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29/02/08 : 6 Red-necked Phalaropes were seen at Pak Thale on 25th February. Just 1 Pallas's Gull was present on the sand spit at Laem Pak Bia as well as a "White-faced Plover" and 1 Chinese Egret.

2 Greater Spotted Eagles were seen in cultivated fields close to Wat Khao Takrao and 2 Oriental Pratincoles flew overhead on 25th February.

At Kaeng Krachan on the 24th February a Black Eagle was seen close to Bang Krang campsite, 2 Tickell's Brown Hornbills were present on their usual tree and a Buff-rumped Woodpecker was observed calling from a dead tree. 1 Chinese Blue Flycatcher was present at Bang Krang campsite and widely photographed. On 23rd February a Little Cuckoo Dove was seen feeding with Asian Fairy Bluebirds a little before the 3rd stream after Bang Krang, Kaeng Krachan.

The above sightings from Kaeng Krachan, Wat Khao Takrao, Laem Pak Bia and Pak Thale were made by Nick Upton, Masayuki Shimada and Yasue Shimada.

Recent interesting records from Yonok Wetlands and Chiang Saen include 300 Chestnut-tailed Starlings and 2 White-shouldered Starlings on the 12th February as well as 1 Pallas's Gull, 1 Rosy Pipit on the 11th, a Great Bittern on the 10th. Also on the 10th 18 Chestnut-eared Buntings were found, 2 Long-billed Plovers and a roost of around 800 wagtails, a small number of which were Citrine Wagtails. A Baillon's Crake and 40 Common Teal were found on the 9th February and a light morph Booted Eagle was spotted on the 8th.

The above sightings from Chiang Saen were kindly supplied by Mick Davies and Dowroong Danlamajak.

A large flock of Asian Openbill Storks was seen and photographed on Phuket, 9th February.

The above sighting was taken from Ike Suriwong's Phuket Birder's blog.

A Glossy Ibis was seen at Mae Jo, Chiang Mae on the 6th February. - Tony Ball & Paul MacKenzie.

A Water Rail was observed at Mae Jo, Chiang Mai on the 5th February. Paul MacKenzie.

The above sightings from Mae Jo were taken from Tony Ball's Birdwatcher's Diary blog.

A first winter Black-tailed Gull was seen at Bang Poo on the 26th January. - Stijn De Win.

A single Spoon-billed Sandpiper was seen at Pak Thale on 26th January 2008. - Eija Reeves & Matti Lammin-Soila.

22/02/08 : Highlights of birdwatching along the road from Tung Kru to King Mongkut's University, Bang Kuntien on the 22nd February included 2 Striated Grassbirds, 2 Asian Golden Weavers, 2 Yellow Bitterns, 1 Purple Heron and 73 Cotton Pygmy Geese on a single pond. On a drained pond 214 Little Egrets were in the company of many pond herons including 3 breeding plumage Javan Pond Herons: no Chinese Pond Herons were in breeding plumage. - Nick Upton & Srasri Phiromyothee.

21/02/08 : Banded, Black-and-yellow and Silver-breasted Broadbills were all seen a few kilometres uphill from Bang Krang campsite, Kaeng Krachan on the 20th February and a pair of Black-thighed Falconets were observed mating approximately 2 kilometres dowhill.

On the 19th February at least 7 Spoon-billed Sandpipers were seen at Pak Thale; also present were 5 Red-necked Phalaropes and a single Oriental Pratincole flew towards the sea. A further 4 Oriental Pratincoles were seen heading seaward close to the King's Project, Laem Pak Bia and 12 Nordmann's Greenshank were present amongst large numbers of Great Knot on the salt pans. The 2 Black-faced Spoonbills were found on the landward side of the coast road, close to the crossroads at Hat Chao Samran along with a Little Stint.

1 Heuglin's Gull, 4 Pallas's Gulls and 2 Chinese Egrets were located on the sand spit, Laem Pak Bia on the 19th February and 1 "White-faced Plover" was easily found and observed at close range.

4 Indian Nightjars were located in the King's Project after dark on the 19th February and at least 1000 Black Drongos were observed coming into a roost site.

The above sightings from Laem Pak Bia, Pak Thale and Kaeng Krachan were made by Nick Upton, Michael Buckland and Mandy Buckland.

18/02/08 : At least 3, and possibly as many as 6 Chestnut Thrushes were seen feeding amongst rhododendrons at the summit boardwalk, Doi Inthanon on the 15th February. Other birds at the same location included around 10 Ashy Woodpigeons, 1 Pygmy Wren Babbler and 1 male White-browed Shortwing.

On the 14th November a Dark-sided Thrush obligingly showed itself at the stakeout at Mr Daeng's, Doi Inthanon, at around 1pm, along with a Lesser Shortwing, and a male Hill Blue Flycatcher. A Black-backed Forktail was seen at the KM 13 bridge at Doi Inthanon on both the 14th and 15th February. 61 Blossom-headed Parakeets gathered at their pre-roost spot at the foot of Doi Inthanon on the evening of 14th February.

On the 13th February a flock of around 5 Red Avadavats were very briefly seen at Mae Hia. A tytleri race Barn Swallow was seen at Huay Teung Tao on the 13th February as well as 2 pairs of Wire-tailed Swallows.

A very successful time at Doi Ang Kang produced 2 Grey-headed Parrotbills, 1 Crested Finchbill, 2 Striated Bulbuls at KM 25 of the Ban Arunothai road, Doi Ang Kang on the 11th February. On the 12th a Scaly Thrush and 2 male Black-breasted Thrushes were seen at Mae Per, Doi Ang Kang and at around 5pm a flock of 39 Black-headed Greenfinches were seen gathering on a tree in the small pea farm, opposite the Chinese Cemetary on the Ban Arunothai road, Doi Ang Kang. The same location held at least 4 Little Buntings on the morning of 13th and a Chinese Leaf Warbler whilst on the other side of the road in secondary scrub a pair of Spot-breasted Parrotbills appeared to be courting. 5 Crested Buntings were found perched in a tree at an army outpost on the Ban Arunothai road on the 13th February and 2 White-headed Bulbuls at Km 25.Red-faced Liocichlas were seen at the army camp, KM 19, on the 11th and 12th Febraury.

The above sightings from Doi Ang Kang, Mae Hia and Doi Inthanon were made by Nick Upton and Jul Wojnowski.

A Blue-rumped Pitta was seen close to the HQ of Khao Soi Dao Wildlife Sanctuary, Chantaburi on the 22nd January and a Blue Pitta on the 23rd, both at less than 400m altitude. A Spot-bellied Eagle Owl was heard along the road to the waterfall at Khao Soi Dao on the evening of 21st. - John Parr.

A Blue-rumped Pitta was seen across the stream near HQ at Khao Soi Dao Wildlife Sanctuary on the 20th January. - Tanya Chan-ard.

A female House Sparrow was seen at Lumphini Park on the 27th January. - Michael Allen.

3 White-crowned Hornbills were seen at Our Jungle House, Khao Sok on the 3rd January and an oriental Hobby was observed catching a Barn Swallow on the 5th. - Mary Megalli.

10/02/08 : On the road behind Malee's, at Doi Chiang Dao a party of 6 White-headed Bulbuls were seen in a flowering tree with many other species of Bulbul on the 10th and 3 Pin-tailed Pigeons flew overhead at the forest temple. A grey morph Black-headed Bulbul was observed in a flowering tree feeding with other Bulbuls at the entrance to the forest temple, Chiang Dao.

On the 9th February, at Den Ya Kat, Doi Chiang Dao 5 Giant Nuthatches were easily found. Other notable species were just 1 Chestnut Bunting, 1 male Spot-winged Grosbeak, 2 Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babblers collecting nest material and 1 Chestnut-fronted Shrike Babbler.

The above sightings from Doi Chiang Dao were made by Nick Upton & Jul Wojnovski.

On 8th February 4 Spoon-billed Sandpipers, 1 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, 4 Common Shelduck, 7 Red-necked Phalaropes, 2 Nordmann's Greenshank and 2 Avocets were found in the Laem Pak Bia/Pak Thale region. - Mark Andrews.

08/02/08 : 4 Wire-tailed Swallows were observed collecting nest material and disappearing under culverts, presumably nest building, at Chiang Dao paddies on the 8th February. At least 12 Grey-headed Lapwings were present and a Northern Goshawk was observed hunting. - Nick Upton & Jul Wojnowski.

07/02/08 : At the summit of Doi Inthanon on 5th February a female Orange-flanked Bush Robin (Red-flanked Bluetail) was seen. Along with many of the other regular residents at the top was a male Snowy-browed Flycatcher and a Pygmy Wren Babbler put in an obliging performance. On the jeep track on the same day a group of about 20 Eyebrowed Thrushes were feeding on a fruiting tree.

The above sightings from Doi Inthanon were made by Nick Upton et al.*

Interesting species encountered at Huay Teung Tao on 3rd February included 3 Rufous-winged Buzzards, 1 Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker, 2 Chinese Francolins (with 4 more heard), 1 Rufous Treepie and a party of 5 Red-billed Blue Magpies. A female Eurasian Sparrowhawk was also a good record. - Nick Upton.

02/02/08 : 3 Wire-tailed Swallows were seen in flight at the entrance to Mae Hia Agricultural Research Centre, Chiang Mai on 2nd February. Other interesting species at the same location on the same date were a single Yellow-streaked Warbler, 2 Burmese Shrikes and a japonensis Peregrine Falcon. - Nick Upton.

Chiang Dao paddies held 2 Wire-tailed Swallows and 7 Grey-headed Lapwings on the morning of 1st February.

An Asian Barred Owlet and a sub-adult Rufous-winged Buzzard were both seen perched in trees, sheltering from unseasonal rain at Huay Teung Tao on the afternoon of 1st February.

The above sightings from Chiang Dao and Huay Teung Tao were made by Nick Upton et al.*

*Nick Upton et al. - Pamela Piombino, Carol & Glenn Cushman, Linda & Jean-Pierre Georges.

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