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