small birds including many Orange-barred Leaf Warblers, Rufous-winged Fulvettas and a single Yellow-browed Tit; this latter species can easily be overlooked, mistaken for a Leaf Warbler so it is worth remembering to look out for it. This stretch of road beyond the border police checkpoint is always good and we continued to see new birds for our trip; Whiskered Yuhina, Small Niltava, Ashy Bulbul, Alstrom's Warbler and Yellow-bellied Fantail were all memorable for various reasons.

A good lunch stop is the viewpoint, now named the "San Ju Viewpoint", so that is where we headed and we inspected the buddeia bushes here for sunbirds, finding plenty of Mrs Gould's Sunbird and at least 1 subadult/female Fire-tailed Sunbird at their regular spot. David flushed a large thrush from inside the forest here and later I investigated and found it to be a White's Thrush which perched nicely for me to study before we had a middle-of-the-day break.

For the remainder of the afternoon we proceeded through drier forest and open areas in which we came across unusually high numbers of Common Rosefinches; more evidence of migrating birds arriving. Brown-breasted Bulbul, Aberrant Bush Warbler and a group of foraging Crested Finchbills were also to be found in grassy, open forest before we enjoyed an amazing sunset after some rain showers. With the weather and light deteriorating we drove back down the mountain to enjoy dinner.

30th November - Doi Lang & Thatorn Rice Fields
For this day we decided to drive along the road again, just stopping when we saw something of interest. Our first stop was a few kilometres from the border police checkpoint where we saw a flock of birds crossing the road. Somehow by the time we had stopped and got out of the car all the birds had disappeared. We walked along the road a little but could not relocate them. However, I decided to try the call of Collared Owlet to draw some birds in. This often does not work but on this occssion the result was spectacular with many species mobbing us; Pallas's Leaf Warbler, Speckled Piculet, Black-throated Tit, Fire-breasted Flowerpecker, Black-throated Sunbird and Yellow-cheeked Tit were just some of the many species involved.
Further along several Eyebrowed Thrushes were flushed off of the road as we drove along slowly and then a larger thrush flew along in front of us and landed by the roadside. Although our views were brief, through our binoculars we could confirm that this was a Long-tailed Thrush, a very scarce visitor to Thailand. Concentrating our efforts on more open forest and grassy area we soon came across another migrant thrush; this time a female Chestnut Thrush.

I took David to an open area that often provides some good sightings as well as a great view into Myanmar, being careful not to stray off the road as there is a sign in Thai and some razor wire warning people of unexploded ordnance. Here we managed to find the expected Buff-throated Warbler, a nice, grass-loving Phylloscopus warbler, some more Crested Buntings as well as great views of a pair of Spot-breasted Parrotbills - Doi Lang is a really great location for this bird which is hard to find at other Thai locations.
Open Area on Doi Lang
(Photo by Nick Upton)
While taking in the view I heard the gentle call of Black-headed Greenfinches and some scanning revealed a flock of fifteen in flight in front of us; they whirled around several times before landing in some seeding weeds and we were able to view them feeding through a telescope. The view here provided us with a nice spot for lunch. After lunch, however, birding was rather slow and as we had planned to visit rice fields near Thatorn we chose this afternoon for a visit.

It took around one hour to get to the rice fields and we found a place to park the vehicle so that it would not prevent farm vehicles from passing, not wishing to upset the locals and give them a negative view of birders. Cloudy weather gave the rice fields an unusually cool climate which allowed us to cover quite a lot of ground. Birds seen quickly, as expected, included Long-tailed Shrike, Pied Bushchat, Black-collared Myna, Citrine Wagtail, Brown Shrike, Dusky Warbler and Green Sandpiper. After a short walk we spotted a flock of sparrows and on inspection they mostly turned out to be House Sparrows but within the flock were at least 2 male Russet Sparrows - a rare winter visitor. We were able to see these birds for some time through the 'scope and continuing our walk we saw a few raptors including Eastern Marsh Harrier, Pied Harrier, Common Kestrel and Rufous-winged Buzzard; all of these are regular at this site.

As we were heading back, through the rice fields, to the vehicle we flushed a pair of larks which typically disappeared into vegetation. Both David and I could tell by the size and shape of the birds that these were not the common Indochinese Bushlark, nor did they look quite right for Oriental Skylark, which is found at this site. With this in mind I tiptoed into the vegetation and they flew out to show themselves as Australasian Bushlark, a species which is seldom seen these days in Thailand. Having proved, once again, that there are a lot of good birds to be found at this location we drove back for dinner.
The Sites Visited

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  The three sites visited are all within a short drive of each other, from either Thatorn or Fang and provide a mixture of different forest habitats and farmland so that a wide range of species could be seen.

Thatorn is about a 3 hour drive from Chiang Mai along a well-made, but windy road which can be a dangerous drive; the rice fields are just 5-10 minutes south of the village of Thatorn.

Driving up Doi Lang from the Thatorn side gets visitors into good birding habitat in about 45 minutes but the road on this side is horribly potholed. Driving up from the Fang side takes a bit longer - a little more than 1 hour perhaps.

The road up Doi Pha Hom Pok is signposted in English but the road is dirt - a 4-wheel drive vehicle is essential for almost the entire year.
1st December - Doi Pha Hom Pok & Thatorn Rice Fields
We decided to use the day to explore the road up Doi Pha Hom Pok. This was very easily found as it is signposted from the Fang Bypass and upon reaching the park gate there was no one present to buy a ticket from so we just headed uphill. The weather was pretty poor with persistent light rain and the top of the mountain enshrouded in cloud, but in our 4-wheel drive vehicle we felt confident. The drive was plain-sailing until we were almost at the campsite and came to a junction; we decided to turn right as the sign said "A-frame huts" which is where we thought we were supposed to be heading but soon after making the turning it became clear things were going to be problematic as we were heading downhill on an extremely slick, muddy dirt road.

We were looking for something of an adventure but neither of us had envisaged what was to happen over the next hour or more. We attempted to turn around and go back up the hill but such was the mire we were stuck in that it was next to impossible to make any progress. Luckily David had a winch on the front of the vehicle and we eventually managed to haul ourselves up the hill bit-by-bit by a process of me wrapping the winch cable around a suitable tree and David driving whilst operating the winch at the same time and covering us both in thick layers of mud.
When we got to the campsite we got some simple food cooked for us at a little canteen run by the staff and then walked along a wide trail which was opposite. There was another trail which led uphill and we were told that it heads to the mountain's summit with a walk of several hours. The trail we chose offered a simpler and more-or-less level trail. Although the weather was misty with some rain we managed to find some nice birds including a few Chestnut-headed Tesias, several female Himalayan Bluetails and a flock of Black-throated Tits. We also saw a good variety of commoner high altitude birds despite the weather and it would seem to be a good location for birding on a day with better weather and we decided to retreat and head out to the rice fields for a second visit.

We made our way carefully back down the muddy road, stopping a couple of times to have a quick scan of the tree tops for perched birds and by the time we reached the rice fields it was quite late and still raining. With low enthusiasm and wet, muddy clothes we decided to go back and take a shower and start on the beer!

2nd December - Doi Lang to Chiang Mai
On our last day together we decided to head back up Doi Lang from the Thatorn side, once more, and try something a little experimental. Some years beforehand I had come across a small group of Lesser Rufous-headed Parrotbills following a group of Collared Babblers in a memorable patch of forest. However, on subsequent visits to Doi Lang I had not had time to revisit the spot so I was keen to see if we could find these very scarce birds again.

Arriving at the right spot the weather was a little chilly but as the sun crept onto the forest the birds became lively. A couple of Stripe-breasted Woodpeckers showed themselves on exposed branches, enjoying some morning sunshine, as did a number of Black Bulbuls and some handsome White-headed Bulbuls. As the birds became active I used a little call playback of Collared Babbler (which is often a bird that reacts well to this technique) and very quickly these birds appeared in some bamboo followed by a total of 5 Lesser Rufous-headed Parrotbills, giving us really good, close views. An added bonus were a pair of Red-billed Scimitar-babblers that were also part of the flock that came along calling loudly as they jumped around in the low foliage.

We were able to watch these three wonderful species for quite some time until they drifted off into the forest and we were both pleased that our experimental plan had worked out so well. Further birding in the same area revealed a nice male Slaty-blue Flycatcher as well as some flocks of commoner birds including Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker, Greater Yellownape and Greater Racket-tailed Drongo which must be at the maximum limit of its altitudinal range here.

The remainder of our time on Doi Lang consisted of revisiting some of the most productive spots over the previous few days where we saw mostly the same set of species but we did add a nice Mountain Hawk Eagle to our list and enjoyed the colourful birds at the border police checkpoint again - they really are a joy to watch for anyone who is a bird enthusiast rather than just a "ticker".
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David had to get a late afternoon flight at Chiang Mai airport so we began our journey to the airport having enjoyed a good birding trip and some adventure; our escapade on Doi Pha Hom Pok was a fun memory at this point even if it was not at the time. On our arrival at Chiang Mai airport we found out that the winching incident on Doi Pha Ham Pok had damaged the power steering and I had to drop David off but it was easily sorted out with friendly mechanics helping me patch the vehicle up until proper repairs could be made.
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 Species list with notes
The taxonomic order used here is that from the official Thai bird checklist issued by the Thai records committee, correct as of December 2013.
Doi Lang : DL
Thatorn : T
Doi Pha Hom Pok : DPHP

1. Mountain Bamboo Partridge: 2 on the road, DL.
2. Red Junglefowl: 1 flushed from road, DL.
3. Asian Openbill: 40-50 at T.
4. Cinnamon Bittern: 1 at T.
5. Straited Heron: 1 in stream at base of DL.
6. Chinese Pond Heron: Fairly common at T.
7. Eastern Cattle Egret: T.
8. Little Egret: A few at T.
9. Oriental Honey-buzzard: 1 outside Chiang Mai.
10. Black-winged Kite: Fairly common at T.
11. Rufous-winged Buzzard: 1 at T.
12. Eastern Marsh Harrier: 2f & 1 immature male at T.
13. Pied Harrier:1j at T.
14. Crested Goshawk: 1 briefly at DPHP.
15. Besra: 1 at DL.
16. Grey-faced Buzzard: 1 on rice fields at DL.
17. Mountain Hawk Eagle: 1 at DL.
18. Common Kestrel: A few, T.
19. Peregrine Falcon: 1m at DL.
20. Common Snipe: A few at T.
21. Green Sandpiper: A few at T.
22. Common Sandpiper: 1 at T.
23. Feral Pigeon: T.
24. Oriental Turtle Dove: A few on the road at DL.
25. Spotted Dove: Lots at T.
26. Pin-tailed Green Pigeon: 2 at DL.
27. Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon: 3 at DL.
28. Mountain Imperial Pigeon: A few at DL.
29. Greater Coucal: A few at DL.
30. Lesser Coucal: 1 at T.
31. Large-tailed Nightjar: 1 on the road after dark, DL.
32. Asian Palm Swift: T.
33. Cook's Swift: Several groups, DL.
34. House Swift: A few at T.
35. Indian Roller: 1 at T.
36. White-throated Kingfisher: A few at T.
37. Common Kingfisher: 2 at T.
38. Blue-bearded Bee-eater: 1 at Dl.
39. Great Barbet: 1 at DL.
40. Golden-throated Barbet: A few at DL.
41. Blue-throated Barbet: 1 at DL.
42. Speckled Piculet: 1 at DL.
43. Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker: 1 at DL.
44. Stripe-breasted Woodpecker: A few at DL.
45. Greater Yellownape: A pair at DL.
46. Greater Flameback: 1 flew across the road at DL.
47. Rufous Woodpecker: 1 at DL.
48. Ashy Woodswallow: Many at T.
49. Common Iora: 1 at DL.
50. Large Cuckooshrike: 2 at DL.
51. Black-winged Cuckooshrike: 3 at DL.
52. Ashy Minivet: 1 at DL.
53. Grey-chinned Minivet: Several in flocks at DL & DPHP.
54. Long-tailed Minivet: Many flocks near army road block, DL.
55. Short-billed Minivet: A pair at DL.
56. Scarlet Minivet: A few at DL & DPHP.
57. Brown Shrike: Common at T.
58. Long-tailed Shrike: Several at T.
59. Blyth's Shrike Babbler: A pair at DL & 1m at DPHP.
60. Slender-billed Oriole: 1 at DL.
61. Black Drongo: Fairly common at T.
62. Ashy Drongo: A few at DL.
63. Bronzed Drongo: A few groups at DL & DPHP.
64. Hair-crested Drongo: Several groups at DL.
65. Greater Racket-tailed Drongo: 1 at DL.
66. White-throated Fantail: A few in flocks at DL & DPHP.
67. Grey Treepie: Fairly common at DL & DPHP.
68. Yellow-bellied Fantail: A few at DL & DPHP.
69. Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher: 1 at DPHP.
70. Yellow-cheeked Tit: Several at DL & DPHP.
71. Yellow-browed Tit: 1 in mixed flock at DL.
72. Australasian Bushlark: A pair at T.
73. Striated Bulbul: 2 at DL.
74. Black-crested Bulbul: A few, DL.
75. Red-whiskered Bulbul: A few, DL.
76. Brown-breasted Bulbul: A few, DL.
77. Sooty-headed Bulbul: Common in farmland at base of DL & T.
78. Flavescent Bulbul: A few at DL.
79. Mountain Bulbul: Fairly common at DL & DPHP.
80. Ashy Bulbul: A few at DL.
81. Black Bulbul: Very common at DL & DPHP.
82. White-headed Bulbul: 2 groups of about 6 birds, DL.
83. Barn Swallow: Common at T.
84. Asian House Martin: A group of about 30 at DL.
85. Straited Swallow: A few at DL.

86. Chestnut-headed Tesia: 2 at DL & 1 at DPHP.
87. Aberrant Bush Warbler: A few seen at DL, many others heard.
88. Mountain Tailorbird: 1 at DL.
89. Black-throated Tit: 2 flocks at DL & another at DPHP.
90. Dusky Warbler: Common at T.
91. Buff-throated Warbler: A few at Dl & 1 at DPHP.
92. Orange-barred Leaf Warbler: Unusually common at DL & DPHP.
93. Pallas's Leaf Warbler: Unusually common at DL & DPHP.
94. Yellow-browed Warbler: A few at DL & 1 at T.
95. Hume's leaf Warbler: 1 in pine at DPHP.
96. Two-barred Leaf Warbler: A few at DL.
97. Claudia's Leaf Warbler: 1 at DPHP.
98. Davison's Leaf Warbler: A few at DL; this is usually the commonest Phylloscopus here but not on this ocassion.
99. Bianchi's Warbler: Several at DL & DPHP.
100. Marten's Warbler: 1 at DL.
101. Alstrom's Warbler: Unusually common at DL.
102. Chestnut-crowned Warbler: 1 at DL & 1 at DPHP.
103. Grey-breasted Prinia: A few at DL.
104. Plain Prina: 1 blanfordi at T.
105. Red-billed Scimitar Babbler: 2 at DL.
106. Grey-throated Babbler: 1 seen briefly at DL.
107. Golden Babbler: A few in a flock at DL.
108. Rufous-winged Fulvetta: Common bird in flocks on DL & DPHP.
109. Grey-cheeked Fulvetta: Common at DL & DPHP..
110. Collared (White-hooded) Babbler: A small flock at DL.
111. White-browed Laughingthrush: 3 at DL.
112. Silver-eared Laughingthrush: A few at DL.
113. Blue-winged Minla: A few at DL & DPHP.
114. Bar-throated (Chestnut-tailed) Minla: 2 at DL.
115. Scarlet-faced Liocichla: A few at DL.
116. Spectacled Barwing: Several groups at DL & DPHP.
117. Rufous-backed Sibia: 2 at DL.
118. Dark-backed Sibia: Very common at DL & DPHP.
119. Lesser Rufous-headed Parrotbill: 3 at DL.
120. Grey-headed Parrotbill: 1 at DL.
121. Spot-breasted Parrotbill: 3 at DL.
122. Striated Yuhina: A flock of about 30 at concrete bridge at DL.
123. Whiskered Yuhina: A few at DL.
124. Chestnut-flanked White-eye: Common at DL & DPHP.
125. Chestnut-vented Nuthatch: A few at DL.
126. Giant Nuthatch: 1 near army road block at DL.
127. White-vented Myna: Common at T.
128. Common Myna: Common at T.
129. Black-collared Myna: Common at T.
130. Long-tailed Thrush: 1 flushed from roadside on 2 days.
131. White's Thrush: 2 at DL.
132. Chestnut Thrush: 1 at DL .
133. Grey-sided Thrush: 1 at DL.
134. Eyebrowed Thrush: A couple of groups of c6 at DL.
135. Oriental Magpie Robin: 1 at T.
136. Small Niltava: 1 singing male at DL.
137. White-bellied Redstart: 1 subadult male at DL.
138. Siberian Rubythroat: A few at T.
139. Himalayan Bluetail: 3f at DL & 1f at DPHP.
140. Blue Whistlingthrush: 1 eugenei at DL.
141. Slaty-blue Flycatcher: 1m at DL.
142. Slaty-backed Flycatcher: 1f at DL.
143. Sapphire Flycatcher: 1f at DL.
144. Grey Bushchat: A few at DL .
145. Pied Bushchat: Common at T.
146. Eastern Stonechat: A few at DL & T.
147. Orange-bellied Leafbird: Common at DL & DPHP.
148. Fire-breasted Flowerpecker: Common at DL & DPHP.
149. Mrs Gould's Sunbird: Common at DL & DPHP.
150. Black-throated Sunbird: A few at DL.
151. Striated Spiderhunter: 1 at DL.
152. House Sparrow: Many at T.
153. Russet Sparrow: 2m at T.
154. White-rumped Munia: 1 at DL.
155. Citrine Wagtail: Several at T.
156. Grey Wagtail: A few at DL & DPHP.
157. White Wagtail: A few at T.
158. Richard's Pipit: Common at T.
159. Olive-backed Pipit: Common at DL & DPHP.
160. Red-throated Pipit: c40 at T.
161. Rosy Pipit: 2 at T.
162. Black-headed Greenfinch: Flock of 15 in farmland at DL.
163. Common Rosefinch: Unusually common at DL.
164. Spot-winged Grosbeak: c8 at DL.
165. Crested Bunting: c12 at DL.
166. Little Bunting: 20+ at DL.
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