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Chiang Mai the ‘joys’ of spring!

Couple of new sounds in the garden heralding the change of seasons. Guess you could call it spring, which in Chiang Mai is a brief transitional period of 2 or 3 weeks between the relatively cool winter months of Dec., Jan. and early Feb. and the baking hot ‘summer’ from March onwards. Firstly the incessant and often very loud buzzing of cicadas; you don’t even need to go outside – if you can hear them chirping then you know it’s hot and if you can’t hear the miniature buzz-saws going then there’s probably clouds overhead. And secondly the sudden proliferation of Koels – a very distinctively sounding bird in the cuckoo family. An odd creature with some very peculiar habits – see here . Typically more common further south they seem to have arrived in Chiang Mai in large numbers this year – global warming?

Koel, male
Koel, male

That was taken in Malaysia – don’t have any pix of Koels in Chiang Mai since I’ve never seen them in our garden before. Common every year is this very aptly named ‘Garden-fence’ lizard and below the spectacular, (though slightly blurred), Blue-Crested lizard.

Garden-fence Lizard
Garden-fence Lizard
Blue-crested lizard
Blue-crested lizard

Finally one of the best things about the oncoming hot season is it’s the time of year when a lot of orchid species come into bloom and here’s a pretty one though not exactly sure what kind it is. Anyway better get on with some ‘real’ work instead of wandering round the garden with a camera – cheers!

Garden orchid
Garden orchid