Red-necked Phalaropes were seen at Pak Thale on 25th February. Just
1 Pallas's Gull was present on the sand spit at Laem Pak Bia as
well as a "White-faced Plover" and 1 Chinese Egret.
2 Greater Spotted
Eagles were seen in cultivated fields close to Wat Khao Takrao and
2 Oriental Pratincoles flew overhead on 25th February.
At Kaeng Krachan
on the 24th February a Black Eagle was seen close to Bang Krang
campsite, 2 Tickell's Brown Hornbills were present on their usual
tree and a Buff-rumped Woodpecker was observed calling from a dead
tree. 1 Chinese Blue Flycatcher was present at Bang Krang campsite
and widely photographed. On 23rd February a Little Cuckoo Dove was
seen feeding with Asian Fairy Bluebirds a little before the 3rd
stream after Bang Krang, Kaeng Krachan.
above sightings from Kaeng Krachan, Wat Khao Takrao, Laem Pak Bia
and Pak Thale were made by Nick
Upton, Masayuki Shimada and Yasue Shimada.
records from Yonok Wetlands and Chiang Saen include 300 Chestnut-tailed
Starlings and 2 White-shouldered Starlings on the 12th February
as well as 1 Pallas's Gull, 1 Rosy Pipit on the 11th, a Great Bittern
on the 10th. Also on the 10th 18 Chestnut-eared Buntings were found,
2 Long-billed Plovers and a roost of around 800 wagtails, a small
number of which were Citrine Wagtails. A Baillon's Crake and 40
Common Teal were found on the 9th February and a light morph Booted
Eagle was spotted on the 8th.
above sightings from Chiang
Saen were kindly supplied by Mick
Davies and Dowroong Danlamajak.
A large flock
of Asian Openbill Storks was seen and photographed on Phuket, 9th
above sighting was taken from Ike Suriwong's Phuket
A Glossy Ibis
was seen at Mae Jo, Chiang Mae on the 6th February. - Tony
Ball & Paul MacKenzie.
A Water Rail
was observed at Mae Jo, Chiang Mai on the 5th February. Paul
above sightings from Mae Jo were taken from Tony Ball's Birdwatcher's
A first winter
Black-tailed Gull was seen at Bang Poo on the 26th January.
- Stijn De Win.
A single Spoon-billed
Sandpiper was seen at Pak Thale on 26th January 2008. -
Eija Reeves & Matti Lammin-Soila.
: Highlights of birdwatching along the road from Tung Kru
to King Mongkut's University, Bang Kuntien on the 22nd February
included 2 Striated Grassbirds, 2 Asian Golden Weavers, 2 Yellow
Bitterns, 1 Purple Heron and 73 Cotton Pygmy Geese on a single pond.
On a drained pond 214 Little Egrets were in the company of many
pond herons including 3 breeding plumage Javan Pond Herons: no Chinese
Pond Herons were in breeding plumage. - Nick
Upton & Srasri Phiromyothee.
: Banded, Black-and-yellow and Silver-breasted Broadbills
were all seen a few kilometres uphill from Bang Krang campsite,
Kaeng Krachan on the 20th February and a pair of Black-thighed Falconets
were observed mating approximately 2 kilometres dowhill.
On the 19th
February at least 7 Spoon-billed Sandpipers were seen at Pak Thale;
also present were 5 Red-necked Phalaropes and a single Oriental
Pratincole flew towards the sea. A further 4 Oriental Pratincoles
were seen heading seaward close to the King's Project, Laem Pak
Bia and 12 Nordmann's Greenshank were present amongst large numbers
of Great Knot on the salt pans. The 2 Black-faced Spoonbills were
found on the landward side of the coast road, close to the crossroads
at Hat Chao Samran along with a Little Stint.
Gull, 4 Pallas's Gulls and 2 Chinese Egrets were located on the
sand spit, Laem Pak Bia on the 19th February and 1 "White-faced
Plover" was easily found and observed at close range.
4 Indian Nightjars
were located in the King's Project after dark on the 19th February
and at least 1000 Black Drongos were observed coming into a roost
above sightings from Laem Pak Bia, Pak Thale and Kaeng Krachan were
made by Nick Upton,
Michael Buckland and Mandy Buckland.
: At least 3, and possibly as many as 6 Chestnut Thrushes
were seen feeding amongst rhododendrons at the summit boardwalk,
Doi Inthanon on the 15th February. Other birds at the same location
included around 10 Ashy Woodpigeons, 1 Pygmy Wren Babbler and 1
male White-browed Shortwing.
On the 14th
November a Dark-sided Thrush obligingly showed itself at the stakeout
at Mr Daeng's, Doi Inthanon, at around 1pm, along with a Lesser
Shortwing, and a male Hill Blue Flycatcher. A Black-backed Forktail
was seen at the KM 13 bridge at Doi Inthanon on both the 14th and
15th February. 61 Blossom-headed Parakeets gathered at their pre-roost
spot at the foot of Doi Inthanon on the evening of 14th February.
On the 13th
February a flock of around 5 Red Avadavats were very briefly seen
at Mae Hia. A tytleri race Barn Swallow was seen at Huay
Teung Tao on the 13th February as well as 2 pairs of Wire-tailed
A very successful
time at Doi Ang Kang produced 2 Grey-headed Parrotbills, 1 Crested
Finchbill, 2 Striated Bulbuls at KM 25 of the Ban Arunothai road,
Doi Ang Kang on the 11th February. On the 12th a Scaly Thrush and
2 male Black-breasted Thrushes were seen at Mae Per, Doi Ang Kang
and at around 5pm a flock of 39 Black-headed Greenfinches were seen
gathering on a tree in the small pea farm, opposite the Chinese
Cemetary on the Ban Arunothai road, Doi Ang Kang. The same location
held at least 4 Little Buntings on the morning of 13th and a Chinese
Leaf Warbler whilst on the other side of the road in secondary scrub
a pair of Spot-breasted Parrotbills appeared to be courting. 5 Crested
Buntings were found perched in a tree at an army outpost on the
Ban Arunothai road on the 13th February and 2 White-headed Bulbuls
at Km 25.Red-faced Liocichlas were seen at the army camp, KM 19,
on the 11th and 12th Febraury.
above sightings from Doi Ang Kang, Mae Hia and Doi Inthanon were
made by Nick Upton
and Jul Wojnowski.
Pitta was seen close to the HQ of Khao Soi Dao Wildlife Sanctuary,
Chantaburi on the 22nd January and a Blue Pitta on the 23rd, both
at less than 400m altitude. A Spot-bellied Eagle Owl was heard along
the road to the waterfall at Khao Soi Dao on the evening of 21st.
- John Parr.
Pitta was seen across the stream near HQ at Khao Soi Dao Wildlife
Sanctuary on the 20th January. - Tanya Chan-ard.
A female House
Sparrow was seen at Lumphini Park on the 27th January. - Michael
Hornbills were seen at Our Jungle House, Khao Sok on the 3rd January
and an oriental Hobby was observed catching a Barn Swallow on the
5th. - Mary Megalli.
: On the road behind Malee's, at Doi Chiang Dao a party
of 6 White-headed Bulbuls were seen in a flowering tree with many
other species of Bulbul on the 10th and 3 Pin-tailed Pigeons flew
overhead at the forest temple. A grey morph Black-headed Bulbul
was observed in a flowering tree feeding with other Bulbuls at the
entrance to the forest temple, Chiang Dao.
On the 9th February,
at Den Ya Kat, Doi Chiang Dao 5 Giant Nuthatches were easily found.
Other notable species were just 1 Chestnut Bunting, 1 male Spot-winged
Grosbeak, 2 Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babblers collecting nest material
and 1 Chestnut-fronted Shrike Babbler.
above sightings from Doi Chiang Dao were made by Nick
Upton & Jul Wojnovski.
On 8th February
4 Spoon-billed Sandpipers, 1 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, 4 Common Shelduck,
7 Red-necked Phalaropes, 2 Nordmann's Greenshank and 2 Avocets were
found in the Laem Pak Bia/Pak Thale region. - Mark Andrews.
: 4 Wire-tailed Swallows were observed collecting nest
material and disappearing under culverts, presumably nest building,
at Chiang Dao paddies on the 8th February. At least 12 Grey-headed
Lapwings were present and a Northern Goshawk was observed hunting.
- Nick Upton
& Jul Wojnowski.
: At the summit of Doi Inthanon on 5th February a female
Orange-flanked Bush Robin (Red-flanked Bluetail) was seen. Along
with many of the other regular residents at the top was a male Snowy-browed
Flycatcher and a Pygmy Wren Babbler put in an obliging performance.
On the jeep track on the same day a group of about 20 Eyebrowed
Thrushes were feeding on a fruiting tree.
above sightings from Doi Inthanon were made by Nick
Upton et al.*
species encountered at Huay Teung Tao on 3rd February included 3
Rufous-winged Buzzards, 1 Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker, 2 Chinese
Francolins (with 4 more heard), 1 Rufous Treepie and a party of
5 Red-billed Blue Magpies. A female Eurasian Sparrowhawk was also
a good record. - Nick Upton.
: 3 Wire-tailed Swallows were seen in flight at the entrance
to Mae Hia Agricultural Research Centre, Chiang Mai on 2nd February.
Other interesting species at the same location on the same date
were a single Yellow-streaked Warbler, 2 Burmese Shrikes and a japonensis
Peregrine Falcon. - Nick
Chiang Dao paddies
held 2 Wire-tailed Swallows and 7 Grey-headed Lapwings on the morning
of 1st February.
An Asian Barred
Owlet and a sub-adult Rufous-winged Buzzard were both seen perched
in trees, sheltering from unseasonal rain at Huay Teung Tao on the
afternoon of 1st February.
above sightings from Chiang
Dao and Huay Teung Tao were made by Nick
Upton et al.*
Upton et al. - Pamela Piombino, Carol & Glenn Cushman,
Linda & Jean-Pierre Georges.