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31/07/08 : At Doi Ang Kang, on the 29th July, a Russet Bush Warbler was seen in song on the Ban Khum - Ban Luang trail and 2 others were heard. A pair of Lesser Rufous-headed Parrotbills were seen on the Mae Per Forest Trail on the same date.

The jeep track 37.5 km at Doi Inthanon finally produced excellent views of 2 Green Cochoas after 2 hours of listening to them calling. A Slaty-bellied Tesia was seen up to a few feet away on the same trail. Two groups of Black-headed Woodpeckers, totalling 19 birds were seen on the Km 13 trail after 6pm. Collared Falconet was abundant on this trail. All these birds were on the 28th July.

The above sightings from Doi Inthanon and Doi Ang Kang were made by Nick Upton.

Green Cochoa was heard and glimpsed through foliage as it flew past at 400m on the Km 37.5 jeep track, Doi Inthanon on 26th July. An adult and 2 juvenile Black-hooded Orioles were seen at Km 15 and 5 Collared Falconets were accompanied by a Blue-bearded Bee-eater at Km 14. - Nick Upton & Phil Hitchens.

A single Giant Nuthatch was seen at Km 31, Doi Ang Kang on the 25th July and a White-crowned Forktail was performing well on the Mae Per trail. Crested Finchbills were abundant on 23rd, 24th and 25th. On 24th 3 Russet Bush Warblers were heard at various points of Doi Ang Kang, 4 Spot-breasted Parrotbills were observed on the Mae Per trail, a Mountain Bamboo Partridge was flushed and a pair of Spot-throated Babblers were watched in the undergrowth a few feet distant. A Scaly Thrush was seen perched in a tree at Km 31.

On the morning of 23rd July 3 Chestnut-tailed Starlings were found at Huay Tueng Tao. Rufous Treepies were abundant. Other interesting birds at this location were Cinnamon Bittern, Asian Barred Owlet and Chestnut-capped Babbler.

Collared Falconets were numerous along Km 13 trail, Doi Inthanon on the 22nd July. Several Red-billed Blue Magpies were found close to the park gate early in the morning. On the 21st a female Red-headed Trogon was seen along Km 37.5 jeep track and Green Cochoas were calling and flying around in the canopy but proved elusive to binoculars. A group of 5 Black-throated Parrotbills were found in bamboo approximately 1.5kms along the jeep track at Km 34.5.

A Blue Pitta was seen and an Eared Pitta heard between streams 2 and 3 at Kaeng Krachan on the 19th July. A Buff-rumped Woodpecker was seen in a mixed flock close to stream 2 and a very worn Hainan Blue Flycatcher was singing in the same area. Banded and Silver-breasted Broadbills were still calling and seen too. On the 18th a pair of Black-and-red Broadbills were observed on the road to Ban Krang, Kaeng Krachan and Banded Broadbills seen at stream 1. A pair of Great Slaty Woodpeckers were displaying well at stream 1 also on the 18th and a Black-backed Kingfisher was seen taking a small lizard to a nest hole close to stream 3. The 18th turned up a number of other good sightings including Blue-winged Pitta at Ban Maka, a large group of Brown Hornbills near stream 2 and a fruiting tree near Ban Krang provided excellent views of Great Hornbills, Oriental Pied Hornbills and Thick-billed Pigeons until an adult Rufous-bellied Eagle scared them all away.

Asian Golden, Streaked and Baya Weavers were all still engaged in nesting at Tung Bang Jak on the 17th July. A pair of Pheasant-tailed Jacanas was also present as were a few returning Wood Sandpipers. An Osprey was seen eating a fish near Wat Khao Takrao on the same date. Also on the 17th at nearby Laem Pak Bia large numbers of Painted Storks were seen at a number of locations and small numbers of shorebirds were seen on the mudflats including Red-necked Stint, Kentish Plover, Lesser Sand Plover, Greater Sand Plover & Common Greenshank. Other waders found on inland pools included Long-toed Stint and Little Ringed Plover.

The above sightings from Doi Ang Kang, Doi Inthanon, Huay Tueng Tao, Kaeng Krachan, Tung Bang Jak and Laem Pak Bia were made by Nick Upton & Robert L. King.

13/07/08 : A Black-throated Babbler was seen at Khao Sok National Park on 6th July and Chestnut-naped Forktails were said to be common and easily seen on 5th to 7th July at the same location. Other interesting birds reported on these dates included Rufous Woodpecker, Maroon Woodpecker and Temminck's Sunbird. - Dominic Le Croissette.

10/07/08 : On 8th July 2 Black-throated Laughingthrushes were found at Bang Pra. Other interesting birds were Rufous Treepie, Laced Woodpecker, White-crested Laughingthrush, Asian Barred Owlet, Chestnut-capped Babbler, Chinese Francolin and Barred Buttonquail. 3 Painted Storks and 7 Spot-billed Pelicans from nearby Khao Khieo Open Zoo were also seen. - Nick Upton & Andrew Ley.

A single Whiskered Tern was seen at Muang Boran Fishponds on 7th July and Barn Swallows numbered around 10 birds. At nearby Bang Poo Soi 119 a Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker was briefly seen. Also on the 7th July, 2 Lesser Sand Plovers were on the mudflats at Bang Poo. - Nick Upton, Andrew & Beth Ley.

06/07/08 : Breeding birds at Tung Bang Jak on 5th July included large numbers of Baya Weaver and good numbers of Asian Golden and Streaked Weavers. Several juvenile Javan Pond Herons were seen as was one juvenile Purple Heron along with around a dozen adults. A Bronze-winged Jacana was seen with 3 small chicks and a pair of Greater Painted Snipe were seen courting. A single Barn Swallow was also seen and several pairs of Ashy Woodswallows were feeding young.

On 4th July at Kaeng Krachan a pair of Collared Falconets were seen with 2 juveniles along the access road and several Black-thighed Falconets were seen in various locations. At Ban Krang campsite a juvenile Banded Bay Cuckoo was being fed by Common Ioras and several Sultan Tits were seen at just a few feet away. A pair of Black-backed Kingfishers were seen feeding young a short distance from stream 2, near Ban Krang and 3 Crested Jays were found on a side trail a little before stream 3. Blue Pitta, Eared Pitta and Blue-winged Pitta were all heard calling but not seen. Other interesting species included a pair of Black-and-red Broadbills, a pair of Banded Broadbills, Great Hornbill, a flock of 8 Wreathed Hornbills, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Kalij Pheasant and Red-bearded Bee-eater. - Nick Upton.

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