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31/01/11: On 31st January highlights of a morning at Ban Krang, Kaeng Krachan were two pairs of Spot-winged Starlings in a flowering tree about 100 metres uproad from the campsite, 1 Grey Peacock Pheasant between streams 2 and 3, 2 Rusty-cheeked Hornbills in the same area with 2 Scaly-breasted Partridges at stream 3. - Nick Upton

On 30th January 1 juvenile Greater Spotted Eagle, 1 juvenile Imperial Eagle, 4 Eastern Marsh Harriers, 2 juvenile and 1 female Pied Harriers, 3 Black-shouldered Kites, 1 male Common Kestrel, 12 Black Kites and 4 Brahminy Kites were seen at the Tung Bang Jak raptor watch point between 4-5pm. Other birds seen at the same location included 200+ Red-throated Pipits and 1 Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker.

2 Cotton Pygmy Geese, 9 Grey-headed Lapwings and 2 White-browed Crakes were highlights in Tung Bang Jak rice fields, also on 30th January.

On the morning of 30th January, 1 Black-headed Woodpecker, 1 Black Baza, 1 Forest Wagtail and 1 Large Cuckooshrike were notable at Khao Look Chang.

6 Spoon-billed Sandpipers were present at Pak Thale on 29th January.

- Nick Upton & Neil Davidson.

28/01/11: A male Falcated Duck was reported from Chiang Saen lake on 27th January. - per Phil Round.

26/01/11: 2 Spoon-billed Sandpipers were seen at Pak Thale on 24th January as was 1 Black-faced Spoonbill and 1 Terek Sandpiper. At Wat Komnaram, Pak Thale, a Black-headed Ibis and 2 Oriental Skylarks were present. On the same date, near the abandoned building, Laem Pak Bia, 12 Pied Avocets and 60+ Red Knot were seen. At Laem Pak Bia sand spit 1 male and 2 female White-faced Plovers were seen as well as 2 Chinese Egrets.

At Tung Bang Jak raptor watchpoint 2 adult Greater Spotted Eagles, 1 juvenile Imperial Eagle, 2 juvenile Pied Harriers, 1 female Common Kestrel, 1 3rd winter male Eastern Marsh Harrier, 2 female and 2 juvenile Eastern Marsh Harriers, 2 Black-shouldered Kites, 4 Brahminy Kites and 8 Black Kites were seen in a 1 hour period between 4 and 5pm.

32 Nordmann's Greenshank were counted on salt pans at Laem Pak Bia on 23rd January. Also in the same area were 6 Red Knot & 3 Dunlin. On some freshwater pools, at Laem Pak Bia, 5 Ruddy Shelduck and 2 Painted Storks were seen. At the King's Project, Laem Pak Bia a single Slaty-breasted Rail was seen and at the rubbish tip, near the abandoned building, the long-staying Brahminy Starling was still present.

1 adult Slender-billed Gull and 5 Black-headed Gulls were amongst the gull flock at Bang Poo on 23rd January.

9 Grey-headed Lapwings, 5 Cotton Pygmy Geese, 8 Asian Golden Weavers, 5 White-browed Crakes and over 70 Pheasant-tailed Jacanas were seen at Muang Boran fishponds on 23rd January.

The above sightings from Pak Thale, Tung Bang Jak, Laem Pak Bia, Bang Poo and Muang Boran fishponds were made by Nick Upton, Calle Andersson and Lena Lonnberg.

4 Spoon-billed Sandpipers were seen at Pak Thale on 23rd January. On pools close to the abandoned building, Laem Pak Bia, 12 Pied Avocets and a Long-billed Dowitcher were present on 23rd January. - Smith Sutibut.

17/01/11: 3 Black-headed Woodpeckers, 1 Large Cuckooshrike, 1 Drongo Cuckoo, 2 Rufous Woodpeckers, 1 Black Baza and a Forest Wagtail were seen at Khao Look Chang, Petchaburi on the morning of 16th January.

At Pak Thale 1 Spoon-billed Sandpiper was seen on 16th January.

Also on 16th January 20 Cotton Pygmy Geese, 28 Grey-headed Lapwings, 2 Painted Storks, 9 Red-throated Pipits, 4 Asian Golden Weavers and c 250 Streaked Weavers were seen at Tung Bang Jak whilst at the Tung Bang Jak/Nong Pla Lai raptor watchpoint 1 male Pied Harrier, 1 dark morph Booted Eagle, 10 Black Kites, 3 Black-shouldered Kites, 1 Osprey, 1 male and 2 female Eastern Marsh Harriers were recorded in a 1 hour time period in the late afternoon.

On 15th January 1 juvenile Black-headed Ibis and 2 Komnaram. On salt pans in Laem Pak Bia district 23 Pied Avocets were counted and in nearby freshwater wetlands 5 Ruddy Shelduck, 43 Painted Storks, 2 Pheasant-tailed Jacanas and 1 male Painted Snipe were found. At the tip near the abandoned building, Laem Pak Bia, the Brahminy Starling was still present and 1 Eurasian Wryneck was also seen. On 14th January 3 Spoon-billed Sandpipers, 5 Terek Sandpipers, 4 Red Knot, 5 Dunlin, 5 Painted Storks, 2 Heuglins Gulls and 1 Black-faced Spoonbill were seen at Pak Thale. At Laem Pak Bia sandspit a pair of White-faced Plovers were observed and 2 Chinese Egrets were seen foraging on the mudflats. In salt pans at Laem Pak Bia 31 Nordmann's Greenshank were counted amongst large numbers of Great Knot and Eastern Black-tailed Godwit. 2 Slaty-breasted Rails were seen in the reedbed at the King's project.

The above sightings from Laem Pak Bia/Pak Thale, Khao Look Chang and Tung Bang Jak were made by Nick Upton & Francois Grenon.

12/01/11: At Tung Bang Jak/Nong Pla Lai raptor watch point 2 Greater Spotted Eagles, 11 Black Kites, 3 Eastern Marsh Harriers, an Osprey, a Peregrine and 2 Black-shouldered Kites were seen on afternoon of 11th January; also in the Tung Bang Jak area 18 Cotton Pygmy Geese, 11 Pink-necked Green Pigeons, 20 Grey-headed Lapwings, 3 Painted Storks and 12 Red-throated Pipits were seen on the same date.

3 Black-headed Woodpeckers and a Black Baza were seen at Khao Look Chang, Petchaburi.

1 Spoon-billed Sandpiper was seen at Pak Thale on 10th January; 1 Eastern Curlew was spotted amongst around 200 Eurasian Curlew as they landed nearby and 10 Red Knot and 1 Dunlin were also seen. A single Black-faced Spoonbill was seen feeding with 5 Painted Storks, also at Pak Thale on 10th. At Laem Pak Bia sandspit a pair of White-faced Plovers were present on 10th. 19 Nordmann's Greenshank were found amongst a flock of 800+ Great Knot on salt pans at Laem Pak Bia; a single Pied Avocet was also seen. At the rubbish tip near the abandoned building, Laem Pak Bia, the long-staying Brahminy Starling was still to be found foraging in the trash. In nearby freshwater wetlands 2 female and 3 male Painted Snipe were flushed and at the temple in front of the King's project a female Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker was found pecking on a dead tree. In the King's project a Slaty-breasted Rail was seen in the reedbed.

The above sightings from Laem Pak Bia/Pak Thale, Tung Bang Jak and Khao Look Chang were made by Nick Upton & John Alexander.

3 Spoon-billed Sandpipers, 2 Red-necked Phalaropes, 1 Terek Sandpiper and 5 Red Knot were seen at Pak Thale on 9th January 2010; 2 subadult Heuglin's Gulls were seen lounging with Brown-headed Gulls nearby. 6 Nordamnn's Greenshank and 9 Pied Avocets were seen on salt pans at Laem Pak Bia. A male and female White-faced Plover and 1 Chinese Egret were seen at the sand spit, Laem Pak Bia. - Nick Upton & Terje Axelsson.

On 8th January Pintailed Parrotfinch, Yellow-vented Green Pigeon and Red-bearded Bee-eater were highlights at Km 36, Kaeng Krachan. - Peter Ericsson.

07/01/11: On 7th January, 2 Chestnut-crowned Bush Warblers, 2 Baikal (Spotted) Bush Warblers, a pair of Red Avadavats, 4 Plain Martins, 1 female Common Rosefinch and a female Black-faced Bunting were seen at Nam Kam nature reserve, Chiang Saen. At Nam Kam Nature Reserve, Chiang Saen, the following were seen on 6th January; 2 Chestnut-crowned Bush Warblers, 1 Chinese Bush Warbler, 4 Baikal (Spotted) Bush Warblers, a pair of Jerdon's Bushchats, 2 Striated Grassbirds, 2 Yellow-eyed Babblers, 3 Chestnut-capped Babblers, 2 Siberian Rubythroats.

On the Mekong, at Chiang Saen, 1 Long-billed Plover, 14 Citrine Wagtails and approximately 150 Small Pratincoles were seen.

The above observations from Nam Kam and the Mekong were made by Nick Upton & Srasri Phiromyothee.

On a short stretch of the Mekong river, near Chiang Saen, on 5th January, 1 Common Ringed Plover, 2 Long-billed Plovers, 10 River Lapwings, 44 Small Pratincoles, 5 Citrine Wagtails, 1 Plain Martin were amongst numerous other waders, wagtails and hirundines. 3 juvenile Red Avadavats were seen in reeds along the river. - Nick Upton.

3 Siberian Rubythroats, 2 Eurasian Wrynecks, 1 Bluethroat and a male Pied Harrier were seen at Yonok wetlands on the morning of 5th January 2011. - Nick Upton & Srasri Phiromyothee.

Ducks which could be identified at Chiang Saen lake on 4th January included 1 male Baer's Pochard, 5 Ferruginous Pochards, 24 Northern Pintail, 1 Northern Shoveler, 4 Common Teal, 50+ Garganey, 2 male Common Pochard, more than 100 Indian Spot-billed Ducks, 1 Chinese Spot-billed Duck and many hundreds of Lesser Whistling Ducks (many other ducks were present but were unable to be identified due to distance and poor light); 1 Eurasian Wryneck, 7 Great Cormorants and many Common Coot were also seen. - Nick Upton & Srasri Phiromyothee.

A Black-headed Ibis was seen on a flooded field in front of a temple in Pak Thale district on 4th January. - Peter Ericsson.

A Cinereous Vulture was seen in the Tung Bang Jak area from at least 30th December 2010 to 5th January 2011. - Many observers.

03/01/11: Highlights from Mae Ping, on 2nd January 2011, included a female White-rumped Falcon, 1 White-bellied Woodpecker, 8 Grey-headed Parakeets, 5 Blossom-headed Parakeets, 9 Black-headed Woodpeckers, 1 Rufous-winged Buzzard, 1 White's Thrush, 1 Yellow-footed Green Pigeon, 2 Silver-breasted Broadbills, 5 Black Bazas and 7 Collared Falconets.

On 1st January 2011 two Rufous-throated Partridges and 3 Slaty-bellied Tesias were found on Km 37.5 jeep track, Doi Inthanon. At Km 34.5 a Slaty-backed Tesia and a White-gorgetted Flycatcher were seen on the same date. At the summit a male Himalayan Bluetail and a Eurasian Woodcock were seen.

The above sightings from Doi Inthanon & Mae Ping were made by Nick Upton, Richard King and Liz King.

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