Birding/ Bird watching in Lanna Rama 9 Park, Chiang Mai


Friday 9th of June 2017 and we reached the Lanna Rama 9 Park at 2 o'clock. And I will update my Chiang Mai birding map with Lanna Rama 9 Park. So you can zoom in to the park on the map and you will see how the park looks from above.

Click HERE to view the map in a full window

We parked the car and I was soon discover that it wasn't any big park. I crossed the small pond over a bridge and I spotted an Oriental Magpie Robin. The bird was just sitting on the lawn and I could walk all the way up to the bird. I thought that the bird was sick. But luckily enough the bird took off so it was OK.

I had the Sooty-headed Bulbul and the Black-crested Bulbul on my list of birds I wanted to have on pictures. And good pictures! I had a few pictures already that went straight to the garbage.

Birding/ Bird watching in Lanna Rama 9 Park, Chiang Mai - Oriental Magpie Robin

Sooty-headed bulbul, Pycnonotus aurigaster, นกปรอดหัวสีเขม่า

It is a small park and it is pretty convenient to walk around the area. But there was no benches or places to sit down, something that is very helpful when watching birds. Centre of the park is a monument and there are potted plants with flowers around the monument where I saw many bulbuls and other birds that likes flowers.

There are many trees around the park with berries and with red flowers. West side of the park have some big trees inside the fence facing the lake on the other side of the road. There are several ponds in the park, but no Kingfishers.

Walking North along the big trees inside the fence on the west side brings you past an Amphitheatre and a Fusball thing. What is Fusball? It says fusball on the sign.
Birding/ Bird watching in Lanna Rama 9 Park, Chiang Mai

Birding/ Bird watching in Lanna Rama 9 Park, Chiang Mai

Birding/ Bird watching in Lanna Rama 9 Park, Chiang Mai
Passing the fusball thing

You reach what is like a banana tree divider so you cannot see the dump behind the banana trees. I think the dump is for organic materials like leafs and coconuts from around Chiang Mai.
Birding/ Bird watching in Lanna Rama 9 Park, Chiang Mai
Lanna Rama 9 Park, Chiang Mai

Birding/ Bird watching in Lanna Rama 9 Park, Chiang Mai
Lanna Rama 9 Park, Chiang Mai

Birding/ Bird watching in Lanna Rama 9 Park, Chiang Mai
Lanna Rama 9 Park, Chiang Mai
It was a quick visit today and I spend most of the time with two Sooty-headed Bulbuls and when I was happy with the pictures I went back to the van and we drove back to Suriwongse Hotel. I was hungry so I went straight to the restaurant for a Khao Soy, a curry soup from Chiang Mai.

I had two bowls before I went back to my room to check out the pictures I had taken during the day. I was happy that I had seen 2 new birds today. Well, I had seen them before, but today I got pictures of them.

I was happy with the day and tomorrow it is time to go back home. But we will leave the hotel at 6 thirty for a few hours in the Lanna Rama 9 Park. So my alarm will go off at 05:00 again and I will enjoy a few last hours of bird watching before going home.

Suriwongse Hotel
Restaurant at Suriwongse Hotel

Suriwongse Hotel
Restaurant at Suriwongse Hotel

Suriwongse Hotel
Khao Soy at Suriwongse Hotel

So, it was nice with a short day and next time I come here I will stay at the hotel in Chiang Mai. Or if I find a “nice” hotel close to the Doi Inthanon National Park. Full days are a wee bit too long and no time to relax. I have my holiday and a wee bit of relaxation is also necessary even though I enjoy the nature. But the 5 o'clock wakeup call every morning...

Anyway, I took a taxi to restaurant NORDEN outside Chiang Mai. I had Smoked Salmon and dill creamed potatoes. And as my taxi driver could not be back until 8 o'clock I had plenty time to kill. So a plate of Meatballs was soon in front of me.

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Saturday 10th of June 2017
and yet again, I wa sout of bed at 5 o'clock. Enjoying a Pepsi MAX before going for breakfast at 06:00. We left for Lanna Rama 9 Park at 6 thirty and thanks to our quick visit yesterday I knew what to expect.

We parked the car and we were soon spotting a sunbird sitting on a red flower in a tree. Female sunbird and I could not identify the bird. Males are always better, nice colours and easy to identify. I could see that it was a Sunbird, but that’s it.

We walked along the fence on the west side of the park and we spotted an Spotted Owlet in one of the trees. The owlet was high up in the tree so it was kind of hard to spot the bird in the tree. And yet again I found use for my new flash.

Birding/ Bird watching in Lanna Rama 9 Park, Chiang Mai
Behind the Amphitheatre

Spotted Owlet, Athene brama, นกเค้าจุด

We also saw something not so nice. And no, it is not any human right to have children! A foreigner driving around on a moped/ motorcycle with a young boy, maybe 3 to 6 years old. No one was wearing a helmet. And a plastic bag with 4 cans of beer. By the look of it it was Beer Chang. Coming down to the fusball place and he sat down on a rock and had a beer.

The boy walked around doing nothing. What the duck! If you bring children to a fusball place you bring a football, NOT BEER. AND YOU DON'T HAVE A CHILD ON A MOPED! And no helmet!

What a twat! Thailand really attract some of the best people. We walked along the north side and we went to check out the Barbet tree in the North West corner of the park

Birding/ Bird watching in Lanna Rama 9 Park, Chiang Mai
Passing the Amphitheatre thing next to the fusball thing

Birding/ Bird watching in Lanna Rama 9 Park, Chiang Mai - Lineated barbet, นกโพระดกธรรมดา

Birding/ Bird watching in Lanna Rama 9 Park, Chiang Mai - Coppersmith Barbet, Psilopogon haemacephalus, นกตีทอง

Birding/ Bird watching in Lanna Rama 9 Park, Chiang Mai
Barbet trees

We spotted both Lineated Barbets and Coppersmith Barbets in the trees. We walked back and we ended up in the North East corner of the park. There is a few big trees with something that looked like big fruits. I approached and I saw two beautiful Great Cucoals.

And I saw a Cinnamon Bittern leaving the Cuckoo trees behind. Same as in Huai Tueng Thao, I walk along and I don't see the bird until it takes off flying away. I saw the Cinnamon Bittern sitting in a tree but too far away. So I will really have to walk carefully next time in Chiang Mai so I can see the Cinnamon Bitterns before they fly away.

Birding/ Bird watching in Lanna Rama 9 Park, Chiang Mai
Cuckoos corner

Birding/ Bird watching in Lanna Rama 9 Park, Chiang Mai
I look for the Cinnamon Bittern

Birding/ Bird watching in Lanna Rama 9 Park, Chiang Mai - Asian Koel, Eudynamys scolopaceus, นกกาเหว่า

We walk back to the van and we leave the park. We stop on the road just north of the park where we had seen the barbets. I wanted to see if I could see the cucoals again, but no luck. But I saw a Coppersmith Barbet on the wire. And there was also two birds that I had never seen before. But by accident, I was looking for owlets in Chiang Mai online and I found a trip report from Chiang Mai dated back to 2008. Click HERE to read the trip report.

Anyway, there was a picture of a Burmese Shrike and it looked like the two birds I had seen on the wire along the road. I'm not 100% sure that it is a Burmese Shrike.

Birding/ Bird watching in Lanna Rama 9 Park, Chiang Mai
We pass under a gate or what it is to get in on the road north of the park

Birding/ Bird watching in Lanna Rama 9 Park, Chiang Mai
The road north of the park

Birding/ Bird watching in Lanna Rama 9 Park, Chiang Mai - Coppersmith Barbet, Psilopogon haemacephalus, นกตีทอง
Coppersmith Barbet - นกตีทอง and Burmese Shrikes?

Birding/ Bird watching in Lanna Rama 9 Park, Chiang Mai
Burmese Shrikes?

Birding/ Bird watching in Lanna Rama 9 Park, Chiang Mai
Burmese Shrikes?

Birding/ Bird watching in Lanna Rama 9 Park, Chiang Mai
Burmese Shrikes?

Birding/ Bird watching in Lanna Rama 9 Park, Chiang Mai
The lake is surrounded by shacks and huts

We went back in the van and we started to drive back to the hotel. We continued towards the north and we drove by the small lake. On the west side of the lake we could see some birds. The other sides of the lake is full of houses on the beaches so no birding there.

We stopped in the corner as I spotted a few small birds between the lake and the road. A little further down the road. Two Greater racket-tailed drongo playing on a tree trunk. Maybe they were playing preparing to make babies. I tried to get in but even though I mustered my most polite Thai the military guard didn't let me in to have a look at the birds.

So I had to take the pictures form the road and they left a lot to wish for.

Birding/ Bird watching in Lanna Rama 9 Park, Chiang Mai - Greater racket-tailed drongo
Greater racket-tailed drongo

Birding/ Bird watching in Lanna Rama 9 Park, Chiang Mai - Greater racket-tailed drongo
Greater racket-tailed drongo

Birding/ Bird watching in Lanna Rama 9 Park, Chiang Mai - Greater racket-tailed drongo
Greater racket-tailed drongo

We were soon back at the Suriwongse Hotel. I went to my room and I finished my last Pepsi MAX (I kept one for the ride to the airport) I packed my bag and I had a shower. I will check out at 13:00 and I have booked transportation to the airport. But before leaving Chiang Mai I need to have another bowl (Two bowls) of Khao Soy before leaving.

Of course, I can have Khao Soy in Bangkok. But if I am in Chiang Mai I can as well eat the local food here. And the Khao Soy at the hotel is very good. So I had two bowls before I went to check out. I was in the van 10 minutes later on my way to the airport.

Suriwongse Hotel, Chiang Mai
Time to leave

Chiang Mai Airport
The van drop me at Chiang Mai Airport

Chiang Mai Airport
The van is leaving

Chiang Mai Airport
On the way to Thai Airways lounge

Chiang Mai Airport
Security check

Chiang Mai Airport
Thai Airways lounge

Chiang Mai Airport
Thai Airways lounge

Chiang Mai Airport
Thai Airways lounge

Chiang Mai Airport
Departure hall

Chiang Mai Airport
Departure hall

Chiang Mai Airport
The flight is delayed

Chiang Mai Airport

Chiang Mai Airport

Thai Airways flight TG 111
Boarding Thai Airways flight TG 111

Thai Airways flight TG 111
Another flight I'm looking forward to

Thai Airways flight TG 111

Suvarnabhumi Airport
Arriving to Bangkok, soon home again

We left Chiang Mai 30 minutes late and we were soon hitting turbulence, same as when we were flying to Chiang Mai. But the flight was OK and they had have the kindness to block the seat next to me. I was back home around 6 o'clock and I went down to Sukhumvit Soi 8 to buy snus at The Stable Lodge. I had called them from Chiang Mai and they confirmed that they had snus.


Instant disappointment, it was not snus, it was Danish bagged Scooby Doo snus look alike. Well, I bought a can as I will go to US Embassy on Monday to apply for a visa. No electronics allowed at the embassy so I can imagine the reactions when Porky is entering the place with his e-cigarette. So I bought one can so I have something during my visit to the Embassy.

Anyway, Sunday tomorrow so it will be early morning at Chaiyasit Muay Thai Gym with ปีศาจแดง ก.กุมานนท์. And the afternoon will be spent at Bangkok Slot Car Club. Click HERE to check out how that turned out. And I will try to make a video, nothing you want to miss!

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