Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Mae Sot, 6-8 Sept
Just spent a couple of days working in Mae Sot: very little time for any birding, but a petrol stop on the way up happened to be t a petrol station where there is a heron roost, so had Black-crowned Night Herons leaving, with various egrets and Chinese Pond Herons arriving, the adjacent wet field held a group of 7-8 migrating Wood Sandpipers. A pre-work wander in Mae Sot gave me nice views of a group of Pied Chats, chasing one another around the edges of a small reservoir, and a Crested Treeswift. The journey home yesterday was broken by a (very) brief stop at Thaksin Maharat NP, where I saw my first two Brown Shrikes of the autumn, and a Brown Needtail zipping over the forest at warp factor 7.