Sightings (April 2011)
Bird Watching Trips
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Highlights at Kaeng Krachan from 23-26th April included 1
Chestnut-winged Cuckoo, 2 Large Scimitar Babblers, 1 Great Eared Nightjar,
1 Chinese Sparrowhawk and 1 Blue-winged Pitta at Km 9; 2 Banded Broadbills,
1 male Banded Kingfisher, 2 male Blue Pittas, 1 Brown-chested Jungle
Flycatcher, 4 Rusty-cheeked Hornbills and 2 Silver-breasted Broadbills
between streams 2 and 3; 1 male Hooded Pitta at stream one.
26 there was 1 Red-bearded Bee-eater; 1 male Kalij Pheasant
at Km 27; 1 Speckled Piculet, 2 Ratchet-tailed Treepies, 2
Black-and-buff Woodpeckers, 1 White-hooded Babbler, 1 Rufous-browed
Flycatcher, 2 Great Hornbills, 2 Black-throated Laughingthrushes,
1 immature Rufous-bellied Eagle & 1 White-browed Piculet
at Km 27.5; a pair of Long-tailed Broadbills and 3 Yellow-vented
Green Pigeons at Panoen Tung; 1 male Banded Kingfisher at
Blue-winged Pitta at Ban Maka, 1 female Blue-breasted Quail
on the road near Ban Maka and a flock of 35 Blue-throated
Bee-eaters in farmland just outside Kaeng Krachan national
At Tung Bang Jak, on 25th April, 1 Black Bittern, 1 Cinnamon
Bittern, 1 male Watercock & 6 breeding plumage Pheasant-tailed
Jacanas were seen. Breeding colonies of Asian Golden, Streaked
and Baya Weavers were found in abundance.
Black-headed Woodpeckers and 1 Blue-winged Pitta were seen at Khao
Look Chang, Petchaburi, on 25th April.
The above sightings from Kaeng Krachan, Khao Look Chang and
Tung Bang Jak were made by
Nick Upton and Frank Dijkstra.
22/04/11: 4 Spot-billed Pelicans were seen on salt
pans at Laem Pak Bia on 22nd April and a Large Hawk Cuckoo was seen
at the King's Project. -
The following migrant species were seen at Sri Nakorn Kuen Kan park
in Samut Prakarn province on 21st April; 1 subadult Malayan Night
Heron, 1 Black Bittern, 1 Chinese Pond Heron, 1 Ruddy Kingfisher,
1 Large Hawk Cuckoo, 1 Indian Cuckoo, 1 male & 2 female Eyebrowed
Thrushes, 3 Asian Brown Flycatchers, 1 female Green-backed Flycatcher,
1 subadult male Mugimaki Flycatcher, 4 Forest Wagtails, 20+ Black-naped
Orioles, 7 Dollarbirds, 1 leucogenis Ashy Drongo, a few Barn
Swallows, 1 Crow-billed Drongo, 12+ Spangled (Hair-crested) Drongos,
1 Black Baza, 1 Black-capped Kingfisher. The following resident species
were also of interest; 60+ Pink-necked Green Pigeons, 3 Stork-billed
Kingfishers (6 more heard), 1 male Laced Woodpecker. - Nick
On 16-17th April migrants ringed at Laem Pak Bia included a Green-backed
Flycatcher, Mugimaki Flycatcher and Orange-headed Thrush. - Philip
Migrant species in Suan Rot Fai on 15th April included 7 Eyebrowed
Thrushes, 2 Thick-billed Warblers, 1 Taiga (red-throated) Flycatcher
and 2 Black-naped Orioles. - Dave
14/04/11: A Hodgson's Hawk Cuckoo was photographed
at Suan Rot Fai on 13th April. Other migrants seen included 2 Thick-billed
Warblers, 3 Brown Shrikes and anumber of Black-naped Orioles.
At Tung Bang Jak/Nong Pla Lai good numbers of nesting Baya, Asian
Golden and Streaked Weavers were to be found on 11th April. Also
of interest were 6 Pink-necked Green Pigeons and 1 Stork-billed
Highlights at Kaeng Krachan on 10-11th April included a female Kalij
Pheasant at Km 10; Chestnut-winged Cuckoo, 2 Banded Broadbills and
Heart-spotted Woodpecker at Km12; 4 Rusty-cheeked Hornbills, 2 Black-and-yellow
Broadbills, 1 Great Slaty Woodpecker, 2 Silver-breasted Broadbills
and 1 Crimson-winged Woodpecker at Km 16; 1 Banded Broadbill at
stream 2; 2 Ratchet-tailed Treepies and 2 Long-tailed Broadbills
at Km 27; 4 White-hooded Babblers, 1 Great Hornbill, 1 White-browed
Piculet and 1 Rufous-browed Flycatcher at Km 28.
3 Oriental Darters were seen at Bang Pra on 9th April.
The above sightings from Tung Bang Jak/Nong Pla Lai, Bang
Pra and Kaeng Krachan were made by Nick
Upton & Melinda Quiat.
2 Spoon-billed Sandpipers and a Little Stint were seen at Pak Thale
on 9th April. - Dave
Migrants at Suan Puttamonthon, on 8th April, were; 1 male Mugimaki
Flycatcher, 5 Asian Brown Flycatchers, 2 Taiga (Red-throated) Flycatchers,
1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Pale-legged Leaf Warblers, 3 Black Bitterns,
1 Asian Paradise Flycatcher, 1 subadult gibsonhilli Orange-headed
Thrush and 1 Forest Wagtail. Also seen were 1 Indian Nightjar, 1 female
Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker and 3 flocks of Small Minivets. - Nick
07/04/11: A good helping of migrants at Suan Rot
Fai, on the 6th, included a male Mugimaki Flycatcher, 2 male Yellow-rumped
Flycatchers, 2 Black Bazas, a male Blue-and-white Flycatcher, a hepatic
morph Oriental Cuckoo,a Forest Wagtail and a Pale-legged Leaf Warbler.
On 5th April photographs of a male Narcissus Flycatcher, from Suan
Rot Fai, were posted on a webforum. - "Gomsaku".
On 4th April a male Narcissus Flycatcher was found at Suan Rot Fai
along with 1 Forest Wagtail and 1 female yellow-rumped Flycatcher.
Gandy & Graham Gordon.
On 3rd April "a couple" of Asian Dowitchers were seen at
Khok Kham, Samut Sakorn. - Peter