I stayed overnight in Fang and drove up to Doi Lang again on the morning of March 19. It was still quite cool in the morning and birds were very vocal along the way. The fire near the first Hodgson’s Frogmouth’s nest has already gone, so I was also relieved.
Despite the birds being vocal, I didn’t see as many birds as I expected. Apart from the birds in the photos above, there were Olive-backed Pipits and some distant Phylloscopus warblers flitting around.
Then I finally came across flocks of Mrs Hume’s Pheasant once again. In total, 9 individuals, 3 males and 6 females, were found on that morning! However, the photos that I took on the day before were much better for the male. At least, one of the females were extremely close and allowed me to get some decent shots while it was crossing the road.
I stopped at one of the photography stakeouts where many birds were showing extremely well. The first bird that showed up was a very tame female White-bellied Redstart. It is normally a devilishly shy bird, but once being fed with meal worms, it can become unbelievably tame just like this one. Then after a while came a pair of Hill Prinias and a pair of Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babblers. A tame Spot-breasted Parrotbill also showed up nearby but it wasn’t one of the visitors at the stakeout. Another nest of the Hodgson’s Frogmouth was also located in the same area. Just like the former nest, only the male bird was seen sitting on the nest.
Next to the photography stakeout, there was a blooming Erythrina subumbrans which attracted lots of birds including some really interesting species like the Grey-headed Parrotbill, Spot-breasted Parrotbill, White-browed Laughingthrush, White-browed Scimitar Babbler, Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler and Brown-breasted Bulbul.
I also visited Pha Hom Pok military base camp around noon and birds were similar to the day before, so I decided to leave and headed back to Chiang Mai. Overall, it was definitely a successful trip with incredibly many pheasants seen. Even with all the heat, smoke and ashes from the forest fire that was roaming the mountains, Doi Lang still continued to be one of Thailand’s birding paradises.