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30/11/10: On 29th November approximately 50 Spot-winged Grosbeaks, 2 Pin-tailed Green Pigeons, 2 River Chats and a male Plumbeous Redstart were seen at Fang hot springs.

3 Oriental Skylarks and a male Siberian Rubythroat were seen in rice paddies near Fang on 29th November.

Notable sightings from Doi Ang Kang on 27-28th November were 8 White-browed Laughingthrushes, 1 Hume's Warbler, 1 Common Rosefinch, 1 Grey-crowned Warbler, 1 Aberrant Bush Warbler, 2 Manchurian Bush Warblers, 1 female Slaty-blue Flycatcher, 1 female Siberian Rubythroat all at the Chinese cemetary; a male Rufous-bellied Niltava, 2 Bianchi's Warblers, a White-browed Piculet, a Speckled Piculet and a Large Scimitar Babbler at Km 21; a male White-bellied Redstart and 2 Crested Finchbills at Ban Luang junction and a River Chat at Ban Luang Resort.

Highlights from Doi Inthanon on 25-26th November included a pair of Small Niltavas at Km 37.5 checkpoint, a female Red-headed Trogon, an Eyebrowed Wren Babbler and Lesser Shortwing on Km 37.5 jeep track and a brief and obscured view of a Green Cochoa. Also 3 Black-throated Parrotbills, 2 Slaty-bellied Tesias, 3 Pin-tailed Green Pigeons and 2 female Silver Pheasants at Km 34.5; 1 Black-headed Woodpecker, 1 Collared Falconet and a first winter male Ultramarine Flycatcher at Km 13; 1 Pygmy Wren Babbler, 1 Buff-barred Warbler, 1 male White-browed Shortwing and a Yellow-browed Tit at the summit.

The above sightings from Doi Inthanon, Doi Ang Kang, Fang Hot Springs and Fang rice fields were made by Nick Upton, Jeff Higgott and Terry Boss.

On 30th November a juvenile Imperial Eagle and a juvenile Greater Spotted Eagle were seen at Tung Bang Jak, Petchaburi. 7 Black-headed Ibis were seen near wat Khao Takrao on the same date. - Ralph Parks, Nit Lawrence & Brooke Nicotra.

Notable sightings from Khao Yai, 28-30th November were a male Eared Pitta, 6 Siamese Firebacks and 6 Brown Hornbills on the trail behind HQ and a Blue Pitta on trail 6. - Tamás Zalai, Zoltán Ecsedi, Róbert Godér.

A Great-billed Heron was reported from Krabi river mouth on 27th November. - Stephen Mawby.

On 26-27th November, interesting sightings included 4 Spoon-billed Sandpipers, 2 Eastern Curlews and 1 Black-faced Spoonbill at Pak Thale; 1 Chinese Egret and 1 White-faced Plover on the sand spit at Laem Pak Bia; 1 Asian Dowitcher, 1 Long-billed Dowitcher, 1200 Great Knot, 100+ Red Knot, 6 Ruddy Shelduck, 1 Northern Pintail, 1 Northern Shoveler, 2 Eurasian Wigeon and 3 Heuglin's Gulls on salt pans and artemia pools at Laem Pak Bia; 1 juvenile Purple-backed Starling, 1 Common Starling, 1 juvenile Rosy Starling, 1 adult Chestnut-cheeked Starling, 300+ White-shouldered Starlings and 40 Chestnut-tailed Starlings at the King's project, Laem Pak Bia.

On 24th November 2 Spot-winged Grosbeaks and a male Jerdon's Bushchat were seen at Doi Lang.

Highlights from Doi Ang Kang on 23rd and 25th November included 4 Crested Finchbills, 2 Spot-breasted Parrotbills at Ban Luang junction, 3 Buff-throated Warblers, 1 Yellow-streaked Warbler, a Red-tailed Laughinthrush at the army checkpoint along with a Scarlet-faced Liocichla. Two more Liocuchlas were seen along the Mae Per trail while 40 Black-headed Greenfinches and 6 White-browed Laughingthrushes were seen at the Chinese cemetary.

On 21st November the following were seen at Den Ya Kat, Doi Chiang Dao; 3 Mrs Hume's Pheasant, a pair of Hodgson's Frogmouths, 5 Grey-headed Parrotbills, 4 Giant Nuthatches, 2 Sapphire Flycatchers, 1 Black-headed Greenfinch and a female Crested Bunting.

1 Black-tailed Crake was seen at the campsite, Doi Inthanon, on 20th November with a Dark-sided Thrush at Mr Daeng's on 19th and a Rufous-belied Niltava at Km 34.5.

The above sightings from Doi Inthanon, Doi Ang Kang, Doi Chiang Dao, Doi Lang and Laem Pak Bia/Pak Thale were kindly submitted byTamás Zalai, Zoltán Ecsedi, Róbert Godér.

23/11/10 : 1 Spoon-billed Sandpiper, 1 Black-faced Spoonbill, 1 Terek Sandpiper, 4 Nordmann's Greenshank, 1 Little Stint and 1 Dunlin were all seen at Pak Thale on 22nd November. At Nearby Laem Pak Bia 11 Red Knot and 6 Nordmann's Greenshank were counted amongst a large group of Great Knot. At the "abandoned building" 1 Spoon-billed Sandpiper, 8 White-shouldered Starlings and 2 Indian Nightjars were seen and 2 Greater Painted Snipe were flushed from a freshwater pool. At a freshwater marsh in Laem Pak Bia district 3 Greater Painted Snipe were seen as were 7 Grey-headed Lapwings. At the sand spit, 20+ Malaysian Plovers were seen as was 1 female White-faced Plover and 3 Pacific Reef Egrets. - Nick Upton, Peter Abbott & Carol Abbott.

9 Black-headed Ibises were seen on a large, drained pond near Wat Khao Takrao on 22nd November. Ralph Parks & Nit Lawrence.

3 Spoon-billed Sandpipers were seen at Pak Thale on 21st November as was a single Black-faced Spoonbill, 3 Terek Sandpipers, 3 Nordmann's Greenshank and 1 Dunlin. On salt pans at Pak Thale 20 Nordmann's Greenshank were counted amongst 700+ Great Knot, along with 9 Red Knot and 2 subadult Heuglin's Gulls. In a freshwater wetland area, Laem Pak Bia, 7 Grey-headed Lapwings, a pair of Fulvous-breasted Woodpeckers, 1 Eurasian Wryneck, a pair of Chestnut Munias and 3 Greater Painted Snipe were seen. Also, in Laem Pak Bia district, at the "abandoned building" a single Spoon-billed Sandpiper was observed and c12 White-shouldered Starlings were in nearby trees with 1 Indian Nightjar in nearby scrub. - Nick Upton & Jeff Higgott.

At Tung Bang Jak a juvenile Imperial Eagle and a juvenile Greater Spotted Eagle were seen as were Black Kites and Eastern Marsh Harrier. - Ralph Parks & Nit Lawrence.

19/11/10 : A Sunda (Aberrant) Bush Warbler was seen near the army station at Khao Khieo, Khao Yai national park on 18th November. A Siamese Fireback, male Red-headed Trogon and 2 Banded Broadbills were found along Km 33 trail.

A female Green Cochoa was seen along the river trail at Nam Nao on 17th November.

The above records from Khao Yai and Nam Nao were made by Ralph Parks and Nit Lawrence.

17/11/10 : On 15th November 1 Black-headed Ibis was present on a drained pond near Wat Khao Takrao, Petchaburi.

A female Silver Oriole was observed at Km 27.5, Kaeng Krachan on 14th November; a party of 3 White-hooded Babblers were also of interest. At Km 9 a male and 2 female Blue-and-white Flycatchers were seen on the same date. On 13th, birds of note at Km 27.5 included 1 Rufous-browed Flycatcher, a pair of Long-tailed Broadbills and a Ratchet-tailed Treepie.

The above observations from Wat Khao Takrao and Kaeng Krachan were made by Nick Upton, Jens Munthe and Kathy Munthe.

At least 2 Spoon-billed Sandpipers were seen near the "abandoned building", Laem Pak Bia on 14th November. - Peter Ericsson.

2 Spoon-billed Sandpipers, 3 Dunlin, 11 Terek Sandpipers, 3 Painted Storks and a 1st winter Heuglin's Gull were seen at Pak Thale on 12th November. On the same date 14 Nordmann's Greenshank and 3 Red Knot were present amongst a huge flock of Great Knot at Laem Pak Bia along with 17 Painted Storks. The sand spit at Laem Pak Bia held 20+ Malaysian Plovers, 4 Pacific Reef Egrets and a 1st winter Heuglin's Gull. The King's Project held 1 Slaty-breasted Rail along with 3 Ruddy-breasted Crakes and around 250 White-shouldered Starlings, also on 12th.

Migratory ducks at Beung Boraphet, on 11th November, were 1000+ Garganey and 30-40 Northern Pintail. A Booted Eagle was seen from the northern shore of the lake; a female Watercock was seen from the boat.

Highlights from Mae Ping on 9th and 10th November included numerous parties of Black-headed Woodpecker, 2 White-bellied Woodpeckers, several small groups and one large flock of Grey-headed Parakeets, 2 Blossom-headed Parkeets, 3 Great Slaty Woodpeckers 4 Black Bazas and 2 Burmese Shrikes.

A 3-day visit to Doi Inthanon on 6-9th November produced the following highlights; 1 Pygmy Wren Babbler at the summit and 1 more at Km 34.5. 2 Slaty-bellied Tesias at Km 34.5 and 3 more at Km 37.5, 2 male Asian Emerald Cuckoos at Km 34.5, a party of Silver-eared Mesias at Km 34.5 along with 2 Spectacled Barwings, a group of 6 Fire-capped Tits more than 3 kilometres along the trail at Km 34.5, 2 Plumbeous Redstarts and a Slaty-backed Forktail at Vatcharitan waterfall, a Rufous-winged Buzzard at Km 15, 2 Yellow-browed Tits at the summit and a female Rufous-bellied Niltava at Mr Daeng's.

The above sightings from Doi Inthanon, Mae Ping, Beung Boraphet and Laem Pak Bia/Pak Thale were made by Nick Upton, Jens Munthe and Kathy Munthe.

Highlights from Doi Lang on 12th-14th November included 2 Crow-billed Drongos, 1 first winter female Dark-throated Thrush, 8 Black-breasted Thrushes, 6 Grey-headed Parrotbills at Km 37, a Chestnut-headed Tesia at Km 34, 8 Common Rosefinches at Km 38, a Brown Wood Owl at Km 30.5, 2 Russet Bush Warblers between Km 37-39, 3 Crimson-breasted Woodpeckers between Km 37-39.

On 12th November a male Jerdon's Bushchat was seen at the rusty water tower at Thatorn.

On 7th November 3 Yellow-breasted Buntings and 8+ Red Avadavats were seen at Huay Tung Tao, Chiang Mai. 8 Black Bazas and 2 male Greater Painted Snipe were also seen at this location on the same date.

Highlights at Mae Ping on 21st and 22nd October included several parties of Black-headed Woodpecker, 2 White-bellied Woodpeckers, a pair of White-rumped Falcons, 8 Grey-headed Parakeets and an Oriental Hobby.

Records from Doi Lang, Thatorn, Huay Tung Tao and Mae Ping were provided by Paul Rose.

On 3rd November 5 Black-headed Ibises were seen in a drained pond near Wat Khao Takrao, Petchaburi along with 16 Painted Storks and 8 Black Kites.

2 male and 4 female Kalij Pheasants showed nicely at Ban Song Nok near Kaeng Krachan on 2nd November.

3 Red-necked Phalaropes, 2 Nordmann's Greenshank, 3 Heuglins Gulls and 2 Terek Sandpipers were seen at Pak Thale on 1st November. At Laem Pak Bia sand spit 12 Malaysian Plovers were the only birds of note, although a very distant Chinese Egret was sighted. At the King's Project, Laem Pak Bia, 2 Spot-billed Pelicans and 200+ White-shouldered Starlings were seen.

The above records from Wat Khao Takrao, Kaeng Krachan and Laem Pak Bia/Pak Thale were made by Nick Upton and Irvin Workman.

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