After yesterday's disaster with the car's eletrical system I was saved by a late night vehicle swap care of the hire car company. This meant I had the whole day to explore the Mae Sot-Umpang road, and despite dreary weather and regular heavy showers I managed to get a fair haul of birds. I missed out on the hoped for Burmese Yuhina, but that wasn't too surprising as it seems to be a fairly low density species, and this area is so good that I'm happy to have an incentive to return in the near future.
|view over Umphang from KM 126|
Probably the best record of the day was a "heard only" - a distant Rusty-napped Pitta
that called four or five times soon after I had parked the car at KM 121 at about 7.30am.
The selection of goodies that I actually saw included single White-browed Piculet
and Stripe-breasted Woodpecker
, a male Red-headed Trogon
, three Blue-bearded Bee-eaters
, two Little Cuckoo Doves
, several Bar-winged Flycatcher-Shrike
, at least four White-crowned Forktails
, two Velvet-fronted Nuthatches
, a single White-throated Bulbul
and a couple of Black-throated Laughingthrushes
Babblers were well represented, with both White-browed
and Coral-billed Scimitar Babblers
seen early morning between Km 120 and 121, along with Buff-breasted Babbler
, Golden Babbler
and Grey-throated Babbler
in the same area, plus Blyth's Shrike Babbler
and the largest flock of Silver-eared Mesia
(some 30 birds) that I have seen for a long time). I did also see a small group of Striated Yuhina
, which had me going for a bit (they showed briefly before diving for cover as a heavy shower came in) but I got enough on them to rule out Burmese.