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25/07/09 : 2 Stork-billed Kingfishers were the highlight of a trip to Muang Boran Fishponds on the 22nd July 2009. 3 Long-toed Stints, 2 Little Ringed Plovers and many Wood Sandpipers were already present although a little surprisingly, there were very few shorebrids at nearby Bang Poo. - Nick Upton.

On the 13th July a female Jerdon's Bushchat and 6 River Lapwings were seen on the Mae Kok river at Thatorn; 1 Green Sandpiper was already present.

A Crimson-breasted Woodpecker, a female Cutia and two parties of around 10 Black-throated Tits were seen on the ridge beyond the second checkpoint at Doi Lang on the 12th July. Other interesting birds included Whiskered Yuhina, Yellow-browed Tit, Black-eared Shrike-babbler and Red-faced Liocichla.

The best birds at Doi Ang Kang on 10th & 11th July were a flock of 30-40 Grey-headed Parrotbills, 2 Spot-breasted Parrotbills, several pairs of Red-faced Liocichlas, a Green Cochoa, a male Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush, many Crested Finchbills and 2 Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-babblers all in the Km 21 area. Also in the same area 1 Lesser Cuckoo was seen well and many others were calling. A single Black-throated Parrotbill was found along the Mae Per Forest trail with a Scaly Thrush, 1 Giant Nuthatch and 2 Spot-winged Grosbeaks present at Km 34.

3 days at Doi Inthanon (5th & 8-9th July) produced a lot of small skulking birds including 2 Grey-bellied Tesias, 2 Slaty-bellied Tesias, 3 White-gorgetted Flycatchers, 1 Eyenrowed Wren Babbler, 2 Pygmy Wren Babblers, 1 Lesser Shortwing and 1 White-tailed Robin all along the Km 37.5 jeep trail. No Green Cochoas were calling despite much effort in trying to locate the birds. 1 Black-tailed Crake was seen at the campsite at around 6pm, only 10 minutes after photographers departed after a noisy 3 hour wait!

Mae Ping produced a lot of good birds on 6th and 7th July with 2 Chinese Francolins, 2 White-rumped Falcons, more Black-headed Woodpeckers than we could count, 1 White-bellied Woodpecker, 4 Great Slaty Woodpeckers, 12 Blossom-headed Parakeets, 1 Burmese Shrike, 4 Yellow-footed Green Pigeons, 20-30 Common Woodshrikes, 4 Chestnut-bellied Nuthatches and 3 Rufous-winged Buzzards.

At Bueng Boraphet on 4th July 18 Spot-billed Pelicans were seen.

At Khao Yai between 1st and 3rd July a Scaly-breasted Partridge, an Eared Pitta, 2 Banded Broadbills, a Collared Owlet, a Red-headed Trogon and 4 Dusky Broadbills were found along the Km 33 trail. Also in the same area Wreathed and Great Hornbills were easy to find and a party of 4 Great Slaty Woodpeckers showed well. A male Banded Kingfisher was seen near the old HQ and a apir of Orange-breasted Trogons were found along the road to Haew Narok.

The above observations from Khao Yai, Bueng Boraphet, Mae Ping, Doi Inthanon, Doi Ang Kang, Doi Lang and Thatorn were made by Nick Upton & Robert King.

4 River Lapwings were seen at Huai Mai Teng Reservoir, Ratchaburi on 6th July. - Gerry Brett.

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