: At the paddies at Chiang Dao 15 Grey-headed Lapwings
were present in the late afternoon of the 30th January. 2 Wire-tailed
Swallows were seen on overhead wires and at least 3 Oriental Skylarks
were in full song. Shortly before dusk, approximately 20 Chestnut-tailed
Starlings were seen in the company of Mynas, gathering to roost
at the same location.
On the morning
of the 30th January, 4 Red-faced Liocichlas were viewed feeding
on mown grass and a Giant Nuthatch was seen at Doi Ang Kang.
On 29th January
a Scaly Thrush was seen well at the foot of a small wooden dam and
3 Red-faced Liocichlas were seen feeding on rice at a spirit house
close to an army checkpoint; 2 Buff-throated Warblers were also
in the same area, as was a single Oriental Turtle Dove.
above sightings from Doi Ang Kang and Chiang Dao were made by Nick
Upton et al.*
: A brief visit to the Mekong on the 27th revealed 6 River
Lapwings, hundreds of Small Pratincoles, 30-40 Spot-billed Ducks
and 48 Spotted Redshank. Two Pallas's Gulls were found resting on
sandbars and another was seen being chased by a second winter Heuglin's
Gull at the Golden Triangle.
A distant group
of ducks on Chiang Saen Lake on the 26th January contained 8 Tufted
Ducks, 1 male and 1 female Ferruginous Pochard, 1 male and 11 female
Northern Shoveler, 1 male Wigeon, 23 Spot-billed Ducks and 3 female
Falcated Ducks which very helpfully stretched their wings out to
reveal wide black and white wing bars. A group of 30 Common Coot
were also seen. With high water levels remaining, the only wader
seen on Chiang Saen lake was a single Green Sandpiper.
At Yonok Wetlands
the River Tern was giving excellent views and was observed catching
a fish on the 26th January. Also at Yonok on the same date were
a lineatus Black Kite (Black-eared Kite), both Bronze-winged
and Pheasant-tailed Jacanas, Ruddy-breasted and White-browed Crakes
as well as an immature Osprey. A fantastic display was enjoyed by
a large group of birdwatchers at Yonok Wetlands when at least 200
harriers came in to roost (both Eastern Marsh and Pied), although
Grass Owl failed to appear, possibly due to the inconsiderate level
of noise shown by some birdwatchers.
On both the
25th and 26th January 2 or 3 White-browed Crakes were easily seen
in lillies opposite Viang Yonok hotel, on Chiang Saen lake.
On the 24th
January a Green Magpie foraging with White-crested and Lesser Necklaced
Laughingthrushes was seen over a period of 5 minutes attacking the
nest of a large, dormouse/vole-like rodent which vigorously, and
successfully, defended its spherical nest built in bamboo.
Also at Nam
Nao, on the 23rd January, a party of 3 Bar-backed Partridges very
obligingly gave excellent views at close range on the nature trail
at Nam Nao national park. At least 4 Blossom-headed Parakeets were
observed briefly on a number of occasions in pine woodland at Nam
Nao on the same date and good numbers of Woodpeckers included 4
common species: Grey-headed, Grey-capped Pygmy, Greater Flameback
and Lesser Yellownape.
above sightings from Nam Nao, Chiang Saen, Yonok Wetlands and the
River Mekong were made by Nick Upton et al.*
: The 21st of January provided a sighting of Blue Pitta
and the briefest of glimpses of Coral-billed Ground Cuckoo at Pa
Gluai Mai campsite, Khao Yai along with a female Wedge-tailed Pigeon.
Along the trail from Pa Gluai Mai to Haew Suwat a Sulphur-breasted
Warbler was seen well by 4 observers.
On 19th January
a male Chinese Blue Flycatcher was seen about 1 kilometre uphill
from Bang Krang campsite at Kaeng Krachan and Hainan Blue Flycatcher
was at the campsite, behind the small shelter. 2 Black-thighed Falconets
were also seen on the road in to the national park.
On the 17th
January the sand spit at Laem Pak Bia held 5 Pallas's Gulls of varying
plumage stages and 2 Heuglin's Gulls. 4 Indian Nightjars were seen
after dark at the King's Project area at Laem Pak Bia.
above sightings from Laem Pak Bia/Pak Thale, Kaeng Krachan and Khao
Yai were made by Nick Upton et al.*
Upton et al. - Pamela Piombino, Carol & Glenn Cushman,
Linda & Jean-Pierre Georges.
On the 14th
January 9 Spoon-billed Sandpipers were counted in a group together
at Pak Thale, they were also in the company of a single Dunlin.
A Chinese Egret was observed on the mudflats next to the sand spit
at Laem Pak Bia and a Pallas's Gull reaching breeding plumage was
present with 2 winter plumage birds and 3 Heuglin's Gulls. A male
Pied Harrier was also seen in farmland near Petchaburi.
above observations from Laem Pak Bia/Pak Thale were made by Nick
Upton and Len Worthington.
: Over the weekend of 5-6th January a number of exciting
sightings were made in the Laem Pak Bia/Pak Thale area with 5 Spoon-billed
Sandpipers, "a couple" of Nordmann's Greenshank, 2 Black-faced
Spoonbills, Dunlin, "100s" of Great Knot and 7 Pallas's
Gulls as well as a Chinese Egret. 2 Common Shelduck were also reported
from the region - Phil Round.
On the 6th January
as many as 8 Baer's Pochard were seen a distance along with Shoveler,
Tufted Duck and Ferruginous Duck, but most exciting was the presence
of 2 Long-tailed Ducks - another first for Thailand but this time
good quality photos were obtained . Also in the Chiang Saen region
the River Tern was still to be found.
above sightings were provided by Dave Sargeant, Mick Davies and
The latest set
of records from BCST is now available with a number of interesting
sightings. Amongst the most impressive is another first for Thailand
- a Black-necked Grebe at Bung Boraphet, present since the 25th
Decmeber 2007. At least one and possibly two Great Crested Grebes
were present at the same location from 21-22nd December 2007 and
2 Common Shelducks from 17-20th.
at least for modern times, numbers of Himalayan Griffon Vultures
have been recorded from Doi Lang.
Other good sightings
included 4 Chestnut Thrushes and 2 Grey-winged Blackbirds at Doi
Lang in December.
A sighting of
Wooly-necked Stork at Khao Ang Ru Nai was excellent, proving that
they still survive there.
full BCST recent sightings can be seen on the Bird Conservation
Society of Thailand's website.
: A Buff-bellied Pipit was reported from Chiang Dao paddies
on 30th December 2007 but no evidence to support this was provided,
evidence which is surely required for such a difficult and notable
species. - Oscar Campbell and Jules Bos, from the birdwatching
logbook at Malee's Nature
to Chiang Dao paddies in December revealed maximums of 42 Grey-headed
Lapwings, 10 Oriental Skylarks and 3-5 Wire-tailed Swallows on most
Other late records
for December included 2 Oriental Turtle Doves, 16 Wedge-tailed Pigeons,
1 Eye-browed Thrush, 1 Rufous-bellied Niltava, 4-6 Giant Nuthatches,
as many as 20 Buff-throated Warblers, 20 Grey-headed Parrotbills,
14 Spot-winged Grosbeaks and a pair of Hume's Pheasants all at Den
Ya Kat, Doi Chiang Dao on the 16th December 2007.
from the lower parts of Doi Chiang Dao included Oriental Bay Owl
on the 14th December 2007, up to 16 Pin-tailed Green Pigeon in fruiting
trees near the forest temple between the 22nd-28thDecember 2007,
3-5 Eye-browed Thrushes from 24th - 26th December and a couple of
White-tailed Robins: a male at the temple gully on the 23rd December
and a female on the nature trail on 27th December.
above sightings from Doi Chiang Dao were kindly submitted by Neil
: A male Greater Painted Snipe was seen at Mae Hia on the
4th January. - Stijn De Win.
from last month included 5 Chestnut Thrushes at the summit marsh,
2 Dark-sided Thrushes at Mr Daeng's and a Slaty-bellied Tesia on
the jeep track, all at Doi Inthanon between 28th and 30th December.
At Mae Hia on
the 28th December a Burmese Shrike was found and 5 Grey-headed Lapwings
were present at Chiang Dao rice paddies on the 26th.
and 24th December at Doi Ang Kang a female Mrs Hume's Pheasant and
a Chestnut-headed Tesia were seen at Km 21. On the 22nd December
a pair of Jerdon's Bushchats and 2 Siberian Rubythroats were seen
at the water towers near Thaton.
above sightings from Thaton, Doi Ang Kang, Doi Chiang Dao and Doi
Inthanon were kindly submitted by John Furse.
: Some interesting sightings from Putthamonton
Park, near Bangkok included a pair of Asian Emerald Cuckoos, 1 Small
Minivet, 1 Ashy Minivet and a Greater Racket-tailed Drongo on 3rd
January. - Mike Allen.
: A River Tern was seen at the Mekong on the 1st and 2nd
January. Other notable birds were 3 Black Kites, Eurasian Sparrowhawk
and 12 River Lapwings. On the 1st 3 Pallas's Gulls and a Heuglin's
Gull were present.
above sightings from Chiang
Saen were kindly supplied by Mick
Davies and Dowroong Danlamajak.
A visit to Muang
Boran Fishponds on the 1st January revealed a long list of the usual
species, most notable being Pheasant-tailed Jacana, White-browed
Crake and Striated Grassbird. - Esther & J.K. Martinez.