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31/12/10: At Fang Hot Springs on 31st December approximately 50 Spot-winged Grosbeaks were seen licking minerals off of trees behind the geyser; a male Plumbeous Redstart and 2 River Chats were also seen.

At Fang rice fields 4 Oriental Skylarks and a Chestnut-eared Bunting were found.

At Doi Lang on 30th December a Fire-tailed Sunbird, a male Chestnut Bunting, 2 Pallas's Leaf Warblers and a Buff-throated Leaf Warbler were seen at the buddliea viewpoint. Close to the second checkpoint a party of 10 Black-throated Tits, a female Himalayan Bluetail, a White-gorgetted Flycatcher and a Crimson-breasted Woodpecker were seen. About 4kms uphill from the second checkpoint 4 Long-tailed Sibias were observed and a male Rufous-gorgetted Flycatcher was present at the feeding station behind the kitchen at the second checkpoint. At the rice paddies, on Doi Lang, a male Jerdon's Bushchat was seen and a Grey-faced Buzzard was basking in morning sun along with a male Eurasian Sparrowhawk.

The above sightings from Fang hot springs, Fang rice fields and Doi Lang were made by Nick Upton & Simon Gawn.

A female Crested Bunting was seen in the rice paddies on Doi Lang on 30th December. - Peter Ericsson.

Highlights from Doi Ang Kang, 28-29th December included a male Daurian Redstart at Ban Nor Lae army camp; 1 male Hume's Pheasant at Km 34; 1 Giant Nuthatch, 1 Slender-billed Oriole, and 2 Sapphire Flycatchers (1 female and 1 first winter male) at Km 31; 2 male and 1 female Black-breasted Thrush, 2 Scaly Thrushes and 2 Dark-sided Thrushes behind the kitchen at the King's project; 1 male White-bellied Redstart near Ban Luang; 1 male White-tailed Robin behind the mushroom farm at the King's project, 1 Little Bunting at the Chinese cemetary; 2 Red-faced Liocichlas at Km 21.

A late afternoon visit to Mae Hia, near Chiang Mai, on 27th December was rewarded with 1 male and 1 female Siberian Rubythroat and a Lanceolated Warbler.

On the morning of 27th December the following were seen at Mae Ping national park; 1 female White-rumped Falcon, 4 Collared Falconets, 1 Rufous-winged Buzzard, 3 Black Bazas, 5 Blossom-headed Parakeets, 7 Grey-headed Parakeets, 1 White-bellied Woodpecker, 4 Common Woodshrikes and 3 Black-headed Woodpeckers.

The above sightings from Mae Ping, Mae Hia and Doi Ang Kang were made by Nick Upton & Simon Gawn.

A single Lesser Rufous-headed Parrotbill was seen in a mixed flock on the Mae Per trail, Doi Ang Kang on 27th December. Five Spot-winged Grosbeaks were also seen along the Mae per trail. - Peter Ericsson.

On 26th December, 3 Speckled Woodpigeons and a female Yellow-bellied Flowerpecker were seen in early morning sunshine approximately 2kms before the summit of Doi Inthanon; at the summit 3 Ashy Woodpigeons were feeding on a fruiting tree.

At Sakaerat Biosphere reserve a party of 12 Siamese Fireback Pheasants were observed from a distance of 1 metre! 2 Black-headed Woodpeckers, 1 Burmese Shrike and 3 Brown Prinias were seen in dry dipterocarp forest.

On 24th December the Pha Gluai Mai toilet stakeout produced 1 Coral-billed Ground Cuckoo, 1 male and 2 female Siberian Blue Robins, 1 Hainan Blue Flycatcher, 1 male White-throated Rock Thrush and 4 Orange-headed Thrushes (all viewed from within a blind, which is highly recommended if not necessary).

1 Chinese Egret was seen in mangroves at Laem Pak Bia and a male White-faced Plover and 1 Terek Sandpiper were seen on the sand spit on 23rd December.

A dark morph Booted Eagle was seen at Tung Bang Jak on 23rd December.

Notable birds seen at Kaeng Krachan on 21st-23rd December included 2 Scaly-breasted Partridges at Ban Song Nok; a female Pin-tailed Parrotfinch, 2 Red-bearded Bee-eaters, a Crimson-winged Woodpecker and 5 Yellow-vented Green Pigeons at Tor Tip waterfall car park; 2 Rufous-bellied Eagles, 1 male Silver Oriole, a Black-and-buff Woodpecker, 4 Ratchet-tailed Treepies, 2 Long-tailed Broadbills and a female Mugimaki Flycatcher at Km 27.5; a pair of Black Eagles at Km 24; a Crimson-winged Woodpecker at stream 3 and a female Streak-throated Woodpecker at Km 9.

On 20th December 3 Spoon-billed Sandpipers were seen at Pak Thale along with 2 Nordmann's Greenshank, 5 Red Knot, 1 Terek Sandpiper, 3 Red-necked Phalaropes and a Dunlin. Nearby, a subadult Heuglin's Gull and an adult Pallas's Gull were loafing with a flock of Brown-headed Gulls. At Laem Pak Bia sandspit a female White-faced Plover was seen and a Brahminy Starling was seen at the rubbish tip near the abandoned building. On salt pans a little north of the King's project 11 Eurasian Wigeon were seen along with 3 Nordmann's Greenshank and over 1000 Great Knot. At the King's project 1 juvenile Rosy Starling was present amongst several hundred White-shouldered and Chestnut-tailed Starlings. At some freshwater wetlands at Laem Pak Bia 2 Great Bitterns and 3 Grey-headed Lapwings were seen.

The above sightings from Laem Pak Bia/Pak Thale, Kaeng Krachan, Tung Bang Jak, Khao Yai, Sakaerat and Doi Inthanon were made by Nick Upton & Simon Gawn.

On 23rd and 25th December a Grey-tailed Tattler was seen at Laem Pakarang, along with a few Great Knot and 30+ Terek Sandpipers. - Kees Scharringa.

On 21st December 1 Spoon-billed Sandpiper was found at Pak Thale. 45 Nordmann's Greenshank were seen amongst 600-800 Great Knot on salt pans at Laem Pak Bia; also seen in this area were 5 Pied Avocets and 3 Red-necked Phalaropes. - Dave Gandy

18/12/10: On 11th December 2 Common Starlings and 1 Brahminy Starling were photographed at the rubbish tip near the abandoned building, Laem Pak Bia. - Neil Parker.

Highlights of a rainy visit to Krung Ching, Nakorn Sri Thammarat, on 7-9th December, were 2 Black Hornbills, a Green Broadbill, 2 Crested Jays, 2 Dusky Broadbills, several pairs of Black-and-yellow Broadbills, a Fulvous-chested Jungle Flycatcher and a flock of 4 White-crowned Hornbills. - Nick Upton, David Scott, James Thomson-Glover and Chris Harbourn.

A White-fronted Scops owl was photographed at Trang botanical gardens on 8th December and a Javan Frogmouth was seen at Sri Phang Nga national park on 6th. Also on 6th December a Copper-throated Sunbird was seen in mangroves near Phang Nga and on 4th 2 White-faced Plovers and a single Pale-capped Pigeon were seen at Hat Nopparat Thara, Krabi. - Tamás Zalai, Zoltán Ecsedi, Róbert Godér.

A juvenile Imperial Eagle and a juvenile Greater Spotted Eagle were seen at the Tung Bang Jak raptor watchpoint on 5th December. Other raptors also seen there included several Black Kites, 2 female and 1 male Eastern Marsh Harriers, 1 juvenile Pied Harrier and 1 Osprey. Streaked Weaver and Chestnut-tailed Starling were also seen in the area. - Nick Upton

At the King's project, Laem Pak Bia, 3 malabarica Chestnut-tailed Starlings, 1 juvenile Rosy Starling, 2 Common Starlings and a Brahminy Starling were seen amongst a large flock of White-shouldered Starlings and Chestnut-tailed Starlings on 5th December. - Nick Upton, David Scott & James Thomson-Glover.

05/12/10 : On 3rd December a White-throated Rock Thrush and a male Mugimaki Flycatcher were seen at the Boonsong camp at Khao Yai. A Black Eagle was seen over the radar road, Khao Yai on the same date. - Ralph Parks, Nit Lawrence, Alan Kydd & Di Kydd.

Highlights from Kaeng Krachan on 1-3rd December included White-fronted Scops Owl and Oriental Bay Owl at Bang Krang campsite, 4 Ferruginous Partridges at stream 2, 17 Rusty-cheeked Hornbills at Km 24 and a Ratchet-tailed Treepie at Km 26. - Tamás Zalai, Zoltán Ecsedi, Róbert Godér.

On 3rd December a female Blue-fronted Redstart and a female Rufous-bellied Niltava were seen in farmland near the HQ camspite at Doi Inthanon; 2 Sulphur-breasted Warblers were seen in a mixed flock in the campsite. On the same date a White-gorgetted Flycatcher was seen on Km 34.5 trail, Doi Inthanon. Highlights at Doi Inthanon on 2nd December included a male Snowy-browed Flycatcher at the summit, 3 Black-throated Parrotbills at Km 34.5, a Grey-headed Parrotbill and a Large Hawk Cuckoo at Mae Ya Noi with two flocks of Black-headed Woodpeckers at Km 13. - Nick Upton & David Scott.

At Doi Lang on 1st December 3 Spot-winged Grosbeaks, a male Black-eared Shrike-babbler and several parties of Black-throated Tits were seen beyond the second checkpoint. On 30th November, at Doi Lang, 2 Chestnut-headed Tesias were found between 200m and 1.5km after the second checkpoint; 2 Spot-breasted Parrotbills, a single Crested Finchbill, a male Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush and an adult Mountain Hawk Eagle were seen at the open area 4-5kms beyond the second checkpoint; a Red-billed Scimitar Babbler and a male Black-eared Shrike-babbler were seen in a mixed flock 1km beyond the second checkpoint; 9 Fire-capped Tits were seen feeding on a seeding tree 2kms downhill of the second checkpoint and 2 Red-faced Liocichlas came in to a feeding station at the second checkpoint. On 29th a male Jerdon's Bushchat was present on the rice paddies on Doi Lang and a male Rufous-gorgetted Flycatcher was close to the feeding station at the second checkpoint.

The above sightings from Doi Lang were made by Nick Upton, Jeff Higgott and Terry Boss.

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