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26/10/08 : Phuttamonton Park turned up some good birds with 1 juvenile Malayan Night Heron on the 25th & 24th. Also on the 25th was an Indian Cuckoo, Indian Nightjar and Red-billed Blue Magpie. On the 24th a female Mugimaki Flycatcher, 2 Collared Scops Owls were seen along with good numbers of migrant Black-naped Orioles and leucogenys Ashy Drongos. - Stijn De Win/Birding2Asia.

On the 16th October some good birds were seen at Huai Nam Daeng near Pai, with Oriental Turtle Dove, Slender-billed Oriole, Grey Treepie, White-necked Laughingthrush and Grey-headed Parrottbill amongst others.

Birds in the Chiang Dao region included many raptors with 2 Common Buzzards, 1 Oriental Hobby, 1 Booted Eagle, 3 Amur Falcons and 3 Grey-faced Buzzards on the 17th, also with 569 Himalayan Swiftlets moving through on the same day. 2 Black Kites were seen over paddie fields south of Chiang Dao on the 16th and the 14th turned up 2 Dusky Crag Martins and 6 Black Bazas.

Some good common migrant sightings from around Suphan Buri included the following;

Violet Cuckoo - 1 on the 9th
Black Kite - 3 on the 5th
Brown Flycatcher - 1 on the 2nd, 2 on the 4th and 1 on the 7th
Ferruginous Flycatcher - 1 on the 4th
Yellow-rumped Flycatcher - 2 on the 2nd, 3 on the 4th, 1 on the 7th and 10th
Arctic Warbler - 1-3 on 8 dates
Eastern Crowned Warbler - 1 on the 5th
Pale-legged Leaf Warbler - 1 on the 7th
Ashy Minivet - 3 on the 9th

The above sightings from Suphan Buri, Chiang Dao and Pai were kindly submitted by Neil Lawton.

On 15th October 48 Black Bazas flew over Radar Hill, Prachuab Kiri Khan as well as 275 Grey-faced Buzzards, 61 Japanese Sparrowhawks, 26 Oriental Hoeny-buzzards, 1 Black Kite and 1 Osprey. - Chatuphon Sawasdee, Thai Raptor Group counter.

On October 9th a Peregrine Falcon returned to its previous winter territory on the communications tower of the Police HQ opposite Central World, Chitlom. - Jorgen Eriksson.

2 Amur Falcons and a White-rumped Falcon were seen at Pai on 7th October. - Dave Sargeant.

17/10/08 : A non-flagged White-faced Plover was seen at Laem Pak Bia sand spit on 14th October. Also in the area were 30 Great Knot and a single Grey-headed Lapwing. -Stijn De Win/Birding2Asia.

A second winter Pallas's Gull was amongst around 100 Brown-headed Gulls at Bang Poo on 12th October. - Peter Ericsson.

08/10/08 : A leg-flagged White-faced Plover returned to the sand spit at Laem Pak Bia on 8th October. - Phil Round.

1 Asian Paradise Flycatcher and a Black-naped Oriole were seen in Suan Rot Fai on the 7th October along with 5 Taiga Flycatchers and a couple of Asian Brown Flycatchers. - Dave Gandy.

02/10/08 : At least 10 Pale-legged Leaf Warblers were found in Suan Rot Fai on 2nd October. Also seen in the park on the same day were Eastern Crowned Warbler, Arctic Warbler, Taiga Flycatcher, Asian Paradise Flycatcher and Siberian Blue Robin. - Dave Gandy.

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