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31/03/10: The Masked Finfoot at Khao Yai was seen on 31st March, 1 km upstream of Haew Suwat waterfall. This bird has been present since the end of February. A party of Brown Hornbills were seen on the loop trail next to the visitor centre, Khao Yai, also on 31st March. - Nick Upton & Srasri Phiromyothee.

29/03/10 : 2 Blunt-winged Warblers were seen well at Muang Boran Fishponds on 28th March. Also seen at this site were 19 Cotton Pygmy Geese, 6 White-browed Crakes and two colonies of Asian Golden Weavers containing more than 15 nests.

1 White-bellied Woodpecker and 1 Brown Prinia were seen in dry dipterocarp woodland at Sakaerat Biosphere Reserve on 28th March.

Highlights at Khao Yai on 26-27th March included male Blue Pittas near the old TAT restaurant and Haew Suwat waterfall, 1 Masked Finfoot about 1km upstream of Haew Suwat waterfall on 27th (this bird has been present for a few weeks), 2 Silver-backed Needletails at the pond near old TAT restaurant on 27th, 1 male Siamese Fireback and 2 Scaly-breasted Partridges at Km 33 on 27th. 2 male Yellow-rumped Flycatchers and 1 male Mugimaki Flycatcher at Pha Gluai Mai campsite, 3 Dusky Broadbills about 1km uproad of Pha Gluai Mai campsite and a pair of Red-headed Trogons at a nest at Km 33 were all seen on 26th.

On 25th March a single Black-headed Woodpecker was found at Khao Look Chang, Petchaburi. Other interesting birds at this patch of woodland included Rufous Treepie, Red-breasted Parakeet, Lineated Barbet and Spotted Owlet.

A female Watercock was seen at Tung Bang Jak on 25th March as was a dark morph Booted Eagle.

Highlights at Kaeng Krachan included Spectacled Spiderhunter and a male Ultramarine Flycatcher at Panoen Tung on 24th March. On the same date an Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher was seen at stream 1, a pair of Black-and-red Broadbills were seen at Km 13, a male Mugimaki Flycatcher at Km 12 and 3 Chestnut-winged Cuckoos at Km 10. On 23rd March 4 Ratchet-tailed Treepies were seen at Km 27 along with several pairs of Long-tailed Broadbills. A Chestnut-winged Cuckoo and 2 Spot-necked Babblers and a party of White-hooded Babblers were also seen in the area. Between stream 2 and 3, on 23rd March, 1 Black-and-yellow Broadbill was seen, 1 Spot-necked Babbler, a male Bamboo Woodpecker, 3 Rusty-cheeked Hornbills, 1 male Yellow-rumped Flycatcher and 4 Crested Jays were also in this area. Also on 23rd a pair of Kalij Pheasants were seen at Km 13 and a pair of Black-thighed Falconets were observed copulating at Km 12. Also on 23rd March 3 Blue-throated Bee-eaters were seen a little outside of Kaeng Krachan national park. On 22nd March a female hepatic morph Oriental Cuckoo was seen at Km 11, an adult Rufous-bellied Eagle at Km 10, a pair of Banded Broadbills at Km 8, a White's Thrush along the stream near stream 2 and 1 male Yellow-rumped Flycatcher between streams 2 and 3. At Km 27, on 22nd, a Rufous-browed Flycatcher, 5 Ratchet-tailed Treepies, a party of White-hooded Babblers and a pair of Long-tailed Broadbills were seen.

A Spoon-billed Sandpiper was stiil present at Pak Thale on 21st March. Also present were 3 Nordmann's Greenshank and 1 Eastern Curlew. At the abandoned building, Laem Pak Bia, 3 Red-necked Phalarope's were seen and the sand spit held 10+ Malaysian Plovers, 2 Lesser Crested Terns amongst the Greater Crested and 1 Chinese Egret. White-faced Plover was absent. In freshwater pools at Laem Pak Bia, 3 Painted Snipe were seen as were 12 Oriental Pratincoles and 2 Painted Storks.

The above sightings from Laem Pak Bia/Pak Thale, Kaeng Krachan, Khao Look Chang, Tung Bang Jak, Khao Yai, Sakaarat and Muang Boran Fishponds were made by Nick Upton and Retha Brandt.

On 22nd March, the Masked Finfoot at Khao Yai was still present. - Dave Gandy.

A Little Stint and 10 Asian Dowitchers were present at Khok Kham on 21st March. - Dave Gandy.

18/03/10 : A White's Thrush was seen at the Royal Residence, Doi Ang Kang on 16th March. - Nick Upton & Srasri Phiromyothee.

Highlights from Doi Lang were a Rufous-throated Partridge and female White-bellied Redstart at the 2nd checkpoint, 3 Black-throated Parrotbills about 2km beyond the 2nd checkpoint, a female Golden Bush Robin about 200m after the checkpoint and a Pin-tailed Green Pigeon at the large concrete bridge on 15th March. On 14th a pair of Jerdon's Bushchats were seen at the Doi Lang rice paddies and a pair of Red-faced Liocichlas at the 2nd checkpoint feeding station; a group of 8 Spot-winged Grosbeaks were feeding in a seeding tree about 2km beyond the 2nd checkpoint and a male White-bellied Redstart was seen on the road beyond the 2nd checkpoint. Black-throated Tits were seen in small groups beyond the 2nd checkpoint on both 14th and 15th.

At Doi Ang Kang, on the 14th March, 7 Grey-headed Parrotbills and a male Ultramarine Flycatcher were seen at Km 38; 4 White-necked Laughingthrushes and 2 Red-faced Liocichlas at Km 21. On the 13th 3 Dark-rumped Swifts and a Grey-headed Parrotbill were seen at the Chinese cemetery, 2 Aberrant Bush Warblers, 2 Spectacled Barwings and a female White-bellied Redstart at Km 21, 1 Russet Bush Warbler and a pair of White-bellied Redstarts along the road to Ban Luang, 1 male White-tailed Robin in the King's Project and a male Rufous-gorgetted Flycatcher at the campsite. On 12th March a group of 4 Rufous-throated Partridges were seen at Km 21, 1 female Black-breasted Thrush behind the kitchen at the King's Project, 1 White's Thrush at the Royal Residence, 1 male Eyebrowed Thrush feeding in a fruiting tree at the King's Project, a pair of Slaty-backed Forktails on the Mae Per trail with 2 Grey-headed Parrotbills at Km 32. At Ban Luang Resort a River Chat, a female Black-breasted Thrush and a male Rufous-bellied Niltava came to a feeding station. At dusk a Eurasian Woodcock was seen roding over Mae Per HQ and a pair of Hodgson's Frogmouths were seen.

At Doi Inthanon 4 Long-tailed Broadbills and a pair of Rufous-bellied Niltavas were seen at Km 34.5 trail on 11th March and a pair of Black-backed Forktails in the stream at Km 13. 2 Black-headed Woodpeckers were seen on the Km 13 trail on 10th March with 1 Collared Falconet and 2 Blossom-headed Parakeets seen from the Km 13 car park. At Km 34.5 a Green Cochoa was seen calling and a pair of Slaty-bellied Tesias were observed. 1 Black-tailed Crake was seen at the campsite at 4pm on 9th March. A female Himalayan Bluetail at the summit. 4 Slaty-bellied Tesias along Km 37.5 jeep trail. At the summit of Doi Inthanon on 8th March an Ashy Woodpigeon, 3 Chestnut Thrushes and a male Snowy-browed Flycatcher were seen. 1 Dark-sided Thrush was present at Mr Daeng's along with a female Rufous-bellied Niltava and at Km 34.5 a male Small Niltava, a male Vivid Niltava, 1 male and 2 female Asian Emerald Cuckoos At Vatcharitan waterfall a pair of Slaty-backed Forktails and a pair of Plumbeous Water Redstarts were seen and 5 White-headed Bulbuls were feeding on a flowering tree.

The above sightings from Doi Inthanon, Doi Ang Kang and Doi Lang were made by Nick Upton, John Plampin, & Srasri Phiromyothee.

At Doi Inthanon a Purple Cochoa was seen at Km 37.5 and a flock of Black-throated Parrotbills were seen at Km 34.5 on 12th March. - Richard White.

Fluffy-backed Tit babbler, Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher, Blue-eared Kingfisher, Buffy Fish Owl, Black-throated Babbler and Rail Babbler were all seen at Krung Ching, Nakorn Sri Thammarat on 7-9th March.

On 10th March, at the old golf course, Thai Muang, 60+ Purple -backed Starlings, 4 Chestnut-cheeked Starlings, 2 Brahminy Starlings and 2 Rosy Starlings were seen. Other birds of interest at this location included River Lapwing,Watercock and a pair of Orange-breasted Green Pigeons.

The above observations from Krung Ching and Thai Muang were made by Malcolm Goodman and Howard Jolliffe.

09/03/10 : 4 Northern Shovelers and 1 Ferruginous Duck were the only migratory ducks that could be seen through dense smog at Chiang Saen lake on 6th March. 9 Great Cormorants and a Black-faced Spoonbill were seen roosting in a tree at the same site. Nick Upton & Srasri Phiromyothee.

2 Long-billed Plovers and several hundred Small Pratincoles were the most notable shorebirds present on a dried up Mekong river bed at Chiang Saen on 5th March. Also a flock of more than 1000 birds, comprised of Citrine, Yellow and White Wagtails came in to roost on what is usually a riverine sand bar in the Mekong. - Nick Upton.

04/03/10 : 4 Grey-headed Lapwings, 1 Rufous-winged Buzzard and a Wire-tailed Swallow were seen at Chiang Dao rice paddies on 4th March 2010.

2 Black-throated Parrotbills, 1 male Himalayan Bluetail, 2 Black-eared Shrike Babblers, 4 Red-faced Liocichlas, 1 Yellow-browed Tit, 3 Black-throated Tits and several Crested Finchbills were seen along the road beyond the checkpoint at Doi Lang on 4th March 2010. Also on 4th March a female Golden Bush Robin was observed 150 metres beyond the checkpoint at Doi Lang. On 3rd March observations at Doi Lang included a Slender-billed Oriole on a flowering tree at the large bridge, and a Large Hawk Cuckoo 1 km uphill of the bridge. Birds coming to feed on rice crackers and papaya behind the checkpoint kitchen included 2 Red-faced Liocichlas, 1 male Rufous-gorgetted Flycatcher, 3 Spectacled Barwings and a Chestnut Thrush. Also on 3rd, a Short-toed Snake Eagle was seen along the ridge as were 2 Black-throated Tits, 1 Spot-breasted Parrotbill and numerous Crested Finchbills. On both 3rd and 4th a pair of Jerdon's Bushchats were seen displaying at the area of rice paddies on Doi Lang.

At Doi Ang Kang, on 2nd March, a pair of Spot-breasted Parrotbills were seen near the Chinese cemetery, with a single Little Bunting in the nearby "pea field". A small flock of White-browed Laughingthrushes and a pair of Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babblers were also found in this area. Behind the kitchen at the King's Project, Doi Ang Kang, 2 male and 4 female Black-breasted Thrushes and 1 Dark-sided Thrush were feeding on scraps at 2pm on 2nd March. On the same date, 1 female Black-breasted Thrush, 1 male Rufous-bellied Niltava and a River Chat were feeding at the waterfall at Ban Luang Resort. On 1st March a male White-bellied Redstart was found along the road to Ban Luang and 2 Red-faced Liocichlas were seen at Km 21. At the army camp at Ban Nor Lae 2 male and 1 female Daurian Redstarts were seen.

The above observations from Chiang Dao paddies, Doi Lang and Doi Ang Kang were made by Nick Upton, Srasri Phiromyothee, Ian & Jean Southworth, Alan Hayden and Leo Pyke.

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