: 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
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.
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
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.
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. -