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31/12/07 : Long-billed Plover and River Lapwing were both present on the Mekong at Chiang Saen on the 31st December, having been first seen on the 28th. Also on the 31st at Yonok Wetlands, House Sparrow, Russet Sparrow and 8 White-browed Crakes were seen.

At Yonok wetlands on 29th December a Greater Spotted Eagle was seen along with a Black Kite and 25 Pheasant-tailed Jacanas.

A single 1st winter Long-billed Plover was found on the Mekong, near Chiang Saen, on 28th December.Other birds at the same location were 1 Kentish Plover, 50 Little Ringed Plovers, 14 River Lapwings, 16 Common Snipe, 4 Pintail Snipe, 25 Temminck's Stints, 6 Wood Sandpipers, 3 Green Sandpipers, 4 Common Sandpipers, 20 Greenshank, 100 Spotted Redshank, 20 Small Pratincole and 18 Spot-billed Ducks.

On 23rd December 13 Dark-breasted Rosefinches were observed on Doi Lang.

The above sightings from Chiang Saen were kindly supplied by Mick Davies and Dowroong Danlamajak.

18/12/07 : The latest sightings for Chiang Saen include 2 Ruddy Shellduck, 14 Spot-billed Duck, 3 River Lapwings, 25 Temmink's Stint, 60 Small Pratincoles and 1 Heuglin's Gull all on the Mekong on the 17th December. The male Hen Harrier was seen again on the 15th flying south over Yonok Wetlands. - Mick Davies and Dowroong Danlamajak.

Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Nordmann's Greenshank and Pallas's Gull were all found at Pak Thale on 16th December. - Peter Ericsson.

On the 14th December a wintering Blue-winged Pitta was located in a small patch of secondary forest opposite the Morakot resort at Khao Nor Chu Chi. Banded Kingfisher, Puff-backed Bulbul, Orange-breasted Trogon and Red-bearded Bee-eater were all seen on B-trail on the same day. Also on the 14th Large Hawk Cuckoo, Lesser Green Leafbird and Large Woodshrike were all seen at Trang Botanical Gardens. Javan Frogmouth and Brown Hawk Owl were both heard at this location and Sunda Scops Owl and Great-eared Nightjar were both seen. - Stijn De Win.

Some late sightings from November include a large list of species from paddies close to Suphanburi. Some of the highlights being 4 Painted Storks on the 27th, 210 Indian Cormorants on the 23rd along with 1 Great Cormorant, 1 unseasonal an apparently injured Oriental Pratincole from the 10th to the 21st November, 120 roosting Red-throated Pipits also on the 21st, 21 Grey-headed Lapwings on 20th and 2 Black Kites on the 19th.

Some more late records were a pair of Oriental Pied Hornbills at the forest temple, Doi Chiang Dao from the 1st - 7th November, a Eurasian Hobby hunting Swallows over CHiang Dao town on the 7th and 44 Amur Falcons on the 6th November.

The above sightings from Doi Chiang Dao and Suphanburi were kindly submitted by Neil Lawton.

11/12/07 : On the 11th December a male Banded Pitta was seen and Gurney's Pitta was heard both on U trail at Khao Nor Chu Chi and at the end of the Morakot Resort Pond! Great Eared Nightjar was also seen at Morakot on the same day.

On the 10th a female Green-backed Flycatcher was found at Tonepariwat Wildlife Sanctuary. Also on the 10th a Grey-tailed Tattler and 3 Chinese Egrets were found at Laem Pakarang. At Thai Muang on the same day the most interesting species were Thick-billed Warbler, River Lapwing, 1000+ Red-throated Pipits, Forest Wagtail and Pink-necked Green Pigeon.

The above sightings from KNC, Tonepariwat, Laem Pakarang and Thai Muang were kindly submitted by Stijn De Win.

Four gulls, thought to be Heuglin's Gull, were present on the Mekong on the 10th December, with 13 River Lapwings and 40 Spotted Redshank. On the 7th December 11 Baer's Pochard were seen with 6 male and 5 females. 20 Coot and a Stork-billed Kingfisher were also seen. A probable sub adult male Hen Harrier was seen whilst counting roosting harriers at Wat Pak Ma Nor, Yonok Wetlands.

The above sightings from Chiang Saen were kindly supplied by Mick Davies and Dowroong Danlamajak.

Five Spoon-billed Sandpipers were seen at Pak Thale on 8th December. - Jorgen Eriksson.

A juvenile Imperial Eagle was seen and photographed in the Thalang Battlefield area, Phuket in the first week of December. - Dave Williams of Paddle Asia.

07/12/07 : 120 roosting harriers were counted in the Chiang Saen area on the 4th December and 4 Ruddy Shelduck were seen heading south at Yonok Wetlands on 30th November.

The above sightings from Chiang Saen were kindly supplied by Mick Davies and Dowroong Danlamajak.

06/12/07 : 17 Nordmann's Greenshank and 2 Black-faced Spoonbills were found at Laem Pak Bia today (6th December).

A probable Pectoral Sandpiper was seen by two observers at Laem Pak Bia on the 21st November. It was watched for about 15 minutes and a poor quality photo was obtained. So far as I understand this record will not be accepted as an addition to the Thai list.

It was also reported to me that a Blyth's Reed Warbler was trapped and ringed at Beung Boraphet last weekend.

04/12/07 : It was reported that 5 Spoon-billed Sandpipers and 5 Nordmann's Greenshank were present at Pak Thale last week.

01/12/07 : At least 25 diving ducks were found at Chiang Saen lake on the 28th November with 10 Tufted Ducks, 14 Ferruginous Ducks and 1 Pochard. 15 Coot and a female Northern Sparrowhawk was also seen.

The above sightings from Chiang Saen were kindly supplied by Mick Davies and Dowroong Danlamajak.

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