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31/01/10: Highlights from Mae Ping national park on 30th & 31st January were 8-10 Grey-headed Parakeets, 20+ Blossom-headed Parakeets, 2 Great Slaty Woodpeckers, 2 Rufous Woodpeckers, 2 Aberrant Bush Warblers, 3 Yellow-footed Green Pigeons, 3 Rufous-winged Buzzards, 1 White-bellied Woodpecker, 20+ Black-headed Woodpeckers, 1 Chinese Francolin, 2 Chestnut-bellied Nuthatches, 2 Burmese Shrikes, 2 Collared Falconets, 1 Lesser Yellownape, 3 Red-billed Blue Magpies and a Large Hawk Cuckoo.

On 29th January 22 Grey-headed Lapwings, 1 juvenile Pied Harrier, 5 Oriental Skylarks and 2 Wire-tailed Swallows were seen at Chiang Dao rice paddies.

At Doi Lang on 29th January, 2 Fire-tailed Sunbirds were seen at approximately 4-5kms beyond the checkpoint; a flock of 5 Cutias were observed feeding on a flowering tree around 1.5kms beyond the checkpoint, where a Crimson-breasted Woodpecker and a flock of 6 Black-throated Tits were also seen. At the large bridge 4 Bay Woodpeckers were seen and 1 km beyond the bridge 2 Slender-billed Orioles were feeding on a flowering tree. On 28th January a Grey-headed Parrotbill was seen in a mixed flock at Doi Lang and at the feeding station behind the checkpoint kitchen 2 Red-faced Liocichlas, several Spectacled Barwings, 1 male Rufous-gorgetted Flycatcher and a Chestnut Thrush were amongst the birds that fed on rice and bananas. Elsewhere on Doi Lang 2 pairs of Black-throated Tits, a pair of Black-eared Shrike-babblers, 10+ Crested Finchbills and a Chestnut-headed Tesia were seen.

On 27th January 2010, 5 male Black-throated Thrushes and 1 Dark-sided Thrush were seen feeding behind the kitchen at the King's project, Doi Ang Kang. A Scaly Thrush was seen along the Mae Per trail. At Km 21, Doi Ang Kang, 2 Red-faced Liocichlas, an Asian Stubtail and 2 Common Rosefinches were found. At Km 38 a pair of Giant Nuthatches were found and at Km 37 a flock of more than 30 Grey-headed Parrotbills were seen along with a pair of Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babblers; a female Rufous-gorgetted Flycatcher was also found in the same area. On 26th January, 4 Little Buntings, 3 Mountain Bamboo Partridges and 60 Black-headed Greenfinches were seen at the Chinese cemetery, Doi Ang Kang. At Ban Luang a Rufous-bellied Niltava, River Chat and 1 male Black-breasted Thrush were photographed feeding. At Ban Nor Lae a female Daurian Redstart, several Buff-throated Warblers and a Yellow-streaked Warbler were seen.

At Doi Inthanon on 25th January a Grey-sided Thrush and 2 Yellow-browed Tits were seen at the summit, 3 Black-headed Woodpeckers and 2 Collared Falconets were seen at Km 13, a Dark-sided Thrush at Mr Daeng's and a flock of 6 Black-throated Parrotbills were present at Km 34.5. On 24th January a flock of 60+ Eyebrowed Thrushes were seen along Km 37.5 trail as were 2 Slaty-bellied Tesias, 1 Pygmy Wren Babbler, 2 Chestnut-fronted Shrike-babblers, 1 Omei Spectacled Warbler (identified on call) and a Yellow-browed Tit. At an orchard near the HQ a male Daurian Redstart was seen.

At Saphan Pla Sawai, near Chom Tong, more than 25 Small Pratincoles were seen on 24th January.

On 23rd January the following were seen at Doi Inthanon; 1 Black-backed Forktail at Km 13, 1 Slaty-backed Forktail and 3 Plumbeous Water Redstarts at Watcharitan waterfall, 1 female Slaty-blue Flycatcher, a male Vivid Niltava, a pair of Chestnut-fronted Shrike-babblers and 2 Asian Emerald Cuckoos at Km 34.5, 2 Black-tailed Crakes at the campsite and 2 Himalayan Griffons soaring over the summit for 5 minutes.

The above sightings from Doi Inthanon, Saphan Pla Sawai, Doi Ang Kang, Doi Lang, Chiang Dao rice paddies and Mae Ping were made by Nick Upton, Srasri Phiromyothee, Rick Heil et al.

On 24th January a Hodgson's Frogmouth was seen during the daytime on the Km 37.5 jeep trail. 2 Rufous-throated Partridges were also observed. - G. Peron.

On 22nd January a juvenile Pied Harrier was seen hunting over farmland near Thatorn, on 21st January a Siberian Rubythroat and 20+ Red-throated Pipits were seen at the same location.

On 21st January a single Black-throated Tit and a Black-eared Shrike-babbler were seen in a mixed flock on Doi Lang. At the feeding station behind the checkpoint kitchen Red-faced Liocichla, Spectacled Barwing, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Himalayan Bluetail and Chestnut Thrush were the highlights. Also at Doi Lang 2 Fire-tailed Sunbirds, 10+ Crested Finchbills and a Crimson-breasted Woodpecker were seen.

At Doi Ang Kang on 19th & 20th January highlights included Chestnut-headed Tesia, Lesser Shortwing and Grey-winged Blackbird at Km 21, 2 Giant Nuthatches and a Slender-billed Oriole at Km 38, Rufous-bellied Niltava, River Chat, 2 Little Buntings and a male Black-breasted Thrush at Ban Luang, 8 Crested Finchbills at Ang Kang Nature Resort, Manchurian Bush Warbler at Km 41, 2 Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babblers, 2 Little Buntings and 38 Black-headed Greenfinches at the Chinese cemetery and 2 male Hume's Pheasants at Km 40.

On 18th January 1 Rufous-winged Buzzard and 5 Burmese Shrikes were seen at Mae Hia.

Records from Doi Inthanon on the 17th & 18th January included 1 Black-tailed Crake at the campsite, 1 male Daurian Redstart at an orchard close to the campsite, 2 Black-headed Woodpeckers, 1 Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch, 1 Black-backed Forktail and 1 Collared Falconet at Km 13, 6 Black-throated Parrotbills at Km 34.5, 2 Plumbeous Water Redstarts and 1 Slaty-backed Forktail at Watcharitan waterfall, 1 Dark-sided Thrush at Mr Daeng's, 1 Chestnut-fronted Shrike-babbler, 1 Bay Woodpecker and 1 Slaty-bellied Tesia at Km 37.5.

25+ Small Pratincoles were seen at Saphan Pla Sawai, Chom Tong, on 16th January.

A boat trip at Bueng Boraphet on 16th January produced a Siberian Rubythroat, 5 Chestnut-tailed Starlings & 1 White-browed Crake. Ducks included 1 female Greater Scaup, 2 Gadwall, 5 Eurasian Wigeon, 3 Northern Shoveler, 6 Northern Pintail, 2 male and 1 female Common Teal, 13 Ferruginous Pochard and 8 Tufted Ducks. At the Fisheries Research Station, Bueng Boraphet, 1 Siberian Rubythroat, 4 Fulvous-breasted Woodpeckers, 2 Yellow-eyed Babblers, 2 Chestnut-capped Babblers, 4 Pink-necked Green Pigeons and 50+ Oriental Darters were the highlights on 15th January.

On 15th January 1 Limestone Wren Babbler was seen after only about 10 minutes of searching at Wat Pra Puttabaht Noi.

2 male Siamese Firebacks and 2 Banded Broadbills were seen at Km 33, Khao Yai, on 15th January. On 14th a male Blue Pitta was seen along the trail to Haew Narok and a pair of Coral-billed Ground Cuckoos were seen nearby.

A male Streak-throated Woodpecker was seen at Km 11, Kaeng Krachan on 13th January. On 12th January 2 Ratchet-tailed Treepies, a pair of Red-headed Trogons and a flock of White-hooded Babblers were seen at Km 27, Kaeng Krachan. At Km 16 a flock of 5 Dusky Broadbills were seen on 12th.

At Pak Thale on 11th January 2010, 1 Spoon-billed Sandpiper, 1 Terek Sandpiper, 3 Asian Dowitchers & 18 Red Knot were seen. At Laem Pak Bia 1 Pallas's Gull was seen on salt pans along with 53 Nordmann's Greenshank. Also on 11th, 13 Grey-headed Lapwings were seen at Tung Bang Jak. On 10th January, at Laem Pak Bia sand spit, 1 White-faced Plover, 2 Chinese Egrets, 1 Lesser Crested Tern and 3 Pallas's Gulls were seen along with Malaysian Plover, Pacific Reef Egret and Great Crested Tern.

The above sightings from Pak Thale, Laem Pak Bia, Kaeng Krachan, Khao Yai, Wat Pra Puttabaht Noi, Beung Boraphet, Saphan Pla Sawai, Doi Inthanon, Mae Hia, Doi Ang Kang, Doi Lang and Thatorn were made by Nick Upton, Bob Funston & Shane Allbright.

09/01/10 : On 5th January a Brambling was seen with more than 100 Yellow-breasted Buntings on paddies at Thatorn. - Andy Roadhouse & John Wozencroft.

On 4th January 2010 a single Spoon-billed Sandpiper was seen at Pak Thale and an adult Heuglin's Gull was resting on salt pans at the Pak Thale/Laem Pak Bia district boundary. At Laem Pak Bia sandspit 3 Pallas's Gulls, 12 Greater Crested Terns, a Chinese Egret and a male White-faced Plover were seen. - Nick Upton.

01/01/10 : A Black-faced Spoonbill and a Common Crane were seen at Chiang Saen lake on 26th December 2009. - Mick Davies & Dowroong Danlamajak, Yonok Wetlands Project.

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