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30/12/08 : On the 29th December 1 Spoon-billed Sandpiper was found at Pak Thale as was 1 second winter Pallas's Gull and 2 Red-necked Phalaropes. At nearby Laem Pak Bia on the same date 5 Pied Avocets, 17 Red-necked Phalaropes and 2 Asian Dowitchers and a group of about 30 White-shouldered Starlings were close to the "abandoned building" and 15 Nordmann's Greenshank were in their regular spot with 4 Dunlin and a huge flock of Great Knot. Some nearby freshwater pools contained 4 Greater Painted Snipe. At the sand spit 3 White-faced Plovers were seen at close range and 7 Great Crested Terns were roosting. The evening roost at the King's Project produced around 200 White-shouldered Starlings and a female Pied Harrier. - Nick Upton, Tony Peach and Margaret Peach.

The 28th December produced 1 Spoon-billed Sandpiper at Pak Thale with 1 Asian Dowitcher, 17 Red-necked Phalaropes, 5 Pied Avocets, 25 White-shouldered Starlings and an Indian Nightjar near the "abandoned building". 36 Nordmann's Greenshank were counted at Laem Pak Bia along with a group of 6 Dunlin. The sand spit produced 2 White-faced Plovers as the tide receded and a distant Pallas's Gull. 7 Greater Painted Snipe were found on freshwater pools with an Eastern Marsh Harrier hunting nearby. - Nick Upton, Srasri Phiromyothee & Adam Sedgely.

A pair of Grey-headed Fish Eagles were seen exchanging food at the nest on Cheow Larn Lake, Khao Sok on the 23rd December. Also seen were a pair of Black-thighed Falconets, 1 Stork-billed Kingfisher, 1 Blue-eared Kingfisher, 1 Greater Flameback, 4 Wreathed Hornbills and 2 Great Hornbills. On the 22nd 3 White-bellied Munias were seen feeding on seeding bamboo at Khao Sok with 2 Wreathed Hornbills flying over HQ. A group of 6 Bushy-crested Hornbills at HQ on the 21st and also on the 21st a pair of Maroon Woodpeckers were seen as was a male Banded Pitta, 4 Bushy-crested Hornbills, 1 Malaysian Hawk Cuckoo and 1 Moustached Hawk Cuckoo.

On 20th December 14 Terek Sandpipers and 20+ Lesser Crested Terns were found at Laem Pakarang. At Hat Nopparat Thara a White-faced Plover was seen on the same date.

The above sightings from Hat Nopparat Thara, Laem Pakarang and Khao Sok were made by Nick Upton, Daniel Lien and Leif Lien.

16/12/08 : On the 13th December 2 Pin-tailed Parrotfinches were seen the Tortip Waterfall trail at Panoen Tung, Kaeng Krachan and a Crimson-winged Woodpecker was seen from the Panoen Tung restaurant. A pale morph Booted Eagle was seen just outside Kaeng Krachan on the 12th December

3 Black Bazas were the highlight of a trip to Bang Pra on the 11th December. Also on the 11th, 154 Pheasant-tailed Jacanas were counted at Muang Boran Fishponds.

09/12/08 : 1 Spoon-billed Sandpiper was seen at Pak Thale on 8th December. 1 White-faced Plover was on the sand spit at Laem Pak Bia and 1 Black-faced Spoonbill was roosting with a group of Painted Storks in addition to 24 Nordmann's Greenshank at Laem Pak Bia. - Nick Upton, Des & Tina Langford.

03/12/08 : On 30th November a Thick-billed Warbler was found in Suan Rot Fai. Other interesting birds present were a female Black-naped Monarch, 5 Yellow-browed Warblers and 8 Asian Brown Flycatchers. - Dave Gandy.

02/12/08 : On 29th November 21 Nordmann's Greenshank were seen at Laem Pak Bia and 2 White-faced Plovers were present on the sand spit along with a Chinese Egret. Also, roughly 200 White-shouldered Starlings came into the evening roost at the King's Project area, Laem Pak Bia along with an estimated 10-15000 Black Drongos.

The above sightings were made by Nick Upton, Leo Borch, Per Schiermacker & Hennx Schiermacker.

A trip to Mae Wong national park between 23-26th November turned up 1 Asian Stubtail and 3 Black Bazas on the 25th, a Little Cuckoo Dove, male Gould's Sunbird and Coral-billed Scimitar-babbler on the 24th and a pale morph Booted Eagle on the 23rd.

8 Oriental Pratincoles were seen near Suphanburi on the 23rd November.

At Ko Surin over 200 Bridled Terns were seen on the journey to the island on the 19th November but none on the retunr journey. Large, Orange-breasted, Green Imperial and Pied Imperial Pigeons were seen every day between 19th-21st. 1-2 Nicobar Pigeons were seen daily along the nature trail and up to 6 at the campsite. Other interesting birds included Black Bittern, Yellow Bittern, Watercock, 6 Black Bazas and Black-and-red Broadbill.

The above sightings from Mae Wong, Suphanburi and Ko Surin were kindly submitted by Neil Lawton and Norman Williams.

Some records from November included an undisclosed number of Spot-billed Pelicans, 2 Heuglin's Gulls, 80 Garganey, a Greater Spotted Eagle and 3 Baillon's Crakes all at Beung Boraphet on the 19th November.

At Laem Pak Bia 13 Nordmann's Greenshank were seen and 11 Red-necked Phalaropes were near the "abandoned building".

The above observations were kindly submitted by Nick Addey.

Krung Ching produced some good birds with Green-backed Flycatcher, Rufous-collared Kingfisher and Banded Pitta on the 17th November. On the 16th a Bat Hawk was seen at dawn and a Chestnut-winged Cuckoo was found on the 14th as was a Lesser Fish Eagle. Red-bearded Bee-eater, Diard's Trogon and Buffy Fish Owl were seen daily from 13th-18th.

On the 13th November at least 6000 Black Bazas were seen in between Chumpon and Surat Thani.

At Panoen Tung, Kaeng Krachan, a Ferruginous Flycatcher was seen on 12th November, 6 Pin-tailed Parrotfinches were found along the waterfall trail on 12th and 3 were near the campsite toilets on 10th. At Ban Krang a Chestnut-winged Cuckoo was seen on 8th November.

In the Laem Pak Bia/Pak Thale region 2 Spoon-billed Sandpipers, 3 Nordmann's Greenshank, 850 Great Knot, 38 Painted Storks, 1 Red-necked Phalarope, 1 Avocet, 1 Chinese Egret and 3 White-faced Plovers were seen on 7th and 8th November.

The above sightings from Krung Ching, Kaeng Krachan and Laem Pak Bia/Pak Thale were kindly submitted by Neil Lawton and Norman Williams.

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