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Recent Thailand Bird Sightings (April/March 2014)
 
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The bird observations recorded here are available as a resource to birders in order to see what has been seen and where. The sightings have also been archived and links to these records can be found at the bottom of the page - reviewing these archives will give birders an idea of where and when sightings of certain species are usually made.

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23/04/14: Migrants at Sri Nakorn Kuen Khan park, on 23rd April, included 1 subadult male Green-backed Flycatcher, 3 Yellow-rumped Flycatchers, 2 female type Mugimaki Flycatchers, 1 Asian Brown Flycatcher, 1 Brown-streaked Flycatcher, 2 Blue-throated Bee-eaters, 1 female Eyebrowed Thrush, 1 Indian Cuckoo, 3 Ashy Minivets, 3 Forest Wagtails, 4 Hair-crested Drongos, 4 Ashy Drongos. - Nick Upton.

21/04/14: Two pairs of Small Pratincoles were found nesting at Klong Si Yat reservoir, Chachoengsao on 20th April; 1 Oriental Darter & 1 male Greater Painted-snipe were also seen. - Nick Upton.

A Blue-winged Pitta was found at Suan Luang on 20th April. Other migrants seen in the park were yellow-rumped Flycatcher, Mugimaki Flycatcher & Chestnut-winged Cuckoo. - Matthew Bartlett.
 
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4 Sunda Pygmy Woodpeckers and 2 Cinereous Tits were seen on a boardwalk at Tam Malang pier, Satun, on 15th April.

1 male, 1 female & c6 juvenile Blue-crowned Hanging Parrots were seen at Thalebun national park on 14th April. 1 Grey-and-buff Woodpecker, 1 Banded Woodpecker, 1 male Green-backed Flycatcher plus 1 male & 1 female Yellow-rumped Flycatchers were also seen.

Sightings from Thalebun and Satun mangroves were made by Nick Upton.

13/04/14: A Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker, 4 Cinereous Tits and at least 6 Copper-throated Sunbirds were seen at the Mangrove Research Centre near Tam Malang pier, Satun, on 13th April.

A male Malayan Banded Pitta was seen at Thalebun national park on 13th April as were 2 adult male Yellow-rumped Flycatchers.

A pair of Pied Trillers were seen close to the HQ of Laem Talumpuk, Nakorn Sri Thammarat, on 12th April with a single male on the 11th. Also at the same location on 11th were a Chinese Egret, 10 Caspian Terns, a white morph Pacific Reef Egret & 1 male Mugimaki Flycatcher.

3 White-headed Munias were seen in rice fields to the southeast of Nakorn Sri Thammarat on 11th April. On 10th a Lanceolated Warbler showed well in rice fields to the sothwest of the city.

Sightings from Nakorn Sri Thammarat and Satun provinces were made by Nick Upton.


09/04/14: 1 male Chestnut-cheeked Starling was present at the King's Project, Laem Pak Bia, with a group of Purple-backed Starlings on late afternoon of 9th April. - Tom Backlund.

Migrants at Sri Nakorn Kuen Khan park, on the morning of 9th April, included;

1 singing Sakhalin Leaf Warbler, 1 male Narcissus Flycatcher, 1 male Yellow-rumped Flycatcher, 1 male Mugimaki Flycatcher, 3 Asian Brown Flycatchers, 1 female Blue-and-white/Zappey's Flycatcher, 1 Forest Wagtail, 1 Chestnut-winged Cuckoo, 1 Drongo Cuckoo, 1 Large Hawk Cuckoo, 8 Ashy Minivets, 13 Eyebrowed Thrushes, 2 Black Bazas, 2 Oriental Dollarbirds, 5 Black-naped Orioles, 4 Black-winged Cuckooshrikes, 5 Ashy Drongos & 2 Hair-crested Drongos. - Nick Upton.

An adult male Narcissus Flycatcher was seen at Sri Nakorn Kuen Khan park on 8th April. - Sukanya Thanombuddha.

On 6th April a male Chestnut-cheeked Starling was seen amongst a flock of c50 Purple-backed Starlings at the King's project, Laem Pak Bia, in the late afternoon; c25 White-shouldered Starlings were also present.

1 Chestnut-winged Cuckoo, 3 Grey-headed Lapwings and 1 adult male & 1 adult female Eastern Marsh Harriers were seen at Petchaburi rice fields on 6th April.

Sightings from Petchaburi rice fields and Laem Pak Bia were made by Nick Upton.

03/04/14: On 1st April a migrating flock of c150 Black Bazas were seen over Petchaburi rice fields; also 3 Spot-billed Pelicans in flight & 1 adult male Eastern Marsh Harrier.

26 Black-headed Ibis were present at Wat Khao Takrao on 1st April.

A productive morning at Kaeng Krachan on 1st April resulted in the following sightings;
  • Km 9: 3 Great Slaty Woodpeckers.
  • Km 10: 3 Black-and-red Broadbills, 2 Banded Broadbills.
  • Km 11: 2 Black Bazas.
  • Streams 2 to 3: 2 Black-and-yellow Broadbills, 2 Silver-breasted Broadbills, 1 Dusky Broadbill, 1 Great Hornbill, 3 Tickell's Brown Hornbills.
Migrants at Sri Nakorn Kuen Kan park, on 31st March included;

1 singing Pale-legged Leaf Warbler, 1 singing Sakhalin Leaf Warbler, 2 Eastern Crowned Warblers, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Himalayan Cuckoo, 1 Indian Cuckoo, 1 Drongo Cuckoo, 1 oriental Dollarbird, 5 Black-winged Cuckooshrikes, 19 Eyebrowed Thrushes, 1 Black-capped Kingfisher, 6 Hair-crested Drongos, 3 Black Drongos, 3 leucogenis Ashy Drongos & 1 mouhoti, 6 Black-naped Orioles, 2 Asian Brown Flycatchers & 1 adult male yellow-rumped Flycatcher.

Other species of interest were 1 presumed escape Common Hill Myna, 3 Stork-billed Kingfishers, 30+ Pink-necked Green Pigeons, 8 Vinous-breasted Starlings, 2 Racket-tailed Treepies & 1 female Laced Woodpecker.

Sightings from Petchaburi rice fields, Wat Khao Takrao, Kaeng Krachan & Sri Nakorn Kuen Kan park were made by Nick Upton and Keith & Lizzie Beswick.

28/03/14: Migrants seen at Sri Nakorn Kuen Kan park on 28th March were;

1 Chestnut-winged Cuckoo, 2 Indian Cuckoos, 1 Large Hawk Cuckoo, 1 male Mugimaki Flycatcher, 1 female Narcissus Flycatcher, 1 female Blue-and-white Flycatcher, 1 Taiga Flycatcher, 2 Asian Brown Flycatchers, 1 Asian Paradise-flycatcher, 4 Black-naped Orioles, 1 Black-winged Cuckooshrike, 7 Eyebrowed Thrushes, 1 Oriental Dollarbird, 6 Hair-crested Drongos, 4 Black Drongos, 5 leucogenis + 1 mouhoti Ashy Drongos, 2 Eastern Crowned Warblers, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Pale-legged Leaf Warblers, 4 Chinese Pond Herons.

Resident species of interest included 1 male Laced Woodpecker, 5 Stork-billed Kingfishers, 40+ Pink-necked Green Pigeons & 2 Vinous-breasted Starlings.

Sightings from Sri Nakorn Kuen Kan park were made by Nick Upton.

27/03/14: 1 Grey-tailed Tattler, 1 Ruddy Turnstone, 1 Terek Sandpiper & 1 Far Eastern Curlew were seen at Pak Thale on 27th March.
Migrants seen at Khao Look Chang on 27th March included 80+ Black Bazas, 4 Chinese Sparrowhawks, 1 Chestnut-winged Cuckoo, 1 Crow-billed Drongo, 2 Black-naped Orioles & 2 Ashy Minivets. A male Black-headed Woodpecker was also seen.

Highlights from Kaeng Krachan, 23-26th March included;
  • Km 9: 2 Great Slaty Woodpeckers, 1 Moustached Hawk Cuckoo, 3 Heart-spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Great Hornbills.
  • Km 10: 2 Black-thighed Falconets, 1 Black Baza, 1 Chinese Sparrowhawk, 2 Black-and-red Broadbills, 1 Crow-billed Drongo
  • Streams 2 to 3: 4 Dusky Broadbills, 2 Blue Pittas, 2 Black-and-yellow Broadbills, 2 Banded Broadbills, 10+ Silver-breasted Broadbills, 5 Tickell's Brown Hornbills, 1 Great Hornbill, 2 Spot-necked Babblers.
  • Km 27-28: 4 Long-tailed Broadbills, 1 Crimson-winged Woodpecker, 1 Red-bearded Bee-eater, 6 Ratchet-tailed Treepies, 8 Collared Babblers, 3 Speckled Piculets.
  • Panoen Tung Campsite: 1 male White-bellied Green Pigeon, 1 male & 2 female Siberian Thrushes, 6 Yellow-vented Green Pigeons, 1 Little Cuckoo Dove, 1 Great Hornbill.
  • Panoen Tung Lodge: 1 Rufous-browed Flycatcher.
Sightings from Pak Thale, Khao Look Chang & Kaeng Krachan were made by Nick Upton & Gordon Ellis.
 
13/03/14: A flock of 14 Red Avadavats were seen at Mae Hia agricultural college on 11th March; 3 Wire-tailed Swallows, 1 Eurasian Wryneck, 2 Yellow-eyed Babblers and a Crested Treeswift were also seen.

Highlights from Doi Inthanon 8-11th March included 1 male White-rumped Falcon, 3 Collared Falconets, 1 Neglected Nuthatch, 6 Black-headed Woodpeckers, 1 Grey-headed Parakeet, 2 Rufous-winged Buzzards & 2 Black Bazas at Km 13; 1 Yellow-bellied Flowerpcker, 2 Slaty-bellied Tesias & 1 female Asian Emerald Cuckoo at Km 34.5; 1 Pygmy Wren Babbler and a pair of Small Niltavas at Km 37.5; 20+ Speckled Woodpigeons at Km 43; 1 Ashy Woodpigeon, 2 Dark-sided Thrushes, 2 male White-browed Shortwings, 1 Pygmy Wren Babbler, 3 Rufous-throated Partridges & c6 Snowy-browed Flycatchers at the summit. c60 Blossom-headed Parakeets were seen at the pre-roost gathering outside Doi Inthanon national park, on 9th March; 1 Burmese Shrike, 1 Eurasian Wryneck & 6 Striated Swallows were also seen.

On 7th March the male Baer's Pochard was still present at Chiang Saen lake. Other ducks also seen included 4 Gadwall, 5 Ruddy Shelduck, 8 Northern Pintail, c20 Ferruginous Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck, c500 Garganey, c50 Indian Spotbilled Ducks & c 3000 Lesser Whistling Ducks. Large numbers of Common Coot and 5 Great Cormorant were also seen.

At least 4 Eastern Water Rails were seen at Nam Kam reserve, Chiang Saen, on 7th March. Other birds of interest included 1 Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Siberian Rubythroats, 2 Chestnut-capped Babblers, 1 male Red Avadavat, 3 Greater Painted Snipe & 3 Green Sandpipers.

Highlights from Doi Lang, 4-6th March, were 3 male & 2 female Silver Pheasants, 1 Eurasian Sparrowhawk, 2 Mountain Bamboo Partridges, 1 Hodgson's Frogmouth on a nest, 1 male Ultramarine Flycatcher, 2 Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-babblers, 2 Spot-breasted Parrotbills, c10 Grey-headed Parrotbills, 3 juvenile & 1 adult male Spot-winged Grosbeaks, 3 Giant Nuthatches, 2 Mountain Hawk Eagles, 6 Crested Finchbills, 1 male & 1 female White-bellied Redstarts, 1 female Slaty-blue Flycatcher, 6 White-browed Laughingthrushes, 1 Golden Bush Robin, 1 male Red-flanked Bluetail, 3 female Himalayan Bluetails, 1 Chestnut-headed Tesia, 4 Scarlet-faced Liocichlas, 1 Rufous-throated Partridge & 1 Black-eared Shrike-babbler.

On 3rd March 1 adult male Spot-winged Grosbeak, 1 female Rufous-gorgetted Flycatcher, 1 male Rufous-bellied Niltava & 1 Grey-backed Shrike were seen at the army camp site, Doi Ang Kang. At Ban Luang resort 5 Grey-winged Blackbirds, 2 Eyebrowed Thrushes, 1 River Chat, 1 male White-tailed Robin & 3 Black-breasted Thrushes were still coming in to feeders.

Sightings from Mae Hia, Doi Inthanon, Chiang Saen, Doi Lang & Doi Ang Kang were made by Nick Upton, Hugues Dufourney, Guy Mirgain, Patrick Derennes & Benoit Maire.

01/03/14: Highlights from Sab Sadao, on 26-27th February, included 1 Collared Falconet, 3 Rufous-winged Buzzards, 1 Burmese Shrike, 1 Yellow-streaked Warbler, 1 female Ashy-headed Green Pigeon, 2 White-bellied Woodpeckers, 5 Black-headed Woodpeckers, 2 White-browed Fantails, 3 Black Bazas & 5 Common Woodshrikes.

Notable birds from Khao Yai, on 24-26th February, were 1 male Silver Pheasant, 2 Coral-billed Ground Cuckoos, 1 Chinese Leaf Warbler, 1 male & 2 female Siamese Firebacks, 2 Blue Pittas, 1 White-throated Rock Thrush, 1 male Mugimaki Flycatcher, 2 Red-headed Trogons, 5 Long-tailed Broadbills & 1 Heart-spotted Woodpecker.

Sightings from Sab Sadao & Khao Yai were made by Nick Upton, Ray Evans, Colin Butler, Bob Holland, Joe Carroll and Paul Kenyon.

23/02/14: Raptors recorded at Nong Pla Lai, Petchaburi, on 23rd February included 1 adult Steppe Eagle, 1 adult Eastern Imperial Eagle, 1 juvenile Greater Spotted Eagle & 1 dark morph Booted Eagle.

Highlights from Kaeng Krachan, 21-23rd February included 2 Great Slaty Woodpeckers & 2 Great Hornbills at Km 9; 2 Black-and-red Broadbills at Km 10; 2 Black-and-red Broadbills at Km 12; 1 white morph Asian Paradise Flycatcher at Bang Krang; ; 2 Banded Broadbills at stream 2; 2 Black-and-yellow Broadbills, 3 Asian Emerald Cuckoos, 5 Tickell's Brown Hornbills and numerous Silver-breasted Broadbills between streams 2 and 3; 1 male Kalij Pheasant at Km 23.

Notable birds at Tung Bang Jak, Petchaburi, on 21st February included 11 Grey-headed Lapwings, 2 Oriental Darters and 1 Stork-billed Kingfisher.

2 Spoon-billed Sandpipers were seen together at Pak Thale on 19th February. Also seen were 1 Far Eastern Curlew, 2 Ruddy Turnstones, 11 Red-necked Phalaropes, 50+ Terek Sandpipers & 1 Chinese Egret. On salt pans at Laem Pak Bia just 1 Nordmann's Greenshank was seen but the Collared Pratincole at Wat Komnaram and the Bay-backed Shrike at the King's Project were both still present. On the sand spit 8 Pallas's Gulls, 1 first winter & 1 second winter Mongolian Gulls, 1 subadult Black-tailed Gull & 3 Heuglin's Gulls of varying ages were seen. 2 White-faced Plovers & 2 Chinese Egrets were also present. Also on 19th 38 Asian Dowitchers were at the abandoned building as well as a flock of 12+ White-shouldered Starlings.

Sightings from Pak Thale, Laem Pak Bia, Petchaburi & Kaeng Krachan were made by Nick Upton, Ray Evans, Colin Butler, Bob Holland, Joe Carroll and Paul Kenyon.

11/02/14: A female Kessler's Thrush was seen feeding on a flowering tree at Doi Lang on 10th February. Identification was made from field notes/sketches and consulting field guides and photos/videos on the internet. A full description and the field sketch have already been forwarded to the Thai records committee for their consideration.

Other highlights from Doi Lang, on 9th-10th February were; 1 subadult Scarlet Finch, 1 male Spot-winged Grosbeak, 2 Maroon Orioles, 1 subadult Black-breasted Thrush in flowering trees near the concrete bridge; 3 Lesser Rufous-headed Parrotbills, 2 Red-billed Scimitar Babblers & 2 Collared Babblers & 5 Chestnut Buntings near the concrete bridge; 1 Chestnut Thrush, 1 male Grey-winged Blackbird, 1 Yellow-browed Tit, 1 Black-eared Shrike-babbler, 2 Scarlet-faced Liocichlas at the border police checkpoint; 1 Chestnut-headed Tesia, 1 male Himalayan Bluetail, 1 male Red-flanked Bluetail, 2 Scarlet-faced Licocichlas, 1 Rufous-gorgetted Flycatcher, 1 White-gorgetted Flycatcher at a photo stakeout near the checkpoint; 1 Golden Bush Robin & 1 male Red-flanked Bluetail at Doi San Ju view point; 2 Spot-breasted Parrotbills, 1 male Ultramarine Flycatcher & 3 Giant Nuthatches on the pine ridge.

40+ Citrine Wagtails were present at Thatorn rice fields on 8th February. Also seen were 10+ Red-throated Pipits, 4 Green Sandpipers, 1 adult male & 2 juvenile Pied Harriers & 2 male Siberian Rubythroats.

On 8th February 1 Russet Sparrow, 1 Eurasian Wryneck, 1 male & 1 female Daurian Redstart were seen at the Ban Nor Lae army camp at Doi Ang Kang. At Ban Luang Resort 1 male Grey-winged Blackbird, 1 Grey-sided Thrush, 2 Eyebrowed Thrushes, 1 River Chat, a pair of Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrushes and a male White-tailed Redstart were seen. At the army camp 5 Spot-winged Grosbeaks were feeding in seeding trees.

Sightings from Doi Lang, Doi Ang Kang & Thatorn were made by Nick Upton & Janice Wallace.

07/02/14: White-fronted Goose reported from Beung Kong Long, Bung Kan province on 7th February. - per Phil Round.

The identity of the Collared Pratincole at Wat Komnaram was confirmed on the morning of the 6th February. - Phil Round.

A short visit to Mae Hia agricultural college on the afternoon of 6th February produced 1 Rufous-winged Buzzard, 2 Yellow-eyed Babblers, 1 Baikal Bush Warbler, 5 Olive-backed Pipits, 1 Green Sandpiper, 30+ Striated Swallows & 2 Wire-tailed Swallows. - Nick Upton.

05/02/14: The probable Collared Pratincole reported last week was found again at Wat Komnaram, Petchaburi on 4th February. All identification features point to the finders identifying this bird correctly with the white trailing egde to the wings seen in flight being the most crucial feature; also present were 3 Black-headed Ibis and a pair of Greater Painted Snipe.

1 Far Eastern Curlew and a Mangrove Whistler were seen at Pak Thale on 4th February. Some freshwater pools at nearby Laem Pak Bia held 1 Wryneck, 1 Watercock, 6 Greater Painted Snipe and a pair of Chestnut Munias.

3 Steppe Eagles, 1 Peregrine & 1 Eastern Marsh Harrier were seen at Nong Pla Lai raptor watch point, Petchaburi, on 4th February.

03/02/14: 6 Bar-backed Partridges, 3 Scaly-breasted Partridges, 1 Slaty-legged Crake and 1 male Siberian Blue Robin were the highlights at Lung Sin waterhole on 3rd February.

The following species were seen at Kaeng Krachan from 1st-3rd February; c20 Golden-crested Mynas, 2 Great Hornbills, c20 Tickell's Brown Hornbills, 1 Lesser Cuckooshrike, 2 Great Slaty Woodpeckers at Km 9; 2 Black-and-yellow Broadbills, 3 Black-and-red Broadbills, c12 Silver-breasted Broadbills at Km 13; 1 Ratchet-tailed Treepie, 1 Black-and-buff Woodpecker, c8 Long-tailed Brioadbills at Km 27.5; 1 Rufous-browed Flycatcher & 1 subadult Mountain Hawk Eagle at Panoen Tung lodge.

3 Black-headed Woodpeckers & 2 Rufous Woodpeckers were seen at Khao Look Chang on 1st February.

Sightings from Wat Komnaram, Pak Thale, Laem Pak Bia & Kaeng Krachan were made by Nick Upton, Nick Bray et al.

31/01/14: The Bay-backed Shrike was seen again in the trees near the offices in the King's Project, Laem Pak Bia on 31st January. At Laem Pak Bia sand spit 2 White-faced Plovers, 1 Chinese Egret, 1 fist winter Black-tailed Gull, 1 subadult Pallas's Gull, 1 adult & 1 first winter Heuglin's Gulls and 6 Malaysian Plovers were seen on the same date. 37 Nordmann's Greenshank, 2 Red Knot and the Black-tailed Gull were seen at Laem Pak Bia salt pans. Several Ruddy Breasted Crakes, 1 Slaty-breasted Rail and 1 Watercock were observed at the King's project. 50 Asian Dowitchers, 36 Red-necked Phalaropes & 2 White-shouldered Starlings were seen at the abondoned building.

At Pak Thale, on 31st January, 1 Spoon-billed Sandpiper, 1 Chinese Egret, 1 Eastern Curlew, 18 Red-necked Phalaropes, 1 Grey-tailed Tattler, 2 Dunlin, 50+ Terek Sandpipers were noteworthy.

An afternoon at Petchaburi rice fields, on 30th January, produced 2 Stork-billed Kingfishers, 1 Oriental Darter, 1 Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler, 1 adult Steppe Eagle, a pair of Pink-necked Green Pigeons, 30+ Grey-headed Lapwings and 1 Black Bittern.

Highlights at Khao Yai on 28-30th January included 1 male Silver Pheasant, several groups of Siamese Firebacks, 1 male Blue Pitta, 5 Austen's Brown Hornbills and a Red-headed Trogon on the Khao Khieo road; 2 Austen's Brown Hornbills, 1 White-throated Rock Thrush and a male and female Mugimaki Flycatcher at Lekagul camp site; 1 male Blue Pitta & 2 Orange-headed Thrushes at Pa Gluai Mai camp site; 1 Coral-billed Ground Cuckoo on the road near HQ.

4 Limestone Wren Babblers were seen at Wat PraPhuttabaht Noi on 28th January.

A number of exciting resident species were found at Doi Inthanon between 25-27th January, including;
  • 2 Dark-sided Thrushes, 1 Eurasian Woodcock, 2 male White-browed Shortwings, 1 male Snowy-browed Flycatcher & 4 Rufous-throated Partridges at the summit.
  • 1 Pygmy Wren Babbler, 2 male Small Niltavas & 1 Lesser Shortwing at Km 37.5.
  • 2 Slaty-backed Tesias, 1 Pygmy Wren Babbler, 1 Hume's Treecreeper & 3 Silver-eared Mesias at Km 34.5.
  • 1 Yellow-bellied Flowerpecker, 1 Dark-sided Thrush & 1 Lesser Shortwing at Mr Daeng's.
  • 2 Black-tailed Crakes at the camp site.
  • 1 Black-backed Forktail at Km 13.

    Sightings from Pak Thale, Laem Pak Bia, Petchaburi, Khao Yai & Doi Inthanon were made by Nick Upton, Nick Bray et al.

    25/01/14: c50 Spot-winged Grosbeaks, c16 Fire-capped Tits & 1 female Plumbeous Redstart were seen at Fang hot springs on 24th January.

    At Doi Lang, on 24th, 1 Giant Nuthatch and 2 Himalayan Cutias were seen along the pine ridge. A pair of Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrushes were also seen.
  • Ducks seen at Chiang Saen lake on 23rd January included 2 Long-tailed Duck, 3 Common Pochard, 1 Baer's Pochard, c30 Ferruginous Pochard, 4 Mallard, 8 Ruddy Shelduck, 2 Tufted Duck, 3 Eurasian Wigeon, c20 Northern Pintail and 30+ Garganey. 1 Grey-headed Lapwing, 50+ Common Coot and 3 Great Cormorant were also seen. On the Mekong, at Chiang Saen, c10 Grey-throated Martins and c20 flyover Small Pratincoles were the only noteworthy birds where excessive habitat destruction has probably rendered the site useless to birds.

    Highlights at Doi Lang on 21st-22nd January included 5 Lesser Rufous-headed Parrotbills, 2 Red-billed Scimitar Babblers, 5 Collared Babblers, 3 Mountain Bamboo Partridges, 1 Chestnut Thrush, several groups of Scarlet-faced Liocichlas, 2 male & 1 female Grey-winged Blackbirds, 2 groups of Spot-breasted Parrotbills, 1 male & 1 female White-bellied Redstarts, 1 female Blue-fronted Redstart, 3 Fire-tailed Sunbirds, 2 Mountain Hawk Eagles, 1 Eurasian Sparrowhawk, 1 female Slaty-blue Flycatcher, 2 Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babblers, 1 Sapphire Flycatcher, 1 Chestnut-headed Tesia, 3 White-gorgetted Flycatchers, 1 Black-eared Shrike-babbler, 6 White-browed Laughingthrushes, c20 Black-headed Greenfinches, 2 Rufous-gorgetted Flycatchers, 3 Siberian Rubythroats, 1 Golden Bush Robin, numerous Himalayan Bluetails, 1 male Red-flanked Bluetail, c20 Crested Finchbills, 1 Chinese Leaf Warbler.

    Sightings from Doi Lang, Fang Hot Springs & Chiang Saen were made by Nick Upton, Nick Bray et al.

    20/01/14: At Thatorn rice fields, on 20th January, a Siberian Chiffchaff was found in an overgrown ditch. Its identity was confirmed when it replied to call playback. Also seen were 1 Citrine Wagtail, 2 Green Sandpipers, 1 juvenile Pied Harrier, 2 Eurasian Kestrels, 2 Siberian Rubythroats.

    On 19th-20th January the following were seen at Doi Ang Kang; 1 male Grey-winged Blackbird, a pair of Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrushes, 1 female Rufous-bellied Niltava, c8 White-headed Bulbuls, 1 male Black-breasted Thrush, 2 male White-tailed Robins & 1 River Chat at Ban Luang Resort; 1 male & 1 female Black-breasted Thrush, 1 male Rufous-bellied Niltava & 1 juvenile Siberian Blue Robin at the King's project; 1 male & 1 female Daurian Redstart at Ban Nor Lae army camp.

    Highlights at Kaeng Krachan on 16th-18th January included 1 Ratchet-tailed Treepie, c10 Collared Babblers & 5 Long-tailed Broadbills at Km 37.5; 2 Black-and-yellow Broadbills & c8 Tickell's Brown Hornbills between streams two and three; 1 female Naumann's Thrush at the Youth camp, 3 Black-and-red Broadbills at Km 13; 2 Great Hornbills, 1 Black-thighed Falconet, 2 Golden-crested Mynas, 1 Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon, 1 female/juvenile Merlin at Km 9.

    2 Spoon-billed Sandpipers, 1 Ruddy Turnstone & c20 Terek Sandpipers were seen at Pak Thale on 14th January. At salt farms at Laem Pak Bia 74 Pied Avocet, 2 Eurasian Wigeon, 1 Northern Shoveler, 2 Spot-billed Pelicans, 1 Heuglin's Gull & 10 Nordmann's Greenshank were present and at the abandoned building 52 Red-necked Phalaropes & 10 Asian Dowitchers were seen in the late afternoon. At the sand spit 4 Pallas's Gulls, 1 White-faced Plover, c5 Malaysian Plovers & 2 Chinese Egrets were observed.

    Notable species at Petchaburi rice fields, on 13th January, included 1 Stork-billed Kingfisher, c8 Pink-necked Green Pigeons, 1 Siberian Rubythroat, c30 Grey-headed Lapwings, 2 Oriental Darters

    Highlights at Khao Yai on 11th-13th January included 1 male Mugimaki Flycatcher and 1 White-throated Rock Thrush at Lekagul camp; 2 Banded Broadbills, 1 Wreathed Hornbill, 1 male Blue Pitta, 2 Red-headed Trogons & several groups of Siamese Firebacks along Khao Khieo road; 2 Black-and-buff Woodpeckers at Km 33; 1 male Banded Kingfisher along the road to Haew Suwat; 1 Heart-spotted Woodpecker at Pa Gluai Mai camp site.

    3 Limestone Wren Babblers were seen at Wat PraPhuttabaht Noi on 11th January.

    Sightings from Wat PraPhuttabaht Noi, Petchaburi, Khao Yai, Kaeng Krachan, Doi Ang Kang & Thatorn were made by Nick Upton, Nick Bray et al.

    10/01/14: Notable sightings in the Petchaburi region on 9th January included;
    • 2 Spoon-billed Sandpipers, 3 Eastern Curlews and 16 Terek Sandpipers at Pak Thale.
    • 3 Black-headed Ibis, 1 Eastern Marsh Harrier & 5 Oriental Skylarks at Wat Komnaram.
    • 11 Nordmann's Greenshank at Laem Pak Bia salt pans.
    • 11 Asian Dowitchers near the abandoned building.
    • 2 Pallas's Gulls, 4 Heuglin's Gull (2 first winter, 2 second winter), 1 advanced first winter
    Mongolian Gull, 2 White-faced Plovers, 40+ Great Crested Terns, 1 Lesser Crested Tern, 2 Chinese Egrets & 4 Malayisian Plovers at Laem Pak Bia sand spit.

    Sightings from Petchaburi by Nick Upton.

    08/01/14: A male Grey-winged Blackbird was seen at Ban Luang Resort, Doi Ang Kang, on 6th January. - Ralph Parks & Nit Lawrence.

    06/01/14: 2 White-capped Water Redstarts & a female Plumbeous Redstart were seen at Huay Mae Jai, Fang, on 4th January but no sign of the Brown Dipper photographed on 29th December. - Nick Upton & Srasri Phiromyothee


    Highlights from Doi Phu Ka between 31st December & 4th January included - 1 Brown Wood Owl, 1 Black Eagle, 1 Rusty-naped Pitta, 1 Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush, 1 Eyebrowed Thrush, 1 Scaly Thrush, 3 Rufous-gorgetted Flycatchers, 1 White-gorgetted Flycatcher, 1 Slaty-blue Flycatcher, 3 Beautiful Nuthatches, 3 Crested Finchbills, 1 Scarlet-faced Liocichla. - Erik Tornvall & Tunyapat Pinvaichkul.

    Birds seen at Doi Lang on 1st-3rd January included 2 Scarlet-faced Liocichlas, 1 male Himalayan Bluetail, 1 male Red-flanked Bluetail at the border police checkpoint; 1 Chestnut-headed Tesia, 1 Rufous-gorgetted Flycatcher, 1 White-gorgetted Flycatcher, 1 male Large Niltava & 2 Scarlet-faced Liocichlas at a stakeout 100m from the border police checkpoint; 1 Chestnut Thrush, 2 Black-eared Shrike-babblers, 1 Yellow-browed Tit along the ridge; 1 female Golden Bush Robin, 1 female-type Fire-tailed Sunbird, 1m & 1f Himalayan Bluetail at Doi San Ju view point; several groups of Spot-breasted Parrotbill & 5 Common Rosefinches in open country towards the army checkpoint; 20+ Little Buntings, 1 Aberrant Bush Warbler & c 12 Crested Buntings near the army checkpoint; 20+ Grey-headed Parrotbills & 1 Sapphire Flycatcher near the bird photography stakeouts on the Fang side of the hill with 1m & 1f White-tailed Robin, 1 White-gorgetted Flycatcher, 1m Large Niltava, 1f Rufous-bellied Niltava at the stakeouts. - Sightings from Doi Lang were made by Nick Upton & Srasri Phiromyothee.

    2 Pomarine Skaus were seen at Laem Pak Bia sand spit on the mornings of 30th & 31st December. - Zach Little.

    2 Pallas's Gulls were seen on mudflats at Laem Pak Bia on 30th December with 1 first and 1 second winter Heuglin's Gulls on the sand spit. - Nikolas Haass & Raja Stephenson.

    At Had Vijitra, Ubon Ratchathani province, 3 Great Thick-knees, 3 Mekong Wagtails, 6 Small Pratincoles and 15 River Lapwings were seen on 28-29th December. - Erik Tornvall & Tunyapat Pinvaichkul.

    Single Northern Goshawks were recorded from Doi Chiang Dao & Doi Inthanon on 29th & 26th December respectively. - Simon Woolley.

    24/12/13: 2 Siberian Rubythroats, 1 adult Greater Spotted Eagle, 1 juvenile Pied Harrier, 2 male Eastern Marsh Harriers & c100 Pheasant-tailed Jacanas were seen at Tung Bang Jak on 24th December with 18 Black-headed Ibis at nearby Wat Khao Takrao.

    A Watercock and a male Painted Snipe were seen on some freshwater pools at Laem Pak Bia on 24rd December.

    Notable species at Pak Thale, on 23-24th December, included 1 Eastern Curlew with c1000 Eurasian Curlew, 1 Spoon-billed Sandpiper, 2 Ruddy Turnstones, 6 Terek Sandpipers & 3 Lesser Crested Terns. At nearby Laem Pak Bia salt pans, on 23rd, 40 Nordmann's Greenshank, 57 Pied Avocets, 2 Heuglin's Gulls, c1500 Great Knot, 6 Red Knot were seen. On the same date 6 White-shouldered Starlings & 40 Asian Dowitchers were counted near the abandoned building. Also on 23rd, at Laem Pak Bia sand spit, c10 Malaysian Plovers, 3 Chinese Egrets, 71 Greater Crested Terns, 9 Lesser Crested Terns & 2 Heuglin's Gulls were present.

    Sightings from Pak Thale, Laem Pak Bia & Tung Bang Jak were made by Nick Upton & Graeme Stevens.

    On 22nd December 1 Spoon-billed Sandpiper, 1 Lesser Crested Tern, 2 Nordmann's Greenshank & 5 Terek Sandpipers were seen at Pak Thale. At nearby Laem Pak Bia salt pans 1 Milky Stork, 2000+ Great Knot & 30+ Pied Avocets were observed while at the abandoned building at least 38 Asian Dowitchers were recorded. At Laem Pak Bia sand spit 2 Heuglin's Gulls, 42 Greater Crested Terns, 5 Lesser Crested Terns, 10+ Malaysian Plovers & 1 Chinese Egret were seen. - Nick Upton, Daan Van Quickelberghe & Sara Mallems.

    21/12/13: 1 adult Eastern Imperial Eagle, 1 subadult Greater Spotted Eagle, 1 subadult Steppe Eagle, 2 juvenile Pied Harriers, 3 Black-eared Kites, 3 Ospreys & 2 Eastern Marsh Harriers were seen at Nong Pla Lai raptor watch point on the afternoon of 21st December; a Watercock was seen in the rice fields.


    Notable birds at Kaeng Krachan between 19-21st December included; 1 female Slaty-backed Flycatcher, 1 Eyebrowed Thrush, 1 Little Cuckoo Dove & 1 Bamboo Woodpecker at Panoen Tung; 2 Ratchet-tailed Treepies, 1 Black Eagle & 6 Collared Babblers at Km 27.5; 2 Black-and-yellow Broadbills & 8 Tickell's Brown Hornbills between streams two and three; 2 Black-and-red Broadbill & 1 Heart-spotted Woodpecker at Youth Camp; 1 female Ashy-headed Green Pigeon & 4 Wedge-tailed Green Pigeons at Km 9.5.

    On 20th December 2 Large Scimitar Babblers, 1 Ferruginous Partridge and 1 Slaty-legged Crake were the highlights at Lung Sin hide.

    Sightings from Nong Pla Lai, Kaeng Krachan & Lung Sin Hide were made by Nick Upton & Graeme Stevens.

    17/12/13: Wintering wildfowl numbers at Beung Boraphet were low on 16th December with just c200 Garganey, 2 Northern Pintail & 2 Common Coot seen. Several Oriental Darters & 3 Eastern Marsh Harriers were also seen; 2 Brown-headed Gulls were noteworthy for the location.

    3 Black-headed Woodpeckers, 1 White-browed Fantail, 2 Common Woodshrikes, 1 Brown Prinia, 2 Burmese Shrikes & 3 Rufous-winged Buzzards were of interest at Sab Sadao on 15th December.

    The highlights of two days at Khao Yai, 13-14th December were;

    3 male & 1 female Silver Pheasants on upper Khao Khieo road; 3male & 2 female Red-headed Trogons, 1 Heart-spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Black-and-buff Woodpeckers, 1 male Banded Kingfisher, 1 Rufous-bellied Eagle, 1 Great Hornbill & 5 Wreathed Hornbills on lower Khao Khieo road; 1 Collared Owlet, 1 White-throated Rock Thrush & 1 male Mugimaki Flycatcher at Boonsong Lekagul camp.

    2 Limestone Wren Babblers were seen at Wat PraPhutttabaht Noi on 13th December.

    Sightings from Beung Borpahet, Khao Yai, Sab Sadao & Wat PraPhuttabaht Noi were made by Nick Upton, Alan Davies & Ruth Miller.

    12/12/13: A pair of Kalij Pheasants were the highlight of a morning visit to Ban Song Nok on 12th December.

    Highlights from Kaeng Krachan between 9th and 12th December included;

    2 Great Slaty Woodpeckers at Km 9; 3 Black-and-red Broadbills at Km 11; 1 Banded Broadbill & 1 male Orange-breasted Trogon near stream two; 2 Black-and-red Broadbills between streams two and three; 1 Ratchet-tailed Treepie & 2 flocks of Collared Babblers at Km 27.5; 1 Rufous-browed Flycatcher & 1 Black-thighed Falconet at Panoen Tung.

    1 Slaty-legged Crake, 2 Orange-headed Thrushes, at least 6 Siberian Blue Robins, 3 Scaly-breasted Partridges & 2 Large Scimitar Babblers were seen at Lung Sin hide on 11th December.

    Sightings from Ban Song Nok, Kaeng Krachan & Lung Sin hide were made by Nick Upton, Alan Davies & Ruth Miller.

    08/12/13: An Oriental Darter, 2 Eastern Marsh Harriers, 62 Cotton Pygmy Geese & 7 Pink-necked Green Pigeons were found at Tung Bang Jak on 8th December.

    1 Milky Stork was found among c550 Painted Storks and 45 Black-headed Ibis on a drained pool at Wat Khao Takrao on 8th December. A juvenile Greater Spotted Eagle was also present. Another pool held at least 4 Northern Pintail and 1500+ Garganey.

    1 Long-billed Dowitcher, 2 Spot-billed Pelicans, 34 Pied Avocets and 2 Nordmann's Greenshank were seen at Laem Pak Bia salt pans on 8th December along with c 700 Great Knot and c40 Red Knot. On 7th, at the same location, 14 Nordmann's Greenshank, 2 Spot-billed Pelicans and similar numbers of both Knot were seen. 1 second winter Heuglin's Gull was also seen both days.4 Asian Dowitchers were seen at Pak Thale on 7th and 8th December. On 7th 1 Spoon-billed Sandpiper, 4 Lesser Crested Terns, c5000 Great Knot, 50+ Red Knot, 1 Far Eastern Curlew, c700 Eurasian Curlew and 54 Terek Sandpipers were seen.

    On 7th December 3 Heuglin's Gulls, 21 Greater Crested Terns, 1 Chinese Egret, 4 Pacific Reef Egrets and c20 Malaysian Plovers were present on Laem Pak Bia sand spit.

    A Ruddy Shelduck flew over the King's project, Laem Pak Bia, on 7th December and a Large Hawk Cuckoo was seen flying into mangroves at the same location.

    At Wat Komanaram, on 7th, 5 Grey-headed Lapwings, 4 Oriental Skylarks and a Watercock were found.

    Sightings from Tung Bang Jak, Wat Khao Takrao, Pak Thale & Laem Pak Bia were made by Nick Upton, Alan Davies & Ruth Miller.

    04/12/13: 3 Lesser Rufous-headed Parrotbills and Red-billed Scimitar Babblers were found with a flock of Collared Babblers c2 km towards Thatorn from the large concrete bridge on Doi Lang on 2nd December, also 2 Biachi's Warblers. A single Slender-billed Oriole was seen from the bridge.

    2 male Russet Sparrows were seen alongside House Sparrows in rice fields, south of Thatorn, Chiang Mai province on 1st December. A pair of Australasian Bushlarks were also seen plus 3 Eastern Marsh Harriers, 1 juvenile Pied Harrier, 5 Citrine Wagtails, 3 Green Sandpipers, 3 Siberian Rubythroats and 40+ Red-throated Pipits.

    Despite terrible weather on Doi Pha Hom Pok, on 1st December, a Chestnut-headed Tesia, a female Himalayan Bluetail, 10 Black-throated Tits, and a Buff-throated Warbler were birds of note seen close to the campsite.

    A short visit to rice fields south of Thatorn produced a juvenile Pied Harrier, 2 Rosy Pipits, 1 Citrine Wagtail, 1 Green Sandpiper and 20+ Red-throated Pipits.

    Highlights on Doi Lang, 28th-30th November included;

    1 Giant Nuthatch, 8 Crested Buntings, 20+ Little Buntings, 1 Buff-throated Warbler, 1 first winter male White-bellied Redstart, 30+ Common Rosefinches, 3 Wedge-tailed Green Pigeons. - Cultivated land near army road block.
    8 Spot-winged Grosbeaks, 2 Aberrant Bush Warblers, 1 female Sapphire Flycatcher, 1 Grey-headed Parrotbill. - Photography stakeout area with metal "no bird feeding" signs.
    3 Spot-breasted Parrotbills, 1 male Slaty-blue Flycatcher, 1 female Slaty-backed Flycatcher, 1 Aberrant Bush Warbler, 15 Black-headed Greenfinches, 12 Black-throated Tits, 3 Crested Buntings, 1 Mountain Hawk Eagle, 40+ Common Rosefinches, 2 Buff-throated Warblers. - Farmland & scrub 3km uphill from army road block.
    60+ Crested Finchbills, 3 White-browed Laughingthrushes, 1 Chestnut Thrush, 6 White-headed Bulbuls, 10 Common Rosefinches. - Open woodland 1 km towards Fang from the roadworks.
    1 Long-tailed Thrush. - 500m towards Thatorn from the roadworks.
    1 White's Thrush, 1 Chestnut-headed Tesia, 5 Common Rosefinches. - Flagpost viewpoint.
    15 Black-throated Tits, 2 Whiskered Yuhinas, 1 female Himalayan Bluetail. - Road along the high ridge.
    3 Scarlet-faced Liocichlas, 2 Spectacled Barwings, 1 Chestnut-headed Tesia, 2 Bar-throated Minlas, 3 Whiskered Yuhinas. - Checkpoint feeding station area.
    1 Grey-sided Thrush, 1 White's Thrush, 2 female Himalayan Bluetails, 1 Yellow-browed Tit, 1 Bianchi's Warbler. - Moist forest downhill towards Thatorn from checkpoint feeding station.
    3 Oriental Turtle Doves, 2 Pin-tailed Green Pigeons. - Large concrete bridge.
    2 Mountain Bamboo Partidges, two parties of c6 Eyebrowed Thrushes. - On the road on the way up from Thatorn.
    Orange-barred Leaf Warbler, Alstrom's Warbler & Pallas's Leaf Warbler all unusually numerous. - All over the mountain.

    The above observations from Doi Lang, Thatorn & Doi Pha Hom Pok were made by Nick Upton & David Scott

    27/11/13: A Yellow-vented Warbler was seen among a party of Sulphur-breasted & Claudia's Warblers halfway down the Krabak tree trail at Taksin Maharat national park on 27th November. Several parties of the resident White-throated Bulbul were also seen and 2 Olive Bulbuls were seen at the metal bridge at the same site. - Nick Upton

    A male Jerdon's Bushchat was seen at the water tower, Thatorn, on 26th November.

    2 Giant Nuthatch were seen near the road c6k southwest of the army checkpoint on Doi Lang on 25th November. Also 1 Mountain Bamboo Partridge nearer to army checkpoint and 1 Blue-fronted Redstart in the road 100m northwest of the feeding station.

    On 20th November 1 male and 2 female Mrs Hume's Pheasants were seen on the track c2k before Den Ya Kat, Doi Chiang Dao. Despite extensive searches over two days, no Giant Nuthatches were found.

    Sightings from Doi Chiang Dao, Doi Lang & Thatorn were kindly submitted by Tim Harris.

    25/11/13: 2 Rosy Pipits, 8 Oriental Skylarks, 5 Red-throated Pipits, 1 Eastern Marsh Harrier & 250+ Bleack-eared Kites were seen at Pak Phli on 24th November but no sign of the Greater Short-toed Lark which had not been seen for several days. - Nick Upton & Srasri Phiromyothee.

    Sightings from Petchaburi include;

    1 Spoon-billed Sandpiper, 11 Asian Dowitchers, 2 Pied Avocets, 4000+ Great Knot, 1 Ruddy Turnstone, 42 Red Knot & 54 Terek Sandpipers on 23rd November - Pak Thale.
    1m Greater Painted Snipe, 9 Grey-headed Lapwings & 3 Oriental Skylarks on 23rd November. - Wat Komnaram.
    42 Nordmann's Greenshank, 1 second winter Heuglin's Gull, 40 Pied Avocets & 1 Milky Stork on 23rd November. - Laem Pak Bia salt pans.
    1m White-faced Plover, 1 second winter Heuglin's Gull, 5 Pacific Reef Egrets, 21 Greater Crested Terns & 8 Malaysian Plover on 23rd November. - Laem Pak Bia sand spit.

    The above observations from Laem Pak Bia & Pak Thale were made by Nick Upton, Sue Banks & Mark Banks.

    1 Spoon-billed Sandpiper, 11 Asian Dowitchers, c5000 Great Knot, 65 Red Knot, 6 Ruddy Turnstones, 1 Pied Avocet, 1 Far Eastern Curlew, c800 Eurasian Curlew on 22nd November. - Pak Thale.
    8 Grey-headed Lapwings, 5 Oriental Skylarks on 22nd November. - Wat Komnaram.

    1 Milky Stork, 3 Pied Avocets, 1 second winter Heuglin's Gull, 9 Nordmann's Greenshank on 22nd November. - Laem Pak Bia salt pans.
    8 Malaysian Plovers, 1 second winter Heuglin's Gull, 1 first winter Heuglin's Gull, 12 Greater Crested Terns, 4 Pacific Reef Egrets on 22nd November. - Laem Pak Bia sand spit.
    5 White-shouldred Starlings on 22nd November. - Abandoned building.

    The above observations from Laem Pak Bia & Pak Thale were made by Nick Upton & Andrew Ross.

    1 Spoon-billed Sandpiper, 100 Red Knot, 2 Far Eastern Curlews, c1000 Eurasian Curlews, 3 Ruddy Turnstones, 1 female Common Teal, 114 Terek Sandpipers, 11 Asian Dowitchers, 3000+ Great Knot on 21st November. - Pak Thale.
    23 Grey-headed Lapwings, 1m + 1f Greater Painted Snipe & 3 Oriental Skylarks on 21st November. - Wat Komnaram.
    7 Nordmann's Grrenshank, 28 Pied Avocets & 1 second winter Heuglin's Gull on 21st November. - Laem Pak Bia salt pans.
    c50 White-shouldered Starlings on 21st November. - Abandoned building.
    9 Malaysian Plovers, 1 Chinese Egret, 5 Pacific Reef Egrets, 1 second winter Heuglin's Gull, 5 Greater Crested Terns on 21st November. - Laem Pak Bia sand spit.

    The above observations from Laem Pak Bia & Pak Thale were made by Nick Upton & Stephen Hawkins.

    2 Spoon-billed Sandpipers, 1 Far Eastern Curlew, c1000 Eurasian Curlew, 4 Ruddy Turnstones, 1 female Common Teal, 5 Red Knot, 131 Terek Sandpipers, 3000+ Eurasian Curlews on 20th November. - Pak Thale.
    14 Grey-headed Lapwings, 7 Oriental Skylarks on 20th November. - Wat Komnaram.
    34 Pied Avocets, 21 Nordmann's Greenshank on 20th November. - Laem Pak Bia salt pans.
    1 Milky Stork, 11 White-shouldered Starlings on 20th November. - Abandoned building.
    1 male White-faced Plover, 12 Malaysian Plovers, 1 second winter Heuglin's Gull, 6 Greater Crested Terns, 3 Pacific Reef Egrets, 1 juvenile Chinese Sparrowhawk on 20th November. - Laem Pak Bia sand spit.

    The above observations from Laem Pak Bia & Pak Thale were made by Nick Upton & Faye McLarty.

    20/11/13: The Greater Short-toed Lark was seen again on 20th November at Pak Phli. - Sukanya Thanombuddha.

    19/11/13: A Greater Short-toed Lark was photographed at Pak Phli, Nakorn Nayok on 17th November and seen again on 19th as well as 2 Rosy Pipits. - Phil Round.

    Jerdon's Bushchat and Nepal House Martin were notable species seen on the eastern approach road to Phu Hin Rong Kla national park on 18th November. - Ralph Parks & Nit Lawrence.

    18/11/13:
    1 Slender-billed Gull and 5 Black-headed Gulls were among the Brown-headed Gull flock at Bang Poo on 17th November. A Great Cormorant was also seen out to sea. - Nick Upton.

    An Asian Stubtail and a male Silver Pheasant were seen on the Dong Mai Fai trail near HQ, Nam Nao. - Ralph Parks & Nit Lawrence.

    A few common migrants at Sri Nakorn Kuen Khan park, on 16th November, included 2 Asian Brown Flycatchers, 2 Taiga Flycatchers, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Common Kingfisher, 1 Ashy Drongo and 2 Black-naped Orioles. Other birds seen included 1 Laced Woodpecker, 2 Stork-billed Kingfishers and 30+ Pink-necked Green Pigeons. - Nick Upton.

    A single Pied Imperial Pigeon was seen at Bang Pra on 16th November. Also seen were 2 Black Bazas, Laced Woodpecker and Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker. - John Burrell.

    15/11/13: Sightings from a few days in Petchaburi included;

    Pak Thale - 1 Spoon-billed Sandpiper on 12th and 2 on 13th; 1 Asian Dowitcher on 13th; 1 Nordmann's Greenshank on 13th; 2 Red Knot on 12th and 3 on 13th; 161 Terek Sandpipers on 12th and 94 on 13th; 1 Dunlin on 12th; 1 Lesser Crested Tern on 12th; 2 Ruddy Turnstones on 12th and 3 on 13th.

    Laem Pak Bia Sand Spit (13th November) - 2 White-faced Plovers, 1 Great Crested Tern, 11 Malaysian Plovers, 4 Pacific Reef Egrets, 1 Nordmann's Greenshank.

    Laem Pak Bia Salt Pans (12th November) - 19 Nordmann's Greenshank, 4000+ Great Knot, 1 Milky Stork, 1 Far Eastern Curlew, 2 Terek Sandpiper, 1 Pied Avocet.

    Abandoned Building, Laem Pak Bia (12th November) - 1 Asian Dowitcher, 2 White-shouldered Starlings.

    King's Project, Laem Pak Bia (12th November) - 2 Indian Nightjar, 1 Grey-headed Lapwing, c600 Blue-tailed Bee-eaters.

    Tung Bang Jak (13th November) - 1 Stork-billed Kingfisher, 1 juvenile Pied Harrier, 1 female Eastern Marsh Harrier, 38 Spot-billed Pelicans.

    Wat Komnaram
    (13th November) - 16 Grey-headed Lapwings, 2 Oriental Skylarks.

    The above sightings from the Petchaburi area were made by Nick Upton and Chris Kelly.

    Migrants at Suan Rot Fai on 10th November included 5 Asian Brown Flycatchers, 1 Black-capped Kingfisher, 1 Ashy Minivet, 1 Claudia's Leaf Warbler, 1 Arctic Warbler, 1 Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher, 3 Black-naped Monarchs, 1 Spangled Drongo, 3 Ashy Drongos, 5 Taiga Flycatchers, 6 Black-naped Orioles, 3 Brown Shrikes, 3 Common Kingfishers and 5 Blue-tailed Bee-eaters. - Dave Gandy.

    Migrants at Sri Nakorn Kuen Khan park included Black-naped Oriole, Ashy Drongo, Black Baza and Black-winged Cuckooshrike - Peter Ericsson.

    A Grey-headed Parakeet flew over the garden of Malee's (Doi Chiang Dao) on 5th November as did a Spot-bellied Eagle Owl later in the evening. - Neil Lawton.

    04/11/13:
    On 2nd November 2 Rain Quail were flushed from the southern end of the dam at Huay Mae Taeng.

    On 1st November 1 Spoon-billed Sandpiper was seen at Pak Thale and 1 Milky Stork on salt pans at Laem Pak Bia.

    The above sightings from Huay Mae Taeng, Laem Pak Bia & Pak Thale were made by Rob Hopkinson & Pat Allison.

    27/10/11: The first Spoon-billed Sandpiper of the winter was found at Khok Kham on 27th October by Mr Tii.

    10/07/13: A Pied Cuckoo was seen at Bueng Boraphet on 9th July. - Phil Round.

    03/07/13:
    6 Spot-billed Pelicans and 6+ Oriental Darters were present at Bueng Boraphet on 3rd July as was an unexpected Whiskered Tern. At a nearby waterbird colony several pairs of Glossy Ibis were seen tending nests with chicks.

    A Coral-billed Scimitar-babbler was briefly seen at Mae Wong on 2nd July, about 2 kms before Chong Yen. In the same vicinity 2 Eyebrowed Wren Babblers, 2 Streaked Wren Babblers and a Rufous-browed Flycatcher were found. At Chong Yen Clicking Shrike-babbler, Silver-eared Mesia and Rufous-backed Sibia were of interest.

    The highlight of a visit to Bueng Boraphet on 1st July was a calling male Pied Cuckoo. Good numbers of Streaked Weavers and Striated Grassbirds were also seen. A single Red-billed Scimitar-babbler was seen in the company of 6 Collared Babblers along the river trail at Nam Nao on 1st July.

    The above sightings from Nam Nao, Mae Wong and Bueng Boraphet were made by Nick Upton, David Scott & James Thomson-Glover.

    30/06/13: On 30th June c30 Dusky Crag Martins and c 60 Nepal House Martins were seen on the road from Lomsak to Pu Hin Rong Kla national park. Birds seen in the park included Large Niltava, Chestnut-crowned Warbler and Rufous-winged Buzzard.

    At Nam Nao national park, on 29th June, 1 male White-rumped Falcon was seen at Phu Goom Khao and a subadult Mountain Hawk Eagle was seen on the road into this location. On the Dong Paek trail 4 Great Slaty Woodpeckers, 2 Black-and-buff Woodpeckers, 2 Long-tailed Broadbills, 3 Blossom-headed Parakeets, 1 Brown Prinia, 2 Indochinese Cuckooshrikes and a male Chinese Francolin were seen.

    The above observations from Pu Hin Rong Kla and Nam Nao were made by Nick Upton, David Scott and James Thomson-Glover.

    On 26th June the following species were seen at Sab Sadao; 2 White-browed Fantails, 3 Brown Prinias, 1 Indochinese Cuckooshrike, 5 Black Bazas, 3 Rufous-winged Buzzards, 1 White-bellied Woodpecker, 1 Chinese Francolin, several flocks of Common Woodshrikes and 3 groups of Black-headed Woodpeckers. - Nick Upton

    25/06/13: At Sanam Bin wetlands, Burirum, 11 reintroduced Sarus Cranes were seen on 25th June. Also seen were 1 Pheasant-tailed Jacana, 1 Rufous-winged Buzzard and 3 Black Kites. - Erik Tornvall & Tanyapat Pinwanichkul

    24/06/13: 400+ Spot-billed Pelicans were observed flying south west over Petchaburi rice fields on 23rd June. - Nick Upton

    1 Yellow-legged Buttonquail and 3 Crested Treeswifts were of note at Ta Phraya national park on 23rd June.

    On 22nd June, at Pang Sida national park, 7 male and 2 female Siamese Firebacks were seen along the road. 4 Crested Treeswifts and a Blue-bearded Bee-eater were also seen and 2 Oriental Darters were on a lake close to the park entrance.

    Observations from Ta Phraya and Pand Sida were made by Erik Tornvall & Tanyapat Pinwanichkul

    22/06/13: Highlights at Khao Soi Dao, on 20th-21st June included; 3 Blue-rumped Pittas close to the HQ building, 2 Blue-winged Pittas along the waterfall road, 16 Ashy-headed Green Pigeons, 1 Heart-spotted Woodpecker and 3 Great eared Nightjars. - Erik Tornvall & Tanyapat Pinwanichkul

    An Oriental Darter was seen flying over the Petkasem Highway near the Tachin river on 21st June.

    At least 8 Black Bitterns were seen in rice fields near Petchaburi and large numbers of all three species of weaver were still nesting in the area; a Chinese Pond Heron in breeding plumage was unexpected.

    At Laem Pak Bia 31 Pacific Golden Plovers and 25 Caspian Terns, along with 1 Whiskered Tern were unseasonal. 5 Spot-billed Pelicans were less surprising and flock of Painted Storks contained two birds that resembled Milky Storks but on very close inspection turned out to be Painted Storks in various states of strange plumage.

    At Khao Look Chang 5 Black-headed Woodpeckers, 1 Rufous Woodpecker and a Black Baza were seen and in an adjacent field 6 Blue-throated Bee-eaters were found.

    Highlights from Kaeng Krachan national park from 17th-20th June included;

  • Km 9 - 6 Black-thighed Falconets, 1 Red-billed Malkoha, 1 juvenile Great Hornbill, 2 Blue-winded Pittas.
  • Km 10 - 1 Black-and-red Broadbill.
  • Km 11 - 2 Black-and-red Broadbills.
  • Km 14.5 - 1 Male Blyth's Frogmouth.
  • Stream 1 to Stream 2 - 2 male Blue Pittas, 1 Long-tailed Broadbill, 1 female Banded Kingfisher, 4 Silver-breasted Broadbills, 2 Banded Broadbills, 4 Dusky Broadbills, 1 male Orange-breasted Trogon.
  • Stream 2 to Stream 3 - A pair of Crimson-winged Woodpeckers, 2 White-fronted Scops Owls, 4 Chestnut-breasted Malkohas, a pair of Raffle's Malkohas, 3 Silver-breasted Broadbills, 1 adult Black Eagle.
  • Stream 3 to uphill section of road - 4 Black-and-yellow Broadbills, a pair of Oriental Dwarf Kingfishers, 2 Silver-breasted Broadbills, 1 Hooded Pitta
  • Km 18 - 1 Red-billed Malkoha, 3 Dusky Broadbills.
  • Km 27.5 - 2 Ratchet-tailed Treepies, several groups of Collared Babblers, 30+ Tickell's Brown Hornbills, a pair of Bamboo Woodpeckers, 2 Rufous-browed Flycatchers, 1 male Red-headed Trogon, 1 Speckled Piculet, 1 White-browed Piculet, 2 Black-throated Laughingthrushes.
  • Panoen Tung - 1 Northern White-crowned Forktail, 1 juvenile Large Niltava.


  • At Lung Sin waterhole, on 18th June, 2 Red-legged Crakes and 2 Scaly-breasted Partridges were seen. Nearby a female Eared Pitta was also seen.

    The above sightings from Kaeng Krachan, Lung Sin waterhole, Khao Look Chang, Laem Pak Bia and Petchaburi rice fields were made by Nick Upton, Allan & Judi Foster.

    An adult Black Eagle was seen at Km 9 of Kaeng Krachan on 16th June - Erik Tornvall and Tunyapat Pinvanichkul

    03/06/13: 2 female/juvenile Black-headed Woodpeckers were seen at Khao Look Chang on 1st June. In nearby grassland at least 6 Blue-throated Bee-eaters were seen among a colony of 20+ Blue-tailed Bee-eaters.

    A male Watercock was calling at some wetlands close to Had Chao Samran and a colony of 30+ Oriental Pratincoles were with recently fledged young, also 1 st June.

    10 Spot-billed Pelicans were seen resting on salt pans at Laem Pak Bia - 1st June.

    On the same date over 800 Painted Storks were seen at Wat Khao Takrao - many juveniles were present and 1 bird appeared to be a Milky Stork but on closer inspection it turned out to be an apparent hybrid or abberrantly plumaged Painted Stork. 2 Intermediate Egrets remained at this location and 10+ Cotton Pygmy Geese were also seen.

    At Nong Pla Lai at least 4 Oriental Darters showed signs of occupying a nesting colony and another 6 Spot-billed Pelicans flew overhead - 1st June.

    The above sightings from Khao Look Chang, Laem Pak Bia, Wat Khao Takrao and Nong Pla Lai were made by Nick Upton & Phil Round.

    14/05/13: On 11th May some birds of interest at Huay Mae Taeng reservoir, Ratchaburi, included 3 Rain Quail, "a few" Oriental Skylarks, c300 Oriental Pratincoles and 2 Small Pratincoles. - Gerry Brett.

    28/04/13: Fairy Pitta and Japanese Paradise Flycatcher were seen at Ko Man Nai, Rayong on 25th-26th April. - Several observers.

    18/04/13: A pair of Mekong Wagtails were seen feeding young at Kaeng Chang Mob, Ubon Ratchathani on 18th April. - Ralph Parks & Nit Lawrence.

    16/04/13: Migrants seen at Nakorn Sri Kuan Kan park, Samut Prakan, on morning of 16th were; 2 Eastern Crowned Warblers, 3 Forest Wagtails, 1 Ashy Drongo, 1 Crow-billed Drongo, 8 Hair-crested Drongos, 4 Black-naped Orioles, 6 Chinese Pond Herons, 1 Black Bittern, 1 Malayan Night Heron, 4 Asian Brown Flycatchers, 2 male and 4 female Yellow-rumped Flycatchers, 1 adult male and 1 subadult male Mugimaki Flycatchers, 60+ Eyebrowed Thrushes, 4 Dollarbirds, 1 Black-winged Cuckooshrike, 12+ Ashy Minivets and 1 Pale-legged Leaf Warbler. 5 Vinous-breasted Starlings, 2 Stork-billed Kingfishers, a pair of Laced Woodpeckers and 50+ Pink-necked Green Pigeons were also seen. - Nick Upton

    Migrants at Suan Rot Fai, Bangkok, on 16th included 2 Forest Wagtails, 2 Mugimaki Flycathers, 2 Yellow-rumped Flycatchers, 2 Taiga Flycatchers, 1 Asian Brown Flycatcher, 1 Himalayan Cuckoo, 3 Thick-billed Warblers, 2 Pale-legged Leaf Warblers and 3+ Eyebrowed Thrushes. - Dave Gandy

    15/04/13: Migrants seen at Nakorn Sri Kuan Kan park, Samut Prakan, on 15th April were; 1 Chestnut-winged Cuckoo, 1 Drongo Cuckoo, 200+ Eyebrowed Thrushes, 2 Crow-billed Drongos, 2 Ashy Drongos, 6 Hair-crested Drongos, 2 Black-naped Orioles, 1 Oriental Honey-buzzard, 1 Black Bittern, 1 Forest Wagtail, 5 Chinese Pond Herons, 2 Dollarbirds, 2 Black-winged Cuckooshrikes, 12+ Ashy Minivets, 1 Arctic Warbler, 1 Pale-legged Leaf Warbler, 1 Radde's Warbler, 1 male and 2 female Yellow-rumped Flycatchers, 1 subadult male and 1 female Mugimaki Flycatchers, 1 Taiga Flycatcher, 4 Asian Brown Flycatchers, 4 Blue-tailed Bee-eaters. 2 Red-breasted Parakeets, 1 Hill Myna, 1 Stork-billed Kingfisher, a pair of Laced Woodpeckers and 50+ Pink-necked Green Pigeons were also seen. - Nick Upton

    A male Siberian Thrush was seen at Suan Rot fai on 15th April. Other migrants seen included 10+ Eyebrowed Thrushes, 1 Hodgson's Hawk Cuckoo, 1 Brown Shrike, 1 Himalayan Cuckoo, 1 Pale-legged Leaf Warbler, 3 Asian Brown Flycatchers, 2 Ashy Drongos, 2 Thick-billed Warblers and "several" Ashy Minivets. - Dave Gandy

    14/04/13: At Pak Thale, on 14th April, 1 Milky Stork and 34 Painted Storks were seen. 13 Red-necked Phalaropes were also present in the area. - Dr.Suwanna Mookachonpan and Pensri Srikeaw.

    13/04/13: At Sri Nakorn Kuan Kan park, Samut Prakan, the following were seen on 13th April; 1 Indian Cuckoo, 1 male Green-backed Flycatcher, 2 Drongo Cuckoos, 2 Forest Wagtails, 3 Black-winged Cuckooshrikes, 20+ Ashy Minivets, 1 Japanese Sparrowhawk, 2 Dollarbirds, 1 Black Bittern, 20 + Eyebrowed Thrushes, 2 Crow-billed Drongos, 1 Ashy Drongo, 4 Hair-crested Drongos, 1 Radde's Warbler, 1 Arctic Warbler, 1 Pale-legged Leaf Warbler, 20+ Black-naped Orioles, 2 male and 3 female Yellow-rumped Flycatchers, 1 subadult male Mugimaki Flycatcher, 4 Asian Brown Flycatchers, 30+ Ashy Minivets, 2 Dollarbirds, 6 Chinese Pond Herons. Also seen were 1 Stork-billed Kingfisher, a pair of Laced Woodpeckers, 50+ Pink-necked Green Pigeons and 1 Vinous-breasted Starling. - Nick Upton

    Suan Rot Fai, Bangkok, on 13th April turned up the following species; 1 Ruddy Kingfisher, 2 Asian Brown Flycatchers, 2 Taiga Flycatchers, 1 subadult male Yellow-rumped Flycatcher, 1 Pale-legged Leaf Warbler, 2 Thick-billed Warblers, 2 Brown Shrikes and "several" Ashy Minivets. - Dave Gandy

    12/04/13: A Ruddy Kingfisher was found at Suan Rot Fai on 12th April. Other migrant species included 1 Black Bittern, 1 Himalayan Cuckoo, 1 Dusky Warbler, 1 Thick-billed Warbler, 1 female Mugimaki Flycatcher, 7 Ashy Minivets, 2 Asian Brown Flycatchers. - Dave Gandy

    50-100 Asian Dowitchers were seen at Khok Kham on 12th April. - Dave Gandy

    04/04/13: 1 female Mekong Wagtail was seen at the Pak Mun dam, Ubon Ratchathani on 4th April. - Nick Upton & Srasri Phiromyothee.

    03/04/13: On the Mekong at Had Wijitra, Ubon Ratchathani province, 3 Mekong Wagtails, 3 Great Thick-knees, 5 River Lapwings, 7 Small Pratincoles and 150+ Wire-tailed Swallows were seen in the late afternoon of 3rd April. Also in Ubon Ratchathani, on the river Mekong at Kaeng Chang Mob, 1 River Lapwing, c100 Small Pratincoles, 3 Mekong Wagtails and 50+ Wire-tailed Swallows were seen in the morning of 3rd April. On 2nd April 2 Mekong Wagtails were also seen at Kaeng Kun Sung, Amnat Charoen province in the late afternoon. - Nick Upton & Srasri Phiromyothee.

    25/03/13: Highlights at Kaeng Krachan on 19th-20th March were a pair of Black-and-red Broadbills at Km 9; a male Yellow-rumped Flycatcher at Bang Krang campsite; a pair of Silver-breasted Broadbills, a pair of Black-and-yellow Broadbills, a pair of Banded Broadbills, 2 Crested Jays and 1 Hooded Pitta at stream 1; the pair of White-fronted Scops Owls back on their day roost, an Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher and 2 Tickell's Brown Hornbills at stream 2.

    At Lung Sin hide, Kaeng Krachan, the highlights on 19th March were 1 Slaty-legged Crake, 3 Scaly-breasted Partridges, 2 Bar-backed Partridges and a Large Scimitar Babbler.

    3 Spoon-billed Sandpipers and 1 Dunlin were seen at Pak Thale on 18th March. At nearby Wat Komnaram many pairs of Oriental Pratincoles and Oriental Skylarks were seen displaying. At Laem Pak Bia salt pans 5 Nordmann's Greenshank were present as well as 30+ Pied Avocets.

    At Sri Nakorn Kuan Khan park, Bangkok, on 16th March, 2 Vinous-breasted Starlings were seen and the following migratory species were noted; 2 Black Bazas, 1 Taiga Flycatcher, 2 Pale-legged Leaf Warblers, 2 Ashy Drongos, a pair of Black-winged Cuckooshrikes, 1 Ashy Minivet and 4 Black-naped Orioles.

    Highlights at Mae Wong from 11-13th March included 1 Grey Peacock Pheasant, 3 Rufous-throated Partridges, 3 Rufous-browed Flycatchers, a pair of Small Niltavas, 1 White-crowned Forktail, 5 Long-tailed Sibias, 1 Spot-necked Babbler, 1 Hodgson's Hawk Cuckoo, 4 Burmese Yuhinas, 1 Chinese Leaf Warbler, 2 Coral-billed Scimitar-babblers, 2 Red-billed Scimitar-babblers, 1 Asian Stubtail, 1 Jerdon's Baza and many Kalij Pheasants along the road.

    The above sightings from Kaeng Krachan, Pak Thale, Laem Pak Bia, Sri Nakorn Kuan Khan and Mae Wong were made by - Nick Upton, Pieter Verhaj and Roger Marchant.

    11/03/13: Some notable birds from the summit of Doi Inthanon on 10th March were 3 Grey-sided Thrushes, 1 Yellow-bellied Flowerpecker, 1 Pygmy Wren Babbler, 1 male White-browed Shortwing and 1 Ashy Woodpigeon.

    At Doi Lang, on 9th, 2 Spot-breasted Parrotbills, 2 Long-tailed Broadbills and 2 Long-tailed Sibias were seen.

    The above sightings were made by Nick Upton, Pieter Verheij and Roger Marchant.

    08/03/13: Despite rain at Doi Lang on the 8th a number of notable species were seen; 1 male Hume's Pheasant, 2 Giant Nuthatches, 2 Spot-breasted Laughingthrushes, 1 male Rufous-gorgetted Flycatcher, 4 Long-tailed Broadbills, 1 male Ultramarine Flycatcher, a pair of Slaty-blue Flycatchers, a pair of Slaty-backed Flycatchers, 8 Black-throated Parrotbills, 1 male Green Cochoa, 2 Crested Finchbills, 1 male White-bellied Redstart and 1 female Blue-fronted Redstart. - Nick Upton, Pieter Verheij and Roger Marchant.

    06/03/13: On 6th March a Common Shelduck was still present at Chiang Saen Lake as were 3 Great Cormorants. A Swinhoe's Snipe was also seen at the lake - identified by its tail when it stretched during preening. - Nick Upton.

    05/03/13: On 5th March approximately 350 Chestnut Buntings came to roost in reeds at Nam Kam nature reserve, Chiang Saen. These were joined by 3 Common Rosefinches, 1 female Chestnut-eared Bunting, 1 male Rosy Minivet and c550 Baya Weavers. In one of the hides at the reserve a Baikal Bush Warbler was seen bathing.

    At Yonok Wetlands, Chiang Saen, birds of note included 1 male Chestnut-eared Bunting, 2 female Yellow-breasted Buntings, 1 Baikal Bush Warbler, 2 Grey-headed lapwings and a male Daurian Redstart feeding with 6 male Siberian Rubythroats and 2 Bluethroats in a burned patch of vegetation; all on 5th March.

    On 4th March, despite massive habitat destruction on the Mekong, Chiang Saen, 2 Long-billed Plovers were seen as were 2 River Lapwings, 1 Little Stint, 10 Grey-throated Martins and c100 Small Pratincoles.

    Also on 4th at nearby Chiang Saen Lake 1 Grey-headed Lapwing, 2 Great Bitterns, 2 Great Cormorants, 5 Tufted Duck, 2 Mallard, 12 Ferruginous Pochard and a Common Shelduck were all seen.

    The above observations from the Chiang Saen area were made by Nick Upton.

    A late afternoon at Doi Lang on 3rd March resulted in sightings of 1 Northern Goshawk, 1 Speckled Woodpigeon, 1 male Slaty-backed Flycatcher, a pair of Slaty-blue Flycatchers, 2 Spot-breasted Laughingthrushes, 1 female Rufous-bellied Niltava, 1 Grey-crowned Warbler and1 male Rufous-gorgetted Flycatcher. - Nick Upton

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    3: 3 Spoon-billed Sandpipers were still present at Pak Thale on 27th February; 1 male White-faced Plover at Laem Pak Bia sand spit; 40+ Nordmanns Greenshank at Laem Pak Bia salt pans and 1 Black-faced Spoonbill at Wat Khao Takrao. - Nick Upton & Andy Langford.

    22/02/13: A Baillon's Crake was seen in a fishpond in the Tung Bang Jak area; Asian Golden Weavers were found nesting in the area and were in breeding plumage, whilst at nearby Wat Khao Takrao a Black-faced Spoonbill was still present along with 3 Black-headed Ibis and large numbers of migratory ducks - 21st February.

    2 Spoon-billed Sandpipers, 2 Red-necked Phalaropes and 1 Dunlin were seen at Pak Thale on 21st February with 46 Nordmann's Greenshank and 6 Asian Dowitchers at Laem Pak Bia; 3 near adult Rosy Starlings were seen at the rubbish dump close to the abandoned building.

    Highlights at Kaeng Krachan on 18-20th February included 1 Bay Woodpecker and 1 male Great Hornbill at Panoen Tung; 4 Ratchet-tailed Treepies, 2 Long-tailed Broadbills, a Speckled Piculet and a female Maroon-breasted Philentoma at Km 27.5; the 2 roosting White-fronted Scops Owls still present at stream 2; several flocks of Silver-breasted Broadbills, 1 Buff-rumped Woodpecker, 4 Dusky Broadbills, 4 Tickell's Brown Hornbills, 1 male Grey Peacock Pheasant and 1 Great Slaty Woodpecker between streams 2 and 3; a pair of Banded Broadbills at Bang Krang campsite. Large numbers of common species were easily seen in a fruiting tree in front of the restaurant at Bang Krang campsite.

    The above sightings from Tung Bang Jak, Wat Khao Takrao and Kaeng Krachan were made by Nick Upton & Doug and Julia Bailey.

    On a drained pond near Wat Khao Ttakrao, on 17tth February, huge numbers of egrets and shorebirds were present along with 26 Black-headed Ibis and 1 Black-faced Spoonbill. On another nearby pond 800-1000 Northern Pintail, 500-800 Garganey, 20 Eurasian Wigeon and 8 Northern Shoveler were counted. Rice fields near Nong Pla Lai raptor watch site contained 5 Bluethroats, 1 female Watercock, 1 Grey-headed Lapwing and 1 Eurasian Wryneck on the morning of 17th February. - Nick Upton.

    13/02/13: 4 Spoon-billed Sandpipers, 1 Red-necked Phalarope and 2 Little Stints were the most notable shorebirds seen at Pak Thale on 11th February whilst at Laem Pak Bia 3 Asian Dowitchers and 48 Nordmann's Greenshank were seen on salt pans along with 40+ Pied Avocets; an adult Rosy Starling was seen at the rubbish dump. At the King's Project, 2 male Greater Painted Snipe and 3 Ruff were found. At the sand spit a pair of White-faced Plovers, 3 Grey-headed Lapwings and 2 Chinese Egrets were seen. - Nick Upton & Simon Riley.

    Birds of note in the rice fields near Petchaburi, on 10th February, included a Great Bittern, 5 Grey-headed Lapwings, a male Pied Harrier, 1 Greater Spotted Eagle, 1 subadult male Eastern Marsh Harrier, 5 Streaked Weavers and more than 150 Cotton Pygmy Geese.

    A morning at Kaeng Krachan, on 10th Feebruary, resulted in 5 Wedge-tailed Green Pigeons and a pair of Golden-crested Mynas at Km 9, Tickell's Brown Hornbill feeding the female in a nest near stream 2 and the pair of White-faced Scops Owls on their daytime roost. Also at stream 2 were 4 Great Slaty Woodpeckers, 1 Bay Woodpecker and a pair of Banded Broadbills.

    At Wat Khao Takrao, on 9th February, a Black-faced Spoonbill was the highlight along with 1 Black-headed Ibis. Ducks present included Gadwall, Wigeon, Pintail, Garganey and Shoveler.

    On 9th February 2 Spoon-billed Sandpipers were seen at Pak Thale and at Laem Pak Bia 1 Asian Dowitcher and 59 Nordmann's Greenshank were present. At a nearby freshwater site 1 male Greater Painted Snipe, 2 Watercock and a pair of Fulvous-breasted Woodpeckers were seen.

    The above sightings from Petchaburi rice fields, Kaeng Krachan, Wat Khao Takrao, Pak Thale and Laem Pak Bia were made by Nick Upton, Peter Nickless and Graham Jones.

    On 8th February a Black-faced Spoonbill, 1 Black-headed Ibis and 2 Greater Spotted Eagles were seen at Wat Khao Takrao. 4 further Greater Spotted Eagles and an Eastern Imperial Eagle were seen at Nong Pla Lai. - Nick Upton.

    05/02/13: A Manchurian Reed Warbler was seen at Muang Boran fishponds on 4th February; 8 Grey-headed Lapwings and 30+ Asian Golden Weavers were also present.

    On 3rd February a Slaty-legged Crake, 2 Large Scimitar Babblers and both Scaly-breasted and Bar-backed Partridges were seen at Lung Sin hide, Kaeng Krachan.

    Highlights at Kaeng Krachan from 1st-3rd February were Mountain Hawk Eagle at Panoen Tung; Ratchet-tailed Treepie, Great Hornbill, Collared Babbler, Black-throated Laughingthrush, Red-headed Trogon, Black-and-buff Woodpecker, Rufous-bellied Eagle and Bamboo Woodpecker at Km 27.5; a pair of Kalij Pheasants at Km 24; Black-and-yellow Broadbill, Spot-necked Babbler, Tickell's Brown Hornbill and White-fronted Scops Owl between streams 2 and 3; Silver-breasted Broadbill and Black-and-red Broadbill at Bang Krang campsite; Black-and-red Broadbill and 3 Wedge-tailed Green Pigeons at Km 9; 1 female Orange-headed Thrush at Ban Maka.

    On 1st February Spotted Owlet, Asian Barred Owlet, Black-headed Woodpecker and Rufous Woodpecker were seen at Khao Look Chang.

    More than 350 Cotton Pygmy Geese were seen on a fish pond at Tung Bang Jak, Petchaburi, on 31st January; also seen were 6 Eurasian Coot, 28 Grey-headed Lapwings and a Garganey. 2 Eastern Imprial Eagles, 3 Greater Spotted Eagles, 2 juvenile Pied Harriers and 2 male Eastern Marsh Harriers were seen at the Nong Pla Lai raptor watchpoint on the same date.

    On 30th and 31st January the highlights at Pak Thale were 3 Spoon-billed Sandpipers, 6 Red-necked Phalaropes, 2 Far Eastern Curlews, 3 Pied Avocets, 1 juvenile Black-tailed Gull, 5 Terek Sandpipers and Mangrove Whistler. A Dunlin and 4 Red Knot were also found amongst flocks of shorebirds. On the same dates 50+ Asian Dowitchers, 43 Pied Avocets and 39 Nordmann's Greenshank were found on salt pans at Laem Pak Bia. At the sand spit 12 Malaysian Plovers, a pair of White-faced Plovers, 2 Chinese Egrets and a first winter Heuglin's Gull were seen. At Wat Khao Takrao, on 31st, 2 Black-headed Ibis and 2 Painted Storks were seen. At Wat Komnaram, on 30th, 1 dark morph Booted Eagle, 10 Oriental Pratincoles and 2 singing Oriental Skylarks were found.

    At Khao Yai the most interesting speices seen on 27th-29th January were Blue Pitta, Siamese Fireback, Silver Pheasant, Banded Kingfisher, Banded Broadbill, Black-and-buff Woodpecker, Red-headed Trogon and Great Hornbill on the Khao Khieo road; Dusky Broadbill and Long-tailed Broadbill at Km 33; Asian Emerald Cuckoo, Mugimaki Flycatcher and White-throated Rock Thrush at the Boonsong Lekagul camp.

    A pair of Limestone Wren Babblers were seen at Wat Pra Puttabaht Noi on 27th January.

    The summit of Doi Inthanon was very productive on 24th and 25th January with a male Snowy-browed Flycatcher, 1 male Yellow-bellied Flowerpecker, 1 Eurasian Woodcock, 2 Dark-sided Thrushes, 2 male White-browed Shortwings, 2 Ashy Woodpigeons, 20+ Common Rosefinches, 1 male Brambling, 1 Pygmy Wren Babbler, a pair of Rufous-throated Partridges and a Northern White-crowned Forktail all seen. Also on Doi Inthanon, on the same dates, the following were seen: 8 Black-throated Parrotbills, 1 Slaty-bellied Tesia 8 Silver-eared Mesias, male and female Vivid Niltavas, 1 female Sapphire Flycatcher, 1 male Slaty-backed Flycatcher at Km 34.5; 1 Lesser Shortwing at Mr Daeng's; 2 Slaty-backed Forktails and a female Plumbeous Redstart at Watchartin waterfall; 4 Red-billed Blue Magpies at Km 10; 2 Blossom-headed Parakeets at the pre roost gathering outside the park.

    A Burmese Shrike was seen at Mae Hia, Chiang Mai, on 23rd January a pair of Wire-tailed Swallows were also seen.

    Photographic stake-outs at Doi Lang were spectacular on 21st-23rd January with 2 Rusty-naped Pittas, 2 Spot-breasted Laughingthrushes, 1 Rufous-gorgetted Flycatcher, 2 White-gorgetted Flycatchers, several female Siberian Rubythroats, male White-bellied Redstart, 1 Abberrant Bush Warbler, 2 Spot-throated Babblers, several Large Niltavas, 1 female Rufous-bellied Niltava, 3 Scarlet-faced Liocichlas, several Silver-eared Laughingthrushes, 3 Spectacled Barwings, 1 male Himalayan Bluetail, 1 male Eyebrowed Thrush all seen at close range. Also seen on Doi Lang were 1 male Hume's Pheasant, 1 Giant Nuthatch, 3 groups of Mountain Bamboo Partridges, a flock of 20+ Black-throated Tits, 2 pairs of Spot-breasted Parrotbills, 1 Crested Bunting, 2 Black-eared Shrike-babblers, 1 first winter Sapphire Flycatcher, 1 male Ultramarine Flycatcher, 1 male Pale-blue Flycatcher, 2 Yellow-browed Tits, 3 Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-babblers, 4 White-browed Laughingthrushes, 1 Slender-billed Oriole, 2 male Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrushes and 1 Mountain Hawk Eagle.

    In the late afternoon, on 22nd January, at the water tower, Thatorn, a pair of Black-headed Buntings were seen, with the male in breeding plumage. A male Black-faced Bunting was also seen as were a pair of Jerdon's Bushchats and 2 Small Pratincoles. A male Pied Harrier was seen in rice fields near Thatorn on the same date.

    On 21st January 20+ Spot-winged Grosbeaks, 5 Pin-tailed Green Pigeons, 1 White-capped Water Redstart and a female Plumbeous Redstart were all seen at Fang Hot Springs.

    On 20th January some interesting birds were seen in the garden of Ban Luang Resort at Doi Ang Kang, including 4 Crested Finchbills, 3 Little Buntings, male and female Black-breasted Thrushes, 1 male Rufous-bellied Niltava. Also at Doi Ang Kang were 2 Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-babblers, 1 male Siberian Rubythroat and 4 White-browed Laughingthrushes at the Chinese cemetary; at least 8 Black-breasted Thrushes, 2 male and 1 female White-tailed Robins, 1 female Japanese Thrush, 1 male Rufous-bellied Niltava in the King's Project.

    The above sightings from Doi Ang Kang, Doi Lang, Fang Hot Springs, Thatorn, Doi Inthanon, Mae Hia, Wat Pra Puttabaht Noi, Khao Yai, Laem Pak Bia, Pak Thale, Tung Bang Jak/Nong Pla Lai, Khao Look Chang and Kaeng Krachan were made by Nick Upton, Nick Bray, Robert Carr, Bob Foskett, Lynne & David Whitehead and David & Dianne Lucas.

    31/12/12: A Watercock and a Green Sandpiper at the fisheries research station, Bueng Boraphet were noteworthy on 31st December.

    A Grey Peacock Pheasant and a flock of White-necked Laughingthrushes were seen at a blind at Chong Yen, Mae Wong national park on 30th December.

    A group of 8 Red-billed Blue Magpies were seen at Wat Pa Khao Khieo, Klong Lan district, Nakorn Sawan on 29th December.

    A large flock of migratory ducks held 1200 Northern Pintail, 800 Garganey, 9 Common Teal, 2 Ferruginous Pochard and 1 Tufted Duck on 29th December. A Watercock, 6 White-browed Crakes (along with 6 chicks) and 30+ Common Coot were also seen.

    On 27th December a short afternoon visit to Sab Sadao resulted in sightings of 4 Black-headed Woodpeckers, 5 Blossom-headed Parakeets, 1 Crested Treeswift, 3 White-browed Fantails, a first winter White-throated Rock Thrush, 2 Brown Prinias,1 Plains Nuthatch and a pair of Small Minivets.

    Highlights from Khao Yai 25-28th December included a flock of 20+ Long-tailed Broadbills, 6 Siamese Firebacks and a pair of Red-headed Trogons on the Khao Khieo road; a pair of Eared Pittas, 2 Slaty-backed Forktails and 8+ Long-tailed Broadbills on the nature trail at HQ; a Banded Broadbill, 1 male Siamese Fireback, 2 Great Hornbills and 2 Black-and-buff Woodpeckers on Km 33 trail; a male Mugimaki Flycatcher and male White-throated Rock Thrush at the Boonsong Lekagul camp; 1 Orange-headed Thrush, a male Siberian Blue Robin and a Great Slaty Woodpecker at Pha Gluai Mai campsite; 1 male Golden-crested Myna and a pair of Great Hornbills on the road to Haew Suwat.

    3 Limestone Wren Babblers were found at Wat Pra Phuttabaht Noi on 25th December.

    On 24th December 5 Black-headed Woodpeckers, 2 Black Bazas and 1 Rufous Woodpecker were seen at Khao Look Chang, Petchaburi.

    The highlights from Kaeng Krachan 21st and 23rd December were 4 Pin-tailed Parrotfinches at Km 36; 2 Ratchet-tailed Treepies, 2 Heart-spotted Woodpeckers, 1 Grey Nightjar, 1 Rufous-browed Flycatcher, 2 Long-tailed Broadbills, 4 Black-throated Laughingthrushes, 1 Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon and 20+ Yellow-vented Green Pigeons at Km 27-28; 2 White-fronted Scops Owls, 8+ Tickell's Brown Hornbills, 5 Orange-breasted Trogons between streams 2 and 3.

    On 22nd December 4 Spoon-billed Sandpipers were seen at Pak Thale as well as 1 Terek Sandpiper, 1 Oriental Darter and 1 second winter Pallas's Gull. At Laem Pak Bia sand spit a pair of White-faced Plovers, 2 Chinese Egrets and 6 Malaysian Plovers were highlights. At Laem Pak Bia salt pans just 1 Nordmann's Greenshank was found but 30+ Pied Avocets and 28 Asian Dowitchers were seen.

    At Lung Sin hide, near Kaeng Krachan, 2 Large Scimitar-babblers, 1 Scaly-breasted Partridge and 1 Chinese Blue Flycatcher were amongst the many birds that were seen on 20th December.

    The above sightings from Mae Wong, Wat Pa Khao Khieo, Bueng Boraphet, Khao Yai, Wat Pra Phuttabaht Noi, Khao Look Chang, Kaeng Krachan, Lung Sin Hide and Laem Pak Bia/Pak Thale were made by Nick Upton and Don & Rita Roberson.

    19/12/12: Highlights at Kaeng Krachan on 16-18th December included 2 White-fronted Scops Owls at stream 2, a pair of Tickell's Brown Hornbills at the regular nest site between streams 2 and 3, a pair of Pin-tailed Parrotfinches at Km 36 whilst an afternoon raptor watch next to the restaurant at Panoen Tung resulted in sightings of adult Rufous-bellied Eagle, sub-adult Mountain Hawk Eagle, Oriental Honey-buzzard, Black-thighed Falconet and 2 Black Bazas.

    At Lung Sin hide, near Kaeng Krachan, on 16th December, a Slaty-legged Crake was the star of the show but a Large Scimitar Babbler, Common Green Magpie, Orange-headed Thrush and 6 Siberian Blue Robins (including 1 adult male) were also excellent.

    At Wat Khao Takrao, on 15th December, a total of 15 Black-headed Ibises were seen as were 150+ Northern Pintail and 1000+ Garganey.

    At Laem Pak Bia salt pans just 2 Nordmann's Greenshank were found on 15th December and an adult Heuglin's Gull was present amongst a large group of Brown-headed Gulls. Juvenile Rosy Starling seen at the dump on 14th and 15th. At the sand spit a Black-legged Kittiwake was the highlight whilst 1 juvenile Heuglin's Gull, 1 female White-faced Plover, 10+ Malaysian Plovers and 2 Chinese Egrets were also observed.

    At Pak Thale, on 14th December, 4 Spoon-billed Sandpipers, 1 second winter Heuglin's Gull and a Mangrove Whsitler were of note.

    The above sightings from Kaeng Krachan, Lung Sin Hide, Wat Khao Takrao, Laem Pak Bia and Pak Thale were made by Nick Upton, Carolyn Bedge, Bob and Judy Fishel.

    A Pomarine Skua was seen at the Laem Pak Bia sand spit on 14th December. - Peter Erickson.

    Highlights at Mae Ping national park included 2 Silver-breasted Broadbills, numerous Black-headed Woodpeckers, 4 Great Slaty Woodpeckers, 3 White-bellied Woodpeckers, 1 Collared Falconet and a flock of 11 Yellow-footed Green Pigeons on 11-12th December.

    On 10th December a few highlights included 1 Dark-sided Thrush and a male White-browed Shortwing at the summit, 5 Silver-eared Mesias at Km 37.5 and 2 Slaty-backed Forktails at Watcharitan waterfall. 1 Blossom-headed Parakeet and a Rufous-winged Buzzard were seen at the parakeet pre-roost area near Inthanon Highland Resort.

    On 9th December 1 White-capped Water Redstart and 2 Grey-headed Parakeets were found at Fang Hot Springs.

    Highlights ta Doi Lang, 6th-8th December included 2 Scarlet-faced Liocichlas at the checkpoint feeding station, 1 Grey-faced Buzzard at the hilltribe rice fields, 1 Yellow-browed Tit and 8 Black-throated Tits along the top ridge whilst at the photographic stakeout area on the Fang side of Doi Lang an adult Rufous-gorgetted Flycatcher, 2 fist winter male Sapphire Flycatchers, a Spot-breasted Parrotbill and a Spot-breasted Laughingthrush were seen.

    A male Pied Harrier and 2 Siberian Rubythroats were observed at rice fields a little south of Thatorn on 6th December.

    Very slow birding at Doi Ang Kang on 5th December resulted in just 1 Giant Nuthatch at Km 33 with male White-tailed Robin and Black-breasted Thrush at the King's project.

    The above sightings from Doi Ang Kang, Doi Lang, Thatorn rice fields, Fang Hot Springs, Doi INthanon, and Mae Ping were made by Nick Upton, Carolyn Bedge, Bob and Judy Fishel.

    04/12/12: Notable birds on the top ridge of Doi Lang included 1 Chestnut-headed Tesia, a male Black-eared Shrike-babbler and a male Yellow-bellied Flowerpecker on 3rd December; a male Crimson-breasted Woodpecker was seen a few kilometres downhill of the top checkpoint on 2nd December. A few long-awaited winter visitors on Doi Lang included 1 Buff-throated Warbler, 5 Common Rosefinches and a male Chestnut Bunting in scrubby undergrowth a few kilmotres above the rice paddies on 3rd December. 3 Grey-faced Buzzards were present at the rice paddies themselves on 2nd December.

    Very slow birding and few winter visitors at Doi Ang Kang on 1st and 2nd December with Aberrant (Sunda?) Bush Warbler present at the Chinese Cemetary, Chinese Leaf Warbler and Grey-backed Shrike at Km 27, Bianchi's Warbler at Km 21. Other highlights included White-browed Laughingthrush and Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-babbler at the Chinese Cemetary as well as male Black-throated Thrush and White-tailed Robin at the King's project and a female Chetsnut-bellied Rock Thrush near Ban Luang.

    Lots of rain and poor visibility hampered birding at Doi Inthanon on 29th and 30th November, with hardly any winter visitors present. 2 Buff-barred Warblers were seen on the summit and a female Rufous-bellied Niltava was found at Km 37.5 where the best birding was to be found. A brief glimpse of Black-tailed Crake at the campsite was apparently the only observation of the bird in a number of weeks. At Watcharitan waterfall 2 Slaty-backed Forktails, a female and a juvenile Plumbeous Redstart and 20+ Dusky Crag Martins were seen. At Km 34.5 2 male Asian Emerald Cuckoos, a pair of Large Niltavas, a Slaty-bellied Tesia, 3 Fire-capped Tits and a flock of about 8 Black-throated Parrotbills were the highlights.

    Sightings from Doi Lang, Doi Ang Kang andDoi Inthanon were made by Nick Upton, Robert Biggs, Tom and Muriel Cadwallender, Andy McLevy & Richard Dunn.

    28/11/12: 1 male and 1 female Siberian Rubythroats were seen at Mae Hia, Chiang Mai on 28th December. At the same site 1 Burmese Shrike and 1 Thick-billed Warbler were seen.

    3 Black-headed Woodpeckers were seen at Khao Look Chang on 28th December.

    Highlights of three days with bad weather and extremely tough birding at Kaeng Krachan included 1male and 2 female Pin-tailed Parrotfinches at Km 36; a male Kalij Pheasant and male Grey Peacock Pheasant at Km 23; 6 Wreathed Hornbills, 1 Rufous-browed Flycatcher and a Mountain Hawk Eagle at Panoen Tung on 27th November. On 26th November 2 Great Hornbills were seen at Km 9; 2 White-fronted Scops Owls and a pair of Banded Broadbills at the second stream crossing. Highlights on 25th November were 1 Great Slaty Woodpecker between streams 2 and 3 ; 1 female Bamboo Woodpecker, 1 Ratchet-tailed Treepie, a pair of Red-headed Trogons and a pair of Red-bearded Bee-eaters at Km 27-28; 1 Great Eared Nightjar and 3 Black-and-red Broadbills at Km 9.

    Raptors at Tung Bang Jak/Nong Pla Lai on 24th November included 1 male Pied Harrier, 1 male and 2 female Eastern Marsh Harriers as well as a single Greater Spotted Eagle. An Oriental Darter and 12 Pink-necked Green Pigeons were also seen.

    At Wat Khao Takrao on 24th November 2 Spot-billed Pelicans, 12 Black-headed Ibis were found.

    Highlights at Pak Thale/Laem Pak Bia on 23rd and 24th November were 3 Spoon-billed Sandpipers, 37 Asian Dowitchers and around 20 Terek Sandpipers at Pak Thale; 1 Milky Stork, 8 Nordmann's Greenshank, c20 Pied Avocets, 6 Red Knot amongst c2000 Great Knot on salt pans at Laem Pak Bia; on the sand spit a pair of White-faced Plovers and 3 Chinese Egrets were seen; 1 Watercock and an Indian Nightjar were seen on freshwater pools at Laem Pak Bia; 2 Brahminy Stralings were in the company of c20 White-shouldered Starlings at the abandoned building; 1 Oriental Skylark, 1 Black-headed Ibis, 2 dark morph Booted Eagles and 25+ Grey-headed Lapwings at Wat Komnaram.

    Sightings from Kaeng Krachan, Khao Look Chang, Mae Hia, Nong Pla Lai/Tung Bang Jak and Pak Thale/Laem Pak Bia were made by Nick Upton, Robert Biggs, Tom and Muriel Cadwallender, Andy McLevy & Richard Dunn.

    14/07/12: On 8th July interesting birds at Muang Boran fishponds included 3 Striated Grassbirds, 10+ White-browed Crakes and 40+ breeding Pheasant-tailed Jacanas.

    2 Limestone Wren Babblers were seen at Wat PraPuttabaht Noi on 8th July.

    At Khao Yai, on 7th July, highlights were 1 Coral-billed Ground Cuckoo, 1 male Blue Pitta, 1 male Siamese Fireback Pheasant, a Large Scimitar Babbler and 1 Rufous Woodpecker all along the lower stretches of the Khao Khieo road.

    An afternoon visit to Sab Sadao, on 6th July, resulted in sightings of 2 White-browed Fantails, 4 Common Woodshrikes, 7 Black-headed Woodpeckers, a pair of White-bellied Woodpeckers, 1 Indochinese Cuckooshrike and a female Chinese Francolin.

    Highlights of a visit to Pang Sida national park 4th-6th July were 3 Great Slaty Woodpeckers, 1 Rufous-winged Buzzard, 1 Black-and-buff Woodpecker, 1 Hooded Pitta, 4 male Siamese Firebacks, 3 Black Bazas and 1 Heart-spotted Woodpecker.

    A single Oriental Darter and a Rufous-winged Buzzard were seen in agricultural land near Sra Kaew town on 5th July.

    Birds seen at Khao Soi Dao 2nd-4th July included 2 Dusky Broadbills, 1 Red-headed Trogon, 1 male Banded Kingfisher, 2 Rufous Woodpeckers, 1 Blue-winged Pitta and 2 juvenile Violet Cuckoos.

    A short stop at Laem Sing, Chantaburi, on 2nd July produced a pair of Copper-throated Sunbirds.

    A few interesting birds at Khao Khieo, Chonburi, 30th June-1st July included a juvenile Osprey, 2 Great Hornbills and 1 juvenile Besra.

    At Bang Pra, on 1st July, interesting species included 1 Osprey, 2 Yellow-eyed Babblers, 1 Chestnut-capped Babbler, 2 Oriental Darters and a male Greater Painted Snipe.

    Wetlands in the Lat Krabang area, near Suvarnaphumi airport, on 30th June revealed over 80 Spot-billed Pelicans and 30+ Painted Storks.

    Sightings from Muang Boran Fishponds, Wat PraPuttabaht Noi, Khao Yai, Sab Sadao, Pang Sida, Khao Soi Dao, Laem Sing, Khao Khieo, Bang Pra and Lat Krabang were made by Nick Upton and David Scott.

    03/06/12: 5 Streaked Wren Babblers were seen on a brief visit to Wat Tam Seua, Krabi on 3rd June.

    The highlight of a morning at Trang botanical gardens was a Red-crowned Barbet on 2nd June. Also on 2nd a male Maroon-breasted Philentoma was seen on H-trail at Khao Nor Chuchi.

    On the afternoon of 1st June a few hours at Ban Bang Phut, Phang Nga, produced 2 Mangrove Pittas and 1 Mangrove Whistler whilst on the afternoon of 30th May, at the same location, 1 White-chested Babbler, 2 Ashy Tailorbirds, 1 Ruddy Kingfisher, 2 Brown-winged Kingfishers and, 6 Mangrove Whistlers were amongst the birds seen.

    Sightings from Ban Bang Phut, Trang Botanical gardens and Wat Tam Seua were made by Nick Upton.

    On 29th May 2 Ruddy Kingfishers and 1 Brown-winged Kingfisher were seen at Krabi mangrove walkway.

    From 27-29th May the highlights from a very wet Krung Ching were 1 male Scarlet-rumped Trogon, 1 male Rufous-collared Kingfisher, several Green Broadbills and 2 Ferruginous Babblers.

    On 25th May a total of 8 Rain Quail were flushed from grassland at Huay Mae Taeng reservoir, Ratchaburi; other birds of note included 50+ Small Pratincoles and 8+ Oriental Skylarks.

    On the morning of 25th May 2 Black-headed Woodpeckers and a Rufous Woodpecker were seen at Khao Look Chang, Petchaburi.

    Highlights at Kaeng Krachan 22nd-24th May included many Long-tailed Broadbills, 2 Ratchet-tailed Treepies, 1 Bamboo Woodpecker, 1 Rufous-browed Flycatcher at Km 27.5; 2 male Blue Pittas, 1 Hooded Pitta, 1 Blue-winged Pitta, 2 Great Slaty Woodpeckers, 2 White-fronted Scops Owls, 20+ Tickell's Brown Hornbills, 2 Banded Broadbills, 2 Oriental Dwarf Kingfishers, 1 Black-and-yellow Broadbill, 1 Dusky Broadbill, numerous Silver-breasted Broadbills all between streams 2 and 3; 1 male and 1 female Kalij Pheasant at Km 24; 1 juvenile Malayan Night Heron at Km 12; 2 Black-andred Broadbills at Km 9.

    On 24th May 10 Spot-billed Pelicans and 9 Black-headed Ibis were with more than 250 Painted Storks at Wat Khao Takrao, Petchaburi. At nearby Tung Bang Jak 3 male Watercocks were seen along with 1 female Painted Snipe and large numbers of all three species of weaver at the nest.

    An afternoon visit to Muang Boran fishponds, on 21st May, turned up some interesting birds including a10 Cotton Pygmy Geese, at least 30 White-browed Crakes, 5+ Striated Grassbirds, 1 Ruddy-breasted Crake, at least 50 Pheasant-tailed Jacanas, 12 Black Bitterns, 1 Oriental Skylark and 20+ Asian Golden Weavers.

    At Khao Yai, between 19th and 21st May the highlights were several groups of Siamese Fireback on the lower part of the Khao Khieo road. In the same area 1 Black-throated Laughingthrush, 2 Black-and-buff Woodpeckers, 1 Large Scimitar-babbler, 1 Jerdon's Baza, 2 male Blue Pittas and 1 male Banded Kingfisher were seen. At Pha Gluai Mai campsite 3 Siamese Firebacks, 2 Banded Broadbills, 2 Long-tailed Broadbills, 1 male Red-headed Trogon and 1 Hooded Pitta were all nice birds. At Km 33 two Great Hornbills, 2 juvenile Heart-spotted Woodpeckers and 1 female Red-headed Trogon were seen. At Haew Narok 2 Hooded Pittas and 3 Dusky Broadbills were found in the car park.

    On 19th May 3 Limestone Wren Babblers were seen on the main naga stairway at Wat Pra Phuttabaht Noi, at about 7.30am with 1 Blue-winged Pitta also seen.

    The above sightings from Wat Pra Phuttabaht Noi, Khao Yai, Muang Boran fishponds, Tung Bang Jak, Wat Khao Takrao, Kaeng Krachan, Khao Yai, Khao Look Chang, Huay Mae Taeng, Krung Ching and Krabi mangroves were made by Nick Upton, Richard and Liz King.

    16/04/12: Migrants at Suan Rot Fai, on 16th, included 4 Mugimaki Flycatchers, 1 Dark-sided Flycatcher, a Yellow-rumped Flycatcher, 3 Forest Wagtails, 2 Thick-billed Warblers, 3 Asian Borwn Flycatchers and 5 Black-naped Orioles. - Dave Gandy.

    On 13th April an Oriental Darter, 3 Small Pratincoles and several Rain Quail were seen at Huay Mai Taeng Reservoir, Ratchaburi. - Gerry Brett

    12/04/12: Notable birds seen at Kaeng Krachan between 8th-11th April included 1 male Banded Kingfisher, 4 Great Slaty Woodpeckers, 2 Black-and-yellow Broadbills, 1 Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher, 1 male Yellow-rumped Flycatcher, 1 Large Hawk Cuckoo, 5 Dusky Broadbills, 2 Banded Broadbills, 5 Tickell's Brown Hornbills and numerous Silver-breasted Broadbills between streams 2 and 3; 1 adult Malayan Night Heron at Km 14; 3 Ratchet-tailed Treepie, 2 female Bamboo Woodpeckers and numerous Long-tailed Broadbills at Km 27; 1 Rufous-browed Flycatcher at Km 30; a male Grey Peacock Pheasant displaying to a female in the road at Km 25; 1 male Red-bearded Bee-eater at Km 36; migrating raptors included 20+ Chinese Sparrowhawks at Km 36 plus 1 Oriental Honey Buzzard and 2 Grey-faced Buzzards at Km 30..

    At Khao Look Chang, on 8th April, highlights were 2 Black-headed Woodpeckers, 2 Drongo Cuckoos, 2 Chestnut-winged Cuckoos and 1 female Yellow-rumped Flycatcher; migrating raptors included 30+ Black Bazas, 8 Grey-faced Buzzards and 2 Oriental Honey Buzzards.

    Notable birds at Pak Thale, on 7th April, included 10 Grey-tailed Tattlers, 4 Spot-billed Pelicans, 2 Terek Sandpipers and 2 Eastern Curlews. Nearby Laem Pak Bia held 6 Red-necked Phalaropes and 6 Spot-billed Pelicans.

    The above sightings from Kaeng Krachan, Khao Look Chang, Pak Thale & Laem Pak Bia were made by Nick Upton, David & Pamela Graham.

    On 9th April migrant species recorded at Suan Rot Fai included c10 Ashy Minivets, a Black-winged Cuckooshrike, 1 leucogenis Ashy Drongo, 2 Yellow-rumped Flycatchers, 3 asian Brown Flycatchers and a Thick-billed Warbler. On the 6th April the same site held 1 Mugikai Flycatcher, 1 Chinese Sparrowhawk, 1 Pale-legged Leaf Warbler, a Radde's Warbler and 4 Thick-billed Warblers. - Dave Gandy.

    At Huay Mai Teng Reservoir, Ratchaburi, on 8th April, 25 Rain Quail were seen as were c10 Small Pratincoles and 4 Savanna Nightjars.

    On 7th April 1 Spoon-billed Sandpiper was still present at Khok Kham.

    4 Rain Quail, 3 Savanna Nightjars, 1 Small Pratincole were recorded at Huay Mai Teng Reservoir, Ratchaburi on 4th April.

    Observations from Khok Kham and Huay Mai Taeng Reservoir were made by Gerry Brett.

    On 3rd April migrant species seen at Nakorn Sri Kuan Kan park, Bangkok, included the following: 1 Hodgson's Hawk Cuckoo, 1 Drongo Cuckoo, 2 Dollarbirds, 13 Black Bazas, 2 Japanese Sparrowhawks, 1 Black Bittern, 3 Crow-billed Drongos, 1 Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo, 10 Black-naped Orioles, 2 Black-winged Cuckooshrikes, 3 Ashy Minivets, 1 Swinhoe's Minivet, 1 male Eyebrowed Thrush, 3 dauurica Asian Brown Flycatchers, 1 siamensis Asian Brown Flycatcher, 3 male & 1 female Yellow-rumped Flycatchers, 5 Radde's Warblers, 2 Pale-legged Leaf Warblers, 1 Arctic Warbler, 2 Yellow-browed Warblers, 1 Forest Wagtail. - Nick Upton

    31/0312: On 30th March 2 Spoon-billed Sandpipers were still present at Pak Thale as were at least 2 Eastern Curlews; 1 Little Stint and 2 Dunlin were also seen. On nearby pools 4 Spot-billed Pelicans were seen. At nearby Laem Pak Bia 28 Pied Avocets were seen on salt pans with 1 Chinese Egret still at the sand spit. Returning by boat from the sand spit a juvenile Christmas Island Frigatebird flew overhead. - Nick Upton & Jon Coleman.

    On 30th March a male Narcissus Flycatcher and a Hodgson's Hawk Cuckoo were seen in the grounds of the Ministry of Public Relations, Bangkok. - Dave Gandy.

    27/03/12: On 27th March, at Chaing Saen, along the Mekong south of town, 6 Red Avadavat, 2 Ruddy Shelduck, 3 Black-faced Bunting and 4 Barred Buttonquail were seen. - Dave Sargeant & Greg and Judy Little

    04/02/12: On 4th February a visit to the Sab Sadao section of Thap Lan National Park produced a single White-rumped Falcon, 3 White-browed Fantails, 6 Brown Prinias, 3 Black-headed Woodpeckers and a few Blossom-headed Parakeets. - Dave Sargeant

    03/01/12: On the Mekong at Chiang Saen 1 Common Ringed Plover, 5 River Lapwings, 1 Long-billed Plover and c50 Plain Martins were seen on afternoon of 3rd January. - Nick Upton

    At Chiang Saen lake the following ducks were seen on 2nd January; 1 male Red-crested Pochard, 1 male Mandarin, c6 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 1 male Baer's Pochard, c10 Tufted Duck, c6 Ferruginous Pochard, several hundred Indian Spot-billed Ducks, 500+ Garganey, c50 Northern Pintail and 5 Eurasian Wigeon. - Nick Upton & Srasri Phiromyothee.

    27/12/11: 2 Spoon-billed Sandpipers and 3 Eastern Curlews were seen at Pak Thale on 22nd December. At the sand spit, Laem Pak Bia, on the same date, 2 White-faced Plovers, 2 Chinese Egrets, 1 first winter Mongolian Gull, 1 first winter Pallas's Gull and 5 Heuglin's Gulls were seen. On 23rd December 5 Spoon-billed Sandpipers were seen at Pak Thale with 1 more at a nearby site; a Milky Stork was also seen in the area. 1 Black-faced Spoonbill and 8 Nordmann's Greenshank were seen on salt pans at Laem Pak Bia and a flock of 11 Red-necked Phalaropes were seen close by. At Tung Bang jak/Nong Pla Lai raptor site, on 23rd, 4 Greater Spotted Eagles, 5 Eastern Marsh Harriers, 1 Peregrine, 1 Osprey and 1 juvenile Pied Harrier were seen in the last hour of daylight.

    The above sightings were made by Nick Upton, Stephan Bocca, Quentin Gofette, Frederic Francois & Olivier Matgen.

    20/12/11: 40+ Spot-winged Grosbeaks were present behind the geyser at Fang hot springs on 19th December.

    At Doi Lang 5 Cutias, 1 Fire-tailed Sunbird, 1 Chinese Leaf Warbler, 2 Black-eared Shrike-babblers and a party of 15 Black-throated Tits were the highlights of a morning on the high ridge. Lower down 2 Chestnut Buntings, 3 Little Buntings and 1 male Siberian Rubythroat were seen on the rice fields on the mountain - all on 18th December. On 19th a female Yellow-breasted Bunting and a Chinese Leaf Warbler were seen near the small pond a few kms before the Doi Lang rice fields.

    On rice fields near Thatorn a male Pied Harrier was seen but the real highlight was Thailand's second record of Buff-bellied Pipit.

    On rice fields on the Fang bypass 11 Grey-headed Lapwings, 5 Oriental Skylarks and 1 Chestnut-eared Bunting were seen on 17th December. On some rice fields near Thatorn a male Pied Harrier was found as well as a female Siberian Rubythroat.

    Notable species seen at Doi Ang Kang on 16-17th December included 1 Giant Nuthatch, 1 female Rufous-gorgetted Flycatcher and 1 Slender-billed Oriole at Km 31; 1 Crested Finchbill, 3 Grey-crowned Warblers, 1 female Slaty-blue Flycatcher and a large flock of Silver-eared Mesias on the Ban Luang road; 4 Crested Buntings at 3 Little Buntings as well as a Buff-throated Warbler at Ban Nor Lae army camp; 12+ Little Buntings, 6 Black-headed Greenfinches, 1 Abberrant Bush Warbler, 1 Pallas's Warbler at the Chinese cemetary; 1 Chestnut-headed Tesia, a pair of Small Niltavas and a Bianchi's Warbler at Km 21.

    Two days at Doi Inthanon on 14-15th December produced 1 Black-tailed Crake at the campsite at 4pm; 1 Dark-sided Thrush and 1 Lesser Shortwing at Mr Daeng's; 2 Black-throated Parrotbills, 1 Slaty-bellied Tesia, 1 White-gorgetted Flycatcher, 2 Pallas's Warblers and 1 Hume's Warbler at Km 34.5; 2 Dark-sided Thrushes, 1 Pygmy Wren Babbler, 1 female Blue-fronted Redstart, 1 male Himalayan Bluetail, 3 Yellow-browed Tits, 1 Buff-barred Leaf Warbler and 1 male White-browed Shortwing at the summit; 1 Black-backed Forktail at Km 13; 2 Slaty-backed Forktails and 1 male Plumbeous Redstart at Watcharitan waterfall.

    Highlights of a morning at Mae Ping were 1 White-bellied Woodpecker, 10 Black-headed Woodpeckers, 2 Collared Falconets, 1 Rufous-winged Buzzard, 20+ Grey-headed Parakeets, a flock of 30+ Blossom-headed Parakeets, 2 Great Slaty Woodpeckers and a Yellow-streaked warbler, on 13th December.

    1 male Siberian Rubythroat, 80+ Oriental Darters, 20000+ Lesser Whistling Ducks, 4 Savanna Nightjars were the highlights of a trip to Bueng Boraphet on 12th December.

    2 White-throated Rock Thrushes and a pair of Mugimaki Flycatchers were at a photographic stakeout at the Boonsong camp at Khao Yai on 9th December. An Orange-headed Thrush, a male Siberian Blue Robin and a male Blue Pitta were seen at the Pa Gluai Mai stakeout on the 10th.

    3 Limestone Wren Babblers were found at Wat Praputtabaht Noi on 9th December.

    1 Black-faced Spoonbill was found on salt pans near Ban Laem on 8th December and 2 Asian Dowitchers were seen along with 11 Black-headed Ibis near Wat Khao Takrao. Also at Wat Khao Takrao 94 Black Kites were loafing on a drained pool along with 1 juvenile Greater Spotted Eagle. At Tung Bang Jak/Nong Pla Lai raptor watch site, also on 8th, 4 Greater Spotted Eagles and 1 Booted Eagle were seen. On a fish pond at Tung Bang Jak a Common Coot was in the company of 12 Cotton Pygmy Geese.

    Highlights at Kaeng Krachan on 5-7th December were 5 Great Slaty Woodpeckers and 1 Large Scimitar Babbler at Km 9; 1 Banded Broadbill and 1 Black-and-yellow Broadbill between streams 1 and 2; 1 Rufous-browed Flycatcher & 2 Ratchet-tailed Treepies at Km 27.5; 1 male Grey Peacock Pheasant at Km 24; 1 Rufous-bellied Eagle at Panoen Tung; 1 Red-bearded Bee-eater at Km 36 and 1 female Maroon-breasted Philentoma at Km 36.5.

    On 4th December 3 Eastern Curlews were seen amongst a flock of 200+ Eurasian Curlews and 2 Terek Sandpipers were seen on the foreshore at Pak Thale. At the King's Project, Laem Pak Bia 60+ White-shouldered Starlings were seen at a pre roost gathering and a Black-faced Spoonbill flew into the mangrove roost. Also on the 4th, a male Red Avadavat was seen in freshwater pools at Laem Pak Bia and on nearby salt pans 10 Pied Avocets, 1 Eurasian Wigeon, 2 Northern Pintail and 15 Nordmann's Greenshank were seen. At the Laem Pak Bia sandspit, on 3rd December, 2 White-faced Plovers, 10+ Malaysian Plovers, 15 Heuglin's Gulls, 2 first winter Mongolian Gulls and 1 first winter Pallas's Gull were seen. On salt pans at Laem Pak Bia, 1 Milky Stork and 1 Spot-billed Pelican were amongst a group of 30+ Painted Storks.

    The above sightings were made by Nick Upton, Arthur, Wim & Annie Gelvoet.

    Highlights at Doi Ang Kang on 2nd-3rd of December included Giant Nuthatch and a flock of Grey-headed Parrotbills at Km 33; Daurian Redstart, female Slaty Blue Flycatcher and Spot-breasted Parrotbill on the Ban Luang Road; a small flock of Spot-winged Grosbeaks on the Km 21 ridge trail; 2 Abberrant Bush Warblers at the Chinese Cemetary. - Ralph Parks & Nit Lawrence.

    01/12/11: Highlights from a queit Khao Yai on 29-30th November included 6 Long-tailed Broadbills on trail six, 8 Silver-breasted Broadbills, 1 juvenile Mountain Hawk Eagle and 2 Red-headed Trogons on the loop trail at HQ and 3 Golden-crested Mynas near Pha Gluai Mai campsite as well as an Orange-headed Thrush and male Siberian Blue Robin at the stakeout. A White-throated Rock Thrush was seen at the Boonsong Lekagul camp.

    An afternoon visit to Tung Bang Jak/Nong Pla Lai on 28th November resulted in sightings of 1 Eurasian Wryneck, 7 Pink-necked Green Pigeons, around 50 Red-throated Pipits, 40+ Black Kites, 1 juvenile Pied Harrier, 1 Booted Eagle, 3 Greater Spotted Eagles, 2 Eastern Imperial Eagles and 5 Eastern Marsh Harriers.

    Highlights at Kaeng Krachan from 25-28th November included 2 Ratchet-tailed Treepies and a Rufous-browed Flycatcher at Panoen Tung; 2 more Ratchet-tailed Treepies, 1 Red-headed Trogon and a flock of 18 Long-tailed Broadbills at Km 25.5; a White-throated Rock Thrush at Km 20; 2 Rufous-browed Flycatchers, 1 Pale Blue Flycatcher and 3 Collared Babblers at Km 27.5; 2 Banded Broadbills at Bang Krang; 4 Great Slaty Woodpeckers and 8 Silver-breasted Broadbills between streams 1 and 3.

    On 25th November 1 Common Coot was seen on a fishpond at Tung Bang Jak along with 19 Cotton Pygmy Geese; a juvenile Pied Harrier and a Booted Eagle were also seen in the area. 1 Milky Stork was seen feeding with some Painted Storks at Pak Thale, also on 25th. At Wat Khao Takrao on 25th, 40+ Black Kites and 2 Greater Spotted Eagles were seen.

    A visit to Laem Pak Bia sand spit on 24th resulted in sightings of 2 Chinese Egrets, 1 White-faced Plover, 1 first winter Pallas's Gull, 1 first winter Mongolian Gull and 11 Heuglin's Gulls of various ages/plumages. At the abandoned building 12 White-shouldered Starlings were seen. On salt pans at Laem Pak Bia 6 Nordmann's Greenshank were found. Land around some freshwater pools within Laem Pak Bia district held 2 male Greater Painted Snipe, 2 Fulvous-breasted Woodpeckers and 1 male Red Avadavat.

    Also on 24th November 3 Spoon-billed Sandpipers, 3 Eastern Curlews (within a flock of 500+ Eurasian Curlew), 4 Red-necked Phalaropes, 3 Red Knot and a Great Cormorant were seen.

    At Wat Komnaram, on 24th November, 2 Black-headed Ibis were seen.

    The above sightings from Wat Komnaram, Laem Pak Bia/Pak Thale, Wat Khao Takrao, Kaeng Krachan and Khao Yai were made by Nick Upton and Neil & Di Money.

    On 24th November a juvenile Amur Falcon was photographed at Wat Komanaram. - Ralph Parks & Nit Lawrence.

    23/11/11: 5 Black-headed Woodpeckers were seen at Khao Look Chang on 23rd November. Also on 23rd, at Wat Khao Takrao, were 3 Greater Spotted Eagles, 100+ Black Kites, 1 juvenile Steppe Eagle, 2 Booted Eagles as well as a large flock of Garganey which contained some Northern Pintail. At nearby Tung Bang Jak 1 Oriental Pratincole, 4 Spot-billed Pelicans and 1 juvenile Pied Harrier were seen.

    3 Spoon-billed Sandpipers were seen at Pak Thale on 22nd November with 2 on 21st. 3 Red-necked Phalaropes were present on both dates with 2 Terek Sandpipers on 21st. A Mangrove Whistler was seen at the cost near Pak Thale on 22nd.

    At Wat Komnaram 1 Milky Stork was seen on 22nd November and 1 Black-headed Ibis on 21st. 5 Grey-headed Lapwings, several Oriental Skylarks and 39 Garganey were seen on both dates.

    >On salt pans at Laem Pak Bia 1 first winter Mongolian Gull and 2 Heuglin's Gulls were seen on both 21st and 22nd November, with 2 Nordmann's Greenshank on 21st and 18 seen on 22nd. A flock of 174 Red Knot were seen on 22nd with 1000+ Great Knot. At Laem Pak Bia sand spit 1 White-faced Plover, 1 first winter Pallas's Gull, 1 adult Heuglin's Gull and 2 juvenile Heuglin's Gulls were the highlights. 1 Greater Painted Snipe, 2 Eastern Marsh Harriers and 2 Grey-headed Lapwings were seen on freshwater pools at Laem Pak Bia.

    Highlights from Tung Bang Jak on 22nd November included 5 Pink-necked Green Pigeons, a pair of Fulvous-breasted Woodpeckers, 4 Spot-billed Pelicans, 1 male Eastern Marsh Harrier, 1 juvenile Pied Harrier, 2 Eastern Imperial Eagles, 1 Greater Spotted Eagle, 17 Cotton Pygmy Geese and 1 Eurasian Wryneck

    The above sightings from Wat Khao Takrao, Laem Pak Bia, Pak Thale, Wat Komnaram and Tung Bang Jak were made by Nick Upton & Peter McParland.

    On 20th November a quick visit to Khao Look Chang turned up 2 Black-headed Woodpeckers. Also on 20th a single Spoon-billed Sandpiper was seen at Pak Thale with 1 Milky Stork, 1 Black-headed Ibis, 44 Garganey, 2 Grey-headed Lapwings and 1 Oriental Skylark at nearby Wat Komnaram. At Nong Pla Lai 4 Spot-billed Pelicans were seen on 20th with another 10 soaring at Tung Bang Jak. 3 Eastern Marsh Harriers, 5 Black Kites, 4 Greater Spotted Eagles, 1 Booted Eagle and 1 eastern Imperial Eagle were all seen in the Tung Bang Jak/Nong Pla Lai area. Also in fish ponds at Tung Bang Jak were 7 Cotton Pygmy Geese and 1 White-browed Crake.

    On 19th November 2 Great Slaty Woodpeckers at Km 9; 4 Rusty-cheeked Hornbills at Km 16; 1 Red-bearded Bee-eater and 1 Rufous-browed Flycatcher were the highlights at a very quiet Kaeng Krachan.

    The above sightings from Kaeng Krachan, Khao Look Chang, Pak Thale, Wat Komnaram and Tung Bang Jak/Nong Pla Lai were made by Nick Upton & Stephen Mawby.

    18/11/11: On 16th November 3 Spoon-billed Sandpipers were seen at Pak Thale as was 1 Nordmann's Greenshank. At nearby Wat Komnaram 1 Milky Stork, 4 Black-headed Ibis, 70 Garganey, 1 Grey-headed Lapwing, 1 Oriental Pratincole and 4 Oriental Skylarks were found.

    Salt pans at Laem Pak Bia, on 16th, contained 1 Pied Avocet, 1 first winter Heuglin's Gull and 500+ Great Knot as well as 1000+ Eastern Black-tailed Godwits and at least 3 Nordmann's Greenshank. The Laem Pak Bia sandspit held 14 Malaysian Plovers, 1 second winter Heuglin's Gull, 2 first winter Heuglin's and 1 first winter Mongolian Gull.

    The above sightings were made by Nick Upton and Nick & Jayne Walker.

    On 15th November 2 Spoon-billed Sandpipers were seen at Pak Thale and 1 Eastern Curlew was identified in a flock of 500+ Eurasian Curlew. 2 Milky Storks were feeding in a group of Painted Storks which included 1 leucistic individual which is easily mistaken for a Milky Stork unless one views it very carefully. At nearby Wat Komnaram 2 Black-headed Ibis, 3 Grey-headed Lapwings, 70 Garganey, 2 Red-throated Pipits and 2 Oriental Skylarks were seen.

    At Laem Pak Bia sandspit 10+ Malaysian Plovers and 1 White-faced Plover were found. In freshwater pools at Laem Pak Bia 2 Chestnut-tailed Starlings and 2 Grey-headed Lapwings were seen.

    The above sightings were made by Nick Upton and David & Amanda Mason.

    On 14th November 2 Pink-necked Pigeons and 1 Greater Spotted Eagle were seen on a brief stop at Tung Bang Jak. At the King's project, Laem Pak Bia, also on 14th, a Common Starling arrived at a pre roost gathering at around 6pm. - Nick Upton.

    11/11/11: 2 Spoon-billed Sandpipers were seen at Pak Thale on 9th November; also 1 adult Little Stint. At Wat Komanaram 7 Black-headed Ibis were present as were 5 Grey-headed Lapwings, 100+ Red-throated Pipits, 4 singing Oriental Skylarks and 11 Garganey. Also on the 9th 1 Milky Stork, 5 Black-headed Ibis and 1 Spot-billed Pelican were seen near Wat Khao Takrao. - Nick Upton & Dinah Saluz.

    05/11/11: On 3rd November 1 Spoon-billed Sandpiper was seen at Pak Thale. 1 adult Little Stint and 5 Dunlin were also seen along with 1000+ Great Knot. At nearby Wat Komnaram, 1 Mily Stork was in the company of some Painted Storks and 18 Black-headed Ibis were alongside them. 30+ Grey-headed Lapwings were also present. On salt pans at Laem Pak Bia at least 9 Nordmann's Greenshank were seen.

    On 2nd November over 100 Spot-billed Pelicans flew over Tung Bang Jak on their way to roost.

    The above sightings from Tung Bang Jak, Pak Thale, Laem Pak Bia & Wat Komnaram were made by Nick Upton & Srasri Phiromyothee.

    Migrants seen at Ministry of Public relations, Bangkok, include a male White-throated Rock Thrush on 2nd November and a male Chinese Blue Flycatcher on 31st October. - Dave Gandy.

    At least 2 Spoon-billed Sandpipers have been seen at Khok Kham since 22nd October. - per Phil Round.

    26/10/11: 4 different Eastern Marsh Harriers were seen at Tung Bang Jak/Nong Pla Lai, Petchaburi on 25th October; 11 Grey-headed Lapwings were also seen. At nearby Wat Khao Takrao an impressive 109 Spot-billed Pelicans were seen on a fish pond.

    Large numbers of shorebirds at Pak Thale, on 24th October, included 1 Eastern Curlew amongst a group of 250+ Eurasian Curlew with an estimated 1500+ Great Knot also seen. 5 Dunlin and 12 Red Knot were also seen amongst big flocks of the commoner waders. On salt pans at Laem Pak Bia a Heuglin's Gull was seen and a Red-necked Phalarope was found near the abandoned building, also on 24th. The highlight of the day was a Milky Stork, alongside 2 Painted Storks for comparison, at Wat Komnaram where 6 Black-headed Ibis, 1 Eastern Marsh Harrier and 36 Grey-headed Lapwings were also seen; 4 Black-headed Woodpeckers were the highlight of a visit to Khao Look Chang in the morning. 12 White-shouldered Starlings and a Slaty-breasted Rail were seen at the Kings Project.

    2 Terek Sandpipers and 4 Malaysian Plovers were seen on the beach near park HQ at Khao Sam Roi Yot national park on 23rd October.

    A rainy morning at Radar Hill, Prachuab Kiri Khan, peoduced some interesting raptor migration in between rain showers with a single dark morph Booted Eagle, 1 Peregrine, several hundred Accipiters including Japanese Sparrowhawk, Chinese Sparrowhawk, Shikra and Crested Goshawk, 4-500 Black Bazas, 1-200 Grey-faced Buzzards, 3 Crested Serpent Eagles and 30+ Oriental Honey Buzzards.

    At Nong Yai, Chumpon, 2 Grey-headed Lapwings were seen on 22nd October. A single Purple-backed Starling was seen in a large roost of Vinous-breasted Starlings and other mynas. 3 Red-breasted Parakeets were also seen, presumably escapees.

    Raptor watching, on the 22nd October, at Pencil Hill, Chumpon, resulted in 1 male Pied Harrier, 2 female Eastern Marsh Harriers, 2 Greater Spotted Eagles, 4 Booted Eagles, 2 Peregrines, 3000-3500 Black Bazas, c3000 Grey-faced Buzzards, c150 Oriental Honey Buzzards and c1000 Accipiters including Shikra, Japanese and Chinese Sparrowhawks.

    On 21st October a 2 hour afternoon session of raptor watching at Radar Hill, Prachuab Kiri Khan, produced around 5000 Black Bazas, 1000+ Grey-faced Buzzards, 500+ Oriental Honey Buzzards, 1 Greater Spotted Eagle, c1000 mixed Accipiters including Chinese & Japanese Sparrowhawks as well as 1 Crested Goshawk, 1 Crested Serpent Eagle.

    On the morning of 21st October, at Tung Bang Jak/Nong Pla Lai, Petchaburi, 4 Eastern Marsh Harriers, 1 Peregrine, 4 Grey-faced Buzzards, 1 Japanese Sparrowhawk, 2 Oriental Honey Buzzards, 1 Osprey and 10 Black Bazas were the migratory raptors seen. Also seen were 1 female Watercock, 1 Black Bittern and a flock of c50 Oriental Pratincoles. Also on 21st, at nearby Wat Khao Takrao, 12 Spot-billed Pelicans and 39 Painted Storks were present.

    The above sightings from Wat Khao Takrao, Tung Bang Jak/Nong Pla Lai, Laem Pak Bia, Pak Thale, Khao Look Chang, Radar Hill, Pencil Hill and Nong Yai were made by Nick Upton and Jules Tolboom.

    18/10/11: Interesting migrant species seen at Suan Rot Fai in October include a Dusky Warbler on 15th, a Two-barred Greenish Warbler on 13th, a Thick-billed warbler on 6th, 10 Purple-backed Starlings and a Lanceolated Warbler on 5th, a Yellow-rumped Flycatcher on 4th, a flock of 10-15 Blue-throated Bee-eaters and 2 Plain-tailed Warblers on 3rd and a female Yellow-rumped Flycatcher on 2nd.

    Throught the beginning of October until the middle of the month migrant species seen regularly at Suan Rot Fai included Pale-legged Leaf Warbler, Yellow-browed Warbler, Arctic Warbler, Asian Brown Flycatcher, Black-naped Oriole, Brown Shrike, Taiga Flycatcher and Eastern Crowned Warbler.

    Observations made at Suan Rot Fai were made by Dave Gandy.

    14/10/11: A group of 10 Grey-headed Lapwings were seen at Mae Hia on 11th October as were 3 Burmese Shrikes. Other migrant species seen were 1 Oriental Reed Warbler, 1 Thick-billed Warbler and 1 Siberian Rubythroat.

    A three day visit to Doi Ang Kang on 9-11th October turned up a few nice birds including 1 Red-faced Liocichla, 2 Grey-crowned Warblers and a Maroon Oriole at Km 21, a singing Spot-throated Babbler near Ban Luang, several flocks of Crested Finchbill, 1 subadult Spot-winged Grosbeak and 3 Grey-backed Shrikes on the Ban Luang road a flock of 30+ Grey Wagtails and 10+ White Wagtails near the Chinese cemetary, a flcok of 9 Spot-winged Grosbeaks at Km 33 and a Grey-crowned Warbler at Km 20. Migrant phylloscopus warblers included numerous Yellow-browed, 1 Eastern Crowned and 1 Blyth's Leaf Warbler.

    On the morning of 9th October 1 female and 1 juvenile Asian Emerald Cuckoo were seen at Huay Teung Tao, Chiang Mai. Also present were 1 leucogenis Ashy Drongo and1 Rufous-winged Buzzard.

    Birding at Mae Ping on 8th October was slower than usual but highlights included several flocks of Black-headed Woodpeckers, a flock of 5 Great Slaty Woodpeckers, a flock of c6 Common Woodshrikes, 3 Rufous-winged Buzzards, 1 Burmese Shrike and 1 Indochinese Cuckooshrike.

    Observations from Mae Hia, Doi Ang Kang, Huay Teung Tao and Mae Ping were made by Nick Upton and Anli, Johan and Annette Theron.

    06/10/11: On 7th October a Slaty-backed Forktail was seen at Watcharitan waterfall, a White-browed Piculet and Siberian Rubythroat at the campsite and a White-gorgetted Flycatcher on the Km 37.5 trail; both at Doi Inthanon. At the summi of Doi Inthanon the highlights, on 6th October, were 3 Ashy Woodpigeons, 2 Pygmy Wren Babbler (1 adult, 1 juv), a pair of adult Snowy-browed Flycatchers plus 1 juvenile, a pair of White-browed Shortwings and 3 Black-throated Parrotbills; at Km 37.5 an Eyebrowed Wren Babbler was seen next to the road.

    Migrant species seen at Doi Inthanon between 6-7th October included 1 Thick-billed Warbler, 1 Dark-sided Flycatcher, 2 Asian Brown Flycatchers, 5-6 Taiga Flycatchers, 1 male Mrs Gould's Sunbird (perhaps resident?), 1 Eastern Crowned Warbler, 3 Yellow-browed Warblers, 1 Tiger Shrike, 1 Brown Shrike, 1 Siberian Rubythroat and 2 salangensis Ashy Drongos.

    Observations from Doi Inthanon were made by Nick Upton and Anli, Johan and Annette Theron.

    08/08/11: The BCST sightings update for February-May 2011 makes for interesting reading.

    30/09/11: On 30th September a flock of Great Cormorants was seen flying over Suan Rot Fai, Bangkok. Also seen was one Crow-billed Drongo. Also seen at Suan Rot Fai in September were - 1 Yellow-rumped and 1 Brown-chested Jungle Flycatcher on 29th. Coomoner mgrants included Yellow-browed warbler, Pale-legged Leaf Warbler, Brown Shrike, Artic Warbler, Eastern Crowned Warbler and Asian Brown Flycatcher. - Dave Gandy.

    On 28th September a Grey Nightjar was photographed at Suan Rot Fai. - Mark Pearson per Dave Gandy.

    On 27th September, at Suan Rot Fai, migrants seen were 3 Siberian Blue Robins, 2 Pale-legged Leaf Warblers, a Forest Wagtail, 2 Plain-tailed Warblers, 5 Asian Brown Flycatchers, 4 Brown Shrikes and an Eastern Crowned Warbler. On 25th September a Chinese Sparrowhawk was identified at Suan Rot Fai; the following were also seen - 8 Eastern Crowned Warblers, 6 Arctic Warblers, 3 female Yellow-rumped Flycatchers, 9 Asian Brown Flycatchers, 3 Crow-billed Drongos, 6 Brown Shrikes, 2 Black-naped Orioles and a Plain-tailed Warbler. - Dave Gandy.


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