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22/04/09 : At Hat Nopparat Thara, on the 19th April, 3 Pied Imperial Pigeons and 2 Pink-necked Pigeons were seen on offshore islands and on the 17th April, 3 Pale-capped Pigeons and 4 Orange-breasted Green Pigeons were seen coming in to roost on the same islands. - Nick Upton.

On 16th April 2 Hooded Pittas and 2 Blue-winged Pittas as well as a Banded Pitta were all seen from the same spot, at the same time, at Khao Nor Chu Chi. - Nick Upton & Srasri Phiromyothee.

On 15th April a pair of Black-throated Babblers were seen at Ban Nai Chong, Krabi. Also present were Green Broadbill, Black-and-yellow Broadbill, Streaked Wren Babbler and Banded Kingfisher. - Nick Upton.

On 14th April 2 Mangrove Pittas were seen in the afternoon from the boardwalk at Krabi. - Nick Upton.

At Khao Nor Chu Chi on 12th April a male Banded Pitta was briefly seen and a male Diard's Trogon was observed. A Large Wren Babbler was also found.

Three rainy days (9th-11th April) at Krung Ching produced a Javan Frogmouth on a nest, a Lesser Fish Eagle seen daily around HQ, 3 Wallace's Hawk Eagles and 1 male Rufous-collared Kingfisher. Other interesting birds included Short-tailed Babbler, Fulvous-chested Jungle Flycatcher, Green Broadbill, Black-and-yellow Broadbill, Black-thighed Falconet and Long-billed Spiderhunter.

A male Chinese Sparrowhawk was seen soaring over Khao Kanab Nam, Krabi on the 8th April. A Mangrove Pitta was seen and 3 others were heard calling at Krabi mangroves on the same date and Brown-winged Kingfisher was strangely difficult to find with only one being seen.

Large numbers of Forest Wagtail were seen along the road at Kaeng Krachan between the 5th and 7th April. 4 Eyebrowed Thrushes and a male Blue-and-white Flycatcher were found at a fruiting tree at Panoen Tung on the 6th and a pair of ratchet-tailed Treepies were observed making a nest at Km 24 on the same date. An Oriental Cuckoo was seen at Km 16 on the 7th. Other good birds at Kaeng Krachan over the three days included Banded Woodpecker, Silver-breasted Broadbill, Dusky Broadbill, Banded Broadbill, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Rusty-cheeked Hornbill, Yellow-vented Green Pigeon, Red-bearded Bee-eater and Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher.

29 Nordmann's Greenshank were still present at Laem Pak Bia on the 4th April. A Grey-tailed Tattler was seen at the sand spit and a Terek Sandpiper was found at Pak Thale on the same day. Other interesting records for the same area included a Chinese Egret at the sand spit, 2 male Painted Snipe and a few Purple-backed Starlings amongst over 200 White-shouldered Starlings at the King's Project as well as over 500 Blue-tailed Bee-eaters and 4 Red-nacked Phalaropes at Pak Thale.

The above sightings from Khao Nor Chu Chi, Krung Ching, Krabi, Kaeng Krachan, Laem Pak Bia and Pak Thale were made by Nick Upton, Patrick Martin and Antonio Salvadori.

03/04/09 : Migrating raptors included 3 Chinese Sparrowhawks and 2 Black Bazas at Khao Yai on the 3rd April and 26 Black Bazas on 2nd April. Also on the 2nd April a male Yellow-rumped Flycatcher was seen at Pha Gluai Mai campsite. Other interesting birds from Khao Yai included a male Siamese Fireback on the road to Haew Narok on 2nd, a female Banded Kingfisher at Haew Narok also on 2nd, a Long-tailed Broadbill near HQ on 1st and 2 Banded Broadbills at Km 33 on 3rd.

On 31st March 18 Glossy Ibis were seen at Bueng Boraphet and wintering ducks were reduced to around 100 Garganey. Around 5 breeding plumage Asian Golden Weavers were building nests in the crocodile enclosure at Bueng Boraphet on 30th and on the same date 10 Pink-necked Pigeons and 150+ Purple-backed Starlings were found at the fisheries research station. Both Streaked Weavers and Baya Weavers were seen building nests at various points around the lake.

On 30th March a Rufous-winged Buzzard and a Northern Goshawk were present at Huay Tung Tao, Chiang Mai.

1 female Hume's Pheasant, 1 Scaly Thrush, 3 Giant Nuthatches and a male Sapphire Flycatcher were the highlights of a trip to Den Ya Kat, Doi Chiang Dao on the 29th March. Also on 28th a single Wire-tailed Swallow and 1 Grey-headed Lapwing were present at Chiang Dao paddies.

A male Cutia, a pair of Black-throated Tits at a nest, 1 male Crested Bunting, large numbers of Eyebrowed Thrush, 3 Crimson-breasted Woodpeckers, 1 Buff-throated Warbler and a Manchurian Bush Warbler were all found on the ridge past the second checkpoint of Doi Lang on the 28th March.

Doi Ang Kang produced 8 Little Buntings (Chinese Cemetary), 2 male Hume's Pheasants (Km 21), 1 singing male Black-breasted Thrush (King's Project Rose Garden), 2 Mountain Bamboo Partridges (Km 21), 2 Red-faced Liocichlas (Firebreak, Km 21), 2 Spot-breasted Parrotbills (Chinese Cemetary & Ban Nor Lae), 1 Grey-headed Parrotbill (Km 31), 1 Yellow-streaked Warbler (Ban Nor Lae), 5 White-browed Laughingthrushes (Ban Nor Lae) and 1 Black-tailed Crake (Ban Luang) on the 26th and 27th March.

At Doi Inthanon 4 Grey-sided Thrushes were seen on 25th March at Km 37.5 and 1 at the summit on 24th. 4 Black-headed Woodpeckers and 3 Collared Falconets were found on the Km 13 trail on 25th and 1 Slaty-bellied Tesia as well as a Grey-bellied Tesia were seen well on Km 37.5 jeep track. 6 Blossom-headed Parakeets were found at the pre-roost gathering just outside the park on 24th.

The above sightings from Doi Inthanon, Doi Ang Kang, Doi Lang, Doi Chiang Dao, Chiang Dao paddies, Huay Tung Tao, Bueng Boraphet and Khao Yai were made by Nick Upton, Srasri Phiromyothee, Patrick Martin and Antonio Salvatori.

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