: A Coppersmith Barbet was heard over the roar of traffic
and seen on an overhead cable at the junction of Soi 31, Sukhumvit
Road on 30th June. - Nick
of Streaked, Asian Golden and Baya Weavers were present at Tung
Bang Jak on 29th June. - Alex Vargas.
2 Streaked Weavers
were seen at Muang Boran Fishponds as well as 8-9 Asian Golden Weavers
on 25th June. - Attila Simay.
A Purple Cochoa
was seen at KM 35, Doi Inthanon on the weekend of 21-22nd June.
- Alex Vargas.
: As they don't seem to be appearing on the BCST website
I reproduce in full Phil Round's summary of notable sightings from
March to June 2008:
As before, all
records submitted or gleaned from web pages are entered into the
BCST Records Committee database. Only a selection of the more significant
records are listed here, though we gratefully thank all those observers
who submitted records..
There were 36
Oriental Darters including three nests at Wat Huai Jan (Lopburi)
on 18 April, (SS) and 25 at Wang Nam Pet (Phitsanulok) on 8 June
(MT). Nesting Darters were present at Ko Wat, Bung Boraphet (Nakhon
Sawan) on 8 June (SS) and ones and twos reported from four other
localities. There were 100 Spot-billed Pelicans at Bung Boraphet
on 8 June (SS). Five Christmas Frigatebirds were reported off Ko
Phi Phi (Krabi) on 25 March (CC). A Great-billed Heron was reported
from a marsh near Phuket Airport on 23 April (IS) and when disturbed,
flew ff towards some coastasl mangroves. A single Grey Heron was
still present at Bung Boraphet on 8 June (SS). The spread of Javan
Pond Herons continues with six breeding plumage birds at Kantang
(Trang) on 8 April (SN, PDR) and two breeding adults and an apparent
juvenile at Wang Nam Pet on 8 June MT).
plumage Indian Pond Herons were reported from Minburi (Bangkok)
and Bang Pu (Samut Prakan) to Laem Phak Bia (Phetchaburi) during
26 April to 10 May (PC, BK, KT, NU). Two Milky Storks at Khlong
Tamru (Chonburi) on 23 April (SD, SN) appear to have been pure rather
than hybrid individuals according to their underwing pattern.
Counts of over
20 White-browed Crakes and 80 Pheasant-tailed Jacanas (less than
in the winter period) were made at Muang Boran Fishponds (Samut
Prakan) on 24 May (NU). There were eleven Nordmann’s Greenshanks
at Krabi River Mouth on 26 March (JB). 15 Grey-tailed Tattlers were
reported during 26 March (Laem Pakarang, Phang-nga; CC) to 4 May
(four at Laem Phak Bia; SK, SM et al.) An Eastern Curlew was seen
at Ko Libong (Trang) on 6 April (PDR); 500 Asian Dowitchers on mudflats
off Samut Sakhon on 21 April (SS) was the largest Inner Gulf count
for a few years. Single Little Stints were reported at Laem Phak
Bia on 23 March (NU), 30 April (BK) and on 4 May (SM et al.) 40-50
Ruffs were present in the Environmental Research and Development
Project, Laem Phak Bia, on 19 March (NU).
A single River
Tern at Chiang Saen (Chiang Rai) on 3 May (DD, MD) was the last
recorded this season. Sooty Tern and “double figures of”
Pomarine Jaegers were reported between Ko Lanta and Ko Lipe (Krabi)
on 25 March (AA). A worn juvenile Long-tailed Jaeger was photographed
on a pond at Khok Kham (Samut Sakhon) on 15 April (PK).There were
still two White-winged Terns on Bung Boraphet on 8 June (SS).
of 1–3 Pied Cuckoos were made at Bung Boraphet during 9 May
to June (KI/BBWRS). Some were said to be calling which is remarkable.
Is this former vagrant colonising, perhaps? A Ruddy Kingfisher (resident
or migrant?) in mangroves at Pak Thale on 23 March (NU) is one of
very few records for the Central Plains area.
There were migrant
Blue-winged Pittas (one or more?) in parkland at Phutthamonthol
on 14 to 20 April (RS, S?) and Hooded Pittas from14 to 24 April
(RS, S? et al.). Presumed breeding Blue-winged and Hooded Pittas
arrived on territory in the Chiang Saen Basin in mid-May (DD, MD)
but a nest of Hooded Pittas in Khao Yai (Nakhon Ratchasima) had
already fledged three young in the last week of May (XXX).
passage migrants, there were Crow-billed Drongos at Ko Libong (
6 and 7 April; PDR) and 26 April (Samut Sakhon; PK) a Tiger Shrike
at Chiang Saen on 14 April (DD, MD); a Brown-chested Flycatcher
netted and ringed in scrub at Bung Boraphet on 29 April (KI/BBWRS);
eight Mugimaki Flycatchers (five males and three females or second
calendar-year males) during 6–26 April from Loei, Udon, Nakhon
Sawan, Samut Sakhon, Ko Samui and Trang (XXX, KI/BBWRSPB, SM, MT).
A male nominate race Narcissus Flycatcher found dead on Wireless
Road (Bangkok) on 9 April (XXX) was only the second or third record
for the country. A male Green-backed Flycatcher was photographed
at Ko Samui (Surat Thani) on 16 April (XXX). Nine Yellow-rumped
Flycatchers during 6–24 April, from Loei, Udon Thani and Chaiyaphum
in the N NE, south to Trang; (XXX, PB; SM; PDR, MT) included 5 males,
3 females and two that were unspecified.
A male White-tailed
Rubythroat in roadside grasses at Doi Ang Khang on 2 April (PS)
was the first record of this scarce and local winter visitor away
from lowland reedbeds. A Manchurian Reed Warbler was seen at Muang
Bran Fishponds on 19 April (NU). Remarkably, the Large-billed Reed
Warbler which made history when first caught and banded at Laem
Phak Bia on 27 March 2006 was retrapped at exactly the same site
on 21 March 2008 (SN). Remarkably, a second bird was caught and
banded at the Nam Kham Nature Reserve (Chiang Rai) on 27 March 2008
(WB, AK, PDR: see elsewhere this issue).
A male Cutia
was seen on Doi Ang Khang on 2 April (PS) and Rufous-throated Fulvetta
reported from Ph Suan Xai National Park (Loei) on 6 April (MT).
Pipit (only the second Thai record) was reported from Khao Yai on
27 March(NU), and was supported by a written description. No fewer
than 700 Citrine Wagtails were counted going to roost near Rimkhong
(Chiang Saen) on 6 April (DD,MD).
of up to 20 Asian Golden Weavers were reported from a number of
sites during 8 March to 25 May, from Kong Krailas (Sukhothai); around
Bangkok (Lat Krabang, Minburi, and Thung Khru-Bang Khunthien); Muang
Boran Fishponds (Samut Prakan), Kamphaengsaen and Phutthamonthol
(Nakhon Pathom), Mae Klong (Samut Songkhram) and Bang Jak (Phetchaburi)
(XXX, NU, MT).
colonies were reported from near Muang Boran Fishponds, Bang Jaak
and Had Chao Samran during 12 April–19 May (NU, SW)
for winter visitors or passage migrants:
15 April, Laem Phak Bia (NU); Black-faced Spoonbill 13 May, Laem
Phak Bia (SW), Chinese Sparrowhawk, Bang Phra, 5 June (NU); the
last few roosting harriers at Chiang Saen departed in the first
week of May (DD, MD).Grey-headed Lapwing, 26 April, Muang Boran
Fishponds (NU); White-faced Plover, 6 April, Ko Libong, (SN, PDR);
Nordmann’s Greenshank 21 April (two, Samut Sakhon, SS); Spoon-billed
Sandpiper 1 April, one, Khok Kham (SD); Red-necked Phalarope 1 May,
one, Laem Phak Bia (PC). White-tailed Rubythroat 3 April, Nam Kham
(WB); Orange-flanked Bush Robin 26 March (Doi Inthanon; FG, MT);
Chestnut Thrush 26 March, three, Doi Inthanon, (FG, MT); Oriental
Reed Warbler 24 May, Samut Prakan, (NU), Baikal Bush Warbler 5 May,
Nam Kham, (AJP), Black-faced Bunting 5 May; Chiang Saen (DD, MD),
Yellow-breasted Bunting 3 May, six, Chiang Saen (DD, MD)
Chiang Saen Basin (DD, MD) Five pairs of Oriental Honey-buzzards
thought to be breeding May (DD, MD). White-browed Crake nest-building
on 14 April Barn Swallows were also said to now be breeding commonly
in Chiang Saen town.
Andy Adcock (AA), Philip Bawden (PB), Worapoj Boonkhwamdee (WB),
Johan Buckens (JB), Chaiwat Chinuparawat (CC), Panuwat Chuenmano
(PC), Suchart Daengphhayon (SD), Dowroong Damlamajak (DD), Mick
Davies (MD), Frederic Le Gouis (FG), Kultida Itthiporn/ Bung Boraphet
Wildlife Research Station (KI/BBS), Pornthep Katsura (PK), Boonrod
Khieoyuu (BK), Suporn Kusolnamsanong (SK), Akaak Kunsorn (AK), Dr.
Suwanna Mookachonpan (SM), Somchai Nimnuan (SN), Andrew J. Pierce
(AJP), Philip Round (PDR), Pinit Saengkaew (PS), FRonayuth Sribanyaranond
(RS), Ike Suriwong (IS), Smith Sutibut (SS), Marc Thibault (MT),
Khemthong Tonsakulrungreung (KT), Nick Upton (NU), Stijn de Win
(SW), Somchai, surname unknown (S?); Anonymous or pseudonymous web-board
also received from: Vorawan Aksornsart, Jarnpol Chaiwut, John Furse,
Hathairat Jantowat, Phoori Kaensarn, Ekabutr Kanwanich, Wut Kiatwong,
Petch Manopawitr, Yotin Meekaeo, Jaray Mekkaew, Sorasak Naak-Eim,
Sirada Naipongsri , Dr. Mantanee Pairachavet, Somkiat Pakapinyo,
Srasri Phiromyothee, Korakoch Pobprasert, Wuttipong Prapatsorn,
Siriwit Sae-khow, Dr. Tommaso Savini, Jatuporn Sawasdee,. Pensri
Srikeaw, Thunyalux Sunthoramat, Dr. Kaset Sutasha, Larry Wheatland.
on behalf of BCST
Records Committee by Philip Round with assistance from Nick Upton
Chaiyan Kasorndorkbua (Thai
Raptor Group), Parinya Padungtin (www.tourtamoan.com)
: 47 White-browed Crakes, 66 Pheasant-tailed Jacanas, 1
male Watercock, 9 Asian Golden Weavers and 91 Indian Cormorants
were of interest at Muang Boran Fishponds on 7th June. Also seen
were a single Oriental Reed Warbler and 1 Barn Swallow. - Nick
were said to be common nesting birds in Chiang Saen and 6 Plain
Martins were also seen during May. - Mick
Davies & Dowroong Danlamajak.
Rubythroats, 1 Large-billed Reed Warbler and a Paddyfield Warbler
were caught whilst ringing near Chiang Saen in May. - Phil
: Highlights of a brief trip
to Bang Pra on the 5th were 5 Painted Storks and 1 Spot-billed Pelican
(from the feral population originating from Khao Khieo Zoo), 1 immature
Chinese Sparrowhawk, 2 Asian Barred Owlets and 2 pairs of Rufous
Treepies feeding young. - Nick
Upton, Gabby & Alex