: A morning trip to Bang Pra on the 26th April turned up
a large number of species, most interesting species were; 100s of
Oriental Pratincoles, 4 calling Chinese Francolins (not seen), 2
Spotted Owlets, 1 male Watercock,
a pair of Vinous-breasted Starlings, 1 Crow-billed Drongo and 7
Painted Storks (from the feral colony at Khao Khieo open zoo). Winter
migrants still present included 2 Red-rumped Swallows, 1 Little
Ringed Plover, 2 Brown Shrikes, 1 Asian Brown Flycatcher, 1 tschutschensis
Yellow Wagtail, numerous singing Oriental and Black-browed Reed
Warblers, 1 female Black-naped Oriole, 1 leucogenis Ashy
Drongo, a few Chinese Pond Herons, 1 Osprey and 2 Common Sandpipers.
In the afternoon
of 26th April, at Soi 119 near Bang Poo, 1 male Asian Golden Weaver,
1 Juvenile Rosy Starling and 1 Grey-headed Lapwing were the highlights.
Other birds of interest were 10 Cotton Pygmy Geese, 2 White-browed
Crakes, 9 Pheasant-tailed Jacanas, 1 male & 1 female Watercock,
a flock of 20+ Yellow Wagtails of mixed race and numerous Whiskered
and White-winged Terns were still present. Asian Openbills were
present in large numbers.
By far the most
interesting bird at Bang Poo on the afternoon of 26th April was
a breeding plumage Indian Pond Heron. Small numbers of shorebirds
were still present including Lesser Sand Plover, Common Greenshank,
Pacific Golden Plover. About 700 Brown-headed Gulls were still to
be seen and other lingering winter migrants included Chinese Pond
Heron, Black-capped Kingfisher, White-winged Tern and Whiskered
above sightings from Bang Pra, Soi 119 and Bang Poo were made by
Nick Upton and Dierdre
: On the 19th over 1000 Frigatebirds (presumably mostly
Lesser) were still frequenting Ko Bida, near Ko Phi Phi with "some"
of them being Christmas Island Frigatebirds.
On the 18th
April 3 Ruddy Kingfishers were seen in the grounds of the Maritime
Pigeons were seen coming in to roost on the islands off of Hat Nopparat
Thara on the 7th April. 1 Blue-throated Bee-eater was also seen
but the "White-faced" Plovers were absent.
above sightings from Ko Bida, Krabi and Hat Nopparat Thara were
made by Larry Wheatland.
On 17th April
1 Bridled Tern and 1 Christmas Island Frigatebird were seen on the
crossing from Ko Lanta to Ko Phi Phi.
were seen in "double figures", Bridled Terns were "common"
and at least 1 Sooty Tern was seen on a boat from Ko Lanta to Ko
Lipe on the 24th March.
above sightings from Ko Lanta, Phi Phi and Lipe were made by Andy
: 1 male Streaked Weaver and a singing Manchurian Reed
Warbler were found at Muang Boran Fishponds on 19th April. Other
birds of interest were a colony of 15-20 Asian Golden Weavers, 1
Oriental Skylark and 4 male Watercocks.
Also on the
19th, at Tung Bang Jak, a colony of weavers contained at least 7
male Streaked Weavers and a single pair of Asian Golden Weavers.
Also of interest were 2 pairs of Pink-necked Green Pigeons and numerous
Chestnut Munias associating with Baya Weavers.
On the same
day 3 Grey-tailed Tattlers were at Pak Thale and 5 Painted Storks
were present in the Laem Pak Bia area. On the sand bar at Laem Pak
Bia 14 Great Crested Terns and 2 Lesser Crested Terns were still
above sightings from Muang Boran Fishponds, Tung Bang Jak and Laem
Pak Bia/Pak Thale were made by Nick
Upton and Ashley Banwell.
On 17th April
a group of 7 Red-billed Blue Magpies were seen at Phuttamonton Park.
Also of interest was a flock of 20+ Black Drongos on migration inassociation
with 10+ Black-naped Orioles. - Nick
Wagtails were present on the Mekong, Chiang Saen, on the 6th April.
- Mick Davies
& Dowroong Danlamajak.
birds from a trip in February were 1 Ruddy Kingfisher, 1 Streak-breasted
Woodpecker and 3 Mangrove Pittas at Phang Nga mangroves on 12th
February 2008 and a Malaysian Eared Nightjar from Trang Botanical
Gardens on 14th February 2008. - Jim Holmes.
: At Pak Thale, on 15th April, 5 Red-necked Phalaropes
were still on the same pool they have favoured all winter .
At nearby Laem
Pak Bia 1 Black-faced Spoonbill was seen in flight at the regular
spot and 25 Painted Storks were present. At the sand spit 1 Grey-tailed
Tattler was seen along with 1 Chinese Egret and on the sand bar,
roosting terns included Caspian, Lesser Crested, Great Crested,
Common, Little, Whiskered and White-winged Terns. 2 Pied Avocets
were seen in flight heading towards the mudflats. At the King's
Project area 1500-2000 Blue-tailed Bee-eaters came in to roost in
the mangroves and 2 Indian Nightjars were seen on the road.
At Tung Bang
Jak 1 male Watercock, 1 male Pink-necked Pigeon, a few Asian Golden
Weavers amongst numerous flocks of 100s Baya Weavers and 3 male
Chestnut Munias were the highlights.
above sightings from Laem Pak Bia/Pak Thale & Tung Bang Jak
were made by Nick Upton,
Mark Thomas, Jenny Atkins & Jason Goodwin.
: A female Watercock was
seen at Soi 119 (4-5 km east of Bang Poo) and many Whiskered and
White-winged Terns in breeding plumage were viewed at close range
from Bang Poo pier on 6th April. - Nick
A recent tour
of Thailand resulted in some interesting birds. On 26-27th March,
at Doi Inthanon, 3 Chestnut Thrushes, 1 Dark-sided Thrush and a
female Orange-flanked Bush Robin were found at the summit. At Mr
Daeng's, 2 dark-sided Thrushes were present at the stakeout. 1 male
Daurian Redstart was present in the orchard near Km 30 and 15 Blossom-headed
Parakeets were seen at the pre-roost stakeout outside of the park.
2 Little Buntings
were found at the Chinese Cemetary, Doi Ang Kang and 1 Dark-sided
Thrush was in the company of 2 male Black-breasted Thrushes behind
the restaurant of the King's Project on 24-25th March.
Doi Lang, 21st - 23rd March, were 1 female Jerdon's Bushchat, 1
Green Cochoa, 10 Oriental Turtle Doves, a Jerdon's Baza eating a
snake, 1 female Daurian Redstart, 2 Red-faced Liocichlas, 2 male
and 2 female Spot-winged Grosbeaks, 2 Crested Buntings and 4+ Black-throated
More than 220
Small Pratincoles and 4 River Lapwings were seen on the Mekong north
of Chiang Saen (20-21st March).
March, at Kaeng Krachan, a Ferruginous Partridge was seen at Km
10 and others were heard in various other places in the park, 3
Bar-backed Partridges and a Grey Peacock Pheasant were seen at Km
18 and Tickell's Brown Hornbill was still at its nest at Km 17.
Dusky, Black-and-yellow and Banded Broadbills were all found in
the area between Ban Krang and Km 16 with a Chestnut-winged Cuckoo
at Km 16 on 2 days. A Black-backed Kingfisher was found at Km 17
and 2 Ratchet-tailed Treepies at Km 28-29 and a Ferruginous Flycatcher
at Km 28.
above sightings from Kaeng Krachan, Chiang Saen, Doi Lang, Doi Ang
Kang and Doi Inthanon were kindly submitted by Marc Thibault and
Frederic Le Gouis.
: On 3rd April 3 Grey-tailed Tattlers and a Chinese Egret
were seen at Laem Pakarang. On the 2nd April 3 Great Hornbills and
3 Black Eagles were seen at Ton Pariwat Wildlife Sanctuary.
- Johan Buckens.
: Some interesting raptor migration has been reported from
Ko Tao with 6 Pied Harriers on the 2nd April, 4 Black Bazas, 6 Pied
Harriers and an Indian Cuckoo on the morning of the 29th March along
with about 50 Pied harriers in the afternoon. Amazingly, on the
28th March, over 200 Ospreys were sighted as well as 4 Oriental
Honey-buzzards and 2 Pied Harriers. - Slade Sapora.