Lots of Davison's Leaf Warbler singing, including this one, mixed in with the odd Claudia's Warbler at 34.5 trail at Dio Inthanon National Park. Also Hume's and Yellow-browed Warbler were in the same area.
A late start this morning when I arrived at trail 34.5 at 09.30. Thanks to Thai bird photographer, Bun, who gave me a lift to the trail as he was passing on his ways to the summit. This trail I was on continues for miles into the mountains and by the end of the day I had observed everything that was expected to be seen in the forest and I only walked maybe over a mile! It started off slow before a male White-tailed Robin showed well followed by a Brown-throated Treecreeper.
In the mile that I had walked, I could hear Yellow-browed Warbler most of the time but when I came to a Y-junction, I could no longer hear the latter species and instead there was another leaf warbler singing. Which one? I had no idea until I played the call of all three species that are to be seen in the National Park and it was Davison's Leaf Warbler, of the White-tailed complex, that reacted to the recording. I also had a single Claudia's Leaf Warbler, of the Blyth's Leaf complex, hanging out with the Davison's.
I saw up to 5 Davison's Leaf Warbler from the White-tailed complex.
It was only when I was later goin through the photos that I could see that this scruffy individual was in fact a Claudia's Leaf Warbler, from the Blyth's Leaf complex, told by the dark undertail pattern.
This part of the trail was more sparse and further on opened up with scattered Pines where I got a Hume's Warbler, 2 Red-whiskered Bulbul, Mountain Taylorbird and Hill Prinia. I made the short walk back to the forest and for the next few hours I spent on a bend looking over the canopy where I could see birds moving through and in this time, it proved to be very active throughout. This included a good number of species, 3 Long-tailed Broardbill, male Large Niltava, male Little Pied Flycatcher, male Violet Cuckoo, Indochinese Cuckooshrike, Lesser, Yellownape, male White-browed and Chestnut-fronted Shrike Babbler, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, 2 Rufus-backed Sibia, 4 Verditer Flycatcher, 2 Speckled Barwing, male Besra and a few Grey-headed Fulvetta and Yellow-cheeked Tit. It pays off sometimes just to stay in one spot for a few hours!
Male Large Niltava
There were 2 Red-whiskered Bulbul
Male Little Pied Flycatcher
Male White-browed Shrike Babbler
Back on the open road making my ways back to Mr Daeng's, roadside birding included a small flock of Chestnut-flanked and Orential White-eye. A single Black Bulbul with 2 Mountain Bulbul and a Grey-backed Shrike. Martin didn't join me today as he wasn't feeling so good. However, when I returned to Mr Daeng's, I found him in the garden with another birder watching a pair of Black-throated Sunbird and flying overhead, 2 Olive-backed Pipit..
This Grey-backed Shrike was very obliging next to the road
And this is the way they get around here